Adventure in Learning

Adventures in Learning is college-type courses and cultural enrichment workshops focused on helping older adults continue to learn, discover, and grow in an atmosphere of friendship. Our sessions are led by volunteer class instructors who bring their special interest and backgrounds to enrich lives and keep minds strong and vibrant. 

Fall 2021 is going virtual!!
OCTOBER 18TH - NOVEMBER 23RD
EACH CLASS IS A 6 WEEK SERIES
MONDAYS 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Christianity comes to the British Isles                                                                                                          

Luther Wade, Ph.D., Instructor

 

Course Description

This course will explore the story of the missionaries that brought Christianity to the countries of the British Isles - St Patrick of Ireland, St Columba of Scotland, St Augustine of England, and others. We’ll look at the role played by the Roman Empire and even the legends of Christ himself visiting England. Instructor

Bio

Luther Wade has earned four degrees, including the Ph.D., from Louisiana State University, with additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University and, in addition, has taught at L.S.U. and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where, after retirement from full time teaching, he taught special courses in the Honors Program for a number of years. A cultural historian with a special interest in religious history, he is in demand as a speaker at churches and various types of civic organizations and has presented a number of lectures on a variety of topics to audiences at both religious and secular institutions. For 17 years, he was the producer and host of Viva Voce, a weekly radio program on WDAV, Classical 89.9 FM. He is also a regular contributor to Opera News magazine. He and his wife Marylyn have led tours to Europe, especially the British Isles, for over 30 years.

BREAK - OPPORTUNITY TO SOCI ALIZE 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
MONDAYS  11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cultural Rhetorics                                                                                                                                   

Danielle Donelson, Ph.D., Instructor

Course Description

This course will delve into the many and nuanced meanings of cultures and rhetorics (here we'll use the term to mean cultural values/knowledges). We'll focus on learning about non-western cultures and emphasize the importance of storytelling and stories as a way of sharing knowledge. We'll also provide a platform for participants o tell and share their own stories.

Bio

Danielle Donelson is a native of southwestern New York State (south of Buffalo where they get all of that lake effect snow). She completed all her higher education in the state of Ohio. Prior to finishing her doctorate, she lived in for five years in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia where she served with Mennonite Central Committee and taught English language and literature classes at Satya Wacana Christian University. She enjoys traveling, cooking, hot yoga, reading and good strong coffee.  Her teaching and research interests focus on Cultural Rhetorics and Decolonial Pedagogy. 

TUESDAYS 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Creative Writing                                                                                                                                                         

Barbara Lawing, Instructor

 

Course Description

Learn how to get your thought onto paper in a creative way. During this class we will look back at fairy tales as we consider our own fairy tales. We will examine poems and write our own based on our own experiences. Storytelling cannot be exhausted - there's always another.

Bio

Barbara Kidd Lawing (of Huntersville, NC) has worked with writers since 1990s when she taught Creative Writing for CPCC. She has led countless numbers of writing groups in private homes, coffee shops, day camps, and Wildacres Retreat Center.  She now leads groups of writers virtually via Zoom.  Her early poems are in a book called 117 Poems, a second collection soon to come, and Hazeline, a historical novel set in Mecklenburg County in 1937 is currently with a publishing house and soon available.   

BREAK - OPPORTUNITY TO SOCI ALIZE 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM