Want to learn how to improve your home so you’ll get a significant return on your investment when you sell it? How to lose weight by better understanding and managing calories and metabolism? How to treat painsl and disorders in the neck, shoulders, back, wrists, hands and feet?
Would you like to know more about modern techniques in psychotherapy, the history of India, America’s first professional songwriter Stephen Foster, the history of spying in the U.S., and evidence that human-induced climate change is really happening?
Are you interested in courses on topics such as archaeology that provides a glimpse of prehistoric Native American life in Tennessee, Native American religion and culture, the effects of growing cities on the environment, and the story of American novelist Harper Lee and her influential book “To Kill a Mockingbird”?
These are among the courses offered during the summer 2016 term of the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL), starting June 6 and ending August 5. All courses offer excellent lectures and thought-provoking discussions but have no homework or tests.
The early registration deadline is May 11, for the summer term. Members should register by the early date to have the best chance of getting preferred classes and trips.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of ORICL and receiving a catalog should call Laura Bowles, administrator, at (865) 481-8222. Or you can Google ORICL and look at the online catalog. The cost for a new membership in ORICL for just the summer is $45.
You can also take ORICL courses on Asian and Vietnamese cooking, a travelogue on Vietnam, peace’s role in society according to Erasmus, stories that teach wisdom, a history of Impressionism and Impressionist painters from Monet to Van Gogh and the story behind the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
At ORICL you can join a book group and read and discuss classic literature, mystery novels, other fiction, nonfiction or technical books. The courses range from one to nine sessions. Each session lasts 70 minutes.
Members also may sign up for ORICL-sponsored bus trips to tour the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; visit the William King Museum of Art and see the play “Greater Tuna” at Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va.; enjoy “Mamma Mia” at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville and visit the Tennessee Aquarium and cruise in its River Gorge Explorer in Chattanooga.
ORICL has more than 450 members who take courses in two classrooms and the auditorium in the Coffey-McNally building on the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College, accessible from Laboratory Road or Briarcliff Avenue. A few of the art classes are taught at the Oak Ridge Art Center.
The ORICL office is located in Room F-111, RSCC, 701 Briarcliff Ave. For more information and a catalog, e-mail the ORICL office at [email protected] or visit www.roanestate.edu/oricl to see the online catalog.
Carolyn Krause is a contributor to Oak Ridge Today.
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