Jim Durham
News Bureau Director

college for a day logoHorses, Memoirs, Religions and Twangers (?!) – in a word, those are the clues to exciting classroom choices at Georgetown College’s next College for a Day, April 20.

This semi-annual opportunity to return to campus and be enlightened on an exciting topic by some of Georgetown’s most dynamic professors, also includes opening and closing receptions, lunch and the school-year-ending “Last Lecture” worship service with popular Religion professor Jack “Doc” Birdwhistell at the podium.

President Bill Crouch will co-host Lunch in the Hall of Fame Room with former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, our Executive Scholar-in-Residence…and both have words of great interest for the CFD participants. Gov. Collins, a co-architect of GC’s second-year Global Scholars Program, also happens to be Chairman of the Kentucky World Trade Center with a lot of insight about the state’s increasing role in the global marketplace.

College for a Day begins and ends in the Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center (LRC) –8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost for the entire event is only $25 per person, which includes lunch and the choice of two out of four intriguing classes.

Class Options

At 9:15 a.m., you may attend one of these two classes:

“Will the Real Islam Please Stand Up?”
Dr. Paul Redditt, Professor Emeritus of Religion
This session will attempt to outline the principle tenets and practices of Islam that make it the world’s second largest religion. It will do so against the backdrop of war, petroleum, and modernism, issues that profoundly affect Christians and Jews as well as Muslims.

“Speak, Memory!: How to Start a Memoir”
Emma Bolden, Professor of English
Everyone has a story to tell; the question is, what’s your story? And what is the best way to tell it? The memoir is a form of autobiography shaped by your story, by your memories: as Gore Vidal writes in his own memoir, Palimpset, “a memoir is how one remembers one’s own life.” In this class, we’ll cover the basics of memoir writing and practice ways to make our memories speak to the page.

Then choose one of these two for the 2:10 p.m. session:

“Georgetown and the Games”
Sarah Coleman, Executive Director of Equine Scholars
Learn more about the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held in North America for the first time right here at the Kentucky Horse Park four miles away, and the impact they will have on Georgetown, KY.

“Tunes for Twangers – A History of Country Music”
Dr. Pete LaRue, Professor of Music
In our session, we shall explore the impact and influence of The Original Carter Family [AP, Sara and Maybelle] from what is known as the “Big Bang” of country music [The Bristol Sessions – field recordings by Ralph S. Peer] to this day. Special emphasis shall be placed upon the legendary artistry of Mother Maybelle on her beloved Gibson L5 guitar and the important influence that the itinerant, African-American guitarist, Lesley Riddle probably had on her development of the unique playing style for which she is much-beloved – the “Carter-Scratch”.


Though originally designed for retirees and other life-long learners, College For A Day is also a tremendous opportunity for parents of current or prospective students to get a closer look at the incredible Georgetown College experience.

If you would like to attend College For A Day, please contact Kathleen Johnsona> by April 14. For more information or to register by phone, call 502-863-8041 or toll-free 877-640-0107; or visit