Continuing Ed

KEY - A Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

Presented by the Vol State Division of Continuing Education

The KEY Lifelong Learning Program at Volunteer State Community College is a series of non-credit lectures on a variety of topics. They're designed so that everyone can enjoy learning, without having to worry about a degree.


Lecture #1: “Beginning Genealogy - Can You Trust the Internet?”

Learn about how to get started with researching your family tree and assemble information regarding family history (vital records, library records, websites).

Presented by Shirley Wilson
Professional Genealogist

4 meetings

Dates: Mondays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25

Time9:15-10:30 AM

Lecture #2: “Why Does It Look the Way It Does?

Art in Context - European Painting, 1500-1830”

Topics in this lecture include:

  • Northern vs. Italian Renaissance
  • Protestant vs. Catholic Baroque
  • Impressionism vs. Academic Styles
  • Post-Impressionism vs. Impressionism

Presented by Claire Hampton
Artist and Associate Professor Emeritus

4 meetings

Dates: Mondays, August 4, 11, 18, and 25

Time: 10:45 AM to Noon

Lecture #3: “Four Migrations to America”

Learn about and discuss the four migrations to America, how they differ, where they came from, and where they went - based on the book Albion's Seed.

Presented by Joe Spann
Genealogical Author and Graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research

4 meetings

Dates: Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27

Time: 9:15 AM to 10:30 AM

Lecture #4: “Meet the Authors”

Each of the authors listed below will discuss one or more aspects of their book/article.

4 meetings

Dates: Wednesdays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27

Times: 10:45 AM to Noon

Miscarriage of Justice

Date: August 6th Lecture

Presented by Judge Hamilton Gayden

This novel of passion, seduction, betrayal, and murder is a story adapted from a real-life scandalous story involving a Gallatin doctor's wife and the doctor and a barber, during the pre-war (World War 1) years of the last century. The tragedy occurred during the times when women's rights and the quest for independence were being advocated, especially the Women's Suffrage movement for the right to vote.

Final Bid!

Presented by Allen Parks

Date: August 13th Lecture

Discover a little bit about Gallatin/Sumner County history as seen through the eyes of a realtor. Learn more about local real estate transactions, including industrial real estate and historical homes.

The Lost World of Langley Hall

Presented by Judith Morgan

August 20th Lecture

The Lost World of Langley Hall” tells the story of two young people and their families, the Trousdales and the Allens, over the course of a century from 1853 to 1952. Through the events of their lives, the history of Gallatin emerges. Ms. Morgan will talk about her research, writing the book, and resources at local and State archives.

Reverend Peter Vertrees and Other Local African-American Personalities

Presented by Kenneth Thomson

Date: August 27th Lecture

Kenneth Thomson has written numerous articles including some highlighting local African-American personalities such as the late Rev. Peter Vertrees, for whom Thomson secured a historical marker on South Water Avenue. Join in on the discussion about Peter Vertrees and his contributions to the post-emancipation history of Gallatin.

KEY Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

FEE: $49.00 per person

The $49.00 fee allows the participant the opportunity to attend one or all four of the lectures scheduled in August.


Volunteer State Community College
Wood Campus Center
Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B

How to Enroll:
In Person: Come to the Volunteer State Continuing Education Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM-4:30 PM, Building 300, Room 106.
By Phone: Call 615-230-3358. One of our staff will assist you with registration by asking you a few simple questions. Have your credit card ready for course payment.
Online: Go to At Search, enter KEY

If you have any questions, call Continuing Education at 615-230-3358 or 1-888-335-8722, ext. 3358