Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people aged 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has announced its fall 2022 offerings.
With a fee of $25, Encore students may choose up to two of the following courses: Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course; The Golden Age Mysteries of Margery Allingham; The Other America: The People and Place of Appalachia; Science and Society: The Adventures and Misadventures of Modern Science; Practical Organic…Biology and Chemistry for Experts…and Dummies; Joint Conditioning; Fitness Class; Fit4Life: Senior Strength; The Rapture and Beyond; Dante and the Inferno; The Weeping Prophet: The Life and Message of Jeremiah Part 1; and Dead Presidents Society: Discovering Lives Through Death.
Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course will include visits to historical sites and/or points of interest in Tennessee, Georgia, or Alabama. Options for traveling include Cumberland County Playhouse, Sgt. York State Historic Park, Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Sycamore Shores State Historic Park. Dr. David Altopp will lead this course, and there will be an informational meeting which takes place Thursday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m.
The Golden Age Mysteries of Margery Allingham (Continued) will offer students the opportunity to read six mysteries from Allingham who wrote during the Golden Age of British detective fiction in 1920s-40s. This discussion-based course is a continuation from Fall 2021, but new students are welcome. The 10-week course will be taught by Dr. Christopher Coulter on Wednesdays, from 3:35-5 p.m., starting Sept. 21.
The Other America: The People and Place of Appalachia will provide an overview of the Appalachian region, diving into the history, culture, and its people. Topics of discussion will include folk sayings, tall tales, mountain customs, the economy and politics of Appalachia, and more. A panel discussion of local scholars and pundits who grew up in Appalachia will lead the final class, and students will participate in a traditional Appalachian meal. Drs. Karen and Bennett Judkins will teach this five-week course on Mondays, from 4-5:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 12.
Science and Society: The Adventures and Misadventures of Modern Science is designed for those interested in the issues of modern science as it pertains to the public good. Also taught by the Judkins, this course will explain science as a way of looking at the world and discuss the “best practices” of the empirical life in medicine and research, modern cases of scientific “bad faith,” and the controversies that have damaged the cause of science and more. The course will end with an atypical covered-dish dinner which emphasizes good nutrition: “The Healthy Holiday Soiree.” This five-week course will meet on Mondays, from 4-5:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 24.
Practical Organic…Biology and Chemistry for Experts…and Dummies is for students interested in developing a practical understanding of the body’s systems. Students will study disease prevention and nutrition as well as how to deal with the ramifications of unavoidable consequences of their individual medical histories. Dr. Keith Mills will lead this seven-week course on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6:30-8 p.m., beginning Aug. 22.
Joint Conditioning is designed to help with strength, flexibility, and breathing by incorporating continuous flowing movements, which are intended to help the student in performing everyday activities. The 10-week class, taught by Roxanne Tyson, will meet Wednesdays, from 2-2:50 p.m., starting Aug. 24.
Fitness Class will help students build muscle and strength while using weights to improve endurance and mobility all while enjoying fun music that helps with coordination. Ms. Tyson will lead this 10-week course on Wednesdays, from 1-1:50 p.m., starting Aug. 24.
Fit4Life: Senior Strength is a fitness class for those looking to improve cardiovascular health, increase strength, and have more energy. Whether an avid exerciser or a beginner, Fit4Life offers an opportunity for all to have a healthier body and mind. Kendra Gray will lead this 10-week course which takes place on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 13, from 5-5:50 p.m.
The Rapture and Beyond will cover the Rapture, the Marriage Supper, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the White Throne Judgement and the New Heaven and the New Earth. The scriptures used for this course are found in the Gospels, the writings of Paul, the writings of Peter the writings of John, and the book of Revelation. Dr. Henry Smith teaches this six-week class on Mondays, from 4:30 -6 p.m., and it will start on Aug. 22.
Dante and the Inferno is for anyone interested in exploring the rich complexity of “Dante’s Inferno,” which is the first part of his larger work, “The Divine Comedy.” J. Schlosser leads this 10-week course on Fridays, beginning Aug.19, from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Weeping Prophet: The Life and Message of Jeremiah Part 1 will unpack the prophetic message of Jeremiah and the modern application of this major prophet’s words. Dr. Brian Peterson will teach this six-week course on Wednesdays, from 3:45-4:35 p.m., starting Aug. 17.
Dead President’s Society: Discovering Lives Through Death is designed for anyone desiring more information about the past presidents of the Unites States. Highlights include an in-depth analysis of presidents’ lives, exploration of leadership styles, and review of final resting places. It will include a day trip to Nashville, and guest speakers and video presentations will be incorporated. Cameron Fisher leads this six-week course on Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 4, from 4-5:30 p.m.
Lee University’s Encore Program is a part of the institution’s commitment of service to the community.
All courses are on a first-come, first-served basis, and spaces are limited. Students may choose up to two courses from the list of traditional courses or special lecture topics. All enrolled students will have free entry to campus concerts, plays, and athletic events.
On-site registration will take place Tuesday, Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m., in the Centenary Room, located in the Higginbotham Administration Building on Lee’s campus. Early registration is open now by calling 614-8310, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.leeuniversity.edu/encore.
Classes fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.