Registration for the fall term of Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute (BULLI) courses and enrollment for the 2010 – 2011 academic year begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall, adjacent to the Brenau Trustee Library on Academy Street in Gainesville.
The eclectic offering for the term, which runs from Sept, 27 to Nov. 12, includes courses that touch on characters from Shakespeare and characters of north Georgia; pairing wines with foods; “sermons” found in “Moby Dick” or in the comings and goings of folks in William Faulkner’s fictional “Yoknapatawpha County;” great foreign language films; the lessons of Little Big Horn; and more.
The membership fee for the 2010-2011 academic year is $130. The course fee for each course taken is $35. Members may take as many courses as they like, but Kathy Amos, the BULLI director, says classes fill up quickly on a first come, first served basis. Also, she added, there is no mail-in membership for the annual enrollment or fall registration.
Membership enrollments and course registration will continue weekdays Aug. 13-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BULLI House on the Brenau campus, 406 Academy St. Those who register after Aug. 18 stand less a chance of getting all the classes they want, said Amos.
Here is a rundown of courses that will be offered in the fall term:
WOMEN’S ISSUES FORWOMEN OVER 50 - This course, taught by Dr. Andrea Cook, a counselor at Gainesville First Baptist Church, is on Mondays from 9 a.m. to10:30 a.m.
CHARACTERS, CRAZIES AND THE CULTURE OF NORTHEAST GEORGIA - Taught by Gordon Sawyer, local historian and chairman of the board of Georgia Backroads magazine, the course on Mondays from 10:45 a.m. to12:15 p.m., is based on a new book by the instructor, features sometimes serious, often humorous stories and verbal snapshots of people who created Georgia’s mountain culture.
VERONA TO HOLLYWOOD: SHAKESPEARE IN LIVING COLOR - Taught on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. by Dr. Jay Gaspar, a Brenau professor who heads the university honors program, and Bob Johnson, a lifelong devotee of films, this course examines Hollywood’s treatment of some of the best-known works of “The Bard.”
BEGINNING COMPUTER - If you don’t know a gig from a mouse, are afraid of the computer, but are more afraid of being left behind in this technological age, then this course is for you. The Monday course from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. will be taught by BULLI Director Kathy Amos.
THE NOVELIST AS PREACHER: SERMONS FROM MELVILLE, BEDE AND FAULKNER – Dr. Bruce Morgan, a retired pastor, explores religious themes in the works of three of the greatest novelists of the 18th and 19th centuries in a course on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to10:30 a.m.
CREATIVE WRITING: HOW TO GET YOUR STORY OUT THERE – On Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to12:15 p.m., Steve Ward, author of “Holy Enigma!” and “Test Pilot’s Daughter,” will provide pointers for getting your stories – fiction or nonfiction – into print for your loved ones or into the marketplace.
SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN – Have you updated your landscape lately? Do you know how to design your yard to make it look its best? Dr. Rick Ludwig, who has been featured in Southern Living and on Garden Smart on TBS, will answer your questions on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
MATCHMAKING: PAIRING FOOD WITH WINE – This exciting new course will be held at ReCess, the Southern Gastropub at 188 Bradford St., Gainesville, just off the square. Randall Murray, a wine writer and educator, and Chef Paul Anthony will provide compare and contrast opportunities for students to sample food offerings and wines to determine which pairings work best. Note: There’s a $50 “supply fee” for this class, offered Tuesdays, 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
YOUR BRAIN: A USER’S GUIDE – This course, taught by Brenau Occupational Therapy Professor Mary Shotwell, is based on a compendium of articles published in a special issue of Time magazine. It explores the five paths of the mind, consciousness, understanding the brain for science and profit, the role of the brain in healing, new science in memory and the mature brain. It’s on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to10:30 a.m.
COLORED PENCIL PORTRAITURE - Debra Yaun, an award winning artist and author of numerous books, offers a fun, relaxed way to learn how to draw portraits. On Wednesdays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., you will learn layering techniques, how to get flesh tones with colored pencil, drawing hair and how to capture a likeness.
TAI CHI - “Energy flowing like water, spirit shining like the moon.” This Chinese poem captures the effortless way we move and the uplifting energy we feel as we seek good health and enjoyment through graceful movement. All this, and you burn calories too – about 250 per hour for a 140-pound person. The class, taught by tai chi teachers Pat and Buck Barnes will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
SOCIAL MEDIA – BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE- Flickering, Tweeting, Digging, YouTube, MySpace, Reddit. Confused yet? BULLI Director Amos helps you sort it out in this lecture and hands-on course on Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
LITTLE BIG HORN: HISTORY AND MYTH – The battle of Little Big Horn, or “Custer’s Last Stand,” is one of the best-known battles of American history. Peter Claymore, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe who holds a masters degree in U.S. and modern European history, helps your sort out fact from fiction on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to10:30 a.m.
INTRODUCING GREAT FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS - Foreign language films are not everyone’s cup of tea. However, an appreciation of such films can be acquired. This series, taught by film buff Al Harriett on Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., will introduce you to the world’s most famous film directors: Truffaut, Fellini, Kirosawa, Bergman, Kieslowski, Donnersmarck and Visconti.
For more information about the programs, consult the BULLI Web page at http://intranet.brenau.edu/bulli.
Originally published on 7/05/10