BULLI previews winter courses when enrollment opens Dec. 1

If you think you might be interested to learn about the kind of bug juice you put on your lips, how spirituality actually changes your brain as well as your mental outlook, or who was the best general in the Civil War, you probably should consider taking part in the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute.

The organization, also known as BULLI, opens registration for new members and enrollment in its winter classes as 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Thurmond-McRae Auditorium next to the Brenau Trustee Library on Academy Street in Gainesville. In addition to learning the some of the mysteries of colors in you can gain insight on history of medicine as well as the perennial favorite in the South, the Civ… No, better make that the War Between the States. There are also some computer classes, a course on watercolor painting, a fitness course and a creative writing class that will help you turn memories into memoirs.

Thursday’s hour-long preview program for both existing and prospective members of BULLI will focus on each class that will be offered during the winter term, which runs from Jan. 9 through Feb. 24.

“Many members have said that they find courses that they would not otherwise have taken until they heard more about the subjects from those who will be teaching them,” said Kathy Amos, director of BULLI.

Registration also will take place at the BULLI House at 406 Academy St. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays Dec. 2-7. Those enrolling in BULLI for the first time do have to enroll in person. Cost for membership is $130. Courses cost $35 each.

Registration will be accepted after Dec. 7, but those registering after that date will not receive priority in the classes they request.

Here is a description of upcoming winter courses:

THE HISTORY OF COLOR – Do you put bug juice on your lips? How did wallpaper kill Napoleon? Why did Caesar outlaw the wearing of “imperial purple?” What was the Greek word for blue? Get the answers to these and other questions in a class devoted to the history of color sources and uses in art. Monday, 9-10:30 a.m., Mary Beth Looney, chair of Brenau’s Art and Design department, will be teaching this course.

MEMORIES AND MEMOIRS – This course will offer us a look into some interesting personalities through the medium of biography and memoir. There will, of course, be other selected readings, some of which will be given to you and some that will be read to you. Books include If I Live to Be 100 by Neena Ellis, Cleopatra by Nancy Schiff, The River of Doubt by Candace Millard, All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg and The Autobiography of Ben Franklin. There is a $10 supply fee for this course. Monday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Dr. Bill Coates is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Gainesville and holds a doctorate in American Literature. He has taught previously for BULLI.

FUN PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS – Explore the medium of watercolor in this basic watercolor class. We will study techniques that help bring shape and form to our paintings. Step by step lessons on simple subjects will be given before we venture on to a complete project. You may draw or transfer a line drawing onto watercolor paper. Monday, 1-2:30 p.m., Mary Brady is a well-known local artist and instructor. She holds a master’s degree from Isabel O’Neil Art Studio in New York.

HISTORY OF MEDICINE: 1950 TO PRESENT – This course, which includes guest lecturers summarizes the achievements over the last 60 years in ten of the major specialties of medicine. Discussion will also include the evolution of hospital medicine and the potentials of molecular genetics and gene therapy. Monday, 2:45-4:15 p.m. Dr. Sam Rauch and Dr. Jim Butts are both Emory graduates and semi-retired. Both have practiced in the Gainesville area for years.

MAJOR LESSONS FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS – Only 12 of the 66 books of the Bible are known as “The Minor Prophets,” but they are “minor” only because they are brief, not because they are insignificant. Today, these works are largely ignored or misunderstood; yet when the Wise Men came looking for Jesus, their answer was in a one of the books. The Protestant Reformation was anchored in a concept tucked in another. Messages of hope in the face of disaster and powerful voices for social justice are found in these brief writings. We will discuss a sample of them, together with the issue of “What shaped these prophets?” Tuesday, 9-10:30 a.m., Allen Swanson holds a doctorate of Ministry and served 30 years on the theological faculty of an all Chinese school in Taipei, Taiwan.

WHO WAS THE BEST GENERAL OF THE CIVIL WAR? – This course focuses on eight towering personalities of the war. Most Southerners automatically conclude that Robert E. Lee was the best of the Confederate generals. The Lost Cause Interpretation fostered that conclusion. The interpretation was pushed by Southern writers as part of the resistance to Reconstruction and hinged on turning Lee into a Christ figure. Three leading generals, James Longstreet, William Sherman and Ulysses Grant, thought that Joseph Johnston was a better general than Lee. We will look at Lee’s achievements as we consider him along with seven other outstanding generals and reach our own conclusions. Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Dr. Edward Simmons is an adjunct professor for Gwinnett College and has taught previously for BULLI.

CREATIVE WRITING – TURNING MEMORIES TO MEMOIRS – We all have a story to tell. This course will teach beginning and seasoned writers the process of writing personal and family life stories and will help students make decisions on what to write as well as how and why to write his/her story. Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m., Steve Ward is a published author of three outstanding novels. He has been an editor for over 10 years. Sandra Hogue holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South. She was a psychotherapist for 20 years.

INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER – This course is a continuation of the Beginning Computer course and will cover Microsoft Word using graphics, tables and addressing envelopes and labels and basic Internet email. Students do not have to have taken the Beginning Computer course, but should have some computer experience with Microsoft Word or Works. Tuesday, 2:45-4:15 p.m., Kathy Amos has taught computer to BULLI members for 13 years and is the Director of BULLI.

HOW GOD CHANGES YOUR BRAIN – This intriguing course will be based on the book of the same name. Breakthrough findings by neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, and psychologist Mark Waldman point to evidence that active, positive spiritual belief changes the human brain for the better. We will explore neural aspects of spiritual experiences, spiritual personalities of the brain and ways to enhance physical, mental and spiritual health. Wednesday, 9-10:30 a.m., Brenau professor and former BULLI instructor Dr. Mary Shotwell has been a practicing occupational therapist for 28 years and teaches courses in occupational therapy as well as neuroscience.

TOTALLY FIT – Different aspects of fitness will be covered, including but not limited to flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular strength and endurance, balance and agility, core abdominal and lower back and how to build a fitness plan to include all of these in your daily life. Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m., Angie Roberts is a personal fitness trainer and aerobics instructor and has taught previously for BULLI.

THE WORLD ECONOMY – The world has hit some severe economic turbulence in the last few years. In this course, we’ll step back from the day-to-day headlines and take a look at the longer-term economic trends and where they might be heading. We’ll look at the ideas of some influential economists and talk about recent provocative works by Thomas Friedman, Pankaj Ghemawat and others. We’ll also look at the global financial system and its periodic crises, as well as the role our political institutions play. Thursday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Robin Terrell has lived and worked in several countries. From 1986 to 2007 he has lead national and global businesses within a transnational health-care corporation.

HOW DO YOU DO THAT? – Are you frustrated by some seemingly simple procedure when using your computer? Do you know how to take care of your computer to maximize its life? Do you have questions about using the Internet, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Picasa or Photostory? What still confuses you about Social Media? If you have questions, then this class is for you.

If you have questions, please call the BULLI office at (770) 538-4705.

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