Spring 2020 Schedule of Classes

REGISTRATION for Spring Term begins February 14, 2020 

Spring 2020 Grid of Classes

Please use the link below to print your membership-registration form. Send the $25 membership fee and any event fees to ETSU at Kingsport, 300 West Market Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.  Questions, please call 423-354-5200.  If no answer, please leave a message and Gwen will return your call.  Thank you for your interest in KACL!

To Register for KACL Programs: Spring 2020 Membership – Registration Form

Spring Term begins Tuesday, March 17 with Coffee and Muffins at 9:30 a.m.

KACL Class Descriptions, Spring 2020 

March 18 – April 24

Tuesday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 17:  The Role of Northeast State Community College in the Tri-Cities.  Dr. Bethany Flora, President, Northeast State Community College.  Dr. Flora will discuss the part Northeast State plays in our region and in relationship to East Tennessee State University, King University, and Milligan College.    *Meet for Coffee and Muffins at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of Spring Term!

March 24:  Exploring Alaska. Ms. Belinda Bridwell, ETSU graduate and Eastman retiree. In her retirement, Belinda has found a passion for nature photography.  Belinda and her husband share the experience of discovering amazing beauty in their travels, this time with a three-week tour of Alaska in 2019.

March 31:  Exploring Ireland. Dr. Ron Zucker, Retired Professor of Computer Science, ETSU, and avid landscape photographer will take us on a multi-media photographic journey to the Emerald Isle.  He is a favorite of KACL audiences.

April 7: *FIELD TRIP (9:15 a.m.) to the Kingsport Area Transit System (KATS):  Meet at the KATS Center (900 East Main Street) promptly at 9:15 a.m.  KACL members will ride the KATS route of your choice.  After the bus trip, return to KCHE at 11 a.m., where Ms. Candace Sherer, Transit Planner, will conclude her presentation.

April 14:  Psychology and Philosophy behind Mindfulness and Meditation. Mr. Russell Miles, retired software architect and president of Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center.  There are deep Buddhist and other traditions’ psychological and philosophical underpinnings for mindfulness and meditation.

Mr. Miles will cover a brief history of meditation and of Buddhism and four common types of meditation, their differences, and for what each is used.  He will then dive into the deep Buddhist psychological and philosophical concepts that mindfulness is intended to help meditators to discover within their own mind and thereby gain the maximum benefit from mindfulness and meditation.

April 21: Living Clutter-Free. Ms. Angie Hyche, professional organizer and owner, Shipshape Solutions.  Ms. Hyche will discuss the ideal way to view our possessions, how to keep them from occupying too much space and attention, and how to plan ahead for eventual downsizing.  At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to interpret the statement, “downsizing is inevitable,” make a plan for their possessions, identify a resource for organizing important documents, and understand how to negotiate common decluttering obstacles.

Wednesday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 25:  The Sound of Hope: Music as Solace, Resistance and Salvation in the Campus of Auschwitz and Terezin.  Dr. Kellie Brown, Chair, Department of Music, Milligan College.  Dr. Brown has a B.M. in Performance from ETSU, an M.M. in Performance from Appalachian State University, and an Ed.D. from ETSU.  She has published numerous compositions and is recognized as an authority on music in the concentration camps during the Holocaust, especially on the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz.  The Nazis forced prisoners in concentration camps to form orchestras and to play as prisoners marched to and from work details or as the SS sought entertainments.  Dr. Brown will discuss the formation of these groups and play some of the music passed down from the orchestras.

April 1: Appalachian Poetry and Prose – The Path to Publication.  Ms. Rita S. Quillen, retired associate professor of English, Mountain Empire Community College. Ms. Quillen has published two novels: “Hiding Ezra” and “Wayland,” both to excellent reviews.  Five of her poetry collections have been published.  Poetry is perhaps her true love in literature.  Her most recent collection is the “Mad Farmer’s Wife,” which was a finalist for the Weatherford Award.  Ms. Quillen will explain the paths to publication.  She will treat us to some readings, and give us some insight into her inspiration for writing poetry, and perhaps sing us a couple of her original songs.

April 8: Thomas Wolfe – His Life and Works.   Mr. Fred Sauceman, Senior Writer and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies, ETSU. Although he didn’t live to see his 38th birthday, Thomas Wolfe wrote a series of massive novels as well as short stories, plays, and novellas.  His best-known work, “Look Homeward, Angel” published in 1929, is the novel that was most deeply influenced by Wolfe’s hometown, Asheville, North Carolina, where his mother ran a boardinghouse and his father operated a stone-carving business.  Sauceman, who has studied Wolfe for over 40 years, will examine the relationship between the author’s life and his works and how those writings were shaped by Wolfe’s colorful North Carolina background.

April 15: Changes in the Produce Industry Over the Last Century. Mr. Casey McClellan, Produce Manager, Food City #664.  Mr. McClellan will discuss the changes in the logistics of the produce industry and retail sales, some of the history and development of certain types of produce, and what buyers go through to get fresh produce onto the shelves.  Our questions will be welcomed.

Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

March 18 – April 22: Great Decisions. A program, cosponsored with the Kingsport Public Library, and held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, will require purchase of a manual of background information, $22 (not included in the KACL membership fee), which is available at the library when you register there. This series will provide commentary on current topics of international interest and time for guided discussion following each presentation.

The order of topics may change.  Topics include:

  • March 18:  Climate Change and Global Order
  • March 25:  Artificial Intelligence and Data
  • April 1:      India and Pakistan
  • April 8:      U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • April 15:    Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • April 22:    China’s Road into Latin America

Thursday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 19 and 26:  The Celtic World.  Dr. Jennifer Paxton, Professor, Catholic University of America. Dr. Paxton presents (on DVD) six lectures that explore who the Celts are and discusses their long history, culture and lasting effect on the world from 500 BC to today.  This concludes the series.

April 2 – April 23:  What You Don’t Know Can Kill You.  Ms. Leslie Lynch, retired trial attorney representing primarily employers before the federal district, 9th circuit and supreme courts. Topics listed below:

  • April 2:       The Donner Party Disaster
  • April 9:       A Looming Disaster: The Franklin Expedition
  • April 16:     The Second Time Around: Custer and Little Bighorn
  • April 23:    The Disastrous Scott Terra Nova Expedition

Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 PM

March 26: The Story of Bellafina Chocolates. Ms. Brenda Barnicki, founder and creator. In 2010, she combined her passions for leading businesses, making decadent chocolates, and advocating for children by creating Bellafina Chocolates, a gourmet chocolate company. Ms. Barnicki will discuss the history of her Kingsport company and the reasons that it donates 100% of its profits to children’s charities and is run almost entirely by volunteers and struggling single mothers and women in recovery. Bellafina Chocolates specializes in artisan chocolate truffles and can customize corporate gifts, special event favors, and personal gifts. After her presentation at KCHE, KACL members are invited to tour the chocolate factory located at 123 Cherokee Street, Kingsport.

April 2: Kingsport Cultural Arts Program and the Inventor Center. Ms. Hannah Powell, Coordinator of the Cultural Arts Program of Kingsport, will acquaint us with the many facets of Kingsport’s cultural arts program which is responsible for selecting the artists whose sculptures are displayed in our downtown area. The program also oversees the carousel project, the Farmer’s Market rentals and other select venues, community music, the Santa Train and many of the other things we love about Kingsport.  Mr. Fred Sexton, Executive Director of the Inventor Center, will show us the equipment available in the inventor center. He has a successful woodworking and craft furniture business. Members will tour the Inventor Center at 118 Shelby Street after the KCHE class presentation.

April 9: Introduction to Synthetic Biology.  Dr. Aruna Kilaru, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, ETSU, Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Dr. Kilaru will introduce the field of synthetic biology by drawing on her research into how plants perceive and respond to environmental stress and how plants synthesize oil and how the oil composition is determined.

Thursday 2 – 4 PM

April 23:  *Field Trip (2 p.m.) to Barter Theatre:Driving Miss Daisymatinee.  Cost: $21 per KACL member. This event is not covered in the KACL membership fee.  Carpooling from Kingsport is encouraged.

Friday 10:00 AM – Noon

March 27: Food City: History and Community Involvement.  Mr. Steve Smith, President and CEO of K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.  Mr. Smith will bring us up to date with the history of Food City stores, its extensive involvement in our Tri-Cities community, from sponsoring races at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Santa Claus Train, and plans for the future.

April 3: Music and Instruments of the Celtic World. Ms. Tammie Davis, B.M. in Music Education and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from ETSU, is retired from the Kingsport City Schools after 32 years, where she served as chorus/orchestra director, principal, and director of human resources.  Currently, she is serving as TEAM Coach for the First CORE (Centers of Regional Excellence) Office for the Tennessee Department of Education. Ms. Davis will share the music of the Celtic region on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle.  Celtic music is defined as music that originates from the countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The people who live in these locations are known as Celts, which is how the music became known as Celtic music. Celtic music is best described as a type of folk music with distinctive music and lyrics.

April 17: *FIELD TRIP (9:15 a.m.) to the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies/Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services/Archives of Appalachia/Reece Museum, 363 Stout Drive, Johnson City.  The Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU welcomes KACL to the Johnson City campus for an overview of the only academic department of its kind in the United States. Extending the mission of the Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services, which has existed since 1984, the department serves as a laboratory for research, service learning, community work, and collections building. The field trip will include an overview by the Department Chair, Dr. Ron Roach; music by students from the Bluegrass, Old-Time, Celtic, and Country Music Studies program; and behind-the-scene tours of the Archives of Appalachia at the Reece Museum. Carpooling from Kingsport is encouraged. Members will be issued required university parking permits.

April 24: ERACE, Replace and Embrace – Voter Suppression and Apathy in the United States. Dr. Brenda White Wright, friend of Sharon, and Ms. Sharon Petke, friend of Brenda.  Brenda and Sharon will expand their quest of building cultural bridges.  They will use their own analysis of public data to discuss why some people cannot vote and others do not vote and how our elected officials do not truly represent “We The People.”

NOTE:  *KACL End-of-Term Luncheon Meeting and Evaluation will follow this program at 12:30 p.m.  There is no cost for members attending the spring term of classes.  RSVP Deadline: Wednesday, April 15.

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