Originally published on 4/27/10
If you are interested in dueling views of the Bible and Jesus, determining whether the term “Appalachian Culture” is an oxymoron or learning how to demystify some seemingly simply task on your computer then you should probably enlist in the summer program with the Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute.
The program, called BULLI for short, is a member-drive organization that offers an eclectic collection of daytime non-credit classes for adults of all ages.
BULLI’s 2010 summer term runs from June 7 through July 16, but registration begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at the university’s Thurmond McRae Auditorium adjacent to the Trustee Library on Academy Street in Gainesville.
“We run a slightly smaller class schedule in the summer term,” said BULLI director Kathy Amos, “but all the classes are usually very popular and very full, so it is best to sign up early.”
The normal BULLI membership is $130 per year, but the organization is, for the second time, offering a “summer only” membership for $60 and class fees of $35. You cannot enroll in classes unless you are a BULLI member.
Those unable to attend the May 6 registration may also register at the BULLI House at 406 Academy Street by June 12 in order to register for ay summer term classes that are not closed out. Those registering after that date will only be able to register for those classes not closed out.
Here is a rundown of courses offered this summer:
- 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? You bring the questions; BULLI director Amos provides the answers.
- DUELING VIEWS OF THE BIBLE AND JESUS – Bart Ehrman, Bishop John Shelby Spong and Marcus Borg all hold different views the historical and Biblical Jesus. Their views have colored current discussions in religious society. In this course we will examine Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” and “Jesus, Interrupted,” Spong’s “The Sins of the Scriptures” and “Jesus for the Nonreligious” and Borg’s “Reading the Bible for the First Time” and “Jesus.” Summaries and quotations of each of these books will be used in this class conducted by Dr. Edward Simmons, retired from the Georgia Department of Human Services, a professor and a lifelong student of the Bible who holds a minor in Christianity from Mercer University.
- APPALACHIAN CULTURE – IT’S NOT AN OXYMORON! – Whar ere ya gittin off to? You should be sitting in this class if you don’t understand this phrase. And if you think “I don’t keer ifin I do” means someone doesn’t want to do something, you don’t understand Appalachia! From its history as the seat of the Cherokee Nation through the immigration of the Scots, Irish and Germans who settled here, the history of north Georgia is a fascinating one – explored under tutelage of Amos, who has taught a class on Appalachian Culture for many years for Elderhostel.
- WALKING MATTERS – Get out and enjoy your community while starting your morning off right! This is a fitness class with a focus on cardiovascular fitness. Classes will encourage students to become more active by walking. Classes will be held in parks around the community and will be taught by Kelli Pirkle, a certified AFAA personal trainer, a group exercise instructor and former couch potato.
- THE OTHER WAR: GERMANS VERSUS SOVIETS 1941-45 – Very few people in the United States today are truly aware of the scale and brutality of the conflict between Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. This class, taught by Glen Kyle, a military historian and the managing director of the Northeast Georgia History Center, will explore the war on the “Eastern Front” from the top (generals, strategies, big battles) to bottom (skirmishes, soldier’s lives and equipment, fear and friendships).
- READING ‘ROUND THE WORLD – Engage with us in discussion and a worldly literary tour using two excellent non-fiction books, Peter Hessler’s “River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze” and Greg Mortensen’s “Stones Into Schools,” as well as the exquisite novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery. Bill Early, former educator and book industry executive, will facilitate this discussion.
- HISTORY THROUGH ART – Through the ages, people have expressed their beliefs and emotions in their art. By studying their art, we can understand the intimate values and lives of our ancestors. The five programs of the video series, “History through Art,” explore each era’s great works of visual art and draws further insight from authentic period music, when available and the thoughts of each era’s important writers. LaMerle Loveland, BULLI instructor, will facilitate the discussions.
- QUIGONG – You may have tried Tai Chi, now try Quigong! Quigong is a moving meditation. We move our bodies and guide “qi” or “energy” through our bodies to improve health and reduce stress. Quigong is adaptable to any level of ability, so all participants are welcome! Calm your mind and strengthen your body through this ancient Chinese practice. Tamara Clarke, who has a master’s degree in Chinese medicine and acupuncture, will teach.
- ART AT ANY AGE – Looking for something to do with your grandchildren or wanting to feel like a kid this summer? This course may be it! This intergenerational approach to exploring the art world by experimenting with different media – including family oriented dimensional collage, shared acrylic painting and working in watercolor. No age limit for adults – children should be at least 8 years old. Even if you don’t have a child around, explore the child in yourself. Be sure to wear old clothes! Kathy Ash, who has been teaching art publicly and privately for 20 years, is the instructor.
For more information about the programs, consult the BULLI Web page at www. brenau.edu/bulli