The Idea of America: Our Values, Our Legacy, Our Future

Instructor:  Duncan Newcomer

  • Thursday afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Text required

The tattered fabric of our nation can be rewoven on the loom of history. Our values and our legacy can reframe our future. This course uses the vocabulary of values, such as Equality and Unity, with the legacy of our past leaders, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King, Jr., to strengthen our participation in the future of our country and world. Along with readings, lecture and discussion, our home-grown (Game Loft) method of dramatic enactment will be used to deepen and enliven our role in the common good and the development of our best selves.

Required text: “The Idea of America,” ISBN 978-0-87935-291-2

Duncan Newcomer has taught this course and “The Spiritual Life of Lincoln” at Senior College in Belfast and Brunswick. The course is a part of a national program from the Idea of America Network with a curriculum originally prepared by Colonial Williamsburg. This format is being taught in similar locations throughout the country. Rev. Dr. Newcomer is a psychotherapist, minister, and writer living in Belfast with his partner, Rebecca Jessup, poet and Latin teacher.