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 student practices chinese lettering.

WALL Course Descriptions –

The Macon Story- Ethiel Garlington 

Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 11:00 am – noon.
Location: Taylor Amphitheatre

Ethiel Garlington has served as the Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation since March 2014.  He has a Master’s of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Georgia and has worked in the preservation field for over 20 years.

  • Session 1 – Macon overview – This session will lay the foundation for the course and will cover the development of the community and the factors that led to issues of blight and disinvestment.
  • Session 2 – Neighborhood Revitalization – This session will cover the residential neighborhoods built around the central business district and the revitalization efforts over the past 40+ years.
  • Session 3 – Downtown Revitalization – This session will focus on the central business district’s ebb and flow over the past 150 years.
  • Session 4 – Future Prospects – This session will include the redevelopment of the Macon Mall and the adjacent neighborhoods; trends in affordable housing options; and successful examples from around the country.


Jewish Holiday Music- Rabbi Aaron Rubinstein

Thursdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
Taylor Amphitheatre

Rabbi Rubinstein will share the traditional prayers/songs found in all the Jewish holidays. Learn the stories behind these songs. Addressed will be the songs used in the weekly Shabbat services, the soulful songs/prayers for Yom Kippur, the songs of Pesach (Passover) to include an old drinking song, and others.


Beautiful Beacons- Dr. William Rawlings

Wednesdays, Jan 11, 18, 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
Taylor Amphitheatre

Dr. William Rawlings is a previous WALL instructor.  He is a graduate of Tulane University school of Medicine, Chair of the Board of Governors of Mercer University school of Medicine 1991 – 2010.  Author of numerous scientific papers and books.  Recipient / finalist 2014 for Georgia author of the year in History. Dr. Rawlings has presented a previous WALL course on Selected Topics in Georgia History.  

Lighthouses were constructed primarily for economic and military reasons, often as technical marvels of their day. Each of Georgia’s five existing lighthouses will be examined in some detail.


Russia and Europe- Dr. Barbara Donovan

Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
Location: Taylor Amphitheatre

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


Buddhism and Confucianism- Dr. Huichun Liu 

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 11:00 am – Noon.
Location: Taylor Amphitheatre

  • Class 1:  General introduction of ancient Chinese philosophy and religious belief in China. The first meeting will highlight Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism.
  • Class 2:  the Class will focus on Confucianism- including an introduction to Confucius and his philosophical thoughts based on the five constant virtues (benevolence, ritual propriety, righteousness, wisdom, and integrity) and “The Analects” and their influence on the social governance, education, and family.
  • Class 3: Attention will be turned to Daoism, an ancient Chinese religion and philosophy. In this section, discussion will go around the essence of Daoism--- Dao (Tao) (Chinese: 道; pinyin: Dào; English: Way), which emphasizes the harmony of nature. Daoist concepts like Yin and Yang, non-action (Chinese:无为,pinyin:Wu Wei) and Taiji, along with Dao De Jing---the philosophical and religious text for Daoism, will be involved in this section. 
  • Class 4: Buddhism will be discussed. This section will cover the basic beliefs of Buddhism like afterlife, reincarnation, the four noble truths, and the eightfold path.

The Buddhist arts and culture of Dunhuang Mogao Caves (also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes) in Gansu Province, Buddha arts of Yungang Grottes in Shanxi Province, and other Buddha arts will be included in this section.


Evolutionary Biology- History, Processes, and Misconceptions- Dr. Jim Ferrari

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
Location: Taylor Amphitheatre

Dr. Jim Ferrari has a Ph.D. in Ecology and has taught Biology at Wesleyan College for more than 25 years. He teaches Evolution, Ecology, Conservation, and other courses. His research interests include bird ecology, bird song, and ecological relationships between fruiting plants and birds. 

In this course we will learn about the history of evolutionary thinking; natural selection and adaptations; formation of new species; and human evolution. We will also consider common misconceptions about evolution.  Jim’s interest in evolutionary biology has led him to visit the Galapagos Islands as well as Down House, the residence of Charles Darwin in England.


India: The Crown Jewel - Bob Moon

Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 – 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
Location: Taylor Amphitheatre

Bob was born in India and spent the first 18 years of his life there. Among the things he owns is the dining room table on which he was born at home in India. The Indian people have been a lifelong treasure for Bob. (He has recently retired after serving as a pastor in South Georgia for 43 years. He has an M.Div. and a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

  • Class #1. Overview of the Indian subcontinent, its geography, its people, and its culture
  • Class #2. The religious landscape of India and the impact of the caste system
  • Class #3. Pre-colonial history overview
  • Class #4. Colonial era and the road to independence

This course provides a broad overview of the Indian subcontinent, its rich history and culture, through the eyes of someone who has lived there. It is designed for people who would like to know more about the land and its people which are on the opposite side of the globe from us. 

Wesleyan’s Collection of Rare Books and Documents- Kristina Peavy

Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
Location: Willet Library

Kristina Peavy has an MLIS from Valdosta State University and She has been employed by Wesleyan College since 2008. She is currently the Library Director. As Director of the Library, she has oversight of our Special Collections and Rare Books. 

Wesleyan College’s collection of books and archives is vast and has significance to the local area. In the 2nd of 2 parts, we will look at more items in our collection as well as talk about their significance to the greater community. Part 2 will explore preservation, storage, and digitization of archival documents and items. Participants will learn how the Archives uses the equipment to tell Wesleyan’s history.

Great Decisions 2023 (Section 1, Wesleyan College)- Vince Coughlin

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. April 5, 12, 19, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Location: Taylor Hall, Room 221.
Class limit: 20 members

Proposed Great Decisions 2023 Topics: Energy Geopolitics; War Crimes; China's Foreign; Policy; Economic Warfare; Elections in Latin America; Global Famine; Iran and the Gulf States; Climate Migration.

Note: The 2023 Briefing Book will no longer be available in the Wesleyan College bookstore.  To purchase the book, go to fpa.org and click on Bookstore. The e-book version is available on Amazon.


Quilling II-Terry Anne Homan

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 11:00 am – noon.
Location: Taylor Hall, Room 221.
Class limit: 20 members

Terry-Anne Homan has been a WALL member since 2016 and is a retired educator from the NYC school system. She taught bookmaking and paper crafts to 7th and 8th graders as an enrichment subject along with reading, English, Choral music, Computer Art (Photoshop). Paper Craft is a recent passion of hers since 2019.

This course is a continuation of last Spring’s beginner quilling class. The focus will mainly be typography; creating shapes of letters and other basic shapes. Quilling experience is preferred but not required. A list of required supplies and where to purchase will be sent 3 weeks before class. 


Great Decisions 2023 (Section 2, Carlyle Place)-Vince Coughlin

Thursday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
Location: Carlyle Place Activity Room A.
Class Limit: 15 members    

Proposed Great Decisions 2023 topics: Energy Geopolitics; War Crimes; China's Foreign; Policy; Economic Warfare; Elections in Latin America; Global Famine; Iran and the Gulf States; Climate Migration.

Note: The 2023 Briefing Book will no longer be available in the Wesleyan College bookstore.  To purchase the book, go to fpa.org and click on Bookstore.  The e-book version is available on Amazon.


“Der Rosenkavalier” Richard Straus’ Masterpiece-Mary Keating

Fridays, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
Location: Taylor Hall, Room 129.
Class limit: 20 members

An examination of one of Strauss’ most popular operas, full of romance, comedy, fabulous music, and nostalgia for the days of Old Vienna. Special emphasis will be given to the influence of librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal on Strauss’ writing for the voice. The four-week course will culminate with attendance at the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcast of “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Douglass Theater on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The screening will begin at 12:55pm- admission to the broadcast performance is $20 for seniors.


The Brilliance of Neil Simon - Jim Crisp

Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. 
Location: Black Box Theatre (PFA Room # 111) (lower level of Porter Auditorium)

Jim Crisp was founding Artistic Director of Theater Macon.  He retired in 2008.  Highly respected, that same year he received the Governor’s award for the Arts and Humanities. Jim is going to direct Neil Simon’s great Pulitizer prise winning  play”lost in Youkeers.” 

It is highly recommended that class members attend the play. This will be a survey course of Simon’s life and work. Discussions will focus on his well-known and lesser-known works. Scenes will be presented in class


Bronze-Church Bells & Cannons- Ken Heller

Thursday, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 11:00 am – Noon. 
Location: Taylor Amphitheatre

Church bells and early cannons (through the mid-1800s) were cast in an alloy of copper and tin.  This alloy of bronze produces both the beautiful and peaceful sound from church bells and the roar and destruction from cannons.  In this course we will review bronze development, casting procedures, and architecture of bells and cannons. 

This course will review the variety of usages for church bells for religious and community purposes.  Before modern communication, church bells were a common way to call the community together, to signal the opening and closing of the business day, to announce the evening curfew and the usage of the Cover-feu (French) utensil for putting out fireplace fires, and the three different types of the death knell.  

We will also examine the numerous types of cannon design, all being the older mussel loading types.  We will review the different operational advantages and disadvantages of smooth bore and rifled cannons (this will also include early iron cannons).  We will detail the operational functions of the six-man crew. The last class session we will review a separate subject but within the same time period of the bronze cannon. We will discuss Mid-1800s Etiquette – Hints to Gentlemen and Ladies in Fashionable Life. WALL members will choose from a list of 59 social situations or events to then discuss the principles to emulate conduct and behavior. Good politeness and the art of behavior must be acquired by study and practice.


Jane Austen’s Works and World – Regina Oost

Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 – 3:30 – 4:30. Location: Manget Dining Room (Olive Swann Porter Building)

Regina B. Oost earned a Ph.D. in 18th and 19th-century British Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Utah.  She has taught English at Wesleyan College since 1991, including classes on Austen, women’s writing, and 19th-century British literature and culture.

Almost everybody these days has something to say about Jane Austen. Her works are popular on television and in films, and Austen souvenirs such as coffee mugs and tote bags crowd store shelves. Austen explores issues that resonate with today’s readers as they did with her contemporaries, but there are aspects of her works that modern audiences can easily overlook.  In this class we will read two very different novels by Austen – her early work Pride and Prejudice and her final novel, Persuasion – to explore some of the less apparent themes and begin understanding Austen’s novels in cultural and historical contexts. Class members are to read the first half of Austen's Pride and Prejudice before the first class.

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

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