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Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning announces spring schedule

Submitted by Amanda Marsh Mowell • Mar 4, 2019 at 4:30 PM

KINGSPORT – Beginning Tuesday, March 12, the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) will offer a series of informal classes this spring through a partnership with East Tennessee State University at Kingsport.

The non-credit courses with no homework, grades or tests, are open to anyone. Classes will continue through Tuesday, April 23 and most will be held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, located at 300 West Market Street in downtown Kingsport, with the exception of two field trips. The cost of participation is $25, which covers all regular classes for the spring 2019 term.

On Tuesdays, KACL classes such as “Foodways in the Middle Ages” with food historian Lisa Rolen will begin at 10 a.m. A series on “Christianity: The First Three Centuries” will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

A special program co-sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library called “Great Decisions” will take place Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. covering subjects of international interests followed by a guided discussion. The series will explore topics such as “Refugees and Global Migrations,” “Decoding U.S.-China Trade,” “The United States and Mexico-Partnership Tested,” and “State of the State Department and Diplomacy.” Participants must sign up at the Kingsport Public Library and purchase the suggested study guide for $22.

“UFO’s and Life in the Universe” is one of the classes slated for Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Don Luttermoser, professor of Physics and Astronomy at ETSU, will present a program on March 15 about what it means to be alive and the history of conditions on the Earth that allowed life forms to evolve over time. He will also lead a discussion about the UFO phenomenon and some of the most famous UFO encounters. book, “Driving to Net Zero – Stories of Hope for a Carbon-Free Future,” that follows 15 families on a quest for a environmental purity.

Several KACL classes will focus on technology. “Practical Uses of Drones” in surveying, agriculture, police work and safety will be the topic of the discussion led by ETSU’s Dr. Moin Uddin, associate professor of Engineering Technology, and his colleague, Dr. Jin Hong, assistant professor of Surveying and Mapping, on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. A drone demonstration will follow their talk, weather permitting.

A PowerPoint workshop by Dr. Dave Petke on April 10 will teach users how to use the software to prepare a presentation. Randall Taylor of Eastman Credit Union will discuss electronic banking and money exchange on April 16, and Sharon Petke will show many different ways to use simple spreadsheets on April 17.

David Hrivnak, known locally for his fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles, will speak to KACL on Friday, March 22 about his new book, “Driving to Net Zero – Stories of Hope for a Carbon-Free Future,” that follows 15 families on a quest for a environmental purity.

A special two-part series will focus on Russian Espionage.

For an additional cost, participants may choose to attend a field trip to Barter Theatre on Thursday, March 28 for a matinee performance of "Camelot." KACL participants will visit Bays Mountain Planetarium and take a barge ride on the final day of the spring session, Tuesday, April 23.

The KACL was established in 1993 to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures, and special events. To register and pay the $25 participation fee, or for more information, including a full list of spring 2019 classes, call (423) 354-5200 or visit www.kingsportlearning.org.

For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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