Oakhill Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars


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Where Angels Tread Softly – a Northwest Georgia Historical Odyssey

Author and Georgia  Backroads editor Dan Roper shares stories from Georgia’s history, most set here in the northwestern part of the state. These are tales of bravery and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal, kindness and cruelty, and of life and death. Stories will include “Only the Dead Can Speak with Tongues of Fire,” “Berry versus Shorter, Circa 1865,” “The Road to Remembrance,” “Tenants of the Almighty,” “The Salvation of Mrs. James Vann,” “In the Heart of an EF-3 Tornado,” “Children of the Loom,” and “The Severest Check and Chastisement.”

Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 – November 15 (no class on October 11)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

A Tale of Two Sisters: The Brontës in Context

Two spinster sisters, raised in almost total isolation, produced two blockbuster Gothic novels featuring dark and troubled men. And yet the two novels could not be more different, and neither is quite what it seems on the surface. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights took the Victorian reading public by storm (although for different reasons), and both have much to teach us about the women who wrote the novels as well as the culture that produced them. Both books are required reading for the course. Dr. Lara Baker Whelan is an Associate Professor for the Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing and Director of the Honors Program at Berry College.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 – November 15 (no class on October 11)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $80

Religion in American History

This course will provide an introduction to the religious history of America, concentrating upon the history of Christianity in the United States. Beginning with an overview of 18th-century transatlantic religious movements that rooted themselves in the colonies, the course will address the nature and impact of the First and Second Great Awakenings during the 19th century. Students will explore the character and importance of the African American churches throughout America’s history, concluding with a discussion of American Christianity in the 20th century.

Dr. Peter Yoder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 – November 15 (no class on October 11)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $80

The Anatomy of an Election

Follow Eric Sands, Associate Professor of Government at Berry College, as he deciphers the processes involved in one the most contentious elections of modern times. This discussion-style course will explore the viewpoints of today’s Democrats and Republicans, explain the difference between the popular vote and the Electoral College, and underscore the importance of exercising your right to vote. Together, students will travel the campaign trail during the months leading to November’s election. Expect lively discussions, but remember to keep an open mind!

Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 – November 15 (no class on October 11)
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Cost: $80

Landscape Painting

Intermediate to advanced students will explore landscape painting using acrylics with a focus on composition and color. Goals of the course include refining your composition, using value and light to achieve perspective, and creating drama with the use of contrast and color. Participants will progress from the initial painting concepts to final completed works. A list of supplies will be provided upon registration.

Kristi Kent has a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a concentration in painting from Georgia State University. She is currently the director of communications for both the Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rome City Manager’s Office.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 20 – November 15 (no class on October 11)
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $80

Life Stories: Sharing Stories From Lives  That Matter

The fourth class in our series will present three people, all of whom share the distinction of making an indelible mark in our community and schools: Mike McDougald, Marti Walstad and Bobby Lee Cook.

A native Georgian who attended Emory University, Mike McDougald helped shape broadcast journalism during the 20th century. Instrumental in establishing the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia, McDougald was for many years the “morning wake-up” personality on Atlanta’s WSB radio. He has served two terms as Vice Chairman of the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, is Chairman of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting of Georgia, Inc., and in 2008, was inducted as a Grady fellow by the UGA Grady College of Journalism  Communications.

Martha Berry Walstad was born in Rome, Georgia, attending East Rome High School and earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Auburn University. Named after her great aunt, Martha McChesney Berry, Marti Walstad has served on Berry College’s board of trustees since 2001 and has served on the board of directors for Greater Community Bank of Rome since its inception.

For more than six decades, Bobby Lee Cook has been one of the most successful and influential defense attorneys in the country. He has tried thousands of cases, including more than 300 murder trials; his clients have ranged from bootleggers and moonshiners to white-collared aristocrats, including members of the Rockefeller and Carnegie families.  Regarded as one of the South’s best- known defense attorneys, it is widely believed that Andy Griffith’s character in the television series “Matlock” was based on the professional life of Bobby Lee Cook.

Dates: Tuesdays, September 20, 27 and October 18
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Cost: $30

Introduction to Tree Identification 

Martha Berry had a distinct vision for the gardens that surround her Oak Hill home. Together with Robert Cridland, a well-known landscape architect from Philadelphia, they created a master plan for the Berry estate between 1928 and 1936. Join Terry Paige, Arborist for the City of Rome, as he leads a walking tour of the Oak Hill gardens, helping students to better identify the trees found on the grounds. The course will focus upon Japanese maples, native hardwoods, and conifers. A field trip to the Heritage Trail Memorial Arboretum will serve as a kick-off for class and provide an opportunity to meet other students.

Date:  Thursdays, October 13-27
Time: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $35

Beginning Tennis Lessons

Celebrate the inaugural semester of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College by participating in group tennis lessons. A USPTA certified instructor will cover the basics such as grip, stance and proper technique that will help enhance your tennis game for years to come. As participants progress so will the types of drills and instruction. Bring your racket and tennis shoes! Demo rackets will be available but limited.

Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 22 - Nov. 17
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Cost: $80