Class Descriptions Spring 2019

KACL Class Descriptions, Spring 2019


Tuesday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 12: A History of Holston Ordnance Works.

Recorded interview with Mr. John Bearden, the first plant manager.

**Meet for Coffee and Muffins at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of Spring Term!


March 19: Online Libraries and Bible Study Tools. Dr. Dave Petke will demonstrate how today’s internet-based technology has made, in many ways, the need for a library of books related to the Bible unnecessary. Programs and files online bring many translations of the Bible, commentaries, lexicons, sermons and cross-references available, mostly free, at the click of a mouse.


April 2: Electronic Banking and Money Exchange. Mr. Randall Taylor, Eastman Credit Union, will discuss the way money and credit is managed in today’s banking world and new financial creations like ‘bitcoin.’


April 16: Foodways of the Middle Ages. Ms. Lisa Rolen continues her studies in the history of foods with examples and stories about how foods figure into the history of people of the world during the Middle Ages.


Tuesday Field Trip:

April 23: Bays Mountain Planetarium, Lunch, and Barge Ride. The second of two field trips this term, this “after-term” excursion will feature planetarium shows beginning at 10 a.m., catered lunch (reservations required, but no cost) at noon, and barge excursion at 1:30 p.m.

This will be our end-of-term meeting and evaluation as well. No cost. Free admission to Bays Mountain Park.


Tuesday 1:30-3:30 PM

March 12 and 13: Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds and Scandals. (continued)

A fascinating look at how forensic science helped solve some of the most famous crimes, and how, in some cases, the lack of forensic science led to failures or mistakes in solving crimes. This program from The Great Courses features Professor Elizabeth Miller of Mt. St. Joseph University presenting the stories of some of the more famous crimes in the world from Jack the Ripper through Hollywood to Chicago and beyond. Dr. Miller concludes her presentations (on DVD) from the fall term. Moderator: Dr. Dave Petke.


March 26 through April 16: Christianity: The First Three Centuries.

Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University.

Dr. Maier presents (on DVD) eight lectures on key events and people in early Christianity, from Christ to Constantinople.  Moderator:  Mr. Bradley Jessup.


Wednesday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 13: Around the Horn. Dr. Ron Zucker, retired Professor of Computer Science at ETSU. Join us on a multi-media photographic journey to South America. We will be visiting Iguazu Falls, then take a cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina around Cape Horn to Puerto Montt, Chile. The presentation includes lots of contrasts from subtropical waterfalls to rugged coastlines to glaciers and volcanoes.


March 20: Africa with The National Geographic Society. Mr. John Barrett, retired teacher from Sullivan South High School, will discuss his recent trip to Africa with the Society.


April 3: Birding in Northeast Tennessee. Dr. Fred Alsop, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at ETSU, will tell us about the birds of our region and how and where to find them.


April 10: Workshop on Using PowerPoint®. Dr. Dave Petke will present a hands-on workshop on preparing PowerPoint presentations, using photographs, inserts from the internet and text, and for several other uses.  Bring your laptop computer and or just follow along.


April 17: Meet Your Spreadsheet. Mrs. Sharon Petke, a spreadsheet geek, will show many different things you can do with simple spreadsheets for users of Excel® or Google Sheets® or those just interested in why so many people like them. After building a few spreadsheets in class, Sharon will send templates to those interested, using a sign-up sheet (a spreadsheet of course) for any of interest.


Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Mar. 13 – Apr. 17: Great Decisions.

A program, cosponsored with the Kingsport Public Library, and held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, Room 130, will require purchase of a manual of background information, $22 (not included in KACL fee), which is available at the Library when you register. This series will provide commentary on current topics of international interest and time for guided discussion following each talk.


The order of topics may change.  Topics include:

  • March 13: Refugees and Global Migrations
  • March 20: The Rise of Populism in Europe
  • March 27: Decoding S.-China Trade
  • April 3: Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • April 10: The United States and Mexico-Partnership Tested
  • April 17: State of the State Department and Diplomacy


Thursday Field Trip:

March 28: Camelot. Attend a matinee performance of this Lerner and Loewe musical at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon. Tickets (student rate of $21) must be ordered from KACL when registering for the trip. This event is not covered in KACL membership fee. We have 20 tickets available.


Friday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 15: UFO’s and Life in the Universe. Dr. Don Luttermoser, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at ETSU, will present a program about what it means to be alive and the history of conditions on the Earth that allowed life forms to evolve over time. This will lead to discussion of the UFO phenomenon and some of the most famous UFO encounters will be presented and analyzed, including crop circles, alien abductions, and the “face of Mars.”


March 22: Driving to Net Zero. Mr. David Hrivnak, retired engineer, spent 34 years with Eastman Chemical Company. Mr. Hrivnak, known for his fleet of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles, will tell us about his recently published book, Driving to Net Zero – Stories of Hope for a Carbon-Free Future, which features 15 diverse families and their quest for environmental purity.


April 5: Practical Uses of Drones. Dr. Moin Uddin, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at ETSU, and his colleague, Dr. Jin Hong, Assistant Professor of Surveying and Mapping at ETSU, will

discuss several uses of drones in the workplace, such as surveying, agriculture, police work, and security control and safety policy and regulations.  Weather permitting, we will go outside and watch as drones are demonstrated in some of these applications.


April 12: History of Chemical Manufacturing in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Part 1: The Eastman Story. Dr. Robert Maleski, Retired chemist, Eastman Chemical Company. Tennessee Eastman Company began by producing methanol derived from the abundant hardwood supply in East Tennessee, but its explosive growth was fueled by the need for an economical supply of cellulose acetate.  Development of a process for the recovery of acetic acid from the cellulose acetate process

was critical to the growth of the fibers business and the production of RDX explosive during World War II. Also covered will be the dyes business, the discovery of Super Glue, and the transformation of coal into acetic anhydride.


Friday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

March 29: Putin’s Spies: Russian Espionage Today. Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, Associate Professor of Political Science, Coastal Carolina University, and Dr. Vanessa Fitsanakis, Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Northeast Ohio Medical University, will jointly present the first of two parts about how and why Russian spies interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the connection between President Trump and Russian intelligence; how and why Russian spy operatives tried to poison former double-spy Sergei Skripal; and how Russian espionage can be stopped. These, and other timely questions, will be answered by an expert in international espionage and a toxicologist who specializes in poisons. (See also Saturday, March 30, morning program.)


Saturday 10:00 AM – Noon (Yes, Saturday morning!)

March 30: Putin’s Spies: Russian Espionage Today (continued). Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis was formerly with King University in Bristol, Tennessee, where he also directed the King Institute for Security and

Intelligence Studies. Dr. Vanessa Fitsanakis was also at King University, where she served as Chair of the Department of Biology and trained over 40 students in her federally-funded neurotoxicology laboratory.

Both speakers have presented to KACL in the past to room-filling numbers of members.

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