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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Courses on the new democracies of Eastern Europe, nature, swimming and the New South will be offered at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville this summer through Elderhostel.

The first session is June 21-27 with three courses titled ”Building Democracies in Central and Eastern Europe,” ”A Closer Look at Nature,” and ”Get in the Swim.”

The last course will be offered July 19-25 on ”The New South,” which will focus on the Southern conflict between agrarian and industrial society.

The cost is $275 per week and includes room and board. Scholarships are available.

Elderhostels are educational programs for people over age 60 offered throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In Tennessee, programs are held at about 30 sites including college campuses, state parks and conference centers.

For more information and to make reservations, contact David Holden at the UT department of independent study, 1-800-627-7956.