MTSU experts share knowledge with ‘Adventures in L...

MTSU experts share knowledge with ‘Adventures in Learning’

Members of the MTSU community will be among the instructors leading senior citizens again at this year’s “Adventures in Learning.”

An educational event sponsored annually by an interfaith coalition, “Adventures in Learning” is scheduled for 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro.

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Professors and practitioners will hold informal classes that enlighten and entertain people ages 50 and older who want to learn something new.

Current and retired MTSU personnel once again will play major roles in this year’s lectures.

Dr. Ralph Fullerton, professor emeritus of geography and geology at MTSU, will lead a complete four-lecture series on “World War Two: The European Theater.” Gina Logue, producer/media representative in the university’s Office of News and Media Relations, will conduct a four-lecture series on “The Golden Age of Radio.”

Three retired MTSU English professors will lead discussions in the four-lecture series “From the Bookshelf.” They are:

  • Lynette Ingram, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel;
  • Jean Gould, “Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul” by John M. Barry;
  • Margaret Ordoubadian, “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.

Four MTSU agriculture professors will be in charge of the four-lecture series “Agriculture: It’s More Than Food.” They are:

  • Dr. Warren Gill, director of the School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, and a professor of animal science, who will discuss “Ag is a Good Brand — Growing Food around the World.”
  • Dr. Cliff Ricketts, professor of vocational-technical education, who will speak on “Alternative Fuels: The Optimist’s View of How We Will Survive and Travel in the Future.”
  • Dr. Tony Johnston, professor of agribusiness, who will talk on “The Wine Industry in Tennessee and Beyond.”
  • Dr. Dave Whitaker, director of the university’s horse science program who will address “Horse Science at MTSU: The Leading Equine Program in the East.”

Dr. Warren Gill

Dr. Cliff Ricketts

Other topics available include “Do I Need to Know about Social Media?”, “Living to be 100! Are You Up to It?”, “Southern Women: A Lovely Legacy,” “History of Rock and Roll” and “Reading the Bible as Literature.”

Registration is $16 and is due by Friday, Aug. 23. A fee of $32 will be due for registrations postmarked after Aug. 23.

Dr. Dave Whitaker

Dr. Tony Johnston

An additional $15 fee will be payable in advance for “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Painting But Were Afraid to Ask — and Then Some!” This two-hour class is open only to first-time participants, and class size is limited to 10.

All classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited.

Lunch will be catered by Carolyn’s Creations. The lunch cost is $10 per day or $36 in advance for all four lunches.

Mail all checks to AIL Treasurer, 1267 North Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro, Tenn., 37130.

For more information, contact C.D. Sniderman at or go to