Now that the rate of COVID-19 infections is relatively low in Tennessee, the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL) is offering two bus trips this summer to entertaining and educational venues for the first time in two years.
ORICL members must pay a charge for each trip.
The June 21 trip will take registrants to Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore in Cherokee “overhill” territory, as well as to Sweetwater Valley Dairy Farm, where lunch and cheeses can be purchased. ORICL members who sign up for the Aug. 25 trip will tour the backstage of the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville and then, after lunch, enjoy the performance of the hilarious “Leading Ladies” play.
The summer term, which runs from June 6 through July 29, offers 56 courses, of which 43 will be in-person, two will be hybrid and 13 will be Zoom-only classes. Most in-person classes are at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge Branch Campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave., or at the Oak Ridge Art Center. Online registration opens on April 19. Anyone wishing to become an ORICL member starting this summer must pay the registration fee of $60 either by checking or online.
The summer catalog is posted on ORICL’s www.roanestate.edu/oricl website. The registration form and calendar are also posted there. To obtain a paper catalog or more information, contact the ORICL office by calling (865) 481-8222 or by sending an email message to email@example.com. Mail your form and check to ORICL, RSCC, 701 Briarcliff Ave., Oak Ridge, TN 37830 if you are planning to become a new member.
Topics of history courses include Native American history, World War I and the Civil War. Two classes are based on the history presented by Alex Gabbard in two of his latest self-published books.
Language courses include Latin (intermediate) and four levels of Russian. There are several poetry classes, including one on Emily Dickinson, a class by a popular storyteller and the popular “Shakespeare Out Loud” course.
For those who enjoy participating in book groups, ORICL has courses encouraging the reading and discussion of nonfiction, fiction, mystery novels, classical literature and technical books.
Medicine and health course topics include aging, stretching, and body, mind and breathing.
For music lovers, there’s a course on the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The philosophy course being offered is titled “Your Truth or Mine?” A course on Buddha and his words of wisdom, accompanied by a few minutes of calming meditation, continues from the previous term.
Science and technology courses offered address such topics as bees, Monarch butterflies, climate change solutions, science literacy, lasers in scientific research and the impact of a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse on the US electric grid.
Classes of general interest focus on ways to use online libraries, birding outdoors, the Petersons’ terraced hillside garden, the Obed Wild and Scenic River and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, taught by Niki Nicholas, superintendent of both units of the National Park Service.
ORICL offers art classes for a fee at the Oak Ridge Art Center on pottery (“Platters with Plants,” taught by Bill Capshaw), making summer earrings, loom weaving and the Art a la Carte film series. Art classes at RSCC’s Oak Ridge campus include several courses taught by Gerry O’Neill on the Zentangle method, a fun, easy-to-learn, relaxing, meditational method of drawing beautiful images with structured patterns.