Summer 2020 Virtual Online Courses

Dear Senior College friends,

While Senior College still hopes to offer “in person” classes in September, we realize this might not be possible or prudent. In this case, we will offer a variety of online classes through Zoom. If you are new to Zoom please be assured it is easy to use and will give us the opportunity to connect with one another in a new way.

In order to prepare for a possible “Online Fall” we have scheduled several online classes in the next few months using Zoom, including a Zoom training course on June 2.

Register for the ZOOM 1-2-3 and the June courses by going to our summer registration page and completing the registration form. All classes are free of charge.

You will receive an email acknowledgement that you are in the class or on a waiting list. In addition we will forward some useful information for learning the Zoom application.

Before your class/course begins, you will receive an invitation to participate. On the day and time of the class/course, all you have to do is click on the link in that email and you should be connected to the ZOOM class. If you can, try the link before the class to make sure everything is working OK on your end, and if you run into a problem email us at info@belfastseniorcollege.org.

Remember you can participate in a brief training before the start of the June courses to give you a chance to learn or get more comfortable with ZOOM. We know that we will all enjoy seeing one another again and taking part in online learning.


Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Instructor: Nicholas Turner

  • 1 Class June 12 at 10:00 a.m.- 12 noon
  • Class Limited to 20
  • Class Full, registration closed

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”…from the 16th century through today that line rings so true! In this class we will discuss aspects of the play and its lasting attraction. Read it and watch a movie before the class meets so that you are ready to join in.

Required material: A copy of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” many free and printable copies online.
1 Class June 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.- 12 noon
Course Limit: 20

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Zoom 1-2-3 Training

Instructor: Wendy Kasten

  • June 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Class Limited to 20
  • Class Full, registration closed

If you’d like to take a class, but are unsure about zooming, now is your chance to get on board! We can get you up to speed in no time with a quick orientation to Zoom.

June 2, 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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State of the Birds of Maine

Instructor: Nicholas Lund

  • 1 Class June 16. 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • Class Limited to 20
  • Class Full, registration closed

The bird populations of the state are constantly changing. In this class we will learn about the changing population of bird species and identify those that are decreasing and increasing as well as discover the projected bird populations.

1 Class – June 16, 2020. 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.

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Louise Erdrich Book Discussion Group

Instructor: Wendy Kasten

  • 3 Classes: June 4, 11, 18 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Material Required
  • Class Limited to 20
  • Class Full, registration closed

Senior College members have shown great interest in Native American writers. One leading native writer, Louise Erdrich has a new book entitled “The Night Watchman.” In this class the book will be read together in sections followed by an online Zoom discussion.

Required material: A copy of “The Night Watchman” Available at Left Bank Books, Amazon or on Amazon Kindle for $18.99 – approx. $27.00
3 Classes: June 4, 11, 18 at 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Course Limit: 20

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Conversation and Cocktails with Churchill and Hamilton

Instructor: Pete Reilly

  • July 8, 4-5 p.m. (Churchill)
  • July 22, 4-5 p.m. (Hamilton)
  • 2 Day course/1 hour+ each session
  • Registration will close on Monday July 6th at 4pm
  • Registration was closed, but we are opening it again for the July 22 Hamilton class.

Ever wonder what Churchill and Hamilton were like to hang around with? Probably not, but this 2 day course is going to provide a sometimes fun and sometimes serious look at these incredible (and entertaining) people. With Churchill we’ll throw in a book review with Erik Larson’s New York Times bestselling book – “The Splendid and the Vile”. An insightful look at what may have been Winston Churchill’s most defining year. Winston Churchill is nothing short of amazing – and improbable! Rising to the pinnacle of world power and changing the course of history in 1940 would never have been predicted by his family, teachers and many contemporaries. On day 1 of this course we’ll have some fun and take a look at how it happened. July 8, 4-5 p.m.

If “improbable” describes Winston Churchill, then for sure it describes Alexander Hamilton. Alexander is the proverbial “double threat” – a thinker and a doer of our American history. Previously relegated to take a back seat in the traditional telling of the founding of the United States, LIn Miranda’s musical has certainly moved Alexander to the forefront. Hamilton, the musical, opened on Broadway in 2015. The movie is being released by Disney this summer. We’ll look at Alexander Hamilton the person through the Musical. Why Is “Hamilton” so entertaining, so audacious, so inspiring, so game changing – because that describes Alexander Hamilton. If nothing else Day 2 of this course will inspire you to see the movie this summer. July 22, 4-5 p.m.

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