Lifelong Learning at Rock U


A free adult education course, A Walk Through Western Civilization, taught by retired history professor Jeffery Mitchiner, kicked off January 12 in Room 5 at Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC). The 90-minute class continues on Sundays at 2 p.m. until May 3. The class is an informal seminar and includes both lecture and discussion.  Learners are welcome on a space-available basis. The room is equipped with white board, wi-fi and screen projector equipment, with comfortable seating for 25.  

Earlier semesters discussed Greek history and Eastern Mediterranean culture. The class is now studying Roman history, including engineering, architecture, religion, law and government.

Mitchiner’s teaching experience includes Shenandoah University and five other colleges. He earned his Ph.D at Wake Forest University.

Cliff Love recently held classes at “Rock U” on advance medical directives, and the history of impeachments in the U.S.  Love is developing an Economy of Climate Change course to begin in March, taught by University of Virginia Interdisciplinary Studies professor Andrew Wilson. 

An ongoing series known as Taste of Nelson kicked off with a How to Taste Wine class by Andrew Hodson of Veritas Winery, and will continue February 4 with an About Sake class by Joe Centofante and the North American Sake Brewery.  

Additional course instructors are invited to use Room 5 for presentations as part of a short adult education course for RVCC members. Instructors with experience in a subject of interest to adult learners are invited to contact Cliff Love [email protected] or Glenn Picou at [email protected]. 


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