McCALL Continuing Education

Winter Term 2023

Preview of All Courses

Thursday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. | Assembly Room at Givens Highland Farms
Meet the instructors and select your courses!

Tuesday Courses: 17 January to 21 February

Mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

An Unlikely Pairing: Wharton & Stegner – Dr. Margaret Whitt  

New England writer Edith Wharton wrote Ethan Frome in 1911. Western writer Wallace Stegner wrote Remembering Laughter in 1937. One set in the bleak winter of a small Massachusetts town; the other set on a prosperous farm in Iowa. Each book has three main characters: a married couple and the wife’s female relative. The second novel, a quarter of a century later, is in many ways, a copy of the first. Through close reading and discussion, this class will discover how much of the borrowed plot repeats, who wears the story better and what aspects of each are more compelling.

Margaret Whitt, Professor Emerita after 27 years at the University of Denver, has taught various courses in American literature, especially on writers from the South.  She has published books, book-length reviews and many articles, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. This is her seventh course for McCALL.

Afternoons: 2:00- 4:00 p.m.

The ABCs of Law Part II – Judge Robert Castellani

This course considers additional basics of law in the following areas: constitutional law, criminal law, and criminal procedure. We will cover our constitution and how our state and federal constitutions mesh, the elements of crime, how we initiate and resolve criminal charges, why the system sometimes fails and what its prime objectives are. We will also discuss how to apply what we learn to our daily lives. [Part I of the ABCs of Law is not required.]

Robert Castellani served as a trial judge in Atlanta for 30 years, primarily as a superior court judge in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal cases, as well as in prosecution and defense. He has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts. He also taught law at Emory University.

Wednesday Courses: 18 January to 22 February

Afternoons: 2:00- 4:00 p.m. 

Hominids, Homosapiens & Cultural Evolution – Dr. Suzanne Sutherland

This class will look back at our ancient roots, including many hominids (bipedal primate mammals) and later homosapiens, and then focus on the complex development of civilizations over the last 10,000 years in various areas of the world. Recent anthropological and genetic research has altered some traditional views.

Suzanne Sutherland earned an M.D., became a professor at the Duke University School of Medicine, and did research in the pharmaceutical industry on the properties and clinical applications of new compounds to treat various psychiatric and neurological illnesses.

Thursday Courses: 19 January to 23 February

Culture Wars – Dr. Dan Hadley

Americans hold different views on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, racism and gun rights. This class will examine these topics, along with fake news, police reform, white supremacy, anti-vaccine, immigration and climate change. Discussion will focus on the exploitation of these views by political and media elites, and whether these differences are a serious threat or a vital expression of democracy.  

Dan Hadley earned a Ph.D. in social psychology and has taught at Brown University and other universities. 

Afternoons: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Enneagram of Personality – The Rev. Carol Hovis  

The enneagram is a dynamic system which identifies nine personality types. It is spiritually rich with a commitment to transformative growth that keeps us living more authentically in relationships in work and in the world.

Carol Hovis is a minister and spiritual director, and a certified enneagram teacher in the Narrative Tradition.  In addition, she has earned degrees from Dickinson College and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. 

All courses will meet in the McCALL Classroom in Prentice Lodge at Givens Highland Farms.


Register and pay for your courses ONLINE!

Contact Ashley Bond at 828.419.2109 if you have trouble with the online registration process. For all other questions, please contact McCALL President James Aydelotte, at 828-707-6363 or