Monday, September 09, 2013

[030] MTSU experts devote time, knowledge to ‘Adventures in Learning’

MURFREESBORO — Members of the MTSU community will be among the instructors leading senior citizens again at this year’s “Adventures in Learning.”

An educational event sponsored annually by an interfaith coalition, “Adventures in Learning” is scheduled for 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.

Professors and practitioners will hold informal classes that enlighten and entertain people ages 50 and older who want to learn something new.

Current and retired MTSU personnel once again will play major roles in this year’s lectures. Those leading entire four-lecture series and their topics are:

  • Dr. Ralph Fullerton, professor emeritus, geography and geology, “World War Two: The European Theater;”
  • Gina Logue, producer/media representative, Office of News and Media Relations, “Golden Age of Radio.”

Three retired MTSU English professors will lead discussions in the four-lecture series “From the Bookshelf.” They are:

  • Lynette Ingram, “Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel;
  • Jean Gould, “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul” by John M. Barry;
  • Margaret Ordoubadian, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini;

Four MTSU agriculture professors will be in charge of the four-lecture series “Agriculture: It’s More Than Food.” They are:

  • Dr. Warren Gill, director, School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, and professor of animal science, “Ag is a Good Brand — Growing Food around the World;”
  • Dr. Cliff Ricketts, professor of vocational-technical education, “Alternative Fuels: The Optimist’s View of How We Will Survive and Travel in the Future;”
  • Dr. Tony Johnston, professor of agribusiness, “The Wine Industry in Tennessee and Beyond;”
  • Dr. Dave Whitaker, director of the horse science program, “Horse Science at MTSU: The Leading Equine Program in the East.”

Other topics available include “Do I Need to Know about Social Media?”; “Living to be 100! Are You Up to It?”; “Southern Women: A Lovely Legacy;” “History of Rock and Roll;” and “Reading the Bible as Literature.”

Registration is $16 and is due by Friday, Aug. 23. A fee of $32 will be due for registrations postmarked after Aug. 23.

An additional $15 fee will be payable in advance for “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Painting but Were Afraid to Ask—and Then Some!” This two-hour class is open only to first-time participants, and class size is limited to 10.

All classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited.

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