WALL Class Schedules

Wesleyan has prepared some wonderful classes that will take place both in-person and online using Zoom video conferencing. When registering for classes, please be mindful of the Location for each class. The Zoom meeting link and classroom details will be distributed via email one week before each class begins. If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please register today, if you are already a member of WALL login to your current membership or email lifelonglearning@wesleyancollege.edu with your class(es) of interest. 

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WALL Course Descriptions –
Fall 2022

Hymn Writers: Their Stories and Songs, Dr. Jeffrey Seeley

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10-11am
Location: Pierce Chapel

Dr. Seeley recently retired as the Associate Professor of Church Music at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music and as the Director of Music at Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon. He holds a D.Min. degree in Church Music from Emery University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Mansfield University, an M.Div. from Drew university and a B.A. in Music from Lycoming College. Prior to this appointment at Mercer, he was the Director of Choral Activities and Instruction of Music at Elmira College. Dr. Seeley, an ordained minister, has held music ministry positions in churches, often accompanied by pastoral and worship development responsibilities for over 40 years.

 
Four Classic Alfred Hitchcock Films, Robert Fieldsteel

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 | 1:30-4:30pm
Location: Manget Room, Olive Swann Porter Building

Robert Fieldsteel worked in Los Angeles for 28 years as an actor, writer, producer, and teacher in film, theatre and television. He currently teaches playwriting and acting at Wesleyan College and is president of the Macon Film Guild.

“Alfred Hitchcock: Four Classic Films” will take an in-depth look at the following works directed by Alfred Hitchcock: The 39 Steps (1935), Notorious (1946), Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958).  All films will be screened during class. Hitchcock was more than just the “master of suspense”; his best films were cutting edge both technically and in their worldview. And the frisson between men and women in all four films has rarely been so vividly explored in popular entertainment. We will study the production history of each film and analyze the artistry of the result. We will also consider the trajectory of Hitchcock’s career and recurring aspects of theme and style.
 

The British Family: Part 5- The Windsors

Thursday, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 | 11am-noon
Location, Taylor Amphitheater   

Dr. Jan Lewis, now retired, was the Chair of theatre at Wesleyan College and has presented four other courses on the British Royal families.  As we head down this final stretch toward the current British Royal family, we will examine Queen Victoria’s flamboyant son King Edward VII, otherwise known as “Bertie”; his son King George V, who first took the surname “Windsor” for this family; King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne so that he could marry Wallis Simpson; and King George VI, the father of the current Queen of England. These kings oversaw Great Britain’s expansion of its empire, the nation’s involvement in two world wars, and the overall trend toward a monarch who had primarily figurehead status and little political power.
 

Psychology of the Future, Dr. Brooke Bennett-Day

Thursday, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29 | 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Taylor Amphitheater

Dr. Brooke Bennett-Day is a Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan College. She specializes in social psychological research related to prejudice and stereotypes, psychology in the legal system, and how attitudes about robots can tell us more about being human.  This course will bring together several broad areas of psychological research in order to examine how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors may be impacted by what we think of as the future and what we expect the future to hold. Discussions will center on the following questions: Will the technology that is so pervasive in our everyday lives produce fundamental changes in how we interact, or even develop? How might the ways in which we think about the future relate to our behaviors when it comes to mental health, financial responsibility, and our work? How comfortable do we really feel with artificial intelligence?
 

Paleolithic Cave Art and the Birth of Writing, Joanna Watson

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25  |  11am-noon
Location: Taylor Amphitheater

Joanna Watson, Professor Emerita Mercer University, Degrees in Archeology and extensive field work, including England and Malta. 35,000 years ago, down to the end of the ice age, our ancestors painted cave walls with extraordinary images. These “cavemen, did not dwell in these caves but they were the center of their otherwise nomadic experience.” The French caves of Lascaux/Dordogne and Chauvet and the Spanish caves of Altamira and Atapuerca will be explored and their meanings examined as well as those hints of the beginnings of writing.
 

The Influence of the Bauhaus on American Lifestyle, Megan McNaught MFA, Curator of Art

Friday, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28  |  1-2pm
This course will be held at the Museum of Arts and Sciences Auditorium

This course will offer 4 lectures on the influence of The Bauhaus school of art and design on American Life. After being closed by the Nazi Regime in Germany in 1933, many of the teachers and representatives emigrated to United States. The influence of these individuals is seen in architecture, design of all types, photography, dance and theatre. This course will highlight a few of those individuals and their lasting influence on American life and style.
 

Female Giants of Jazz, Dr. Chenny Gan

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 | 11am-noon
Location, LP Corn Center (downstairs in Pierce Chapel)

Dr. Chenny Gan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan College and has presented numerous courses for WALL.   Except for vocalists like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, most famous jazz musicians we know tend to be male (Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, etc.). In reality, there were numerous female instrumentalists who did not fulfill the “canary” role of the lead singer, who nonetheless made enormous strides in jazz history with their talent and virtuosity. Frequently they were not given due recognition because their gender and race did not fit well into the politics of the era when they were active. This course aims to examine some of the often-overlooked female figures in this genre, bringing much needed attention to their artistry and achievements. Important musicians such as Mary Lou Williams, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Marian McPartland, Melba Liston, Jutta Hipp, Clara Bryant, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and others will be discussed
 

Aviation 2, Ken Heller

Thursday, October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3 | 10-11-am 
Location: Taylor Amphitheater

  • Class 1: The India-China Ferry or Flying Over the Hump Volunteer American pilots before and during World War II flying military transport aircraft from India to China to resupply the Chinese War effort against Japan.
  • Class 2: Flying Tigers also called the American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Republic of China Formed before Pearl Harbor with their mission being to defend China. Their U.S. fighter aircraft were marked with Chinese colors but flew under American control. Delays resulted in their first combat on 20 December 1941.
  • Class 3: Robert Lee Scott, Jr. (April 12, 1908 – February 27, 2006) Born near Augusta, Georgia, and educated in Macon. He was the subject of the movie “God Is My Copilot” which is the only major motion picture to premier in Macon. Executive and Operations Officer of the Air Transport Command which flew “the hump” from India to China. Then assigned to the Flying Tigers escorting transport planes and performing ground attack missions. He flew 388 combat missions shooting down 13 Japanese aircraft. He became commander of the 23rd Fighter Group when the Flying Tigers were incorporated into the United States Army Air Forces.
  • Class 4: “God Is My Co-Pilot” A 1945 black-and-white biographical war film from Warner Bros. Pictures staring Dennis Morgan and costars Dane Clark and Raymond Massey. It recounts Robert Scott’s service flying “the hump” and his service with the Flying Tigers. Robert Scott served as a technical advisor and flew in a number of sequences.
  • Class 5: USS Macon The largest aircraft ever built by the US, being only 20 feet shorter than the Hindenburg, and the last dirigible, a rigid airship, ever flown by the US. The USS Macon was a flying aircraft carrier. She could launch and recover 5 scout aircraft while in flight. Christened in 1933 and crashed in the Pacific in 1935. Context will include general information about dirigibles and the expedition to location the USS Macon on the ocean floor.

 

American Contributions to Christianity, Dr. Richard Davies

Thursday, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 | 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Taylor Amphitheater

Dr. Davies has been active in ecumenical and inter-religious affairs for all of my adult life. Hold two graduate degrees in religious studies. Have worked professionally in ecumenical administration. Have read widely. The United States of America changed the nature of Christianity. From the time of Roman Emperor Constantine until 1800, Christianity (in its various theological forms) had always been a part of national identity. When people came from all over Europe to settle North America, they brought their various national forms of Christianity, and then had to learn how to get along with one another. Diversity in defining religion was enshrined in the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, and the First Amendment opened the way for many “experiments” in religion. We will limit our attention to “experiments” in Christianity and we will look at four developments in Christianity that took place in the U.S.A. (1) Fundamentalism, (2) The Gospel Music Industry, (3) African American Christianity, (4) New Varieties of Christianity

 

Women of the Bible, Dr. Vivia Fowler

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 | 1:30-2:30pm 
This course will be presented on Zoom. For those wishing to view on campus, a room location will be announced at a later date.

Dr. Fowler was president of Wesleyan College from 2017-2022 and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wesleyan from 2007-2017. Prior to that she served on the religion faculty of Columbia College (SC) from 1986-2007. Her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are from Columbia College, The Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary, and the University of South Carolina. She is a clergy member of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church

Since the early days of WALL, Dr. Vivia Fowler has regularly presented a course titled “Women of the Bible.” Participants have come to know characters of the Bible more intimately than the text allows through the Chautauqua style of character presentation: 1) Introduction to the biblical context 2) Monologue (in character, with only a head scarf for costume) 3) Dialogue with audience 4) Follow up by the instructor. Participants are encouraged to listen carefully to the monologue and prepare to dialogue with the biblical character, saving their questions for the instructor after the head scarf is removed Awaiting title change

 

History of Selected Topics in Classical and Modern Physics, Vince Coughlin

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 9, 16 & Dec 7  |  1:30-2:30pm  
Location: Taylor 221.
Limit of 20 students

Vince Coughlin, BS Physics, MS Physics, two-year additional graduate courses and Research Assistant in High Energy Nuclear Physics.   A Non-mathematical journey from the 5th century BCE to the present.

  • Week 1: History of Selected Topics in Classical and Modern Physics:   Physics is a study of the natural world.; Atomic Theory of Democritus; Aristotle’s View of the Universe; The Advance of Classical Physics
    Copernicus 1473 – 1543
    Galileo Galilei 1564 – 1642; Isaac Newton:  Laws of Motion and Law of Universal Gravitation.
  • Week 2: The Hydrogen atom and its isotopes; The helium atom with a nucleus of protons and neutrons; Quarks, elementary particles inside protons and neutrons; Particle definitions
  • Week 3: Anti-matter; Particle Accelerators: Linear Accelerators, Cyclotrons, Large Hadron Collider; Does the LHC Pose a Threat to Humanity?  Black Holes; Known Forces: Gravitational, Electromagnetic, Strong Nuclear and Weak Nuclear and Definition of Neutrino.
  • Week 4: Anti-matter, Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879 – 1956; Einstein’s Theory of Special and General Relativity; Einstein’s Equation relating mass and energy; Nuclear fission and fusion as sources of electrical power, Dark Energy and Dark Matter and the Expanding Universe.

 

A Personal Look at Macon’s 200 years, Jim Barfield

Wednesday, November  2, 9, 16 & 30 |  3-4-pm
Location: Pierce Chapel Chancel

Macon native, career educator and published author, James Barfield is an exhaustive and enthusiastic expert on the history of Macon, Georgia. He has been active in historic preservation for more than 30 years and is a leading advocate for Macon’s historic and architectural heritage. He is committed to educating and inspiring appreciation for our unique city.

  • Session 1: A review of Pre-Macon events and individuals
  • Session 2: Macon as an early boom town
  • Session 3: War, 1861-1865 and Reconstruction
  • Session 4: Macon enters the modern age

 

Chinese Craft Class, Wesleyan’s Confucius Institute Staff

Thursday, November 3, 10, 17 and December 1 | 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Corm Room, lower lever of Pierce Chapel. Limit 30 members.

  • 1st Week: Calligraphy; a brief introduction of Chinese calligraphy and guidance on writing Chinese characters.
  • 2nd Week: Lantern Making; a brief introduction of lanterns and hands on learning to make your own lanterns.
  • 3rd Week: Paper Cutting; overview of traditional Chinese paper cutting methods and hands on learning to make your own paper cuttings.
  • 4th Week: Knots/Bracelet Making Class; Discussion of the implied meaning of Chinese knots and bracelets, followed by a tutorial on how students can make their own knots for bracelets.

 

Russia and Europe, Dr. Barbara Donovan

Thursday, Nov. 3, 10, 17 & Dec. 1 | 3-4pm 
Location, Taylor Amphitheater

Dr. Barbara Donovan teaches comparative and international politics at Wesleyan. She has taught a number of WALL classes on European politics.

The course explores the relationship between Russia and Europe in the post-Cold War era. The first class will look at Russia’s political transition from a fledgling post-communist democracy into a personalist dictatorship under Vladimir Putin. The second session will evaluate the process of NATO enlargement and its impact on Europe’s security architecture. A third class examines ties between individual European countries, such as Germany, France, and Poland, with Russia. And, the final session will examine the impact of the Russian-Ukraine war on Europe’s future

NOTICE: Because of the COVID19 virus, class dates and times are subject to change or suspension.

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