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In Association with the University of South Carolina Aiken
Academy for Lifelong Learning
2014 – 2015 Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Curriculum Chair
Membership Chair
Publicity Chair
Carl Fields
Doug Cook
Doug Wilson
Laura Anderson
Jan Van Slyke
Sherry Wilson
Nancy Meinhardt
University Representatives
Vice Chancellor for
University Advancement
Dr. Deidre Martin
Faculty Liaison,
Asst. Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs
Dr. Timothy Lintner
Continuing Education
Laura Anderson
Spring 2015 Semester
Dates: 4 Mondays, January 5, 12, 26 & Feb. 2
Time: 10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: Marty Bourgeois Bailey, a native Texan, began her love of history when she served as the Education Director at the Historic
Brownsville Museum in Brownsville, Texas. After moving to Aiken in 2009, she began volunteering at the Aiken County Historic Museum and
the Aiken Visitors Center/Train Museum where she became a certified tour guide for the city’s Saturday trolley tours. Now in business for
herself, she owns Tailored Tours of Aiken through which she provides private driving tours of historic Aiken and goes into schools giving
presentations of historic Aiken to students bringing with her antiques to bring history alive to her young audience.
Description: Through a combination of visual presentations you will be taken on a virtual tour of historic Aiken as you've never seen it before.
In this class you'll be taken through roads less frequented and see places rarely seen as you hear fun and fascinating facts, see exterior and
interior views of historic homes and businesses that are rarely seen by the unknowing eye and can never be seen while riding in a large capacity
vehicle. While admiring our city’s beauty and charm you will learn of the captivating history of both Winter Colonists and Aiken citizens that
inhabited and/or frequented the presented locations.
Dates: 4 Mondays, January 5, 12, 26 & Feb. 2
Time: 11:00 - 12:30 A.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: Dr. Maureen Simpson has performed over two dozen operas in the United States and Europe, as well as numerous appearances
with symphonies and choral societies. Maureen is Director of Music at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken and Artistic Director
of the Aiken Choral Society.
Description: Once again we open the Academy’s spring term with Aiken’s own diva, soprano Maureen Simpson, who will discuss four operas
to be shown on screen at the Regal Augusta Exchange Theater. The classes will introduce historical and musical background, composer issues,
performing problems and plots. She will provide both beginner and veteran opera-goers with a deeper insight of each work. The operas
scheduled for this season’s telecasts and planned for discussion in this course are: Lehar’s The Merry Widow; Offenbach’s The Tales of
Hoffmann; Rossini’s La Donna del Lago (a Met premiere) and Mascagni/Leoncavallo’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. A great line-up!!
Information about the entire schedule of Met High Definition (movie theatre) broadcasts is available at:
Click on “Live in HD.”
Dates: 4 Mondays, January 5, 12, 26 & Feb. 2
Time: 1:00 - 1:50 A.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: Mike Lythgoe, author of Holy Week poems and associate editor of the literary journal, Windhover, will moderate each presentation.
Mike received a literary prize from the Porter Fleming Foundation in 2011. He taught at Syracuse University and earned his Master of Fine Arts
degree in Writing and Literature at Bennington College, VT in 1997.
Session 1: Lauren Meccia. Lauren is Director of Jazz Ensembles and a Saxophone Instructor at USCA. She is a singer as well and has released a
new album called Inside Your Eyes.
Session 2: Ed Rice. Ed is a well-known artist of architecture who was recently the subject of a documentary film about his life and work called
Preservation of Place. Ed is a SC native and long-time resident of Augusta. Class participants will visit his studio in North Augusta.
Session 3: Linda Lee Harper and Malaika Favorite. These two poets both have new collections and they will read some of their original poetry.
Linda Lee is a retired professor from USCA and Malaika is also a painter.
Session 4: Linda Hardy. Linda, a retired physician, is now writing poems and producing paintings. She will discuss her creative inspirations. She
is showing her paintings at the Sacred Heart Arts Center.
BEGINNING DRAWING (Pencils are for More Than Math)
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 & February 4
Time: 9:00-9:50 A.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Fee: ($25 DUE NOW)
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Instructor: Jacque Rees has been drawing and painting since she was 16 years old. She has taken art lessons at the University of Tennessee and
has taught classes in pencil/charcoal drawing but also works with water colors, acrylics and oils.
Description: This is a five-day beginning drawing class that will introduce students to the concepts of shapes, light, shading and shadows along
with perspectives. They will also learn how to make a drawing from a photograph using the grid method (photo will be a photo taken by the
teacher or student may bring their own). There will be a $25 art supply fee due with your registration form. Your check and registration form
must reach USCA by Dec. 15 in order to take this class.
Dates: 4 Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21 & 28
Time: 11:00-11:50 A.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Alexia Jones Helsley, a native of Kentucky, grew up in Beaufort, SC. Retired from the S.C. Department of Archives and History,
Helsley is an instructor in history at USCA. Currently, she teaches World History Survey classes, the History of the Vikings, the Formation of
Europe, as well as the history of South Carolina and an introduction to Public History. A Furman University graduate, she has a master’s degree
in Ancient and Medieval History from the University of South Carolina. The recipient of the S.C. Governor’s Archives Award, Helsley is a prolific
writer. Among her more recent titles are: A History of N.C. Wine, Wicked Columbia: Vice and Villainy in the Capital, and A Guide to Historic
Beaufort, SC. In addition, she serves as chair of the South Carolina Old Exchange Commission.
Description: Historically rich, architecturally blessed, Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city, is a testament to survival and perseverance.
Join instructor Alexia Jones Helsley as she explores the unique chiaroscuro of Beaufort’s long and diverse history—the characters, stories and
context of Beaufort’s fascinating first five hundred years. Beneath the moss-draped live oaks walk the shades of Yemassee cassiques, patriots
and loyalists, ship builders and merchants, cotton planters, freedmen and slaves, Confederate and Union troops, Yankee teachers and
ministers—generations of incomers past and present. This low country gem has survived hurricanes and enemy occupation and today
continues to charm visitors and residents alike.
Dates: 4 Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 11:00-11:50 A.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: Judith Evans was born in Germany. She survived the Holocaust and moved to Israel in 1946. After graduating from the
University of Tel Aviv she served in the capacity of principal in junior and senior high schools. She has lived in the U.S. since 1986
and has taught several previous Academy classes on religion
Description: We will discuss the law and Moses and Moses’ relationship with God, his family, his siblings (Aaron and Miriam) and
his struggle with his people.
Date: Thursday, January 8
Time: 1:40-2:55 P.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: E. Owen Clary lives in Aiken on Kalmia Hill, on Kalmia Circle, and has Kalmia growing in abundance in his back yard. He has a degree
in history from Furman University and a Master’s degree from USC. He is a native and a long-time resident of this area. He is twice retired; first
an administrator for the school district and second as Director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank. He holds many community and civic posts and
is Chairman of the Aiken County Historical Commission which oversees the operation of the Aiken County Historical Museum. He is Vice
President of Croft House of which he was president several times and was president during its foundation and construction. He is President of
Historic Aiken Foundation. Owen’s interests are history (through which he gives many historical presentations), traveling (103 countries),
horticulture and kayaking down Horse Creek.
Description: The events and history of the county from the end of the Civil War 1865 (or the War of Secession) until the coming of the
Savannah River Plant in 1950 are both intriguing and exciting. This presentation will detail some of the personalities and life changing
happenings that occurred in Aiken County during this period of time. It will focus on things such as the economy, labor unrest, out and in
migrations, political transformations, the “third coming of the Yankees,” the rise of the textile industry, the death of cotton, and the
transformation of the social order. Participants will be provided with a recommended reading list and other references that highlight this
period and area.
class with the addition of two new dressings.)
Date: 1 Tuesday, January 13
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Cedar Creek Community Center
Enrollment Limit: 25
Instructor: Gary Ikens is a retired Information Technology manager and was a Chinese linguist while in the military. He is an enthusiastic cook,
a Master Gardener, and teaches golf and life skills to children in the First Tee of Aiken program. He has taken cooking classes in Italy; French
and Chinese cooking lessons in Chicago, and is a bit of a purist where food is involved. He has not bought a bottle of salad dressing in the past
30 years.
Description: You will sample and receive recipes for many different salad dressings including bleu cheese, vinaigrette, oriental, Caesar, and two
new additions. We will talk about making Greek salad, different oils and vinegars, and types of salad ingredients. You will be both informed
and entertained by this program. Grumpy people are not allowed.
Dates: 4 Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29 & Feb. 5
Time: 12:15 - 1:30 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 20
Instructor: Sharon Preston is certified in interior decorating with a specialty in “color.” She has been consulting with clients in their homes and
for unique business spaces for 11 years.
Description: This class will provide an opportunity for all participants to design a room in their home with the assistance of their classmates.
The class size will be limited to give everyone ample time to achieve their goal. It is recommended that each participant bring photos of the
room they wish to design to the first class. Participants should also bring magazine photos that provide inspiration for the room. There will be a
review of color and design elements to assist all students in their design process. The instructor will be available to offer guidance throughout
the class.
Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 1:40-2:55 P.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: E. Owen Clary lives in Aiken on Kalmia Hill, on Kalmia Circle, and has Kalmia growing in abundance in his back yard. He has a degree
in history from Furman University and a Master’s degree from USC. He is a native and a long resident of this area. He is twice retired; first an
administrator for the school district and secondly as Director of the Golden Harvest Food Bank. He holds many community and civic posts and is
Chairman of the Aiken County Historical Commission which oversees the operation of the Aiken County Historical Museum. He is Vice President
of Croft House of which he was president several times and was president during its foundation and construction. He is President of Historic
Aiken Foundation. Owen’s interests are history (through which he gives many historical presentations), traveling (103 countries), horticulture
and kayaking down Horse Creek.
Description: This presentation of a discourse on this long neglected and often maligned area of Aiken County will bring to the forefront the
importance of “The Valley” in the integral history and economy of Aiken County. It will focus on the formation and events in the thirteen towns
that make up this unique and jagged piece of land pierced by a stream and hemmed in by towering sand hills. Factors such as geological strata,
un-incorporation, personalities, social and political strata, rise and death of textiles, niche industries, and recreational amenities are
highlighted. A suggested tour will be outlined or recommended.
Dates: 4 Tuesdays, January 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10
Time: 12:15 -1:30 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Dr. Julie Wise is an assistant professor of English at USCA, where she teaches a variety of courses on British literature and writing.
She has published several articles on Victorian poetry and is currently completing a project on the 1890s poet and journalist Alice Meynell.
Description: The course will focus on this fascinating author, his works, and the cultural milieu of the 1890s,a time when Great Britain faced
significant cultural changes and when its literary and artistic scene saw a great burgeoning of creativity. We will investigate Wilde’s complexity
as an artist, a writer and a representative of this rich time period. We will begin the course by focusing on Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of
Dorian Gray, before examining its relation to his other works and to Wilde’s literary scene more generally. We will conclude, then, by
considering Wilde’s various literary and historical legacies. (The Picture of Dorian Gray is in the public domain, as are most of Wilde’s other
works. Relatively inexpensive paperback editions are readily available—including used copies. Free copies of the text in electronic/digital form
can be downloaded from several sources on the internet.)
Dates: 4 Wednesdays, January 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18
Time: 3:00 - 3:50 P.M.
Location: Cedar Creek Community Center
Enrollment Limit: 75
Instructor: Ken Brace is a retired American History teacher from Montgomery County, MD, and a regular Academy instructor.
Description: This four-part series will examine how the concept of freedom has evolved in the United States of America. Ken will examine how
the founding fathers viewed freedom; the expansion of freedom in the 19 century with an emphasis on the elimination of slavery; continued
expansion of freedom in the 20 century to focus on women, labor and income equality; and, the status of personal freedom in the United
States. Patriotic slogans, symbols, music and film will be used to highlight the importance the concept of freedom has played in the history of
the United States of America.
Dates: 2 Fridays, January 23, 30
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 A.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructors: Carl Brown was raised on a farm in Aiken Count and currently raises cotton and grain. He serves on numerous state and regional
boards related to farming. He graduated from Clemson with an Agricultural Engineering degree and has been farming in the area since 1974.
Sam Stevens was born in Aiken on a farm with dairy goats and other critters. He has attended the school of “hard knocks” and currently
operates both Samaria Goat Farm and Palmetto Nursery and Florist.
Description: These two classes will give an overview of farming cotton (1 session) and dairy goats (2 session) in Aiken County. The class will
have an opportunity to visit Samaria Goat Farm immediately following the January 30 class.
Dates: 2 Tuesdays & 2 Thursdays, February 3, 5, 10 & 12
Time: 1:40-2:55 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructors: This season explore two ballets with professional dancers, Joy and Jeffrey Engel. After training in Russian Classical Ballet, the
Engels professional careers included touring the United States, Canada, and Europe. They danced in many productions, choreographed
performances, and taught dance.
Description: Their presentation will offer in depth discussions and visuals of two different ballets: Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare’s
classic story of star-crossed lovers, is danced to Tchaikovsky’s score. Chopiniana, a romantic ballet, is danced to the beautiful music of Chopin.
The Russian National Ballet Theater will be performing these two ballets here in Aiken at the Etherredge Center on Thursday, March 5th.
(Group discounts are available and instructors will discuss this option during class.)
Dates: 4 Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 24 & March 3
Time: 3:05-4:20 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Pierce has been as assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina Aiken since 2011. He has a Ph.D. in
history from the University of Florida and was previously on the faculty of Brigham Young University and the College of Charleston. He is a
specialist in modern European history, with research interests in the Spanish Republic, the history of masculinity, and disability history. His
work has been published in The Journal of Contemporary History and he is currently working on a book on the political mobilization of Catholics
in Spain from 1931 - 1936.
Description: This class will discuss the development of new technologies and their impact on human society in the period from 1750 to 1914
(roughly). We will largely focus on events and trends in Europe, with topics to include the introduction of new technology, the development of
new anti-capitalist political movements, and the transformation of gender roles.
Dates: 6 Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 & March 4, 11
Time: 11:00 - 12:15 P.M.
Location: USCA Business & Education Bldg., 2 fl. Gym
Enrollment Limit: None
Instructor: Brenda Taylor is an active Lifetime member and Past President of CSRA (Central Savannah River Area) Carolina Shag Club as well as
a Line Dance and Carolina Shag Instructor and member of SOS North Myrtle Beach, SC since the 1990's. She attends club events three times a
year to keep up with the latest dances! Brenda also teaches at Hotel Aiken (Polo Tavern) on Tuesday evenings and has taught on the Carnival
SOS 7 day Cruise in October of 2013 and the Palmetto Shag Club Memorial Day Weekend Event in Columbia, SC in 2014. A resident of Aiken,
SC and a 1970 Graduate of Aiken High School, Brenda has been a business owner and registered cosmetologist in this area for 44 years and is
now semi-retired.
Description: Lessons will start with some basic steps which will be broken down and taught slowly for beginners. Each week we will learn new
dances and review what you learned in the previous week. Some of the line dances that will be taught are the Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, Biker
Shuffle, Blurred Lines, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, and More! Line dancing is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a
group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all executing the steps at the same
time. Unlike other types of dancing, no partner is required. Line dancing is good exercise and great food for the brain as well as a wonderful
way to meet new friends. Come out and join the fun!
Dates: 4 Fridays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Time: 2:00-2:50 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Dr. William Claxon is an Associate Professor of English at USC Aiken. In addition to teaching the courses he loves: composition,
fiction writing, non-Western literature, Southern literature, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, Dr. Claxon divides his professional leisure
time between writing fiction and studying Southern literature.
Description: Murder, locked rooms, red herrings, gumshoes, mazes, orchids, bayous and dirty streets. No one goes unsuspected! No murderer
goes free! Learn about the history of the mystery and detective genre from its beginnings to the present. Join the fun. Read Ray Chandler’s The
Big Sleep, Dorothy L. Sayers’ Strong Poison, P.D. James’ Cover Her Face and James Lee Burke’s Black Cherry Blues. Don’t wait. The game is afoot!
Dates: 4 Mondays, February 9, 16, 23 & March 2
Time: 11:00 – 11:50 A.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: George Hummert has a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon and is an electrical engineer who spent most of his career at the Westinghouse
Research Laboratory in Pittsburgh. He has lived and worked in Aiken since 1993. His technical background includes studies of electric and
magnetic field theory which initiated his interest in relativity.
Description: What inconsistencies of nature prompted scientists to question our concepts of time and space? How did the relativity theory
materialize and what are the consequences? In this class we will examine some of the scientific discoveries that laid the groundwork for
Einstein’s 1905 breakthrough papers on relativity. The course does not require advanced mathematics and is structured around Einstein’s
“thought experiments” which ask very simple questions about common events leading to profound conclusions. The course is intended to first
examine “special” relativity and then introduce the concepts contained in “general” relativity. Each class will consist of an informal lecture
including “light flash” demonstrations followed by group discussion. A list of references for further reading will be provided.
THE NEW COLD WAR: RUSSIA AND ITS BORDERLANDS (This is a repeat of the popular fall 2014 course for those who were waitlisted or
otherwise could not attend.)
Dates: 4 Mondays, February 9, 16, 23, & March 2
Time: 3:00-3:50 P.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wood joined the University of South Carolina Aiken as assistant professor of political science in 2008. He teaches
international relations and comparative politics, including elective courses on former Soviet Union and Middle Eastern politics. Prior to that
Wood was a visiting assistant professor at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Additionally he has previously worked as program officer for
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan at the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) in Washington DC, managing democracy promotion
programs focused on Central Asia. As a teaching fellow with the Civic Education Project (CEP) Wood oversaw the international relations at the
American University-Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 1997-2000. In 2005, Wood received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School, Tufts University
with a dissertation on Kyrgyzstan’s foreign policy. His research interests include the foreign policy and international relations of former Soviet
small states. Wood hails from Perth, Scotland but has lived in the U.S. since he came over for graduate school.
Description: This course will examine the revisionist trend in Russia’s foreign policy towards its former Soviet neighbors currently manifesting
itself in Putin’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine in early 2014. We will explore the shift in the Kremlin’s foreign
policy thinking from the turn of the twenty-first century towards its borderlands, beginning with the 2008 invasion of Georgia and Moscow’s
support for the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Turning our attention to Ukraine, we will account for the way in which the
Georgia template was carried to its logical conclusion in bolstering internal autocracy in Russia while preventing any further drift of Ukraine to
the West, and try to address scenarios for how things might ultimately play out. Finally, we will address how the unfolding destabilization of the
Post-Cold War state system in Eurasia will impact the U.S. and challenge it to formulate a new approach to Russia and the former Soviet
Class Topics:
1: Background: Soviet Collapse and the Near Abroad in Russian Foreign Policy
2: The Caucasus and Central Asia
3: Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova
4: US Foreign Policy in the Region: NATO or the OSCE?
Recommended Reading:
Recent analysis of Russia and Ukraine crisis events covered by Foreign Affairs, accessible at:
Dates: 2 Fridays, February 20 & 27
Time: 10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructors: Dr. Robert Alexander and Dr. John Elliott have co-authored a forthcoming book, Livio Orazio Valentini: A Spiritual Odyssey.
Dr. Alexander completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Duke University. His Doctorate in Higher Education Administration was granted
from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He served as Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken for seventeen years from
1983 through 2000. At his retirement he was named Distinguished Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He currently
serves on the Executive Committee and Board of the Economic Development Partnership as well as Secretary of the Security Federal
Corporation, its Board and numerous committees of the bank.
Dr. John Elliott completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Indiana State University. His Doctorate was granted from Florida State
University in Tallahassee with a dissertation on the Etruscans. He retired after 26 years of teaching art history at University of South Carolina
Aiken and is now Professor Emeritus.
Description: These two lectures will trace Maestro Valentini’s artistic career and how his relationship with Partners in Friendship first brought
him to USCA in 1997. A resident of Oriveto and a survivor of the concentration camp at Buchenwald, Maestro Valentini was considered a
national treasure in Italy as a result of his exploration of war and its impact on life and his desire to contribute an alternative to war through his
paintings and sculptures. Picasso referred to him as an Umbrian artist who mixed his colors with wine, emphasizing the fact that color was his
major medium of expression. Much of his art reflects his struggle with the demons of war; the authors contend that his latter period, which
they have called the Aiken period, reflects a major breakthrough in his search for freedom from all the negative constraints in his life. Valentini
taught all of us how compassion could overcome oppression, how art could bring cleansing and hope could conquer fear. Each class will consist
of three parts: a short video featuring Valentini and his work; the authors sharing their experiences with the artist and his friends; and selected
excerpts from the book.
Dates: 4 Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17 & 24
Time: 10:50 - 12:05 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Georgian has been an assistant professor of history at University of South Carolina Aiken since 2012. She has a Ph.D.
in history from the University of Delaware and has taught there and at Washington College. She is a specialist in American religious history,
with teaching interests in religion, the history of illness and medicine, women’s history, and constitutional history. Her work has been
published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and she is currently writing a book on schisms and divisions in early American
Description: This course will explore the history of women in America, focusing women as actors politically, religiously, economically, and
intellectually. Each class meeting will focus on a different aspect of the diversity of women’s lives in America. In addition to lecture we will view
and discuss media portrayals of women and women’s issues as well as primary source documents.
Dates: 4 Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31
Time: 9:25-10:40 A.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Walt Kubilius, Ph.D. is a geologist at the Savannah River Site. Before coming to Aiken, he worked in the mining industry in Alaska
and Arkansas, and did ore-related research in Nova Scotia. His grandfather was a coal minter in Pennsylvania.
Description: This class is about the wonders and dangers that are encountered deep underground. The first two lectures will take a technical
approach, talking about the origins of veins and crystals which can be seen in underground mines. The last two lectures will deal with the
everyday lives of 19 century coal miners, and the hazards that they faced.
Dates: 8 Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 30, & May 7
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 P.M.
Location: Penland Administration Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Description: Topics are selected from the Foreign Policy Association 2015 Manual in this regular spring semester offering. The eight topics for
Great Decisions 2015 are: Russia and the Near Abroad; Privacy in the Digital Age; Sectarianism in the Middle East; India Changes Course; U.S.
Policy Toward Africa; Syria’s Refugee Crisis; Human Trafficking in the 21 Century; Brazil’s Metamorphosis. This always-popular course
generates lively discussions.
Briefing books for the Great Decisions topics should be available for individual purchase from the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) in early
January 2015 ( The Academy plans to place a group order for members who have prepaid ($20) by
January 31, 2015 (see Laura Anderson, Room 113, Business & Education Building). The group order will save shipping charges that are
added to individual book purchases via the FPA web site.
WHEN THE OLD SOUTH WAS NO MORE—How Southerners Responded to the Defeat of the Confederacy 150 Years Ago
Dates: 3 Fridays, March 13, 20, & 27
Time: 1:00-1:50 P.M.
Location: Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 124
Enrollment Limit: 58
Instructor: Jim Farmer is a retired USCA professor of history who has specialized in Southern American History for over 30 years. He is very
active in the Historic Aiken Foundation.
Description: Lee surrendered, Richmond fell, Jeff Davis fled and was captured, and the world was turned upside down. How did southerners
respond to the prospect of reunion? Journalists traveling through Dixie found whites and blacks, men and women, reacting in very different
ways. After several months the new relationship with Uncle Sam began to come into focus, but a decade would pass before the war was really
over, and for some, it lasted even longer. Drawing on several sources including April 1865 - by Jay Winik, this class will explore the issues,
options, personalities, and choices that determined the future of the South and its people.
Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 3:15-4:30 P.M.
Location: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, DuPont Planetarium
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Planetarium Staff
Description: The Academy has arranged for a private show in the DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the
USCA campus. The specific show will be “Solar System Adventure Tour” (the program is also scheduled for 7:00 p.m. weekend Planetarium
shows during March 2015). The planetarium describes this show as follows: “Become a planet specialist, math expert, or flight engineer while
your planetarium “spaceship” takes you on an educational adventure past the sun, moon and planets of our solar system.”
The planetarium’s shows usually begin with a brief informal presentation on “the night sky tonight” before the “formal” program. This
planetarium show is a “course” covered by your Academy tuition. There is no additional admission charge; however attendance is limited to
the first 45 members who register for this “course”. The DuPont Planetarium is in the east end of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
(the end closest to University Parkway). Use parking in Lot C.
Dates: 4 Thursdays, April 2, 16, 23 & 30
Time: 4:00 - 4:50 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: Paul Newsom is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He teaches courses on microeconomics,
capital budgeting, financial management, and investments. Previously he was a professor at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, from 2003
to 2009. Before becoming a professor, Paul worked as a swim coach at Butler University and Indiana University Purdue University at
Indianapolis, and as a pharmacist. In 1993 and 1996 he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and M.B.A. from Butler University,
respectively. In 2003, he earned his doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in finance from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of
Arkansas. His research interests include bankruptcy, financial education, corporate governance, and applied case studies.
Description: This course will cover features and benefits of the most common charitable giving plans, current legislation that governs
charitable giving, income rules and limits, potential ethical pitfalls, private and community foundations and other topics that participants are
interested in covering.
Dates: 2 Mondays, + 2 Wednesdays, March 9, 11, 16, & 18
Time: 1:00-1:50 P.M.
Location: Penland Admin. Bldg., Rm. 110
Enrollment Limit: 45
Instructor: A dedicated generalist with interests ranging from southern literature and story-telling to philosophy and contemporary literary
theory, Dr. David Bruzina joined the USCA English department in 2009 after teaching at UNC-Greensboro and Ohio University. He has
presented papers on internet literary communities and on poetry about the wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan, and his poems appear in recent
issues of Waccamaw and StorySouth. Currently, he’s working on a philosophical essay about squirrel hunting in South Carolina. When he’s not
teaching or writing, Dr. Bruzina enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking, conversation and hanging out with dogs.
Description: Join us for 4 days of sharing and appreciating stories of all kinds. We’ll explore what stories are and what makes a story enjoyable.
We’ll investigate the complicated roles stories play in our lives and how stories differ from other ways of organizing and communicating
experience. Participants are encouraged to bring their opinions, their thinking caps, and a couple of good stories to swap.
Date: Tuesday, February 17
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
Location: Stoplight Deli, 119 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC
Enrollment Limit: 25
Fee: $25 (Due Now for wine & hors d’oeuvres)
Instructor: Jolene Norris is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. She has twenty+ years of wine education
experience and is currently in the Court of Master Sommelier program. She was the proprietor of The Wine Cellar in Aiken from 1999-2006.
Description: Join Jolene Norris for an evening of wine education. This class will be about Pinot Noirs -- their differences depending on territory
and what a huge impact it makes on style and taste. We will be discussing wine styles, the generic style of Pinot Noir, country data, clones, and
regional styles, all of the aspects of territory.
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 10:00 A.M – 3:15 P.M.
Location: Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta; Living History Park: Rosemary Hall
Enrollment Limit: 60
FEE: $20 (DUE NOW)
Instructor: A guide will be on site at each location to provide a tour and information regarding their site.
Description: Meet at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta which is located on the first floor of the new North Augusta Municipal
Building at 100 Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, SC. There will be a guided tour of the exhibits and some time to explore the artwork on
display and the gift shop. The exhibits of the Arts & Heritage Center showcase the artisans and history of the region. At noon the group will
reassemble at Living History Park located a short distance away at 299 W. Spring Grove Avenue in North Augusta where lunch will be provided
and a guide will be on hand to provide a tour. The park is a living museum of colonial history and though the buildings are new, they hearken
back to an era of both peace and tumult nearly 300 years ago. After lunch the group will meet again a short distance away at Rosemary Hall
located at 804 Carolina Avenue for cookies and lemonade. Rosemary Hall Inn is one of two mansions built at the turn of the century
overlooking the beautiful town center of North Augusta, the Savannah River, and Augusta, Georgia. It is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places in America. The founding father of North Augusta, James U. Jackson completed construction on Rosemary Hall in 1902. There
will be a guide on hand for a tour and information about this elegant property. Maps and directions between locations will be provided upon
arrival at the Arts & Heritage Center and participants will be responsible for their own transportation to North Augusta and between the sites
visited. ($20 Due now includes lunch, dessert and guided tours at each location)
Person 1
Person 2
Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________
City, State & Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Phone _______________________________ E-mail______________________________________________________________
Academic Year (Sept. – May) ($140) or Spring Semester (Jan. – May) ($70)
Register me for these SHORT COURSES:
Person 1 Person 2
Touring Historic Aiken
Live From the Met Opera
A Quintet of Artists
Beginning Drawing ($25 DUE NOW)
Beautiful Beaufort – An Historical Overview
Moses, the Leader and Lawgiver
Aiken County from the War until the Coming of the Bomb Plant (1865-1950)
Salad Dressing: Let’s Make Your Salad Taste Better . . .
Design Your Space – Decorating Workshop
Horse Creek Valley
Oscar Wilde and His Circle
Freedom! “In the Land of the Free”
Cotton Pickin’ & Goat Milkin’ in Aiken
Two Ballets – Romeo and Juliet, and Chopiniana
The Industrial Revolution
Line Dancing for Beginners
The Mystery of Murder and the Murder of Mystery
How To Think Like Einstein
The New Cold War: Russia & Its Borderlands (Repeated course)
Documenting the Life of Livio Orazio Valentini
A History of Women in America
The Mystery and History of Mining
Great Decisions
When the Old South was No More . . .
Solar System Adventure Tour
Charitable Planning
Wine Education ($25 DUE NOW)
North Augusta Arts & Heritage ($20 DUE NOW)
TOTAL ENCLOSED $_____________
By mail: Please include credit card information (VISA, MasterCard or Discover) or make check payable to “USCA” and mail with this form to
USCA, Continuing Education Dept., 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801.
In person: Laura Anderson, (Mon.—Wed. only) USCA, Business & Education Bldg., Rm. 113 ([email protected], 641-3563) Visit the Academy’s
new website:
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The Academy for Lifelong Learning
We are an organization of people from a variety of backgrounds. We share a common interest in continuing learning experiences
and intellectual stimulation. There are no tests or grades. Members participate purely for the joy of sharing.
We are sponsored by the University of South Carolina Aiken. We are self-supporting. Our courses and activities are planned and
implemented by our members. We design our own curriculum. We arrange for instructors from USC Aiken faculty (current and
retired), from our own membership and from the community at large.
The mission of the Academy for Lifelong Learning is to provide both structured and informal continuing education opportunities for
mature individuals in the CSRA in conjunction with the University of South Carolina Aiken. These opportunities shall include
classroom instruction as well as discussions with the faculty, field trips, and social events.
Membership for a semester is $70 per person. Membership for the entire academic year (Sept. – May) is $140. The Membership fee
entitles one to take as many of the classes offered, on a space-available basis. The fee does not include books or materials (if
required) for the classes or the cost of Special Events. It does include use of the Campus Library, including book borrowing privileges
and Internet access, student rates for selected University productions, sports events, lectures (excluding Cultural Series), free
parking on campus for Academy Programs and a 10% discount for grandchildren attending Kids in College camps.
You must be pre-registered to attend each class and activity. During a semester, members who wish to attend a class or activity for
which they are not registered must first contact the Office of Continuing Education to see if space is available so they can register for
the class or activity.
Most classes are held in several campus locations. Check the course descriptions for the location of your class. Please refer to the
campus map enclosed with your registration confirmation. Parking passes will also be mailed to you with your registration
confirmation. If the class has been filled you will be placed on a “wait list.” This will be indicated on the bottom of your confirmation.
You will be called if room becomes available -- please do not attend otherwise.
If USCA cancels undergraduate classes due to inclement weather, any Academy classes scheduled to meet during that time will also
be cancelled. School closings are listed on the local television stations.
Special events fill quickly and cannot be refunded. If you are unable to attend you are asked to find a replacement. You may call the
Office of Continuing Education and ask if the event has a wait list.
University of South Carolina Aiken
Continuing Education, Box 20
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
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