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Spring 2014 Courses (February 18 - April 15)

For more information, please contact Alice Stevens at astevens@berry.edu or 706-368-6776.

Senior Scholars Brochure (PDF)  -  Register Online

iPad for Advanced Beginners


In four 90-minute sessions, we will discuss the advanced features of the 
iPad’s camera, go in-depth with photo editing, learn how to use Messages 
and Mail to communicate with friends and family, and how to make your 
iPad your own personal assistant with Siri. This highly anticipated class 
will be led by Eric Ellenberg, a Georgia Tech graduate and former
Apple employee.  

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – March 18 (no class March 4)
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $60

Literary Hits of the New Republic: Royall Tyler’s The 
Contrast and Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte Temple

The attitude toward American literature in the 1780s and 90s was 
largely that there was no such thing. Even as late as 1820, English critic 
Sydney Smith sniffed, “In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an 
American book? Or goes to an American play?” Despite such prejudices, 
there were popular literary productions during this time. In this course 
we will explore two of them: Royall Tyler’s 1787 play, The Contrast, and 
Susanna Rowson’s 1791 sentimental novel, Charlotte Temple, which 
is regarded as America’s first best-selling novel. We’ll spend the course 
reading and discussing the texts, with particular emphasis in placing 
them in their historical and literary context – understanding how they 
are addressing the recent Revolution, the budding political nature of the 
country, emerging conversations about gender and marriage, issues of 
social class, and literary technique and genre. 
Tina Bucher, Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing at 
Berry College, is back by popular demand. Copies of Charlotte Temple, 
Bedford/St. Martin’s ISBN-13: 978-0312596804 can be ordered from 
Dogwood Books for less that $10 or learn how to download onto an 
e-reader for free during class. Tina will provide copies of Royall Tyler’s 
The Contrast.

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – April 15 (no class March 4)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $60

The Fundamentals of Drawing

This class is designed with the beginner in mind, enabling the artist 
in you to draw better landscapes, portraits and animals. Instructor Bill 
Thompson, a new Roman with a master’s degree in visual art from Florida 
State University, will cover the basic components of drawing such as 
creating values, forms and textures; eye-level perspective; and developing 
textures with lines and stokes. A supply list will be available on the first 
day of class.

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – April 1 (no class March 4)
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $60

Italian Sunday Feast Cooking Class - Class Full

Accompany us as we take a journey that weaves it way through the 
kitchen and ends with a feast prepared by all. The first week’s class will 
introduce students to kitchen basics with an emphasis on tools of the trade 
and a few chef “tricks.” Week two’s focus will be on appetizers, week three 
on salads, and week four on the main course. Week five is when the magic 
comes together--students will put their training to work and together prepare 
the feast, worthy of a grandmother’s smile! Join Bob Blumberg, owner 
of Johnny’s NY Style Pizza on Broad Street in Rome, and his chef Chris 
Blackmon as their share their years of cooking expertise. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – March 18 (no class March 4)
Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 (includes final dinner)

Contemporary Issues in American Politics 

Eric Sands will lead this course devoted to exploring current issues and 
problems in American politics. The class will introduce a new topic every 
week and will seek to expose students to variety of perspectives and possible 
approaches and solutions to challenges confronting the American regime. 
Possible topics include gun control, healthcare regulation, government 
spending, immigration reform, and foreign policy. Several weeks of the 
class will also be reserved for topics selected by the students. Students 
will be challenged to think about these issues from the standpoint of 
constitutionalism, historical development, economic costs and benefits, 
ethics, and political context. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – April 15 (no class March 4)
Time: 11:00 a.m. – noon
Cost: $60

Afternoon Tea at Oak Hill

Don your best hat and gloves in the spirit of days gone by as 
grandmothers share tea with their granddaughters, nieces and young friends 
on the back lawn of Oak Hill. Different from High Tea, Afternoon Tea is 
held earlier in the day and its presentation is a little less formal. Enjoy a spot 
of tea along with a dainty sandwich, scone & pastry while learning proper 
etiquette from Lucia Johnson, an expert in the field. 

Date: Saturday, April 12
Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $22


Emotional Intelligence (Self Talk) 

We all have different personalities, different wants and needs, and 
different ways of showing our emotions. Barry Benton is an expert 
in personality profiling, who feels strongly about the power of this 
subject. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize your emotions, 
understand what they’re telling you, and realize how your emotions affect 
people around you. It also involves your perception of others. When you 
understand how they feel, this allows you to manage relationships more 
effectively, while promoting deeper and longer lasting relationships. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – April 15 (no class March 4)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $60

Strength Training for the Core

Nate Masters, Assistant Football Coach at Berry College, leads a team 
of kinesiology students as they develop a program to meet the needs of 
Senior Scholars students. They will work through a series of exercises 
designed to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity 
of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. 
Participants should consult a physician before becoming more 
physically active. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – April 15 (no class March 4)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $60

Yin Yoga for Seniors

Yin Yoga is a unique type of yoga that is slower paced, so that poses 
can be held for longer periods of time in a non-resistant, non-aggressive 
way. It is more passive yoga practice that allows the pose to move deeper 
beyond just stretching the muscle into joints, ligament and bone. Thus 
practice can bring benefits of rebuilding joint mobility and flexibility, 
and improved organ function, and can soothe chronic pain. We will also 
balance this more passive practice with some “yang” active poses during 
each class to allow you as the student to feel balanced and harmonious at 
the close of the class. This is a highly restorative type of yoga practice that 
can bring benefits and healing deeper into the spirit housed within your 
healing body. Bring a yoga mat. Consider bringing a yoga blanket (throw 
blanket) and a pillow or two to help with poses. This class is a perfect 
complement to the Strength Training class. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – April 15 (no class March 4)
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $60

Watercolor Painting with Everything but the Kitchen Sink

The class will experience the freedom of playing with watercolor as we 
use unusual “tools” to texture our paint surfaces. Students will experience 
this by letting the paint, the water, and the paper collide. We will then 
texture our painted surface for some surprising results. The small works of 
art we will create will be “impressions” of scenes with just a few details. 
Painters should have a rudimentary background in brush control, how to 
mix paints, and a sense of adventure. Along the way, we will talk about 
color, value, and design. Marilyn Lindholm, an award-winning artist, has 
been president of several Texas painting societies and is an experimental 
watercolor artist. Class supply list will be sent upon registration. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 – March 18 (no class March 4)
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: $125


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