McCall Continuing Education

We offer a variety of classes on engaging topics taught by local experts—designed especially for our community members. Classes are held at the Givens Highland Farms. We also host regular events that are a great way to stay engaged.

Winter Term 2018

Presentations and Reception
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 2:00 P.M.
Givens Highland Farms, Assembly Room
200 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain, NC

Come and hear the Instructors and make your choices!

Pre-registration is highly recommended due to class size limits and popularity of classes.

2018 Winter Classes
Monday Classes: September 17 – October 22, 2018
Tuesday Classes: September 18 – October 23, 2018
Wednesday Classes: September 19 – October 24, 2018

All classes will be held in the Brookside Center
Lower Fountain Room, Givens Highland Farms

Inclement weather alert: Any McCall class cancellation will be called in to the WLOS-TV station. It will be listed as Montreat College Center for Adult Lifelong Learning and can be seen at the bottom of your T.V. screen on the local T.V. channel 13 news.

Winter Term 2018 Classes

Henry V: Glorious Warrior and Statesman – Dr. James Aydelotte (Mondays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am)

Secure as King of England, Henry V conquered much of France, winning the amazing victory of Agincourt in 1415 and being recognized as heir to the throne of France. This course will make good use of Shakespeare’s play and marvelous films by Lawrence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh.

James Aydelotte has earned four degrees, including a PhD, and has taught European history at the University of Iowa and several colleges. He is assisted by Ken Scott.

Contemporary Art Since 1950 – Dr. Elizabeth Jones (Mondays: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

This course analyzes the postmodern visual art movements from Pop Art to Simulationism. It critically explores the artists’ grappling with such issues as meaning and standards (or the lack thereof), pluralism, commercialism and popularization of art, morality, feminism, and multiculturalism.

Elizabeth Jones has several degrees, including a PhD, and has taught Art History at a number of colleges and institutes. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

“Passing Through” WNC and Elsewhere – Kenneth Richards (Tuesdays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am)

“A cemetery is a place where the living meet the past.” Discover the amazing lives of many who are buried in Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery and elsewhere. Participants will be encouraged to share their remembrances about people important to them who have “passed through.”

Kenneth Richards – often labeled a “Renaissance Man” – has sung in operas, conducted choirs, written for newspapers, and taught in several universities in Europe and at the Biltmore Estate. He has co-authored (with his daughter) “Insider’s Guide: NC Mountains.”

How to Read Movies – Demonstrated by 6 Films – Chip Kaufmann (Tuesdays: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Michael Curtiz was one of the greatest movie directors you’ve never heard of. Only the most ardent film buff would recognize his name. His career in Hollywood spanned 33 years from 1928 to 1961, during which he made 94 films. Of those, approximately 25 are regarded as ‘classics’ and are as enjoyable today as when they were first released. The following movies, in different genres, have been chosen to show Curtiz’s mastery of the medium over the course of his career. The plan is to show how his directorial style was instrumental in creating these great movies. “Mystery of the Wax Museum” (1933-Horror); “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938-Action Adventure); “Casablanca” (1942-Romance); “Mildred Pierce” (1945-Film Noir); “White Christmas” (1954-Musical); “We’re No Angels” (1955-Comedy).

Chip Kaufmann is a classical music announcer for Blue Ridge Public Radio (formerly WCQS). He has been an instructor for OLLI at UNCA since 2008. He contributes articles on film for Rapid River Magazine and has posted over 500 reviews on Amazon. He also lectures on composers for the Asheville Symphony during their Symphony Talks.

Africa – Ken Scott, Jr. (Wednesdays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am)

Why should this vast continent matter to ALL Americans in the 21st century? This course will trace the rise (and fall) of the major European colonial powers as they carved up Africa. It will then recount the interactions after World War II of the newly independent states with the United States. It will also evaluate whether the U.S. Government is currently meeting their just economic and security needs.

Ken Scott has a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He served for 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, much of it in Africa and at the Bureau of African Affairs in Washington DC. He is assisted by James Aydelotte.

Striking Fear No More – Dr. Susan Denne (Wednesdays: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

What is Domestic Violence? Whom does it affect? How to respond to victims and abusers? What can be done to prevent it?

Susan Denne completed Nursing Education in Buffalo and worked as a RN in Atlanta hospitals for 25 years. She then earned theological degrees, including a doctorate, and served several churches in the South. She has worked in various capacities with Domestic Violence organizations in five states, including Helpmate in Buncombe County as a Court Advocate.

Please note that we have a total of six course offerings at the Givens Highland Farms location in Black Mountain. Please send your registration form to Laura Buckwalter, Director of Conference Services for Montreat College, at the address shown on the bottom of the registration form. Each course is $25 and the annual membership fee is $25.  If you are enrolled in the fall term, you will not pay the membership fee again for winter or spring terms.


Please mail your check made out to Montreat College and registration form directly to:
Laura Buckwalter, Director of Conference Services
PO Box 1267
Montreat, NC 28757
If you have questions, call Dwight Stobbs, McCall President, at 828-669-0680 or email

Registration Form