Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning releases spring schedule

Published 8:29 am Friday, February 17, 2023

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In-person classes begin March 14, cover diverse topics
KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL), now celebrating its 30th anniversary, will offer its spring classes from March 14-April 21, focusing on a variety of subjects from science, local history and government to world travel and healthy living.
This six-week series of non-credit courses, presented in partnership with East Tennessee State University at Kingsport, is open to anyone. There are no homework assignments, grades or tests. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon in room 130 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE), 300 W. Market St. The cost to participate is $30 and covers most KACL spring courses. Some events, such as field trips and special series, require additional fees.
A few highlights of the spring series include “The Dead Sea Scrolls Research,” led by Travis Williams, a professor of religion at Tusculum University; “Scottish/Scots-Irish Influences Upon Appalachia” by Ted Olson, associate professor of Appalachian Studies at ETSU; “The Dark Ages: The European Tipping Point” by Lisa Rolen, who grew up in the shadows of Ancient Rome; “Parallels and Divergences: The Lives and Literature of Truman Capote and Harper Lee” by frequent KACL speaker Fred Sauceman; “Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy” by Carl Silverstein, executive director of the organization; and “King’s Port: Gateway to Tennessee” by Tom Lee, associate professor of history at ETSU.
The spring offerings also include a field trip to the Unicoi County Heritage Museum and a special series called “Great Decisions,” which deals with current topics of international interest. These include “Iran at the Crossroads,” “China and the United States,” “Global Famine,” “Climate Migration,” “Energy Geopolitics” and “Economic Warfare.” This series, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library, will take place Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Participants are invited to enjoy coffee and cake on the first day of class, Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m., as the KACL celebrates its 30th year.
The KACL was established in 1993 with ETSU at Kingsport to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures and special events.
To pay the membership fee and register or for more information, including a full list of spring 2023 classes, call (423) 354-5200 or visit Individuals may attend one class free of charge.
For disability accommodations, call ETSU at Kingsport at (423) 354-5200.

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