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Lifelong Learning at Wofford offers one-time programs

DIY workshops, coffee, history presentations and more

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2017-03-28

SPARTANBURG, S.C. Lifelong Learning at Wofford will offer a variety of one-time events, workshops and presentations this spring.

Registration is open at www.wofford.edu/lifelonglearning/ or by calling 864-597-4415. Note that some programs are held off campus; locations are indicated in the descriptions.

The offerings include:

Roundtable Discussions
Wednesdays through May 24 (no discussion May 17), 1-2:30 p.m.
Holcombe Room and Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building, Wofford College

Discussion leader Jim Badger will invite various educators, leaders, innovators and speakers for roundtable discussions and lectures. Discussions typically include topics ranging from politics and culture to history and our local community. Lunch may be purchased in the faculty serving area on days discussions are held and eaten before or during the discussion. Please register in advance and arrive at least 15 minutes early to find adequate parking and to reserve your seat at the table. Free to Lifelong Learning members.

Hands-On, DIY Workshop: Allergy Season
Thursday, March 30, 10-11:30 a.m.
Music Room, Central United Methodist Church, 233 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

Melissa Dunbar will provide an educational, do-it-yourself approach to supporting your body through common allergy season complaints and ailments. Learn for yourself or to support your loved ones who may be susceptible to allergies or common colds. Dunbar will teach attendees how to make their own “oil rollers” and healing skin creams with essential oils and inexpensive household ingredients. The $10 per participant workshop registration fee covers all needed supplies and materials; advance payment required.

Exploring the Medieval World of “Brother Cadfael”
Mondays through May 22 (no screening May 15), 4:30-6 p.m.
McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building, Wofford College

Join us for a screening of an episode of “Brother Cadfael,” the television adaptation of Ellis Peters’ famous mystery novels, starring Sir Derek Jacobi. Each episode is set in Europe between 1137 and 1145 and focuses on aspects of life in medieval England. Episodes are paired with short discussions before the screenings and will cover topics such as everyday life and religious practices of 12th-century Europe, plant lore and monastic life during the time period. Discussions will be led by Cheryl Monson, whose love of the “Brother Cadfael” series in influenced by her passion for the history of the time period and her experience as a nurse. Free to Lifelong Learning members.

Prose Writing Workshop for Fiction and Nonfiction, Two-Part Workshop
Part I, Monday, April 10, 5-7 p.m.
Part II, Monday, May 8, 5-7 p.m.
Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building, Wofford College

In this casual writing workshop, taught by Rachel Richardson, writers will have a chance to have their work read and constructively critiqued by their peers. Through group discussions, creative exercises and close analysis, writers will develop editing skills and learn to critique their own work. At the end of the semester, participants will have the chance to share their work at a public reading. Due to the time restraints for each workshop, registration is limited to the first 10 registrants. A $10 per participant fee covers the cost of the workshop and a gourmet fruit and cheese platter.

Transforming Our Stories with Speaking Down Barriers, Two-Part Series
Part I, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon
Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building, Wofford College
Part II, April 19, 10 a.m.-noon
Location TBA

Lifelong Learning at Wofford welcomes Marlanda Dekine and Scott Neely, Speaking Down Barriers leaders and recipients of the 2016 Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change for discussion and storytelling focused on rethinking and retelling stories of race and racism to reshape our world. “Rather than our differences be a source of division, they are a source of our collective strength.” – Speaking Down Barriers. This event is free to Lifelong Learning members and guests.

Tuesdays with Tracy
Tuesdays, April 18 and May 2, Noon-1 p.m.
Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building, Wofford College

Wofford professor Dr. Tracy Revels will lead a discussion of lesser-known facets of history and the women that helped to shape it. These discussions are free to Lifelong Learning members and their guests. The programs are: April 18: The Women of Sherlock’s World and May 2: Women in the Civil War.

Hands-On, DIY Workshop: Backyard Protection
Thursday, April 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Music Room, Central United Methodist Church, 233 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

As the weather begins to warm up and Spartanburg starts to see more backyard activity, join Melissa Dunbar for this workshop as she discusses how to deter common pests and irritants using common household ingredients and chemical-free alternatives. Participants will make their own chemical-free (and child-friendly) bug sprays as well as a natural cooling spray for the days when the temperature starts to climb. The $10 per person event registration fee will cover all supplies and materials; advance payment required.

From Farm to Cup: Exploring and Tasting the World of Coffee
Friday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m.
Little River Roasting Co., 460 Marion Ave. Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

Coffee has been an American staple since the early 1600s. We see it everywhere in our culture, from various kitchen counter machines to popular coffeehouses around the corner. Little River Roasting Co. owner Gervais Hollowell will provide participants with an afternoon of tasting gourmet coffee and learning more about the history of coffee’s significant impact on American and global culture. Participants will taste many varieties of coffee, learn different brewing methods (from the French press to the pour-over), discuss growing methods and explore the many steps are involved in delivering coffee from tree to cup. A $10 per participant fee is required in advance.

Ho’oponopono (“to make right”): An interactive Hawaiian ceremony
Thursday, May 4, 3-4:30 p.m.
Garrett Room, Central United Methodist Church, 233 N. Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29306

Starting with the modern form of Ho’oponopono for problem solving that is so popular for many people on the Mainland today, come and explore the deeper and more ancient Hawaiian forms of forgiving and healing of conflict in relationships through one of the most sacred values of this ancient culture that is all about maintaining the harmony of the family. Kaleo Wheeler will teach participants practical and simple techniques to experience how to forgive through embracing and holding the most graceful and elegant space of healing to release anger and fear through praise, encouragement and appreciation. Ho’oponopono is said to be one of the soundest methods to restore and maintain good family relationships that any society as ever devised. It helps us to cultivate the qualities of loving-kindness and compassion through a practice of forgiveness, gratitude and blessing for yourself and others. Cost is $20 per person.

Stories from Lifelong Learners
Monday, May 22, 5-7 p.m.
Montgomery Room, Burwell Building, Wofford College

Join Lifelong Learning at Wofford for this dinner event celebrating the stories we all have to tell. Enjoy dinner while listening to selected stories written and told during the spring semester writing courses and workshops. Cost is $15 per person; a cash bar also will be available.

To register, contact Tracey Southers at 864-597-4415 or go to www.wofford.edu/lifelonglearning/.