Oakhill Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars

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In the Paw of a Lion

Georgia’s history includes stories of triumph and turmoil, loyalty and betrayal, graciousness and shame, life and death. Join Georgia Backroads publisher Dan Roper for a series of stories about the American Revolution, Cherokee Removal, secession, and other trials endured by those who lived in Georgia long ago.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 18 - November 13 (no class on Oct. 16)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy

This course will look at the recently released book by Jonah Goldberg titled Suicide of the West. Goldberg argues that only once in the last 250,000 years did humans lift themselves out of their natural environment of poverty. It happened in eighteenth-century England — and it was an accident. If democracy, individualism, and the free market were humankind’s destiny, they should have appeared or taken hold a bit earlier in the evolutionary record. The emergence of freedom and prosperity was nothing short of a miracle. Indeed, some might argue it was the miracle of human history. As Americans, we are doubly blessed because the radical ideas that made the miracle possible were written not only into the Constitution but also into our hearts, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society. In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation, and privilege, the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right. Led by Eric Sands, associate professor of Government and International Studies for the Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, this class is guaranteed to provide lively discussions!

Dates: Tuesdays, September 18 - November 13 (no class on Oct. 16)
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
Cost: $80 


While researching your family tree might seem to be a daunting task, it is far from impossible. Thanks to the increasing availability of information online, people can easily conduct a great deal of research from the comforts of their home. Whether you are just starting to search your family history or you are a seasoned professional, this course will present tips and strategies that you can use. Tony Pope, retired Floyd County library media specialist, became interested in family stories in his early childhood and has been researching them for the past 30 years. Along with research methods, he will cover the importance of preserving family histories, resources available, and DNA testing.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 18 - November 13 (no class on Oct. 16)
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $80 

The Morning Barre Workout

The Barre Workout is a full body fitness approach that focuses on stretching and toning at the ballet barre. The sequences we will be exploring incorporate ballet, modern dance, and yoga movements that are designed to facilitate a greater range of motion in the joints, enabling fluidity in motion. Movement across the floor will be included to enhance balance and coordination. The class will be taught by Jeanne Schul, lecturer of Fine Arts–Dance, Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She is certified in yoga and is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT).

Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 – November 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Is God One?

In this course we will examine eight primary world religions—Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Shintoism and Yoruba—with the question, “Do all religions point toward the same God and Truth? Or are there as many truths and “gods” as there are religions?” To help us with this timeless question, we also investigate the perspective of atheists, agnostics and scientists. The required book for this class is God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World (Harper One, 2011) by Stephen Prothero. Back by popular demand is Dr. Jeffrey S. Lidke, chair and professor of religious studies, Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College.

Date: Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 – November 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Cost: $80 

Bridge Basics II

This is a refresher class for people who have previously played, even if it was during college or party bridge at a neighbor’s house. Designed to dust off the old skills, this class will rekindle the reason why you played bridge in the first place! Join Bob Powell, a lifelong bridge player, as he shares how bridge can be challenging, a great way to keep the mind sharp and an excellent way to make new friends.

Dates: Wednesdays, September 19 – November 7
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $120

Bird Photography for Beginners Only

Fall is the perfect time of year to learn how to photograph birds because migratory birds are on the move towards their winter homes. Students will gather tips on how to determine the best exposure, which backgrounds bring out the best contrast and what shutter speed is best for freezing the action or creating a sense of motion. Gena Flanigen, accomplished eagle photographer and retired educator, will use both classroom and field experience to help students learn to identify birds and how best to photograph them. Each week, class will meet at a different location. Expect uneven terrain and unpredictable weather. Students with point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras with a telephoto lens will have opportunities to gain new knowledge.

Dates:  Wednesdays, September 19 – October 10 
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Cost: $100 

Lunch and LearnN 

Arthritis is a problem that many will suffer with later in life. Dr. Brad Bushnell, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at the Harbin Clinic, will review the basics types and causes of arthritis, the latest in diagnosis and treatment, and future directions of care. He will focus on his area of expertise, surgical treatment of arthritis, and demonstrate a knee replacement (on a model, of course!). A brief Q&A session will be available at the end of class. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Dates: Wednesday, October 10
Times: Noon - 1 p.m.
Cost: $Free