Fall Course Offerings 2015

Here is an archival listing of our Fall 2015 course offerings.

Morning Classes

The Hidden World of Work

Instructor: Team of Instructors

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Until MBNA showed up in Belfast, visitors would ask, “Where do people work around here?” While few ask that question these days, the answer would be much harder to give. The internet, inexpensive phones and other communication, good roads and transportation have all helped build a web of employment here in Belfast that never before could have happened. The course will provide a tour of the many ways different people work here without causing a visible ripple. The tour will include manufacturers, consultants, retailers, travel service providers, mental health providers, business to business, management, recruitment, adventurers and more.

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Humankind in the Cosmos

Instructor: Arlin Larson and Howard Torrey

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM

From the earliest days, humankind has pondered its place in the cosmos. Such reflection was traditionally expressed in religion and philosophy and embodied in rituals for life’s turning points, such as birth, coming of age, and death. For most of human history, man’s place in the cosmos seemed quite cozy. It was assumed that earth is the center and that everything else literally revolves around it, and that its time frame – if not known exactly – was not great.

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Intermediate Conversational French

Instructor: Lila Nation

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Class size is limited to 15 students.

Intermediate Conversational French is the forth and final segment of the course begun 1 1/2 years ago at Senior College. Though a continuation, it is not limited to those who have completed the prior three segments. The course is specifically designed to enrich and strengthen conversational skills for anyone who already possesses a good foundation in beginning conversational French. It will be challenging and fun! N’ayez pas peur!

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Independent Drawing

Instructor: Sandi Cirillo

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Class size is limited to 15 students.
  • This is NOT a beginner drawing class

This independent drawing class will focus on advancing our drawing skills through a variety of in-class warm up exercises, homework assignments, and weekly critiques. Students can work on their own area of interest with guidance from the instructor. Be prepared to complete several finished drawings during this class.

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What’s New, Old, and Better in Photography?

Instructor: Paul Sheridan

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Here’s a chance to catch up on the world of photography. Using slide shows, books and film clips, we will look at a mixture of work by recently deceased and newly emerging photographers as well as make a few surprising discoveries. We will also study some of the images in depth to better understand the choices made by the photographers, to learn how we can improve our own photographic eye in terms of composition, cropping, exposure, lens choice, etc. No previous photo classes are necessary. No camera required, just curiosity!

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The Collapse of a Superpower: How the USSR Fell and What it Means Today – The View of a Participant

Instructor: Louis Sell

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Note: This class starts on October 1 and ends on November 5
  •  Class size is limited to 25 students. (Class is Full)

Over the period 1989-1991 the Cold War ended and the USSR – a nuclear superpower seemingly at the pinnacle of international power – vanished. This course will look at the events over the final twenty years of the USSR to determine what caused its collapse. The instructor was involved in many of the events and the perspective of the course will be that of the participants on both sides. At the end the course will address the contemporary relevance of the Soviet collapse for events in Ukraine and elsewhere in the former USSR.

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Maine Voices! Essays, Poetry, and Short Fiction by Maine Writers

Instructor: Barbara A. LeGendre

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  •  Class size is limited. (Class is Full)

Maine Voices! Essays, Poetry, and Short Fiction by Maine Writers examines the wealth of writers from Maine—those we might know and those we don’t know: from Longfellow and Edna St. Vincent Millay to Stephen King, Richard Russo and Rachel Carson. We try to pin down what we’ve read: is it a piece that’s coincidentally written by a Maine voice or is it a piece that could come from nowhere else but Maine? The instructor loves a lively class, so come enjoy some of the Maine’s best writing.

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Ancient Mesopotamia and Gilgamesh

Instructor: Juliet Baker and Rebecca Jessup

  • Thursday Morning
  • 9:30 – 11:30 AM
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ancient Mesopotamia and Gilgamesh will be postponed until the spring term.

Gilgamesh, the great Mesopotamian/Sumerian epic composed before the Bible or the Greek epics, remains the earliest extant piece of western literature. Written in 2100 B.C.E. on twelve clay tablets in Akkadian cuneiform, the text was not discovered until the 1850’s. The author weaves together myth and reality, artfully creating an archetypal tale of a great Sumerian king’s quest for friendship, love, and immortality. The poetry is beautiful and moving; the society it depicts is amazing.

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Afternoon Classes

Essential Albums of the Sixties

Instructor: Neal Harkness

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

During the 1960s the long playing record album took its place among the great artistic media. In Rock, Jazz, Folk and Country, creative artists took advantage of the freedom of the longer form to craft innovative works that became touchstones to a generation and continue to entertain new fans and inspire young artists today. In this course, we will survey a selection of the most important and influential albums of the period from a wide variety of artists and in a broad range of styles. From the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and John Coltrane, we will learn the stories behind the creation of some of the most iconic music of the decade and how it fits in the history of popular music.

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The Life and Times of Winston Churchill, Part One (1874 – 1935) Revisited

Instructor: Peter Reilly

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

For those of us who were unable to take Part One last spring, Pete Reilly is offering it again this fall. He will teach Part Two this coming spring.

This course is intended to be an overview of one of the most influential persons in the 20th century. Winston Churchill once told someone at a dinner party that “in the end we are all worms, but he believed that he was a ‘glowworm.’” His ego was huge, but so was his genius, his oratory, his insight, his leadership and so on.

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The Symphonic Ideal in Music

Instructor: Henry Wyatt

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

This course aims to give students an understanding of the symphonic ideal in classical music, based on a discussion of the sonata process or sonata idea as a kind of narrative and unifying principle, and music’s connection with rhetoric and poetics, especially in the Classic Era.

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Writing with Nature

Instructor: Linda Buckmaster

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  •  Class size is limited to 14 students (Class is full)

Writing “with” nature isn’t just writing “about” nature. It can be writing inspired by, in response to, influenced by, or even counter to the natural world. It can help us ground our writing on any topic with a sense of place. Through writing, we can not only express ourselves but also discover more about our subject and our own being as we deepen our relationship to both. By developing the craft of writing, we can better understand and present our world and experiences.

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Investing During Your Retirement

Instructor: Lowrie Sargent

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

The purpose of this course is to teach the students to understand that investing during their working life is very different from investing once they have retired. A person’s income source and expenses certainly change, but perhaps more importantly, their approach to positioning their investments should change to accommodate changing risk tolerance, time horizon and goals. The course will generally follow the outline below to enable the students to develop an understanding of the changes they are experiencing and then evaluate how their investment philosophy can adapt to their new needs and goals. The evaluation will include sections on equities, fixed income and alternate investments Ultimately, the students will write their personal Investment Policy Statements to give them a map to follow for the next stages of their lives.

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The World in the First Half of the 20th Century: The Rise of the U.S. as a World Power

Instructor: Ron Jarvella

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Each decade has its own personality, which has affected the growth of American influence and power, leading to our becoming a world leader. We rose from a debtor nation in 1900 to the world’s leading creditor fifty years later. Other nations welcomed American culture, its movies and music. Advances in science enabled America to counter the new threat from the Soviet Union. The Cold War marked the beginning of yet another era.

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Explore Your Creativity Through Art

Instructor: Anne Spencer

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Class size is limited to 20 students
  • Materials will be provided
  • No experience necessary

Creativity is limitless, as is art. Artist Robert Henri told his students that anyone can draw and paint. In this class, we will study major styles of 19th and 20th century painting by exploring paintings of well- known artists who made those styles significant during this period.

Participants will review and discuss the break from realism in painting to the development of innovative expression commonly referred to as “modern art.” Each week there will be an opportunity to draw, paint, design, calligraph or write a personal reflection in the manner of each style. Materials will be provided. There is no experience necessary, simply the will to have a good time learning.

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A Good End: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your End-of-Life Wishes

Instructor: Team of Instructors

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 –  3:00 PM
  • Class size is limited to 25 students.

No one plans to die. But good planning can enable us to put the subject aside and get on with enjoying our lives. The news is full of alternatives for your end-of-life choices. Cremation? Burial? Funeral or memorial service? Green burial or family cemetery? A lasting memorial or going back to the earth? How do I know what end I want, and how do I arrange for it? This team-taught course will provide information to help you design your most meaningful end-of-life celebrations for you and your loved ones.

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One-Day Classes

Alternative to Assisted Living: Aging-in-place

Instructor: Team of Instructors

  • Tuesday September 29, 2015
  • 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

A panel of board members from the At Home Downeast organization will present their model for enabling people to remain in their homes as they age. The primary goal is to provide transportation for medical appointments, assistance for picking up prescriptions and groceries, and assistance in finding domestic help. All of the drivers are volunteers. They will also discuss other alternatives for people as they age.

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Drawing That Someone Special in Your Life

Instructor: Sandi Cirillo

  • Tuesday Oct. 27, 2015
  • 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Class size is limited to 12 students

This one-day portraiture class will focus on learning the basic drawing skills needed to create a portrait of that someone special, human or animal. We’ll start out with several preliminary sketches, learning how to set up the face on drawing paper. Then we’ll add finishing details with black/white or color. You’ll leave class with a finished portrait that you created yourself, suitable for gift giving or to enhance the beauty of your own home.

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Special Two-Day Class