courses offered in 2022 Fall Semester  


WALL2220-2    Four Alfred Hitchcock Films
Instructor(s):
  Robert Fieldsteel
  Course Days:
 
Wednesdays: September 7, 14, 21, 28
  Course Time:
    1:30-4:30pm
  Description:
 
  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.
 




WALL2220-3    Hymm Writers: Their Stories and Songs
Instructor(s):
  Jeff Seeley
  Course Days:
 
Wednesdays: September 7, 14, 21, 28
  Course Time:
    10:00am-11:00am
  Description:
 
  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
 




WALL2220-4    The British Royals Pt.5 - The Windsor's
Instructor(s):
  Jan Lewis, Ph.D.
  Course Days:
 
Thursdays: September 8, 15, 22, 29
  Course Time:
    11:00am-12:00
  Description:
 
  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.
 




WALL2220-5    Psychology of the Future
Instructor(s):
  Brooke Bennett-Day, Ph.D.
  Course Days:
 
Thursdays: September 8, 15, 22, 29
  Course Time:
    1:30-2:30pm
  Description:
 
  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?
 




WALL2220-6    Paleolithic Cave Art and the Birth of Writing
Instructor(s):
  JoAnna Watson
  Course Days:
 
Tuesdays: October 4, 11, 18, 25
  Course Time:
    11:00-12:00
  Description:
 
  Joanna Watson, Professor Emerita Mercer University, Degrees in Archeology and extensive field work, including England and Malta. From 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
 




WALL2220-7    The Influence of the Bauhaus on American Lifestyle
Instructor(s):
  Megan McNaught
  Course Days:
 
Fridays: October 7, 14, 21, 28
  Course Time:
    1:00-2:00pm
  Description:
 
  . 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.
 




WALL2220-8    Female Giants of Jazz
Instructor(s):
  Chenny Gan, D.M.A
  Course Days:
 
Wednesdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26
  Course Time:
    11:00-12:00
  Description:
 
  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, Clora Bryant, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and others will be discussed.
 




WALL2220-9    History of Selected Topics in Classical and Modern Physics
Instructor(s):
  Vince Coughlin, J.D., LL.M
  Course Days:
 
Wednesdays: November 2, 9, 16, Dec 7
  Course Time:
    1:30-2:30
  Description:
 
  A Non-mathematical journey from the 5th century BC 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 it’s 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; Dark Energy and Dark Matter and the Expanding Universe.
 




WALL2220-10    Aviation 2
Instructor(s):
  Ken Heller
  Course Days:
 
Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
  Course Time:
    11:00-12:00
  Description:
 
  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.
 




WALL2220-11    American Contributions to Christianity
Instructor(s):
  Richard Davies, Ph.D.
  Course Days:
 
Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20, 27
  Course Time:
    1:30-2:30
  Description:
 
  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
 




WALL2220-12    Women of the Bible (via Zoom)
Instructor(s):
  Vivia Fowler, Ph.D.
  Course Days:
 
Tuesdays: November 1, 8, 15, 29
  Course Time:
    1:30-2:30
  Description:
 
  This course will be presented on Zoom. 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.
 




WALL2220-13    Russia and Europe
Instructor(s):
  Barbara Donovan, Ph.D.
  Course Days:
 
Thursdays: November 3, 10, 17 & December 1
  Course Time:
    3-4pm
  Description:
 
  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.
 




WALL2220-14    Chinese Crafting Class
Instructor(s):
  Confucius Institute Staff
  Course Days:
 
Thursdays: Nov. 3, 10, 17 & Dec. 1
  Course Time:
    1:30-2:30pm
  Description:
 
  1st Week – Calligraphy 2nd Week - Lantern Making 3rd Week - Paper Cutting 4th - Week - Knots or Bracelet Making Class In the Calligraphy class, members of the Confucius Institute Staff will give a brief introduction of Chinese calligraphy and then guide students through writing Chinese characters. In the Paper-cutting class, we will focus on the brief introduction and demonstration of paper cutting first, and then assist students to be creative in their own paper cutting. In the lantern making class, we will offer a brief introduction of lanterns and then guide students through creating their own lanterns. In the Chinese knots or bracelet making class, we will introduce the implied meaning of Chinese knots or bracelets, and then guide students on how make their own knots or bracelets.
 




WALL2220-15    A Personal Look at Macon's 200 Years
Instructor(s):
  Jim Barfield
  Course Days:
 
Wednesdays: November 2, 9, 16, 30
  Course Time:
    3:00-4:00pm
  Description:
 
  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