Oakhill Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars


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From Counting to Code-Breaking: A Guided Tour of Joyous Mathematics

This course explores a delightful potpourri of mathematical topics that are guaranteed to invoke awe, appreciation and understanding of one of society’s most misunderstood subjects. We will see how algebra can be explained with scissors, how division can be performed with clocks, and how the infinite can be tamed with sheep and pebbles. A variety of other topics will be selected based on the interests of class participants. A fourth-grade knowledge of arithmetic is desired (but not required). Experience mathematics as it was meant to be learned — and enjoy it for (perhaps) the first time in your life. Eric McDowell, professor of mathematics, will share his unique and entertaining approach he uses to help all students better understand math.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 19 - April 16 (no class on March 12)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Where the Fire Pink Grows

Join Georgia Backroads publisher, Dan Roper, as he interweaves Georgia’s rich history with its remarkable natural history. Today, lovely fire-engine-red flowers grow in the trenches occupied by Confederate artillery at Resaca in 1864. Today, the state’s champion white oak tree towers over the lawn of a vanished antebellum mansion where sisters spied against Union Troops. Today, Carolina wrens sing where the Cherokee once hunted amidst the howl of wolves. Today, stands of pine shadow the “Great Buffalo Lick,” where “horned critters” gathered during the time of explorer William Bartram. Enjoy Roper’s gift of storytelling as he intertwines the historical and natural history of Northwest Georgia.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 19 - April 16 (no class on March 12)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80 

Senior Scholars NEW Book Club

This long-awaited class will be led by Tom Dasher, who is no stranger to books considering he retired from Berry College as a professor of English after many years of service. To kick off the program, Dasher chooses Marilynne Robinson’s much acclaimed book, “Gilead.” A beautiful novel -- slightly over 200 pages, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Robinson’s novel is full of faith, grace, family relationships and the beauty of life, even with all of life’s struggles and hardships.

Books may be purchased through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 19 – April 16 (no class on March 12)
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Cost: $80 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Learn the basics of Modern Calligraphy while exploring fundamental lettering techniques with gel pens and markers. Gain more confidence by exploring pen pressure, letters and connecting letters with dip pens and a range of nibs. Explore ways using these techniques to jot a thoughtful note to a friend, address an envelope, or create personalized place cards and gift tags. Join in the fun with Lindsay Norman, Associate Dean of Students, as she leads this workshop. Supply list will be sent upon registration.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 19 – April 2 (no class on March 12)
Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $69

Hinduism: An Eternal River with Seemingly Infinite Tributaries

The word “Hindu” was created in the 18th century by British colonialists as a label for the beliefs and practices of all the peoples living on the Indian subcontinent. Today, those peoples number well over 1 billion, making Hinduism the world’s third largest religion behind only Christianity and Islam. Hinduism has evolved as the most diverse religion in the world. Beginning with ancient Vedas we will explore the origins of Yoga, the Hindu understanding of caste and karma, as well as centuries-old exchange between the West and India, an exchange that is still vibrant today.

Jeff Lidke, chair and professor of religious studies, is back to share his passion for world religions.

Date: Dates: Wednesdays, February 20 – April 17 (no class on March 13)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
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. Jeanne Schul, a lecturer and choreographer in the fine arts department,

Jeanne Schul, a lecturer and choreographer in the fine arts department, is certified in yoga and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT).

Dates: Wednesdays, February 20 – April 17 (no class on March 13)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Gibbs Gardens’ Daffodil Festival Bus Trip

With a hundred different varieties and 20 million individual daffodil bulbs planted, anyone who loves to see spring ushered in with a bang will not be disappointed with this 220-acre landscape that includes 16 garden venues. From Japanese gardens to the Monet Waterlily Gardens, students will have many areas to explore. The garden paths are level and wide with benches scattered along the way. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a full day! Transportation and lunch are provided.

Dates:  Thursday, April 4
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $52