Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has announced its fall 2020 offerings.
With a fee of $25, Encore students may choose up to two of the following courses:
• Augustine and His World: Augustine of Hippo was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of the Christian world, both across place and time. This class seeks to give the student a deeper understanding of Augustine’s thoughts as well as the world that shaped them. J. David Schlosser will teach two sessions of the class on Wednesdays from 10:10 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., the first session on Aug. 26-Sept. 30 and the second Oct. 14-Nov. 18.
• Back to the Sixties: And the Beat Goes On: This course will look at a decade that not only changed America but also influenced the thinking of a generation known as the baby boomers, giving special consideration to major events of the time such as the civil rights movement and the war on poverty. Dr. Karen Mundy-Judkins and Dr. Bennett M. Judkins will teach this course on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 14-Oct. 12.
• Fitness Class: In this class, students will build muscle and strength while using weights. Students will also stand to help improve endurance and mobility while enjoying fun music that helps with coordination. Students will need to wear the proper attire, such as clothing that one can move easily in, along with comfortable walking shoes. Roxanne Tyson will instruct the 10-week class on Wednesdays from 1:25 to 2:15 p.m., Aug. 26-Oct. 28.
• Grief and Loss: This course exposes students to knowledge and skills of counseling psychology, with current research and theory in grief and bereavement. Grief therapy is a unique form of counseling and views bereavement as a normal response to life crisis. Students are taught the active steps in grieving that help people through their individual process of recovery. Lena Barber will teach this course Sept. 10-Oct. 8 on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
• Is Fake News Real? How to Tell When Organizations are Skewing the Truth: Is Fake News Real will allow students a non-partisan examination of techniques used by organizations to bend the truth, and perhaps lie, in order to influence the public. This course will examine real-life case studies that give students an inside look at how news may become distorted through carelessness and by design. John Bland will teach the six-week course on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Sept. 15-Oct. 20.
• Japan: Land of the Rising Sun: will begin in antiquity and progress into the 20th century, surveying the twists and turns of Japan’s rich history and culture. Dr. Timothy Lay will teach this course Oct. 20-Nov. 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
• Joint Conditioning: This course will cover different techniques to help students strengthen and regain movement in their joints. The class will include different stretches and breathing techniques to help with relaxation, flexibility, agility, and strength. Chairs will be used in class, but some of the exercises do require standing. Students will need to wear the proper attire, such as clothing that one can move easily in, along with comfortable walking shoes. Tyson will teach the course on Wednesday at 2:30 to 3:20 p.m., Aug. 26-Oct. 28.
• Living in the Age of COVID-19 (Without Losing Your Mind): This course analyzes the COVID-19 crisis from an epidemiological, societal, and individual perspective. The first two classes introduce the student to current research in epidemiology and public health in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on national and global patterns. The next two sessions consider the implications for American society, including the politics of health security, education, religion, and economy. A final session is devoted to promoting individual well-being. Mundy-Judkins and Judkins will instruct the class on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 19-Nov. 16.
• More Dorothy L. Sayers Novels: The Inventor of the Literary Mystery: Students will read four novels in eight weeks. These novels are set in London and surroundings in the 1920s and 1930s, with characters ranging from aristocrats to early radical sympathizers. Class will be discussion based and will not have tests. Dr. Christopher Coulter will lead this eight-week class, Sept. 14-Nov. 2, on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
• More than a Dove!: The Development of the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit Throughout Church Tradition: This is part two in a series on the Holy Spirit and will pick up with the development of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the first few centuries of the early church. This course will explore how the doctrine of the Spirit developed and then trace some of the central developments throughout the Middle Ages, Reformation, and Contemporary Christianity. Dr. Lisa Stephenson, professor of systematic theology, will teach this course on Thursdays at 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. from Sept. 3-24.
• Oil Painting Beginner to Intermediate Level: The focus of the Oil Painting class will be to paint in a wet-on-wet process and to complete many paintings. The course will include a demonstration of the technique or objective at the start of each class. For those painters who want to work at their own pace, the instructor will be available for one on one consultation after the initial group instruction. Gary McDonald will lead the class Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 6-Nov. 12.
• Postmodernism’s Attack on Biblical Sexual Ethics: Raising a Family in a 21st Century Context: This course examines how Western culture has systematically undermined the biblical sexual ethics established by God in the opening chapters of Genesis. Special attention will be paid to the cultural shifts in sexual mores since WWII, as well as the role that the courts and political agendas have played in changing the ethical landscape of America. From Aug. 20-Sept. 24, Dr. Brian Peterson will teach this six-week course on Thursdays from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.
• Scotland: Then & Now: This course surveys some of the highlights of Scotland’s long and rich history, beginning with origins of Scottish people and exploring individuals and incidents that have set the small country apart. Lay will lead this course from Sept. 1-Oct. 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
• The iHows in the iWorld: A Guide to the iPhone and iPad: This course will introduce the novice user to world of iPads and iPhones. The course will cover the basics of navigation, settings, email, Face Time, messaging, and taking and sharing pictures and videos. The student will learn how to explore the web and social media such as Facebook with the iPhone or iPad. Dr. William Jaber will teach this course on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 25-Sept. 22.
• The Life and Ministry of the Twelve Apostles: This course will cover the background of each of the 12 Apostles, their calling by Jesus, and their ministry. It will also cover where their ministry took place, the results of their ministry, and the way they were put to death. Dr. Henry Smith will lead the class on Mondays from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Aug. 24-Sept. 21.
• Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course: Due to COVID-19, Tennessee in Tennis Shoes will be offered to all Encore students. Enrollment in the course is not necessary to participate. Trips will be scheduled based upon current active cases in the area and CDC guidelines, and further information about upcoming opportunities will be communicated via email. David Altopp will lead this class.
Students will be required to wear masks and class capacity has been decreased in the interest of safety and to observe CDC distancing guidelines.
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 and special lecture topics. All enrolled students will have free entry to campus concerts, plays, and athletic events.
Registration will take place on Aug. 5, 6 and 7 in the Communication Arts Building, Room 113, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Aug. 10, registration will only be available via email, over the phone, or by dropbox in the lobby of the Higginbotham Administration Building. In-person registration will be by appointment only to ensure social distancing.
Lee University’s Encore Program is a part of the institution’s commitment of service to the community.