Summer Course Offerings 2016

Here is an archival listing of our Summer 2016 course offerings.

Morning Classes

Afternoon Classes

One-Day Classes

Mixin’ it Up with Henri Matisse

Instructor: Sandi Cirillo

  • Tuesday June 14
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Class size is limited to 15
  • Class is Full and registration is closed
  • Bring a bag lunch

“If my story were ever to be written truthfully from start to finish, it would amaze everyone.” This quote is from Henri Matisse who was a painter, sculptor and printmaker. In this “hands on” class, we’ll be learning about how Matisse created his artwork, the difficulties he faced, and his ultimate triumph later in his life – his cut out paper collages. We’ll be doing some drawing and working with mixed media materials, focusing on his style and his accomplishments in the art world. All supplies will be provided but you can always bring some of your own as well. This is an art history class that will keep you moving as you learn about this fascinating artist

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Introduction to Astrology

Instructor: Elisabeth Goodridge

  • Thursday July 14
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

Explore the fascinating subject of astrology. Learn about the basic tools that comprise the drawing of a natal chart or horoscope: the planets, signs, houses and aspects. Apply these tools in creating and then analyzing your own horoscope, or at least use them in discussing a model chart. If you want to do your chart […]

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The Life, Times and Music of Gustav Mahler

Instructor: Bob Rackmales

  • Tuesday July 19
  • 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

This course is designed as an introduction to the last of the great Central European Romantic composers, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Although he was virtually ignored for decades after his death, in part because of his Jewish origins, interest in his works soared beginning in the 1960’s thanks in part to the efforts of leading conductors such as Leonard Bernstein. It also became increasingly clear in the second half of the 20th Century how strongly his music had influenced composers of succeeding generations such as Benjamin Britten, Alban Berg, and Dmitri Shostakovich. His works are now an integral part of the programs of major symphony orchestras in the United States and around the world. Drawing in part on a remarkable documentary, “Mahler: Origins and Legacy” by Leonard Bernstein’s protege, Michael Tilson Thomas, we will explore the ways in which Mahler drew on German poetry, philosophy and the expanded musical palette of predecessors such as Schubert and Wagner to create masterpieces of vocal and instrumental music.

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Poetry in Film and Music

Instructor: Richard Brown

  • Tuesday June 21
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

Poetry raises awareness, poses questions, and touches emotions. By this definition film and music are indeed poetry. This course will present two important films with music by prominent American composers. A brief discussion will follow each presentation. The morning session will feature Aaron Copland’s “The City” from 1939. In the afternoon Philip Glass’s “Koyaanisqatsi” from 1982 will be shown.

“The City” was first shown at the 1939 World’s Fair in keeping with its futuristic theme, the struggle over technology and the plight of cities. Alex Ross has stated, “Prominent composers of Popular Front orientation contributed to the fair, struggling to reconcile their ideals with the requirements of big business.”

“Koyaanisqatsi,” a Hopi Indian word translated as “life out of balance,” revisits the themes of “The City” but from a culturally different and more current perspective. The film’s director, Godfrey Reggio, has explained the lack of dialogue saying, “It’s not for lack of love of the language…. It’s because … our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world we live in.”

The Library of Congress has selected both films for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

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Midcoast Maine Weather, Simply Put

Instructor: Jon Cheston

  • Thursday  July 28
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

The old adage “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” certainly applies to Maine weather. Learn why our weather here on the coast is so variable, why forecasters sometimes get it wrong, what contributes to some hurricanes hitting us or missing us, and why we have a lot of fog. You’ll take home lots of interesting weather-related tidbits and helpful hints about how to better translate the breezes that you feel and the skies you see into weather patterns.

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The American Comic Strip

Instructor: Neal Harkness

  • Thursday August 25
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Bring a bag lunch

The daily newspaper comic strip has often been named, alongside baseball and jazz, as one of America’s unique contributions to world culture. For a century, the daily lives of Americans were filled with raucous humor, intense drama and thrilling adventure through the panels of their favorite strips. From the Katzenjammer Kids to Calvin and Hobbs, Dick Tracy to Doonesbury, Little Orphan Annie to Charlie Brown, their denizens were as familiar as movie stars and presidents. In this course, we will follow their history from their beginnings in the circulation wars waged by 19th century tabloids through the glory days of Popeye and Prince Valiant, Blondie and Beetle Bailey to their slow decline in recent decades. As reflections on their times, they had an impact on the broader culture and stood on their own merits as art.

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Party Conventions – What are They and How do They Work?

Instructor: Jeremy Kennedy and Jason Savage

  • Thursday June 16
  • 9:30 am to 12:30
  • Half Day Class
  • Only $15

This year of highly contested races to become the party nominee to run for President has increased our need to better understand the Republican and Democratic parties’ conventions. In this half-day class, Executive Directors Jeremy Kennedy (of the Maine Democratic Party) and Jason Savage (of the Maine Republican Party) will explain the ins and outs of the Democratic and Republican Party Conventions. Dr. David Beebe will provide introductory remarks about political conventions and their role in our political process.

Among other aspects of the processes followed, the Executive Directors will discuss how the delegates are selected, what it means to be “bound” or “pledged” to a candidate and what the role and influence of party leaders and/or “super delegates” is in selecting a candidate. They will also describe the rules under which their respective conventions operate and how rules are developed and/or changed. Both will also provide attendees with a greater understanding of how the business of the convention is accomplished: what is the process and how does the week evolve? This will include the development of the Party Platform, the selection of the candidate, and launching the nominee for the race to the general election.

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Share Your Enthusiasm: How to Prepare Your Own Senior College Course in Art, Music, Film, Theater…Or?

Instructor: Paul Sheridan

  • Thursday July 7
  • 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Free class for potential instructors and class assistants

Have you ever said, or heard someone else say, “Wouldn’t it be great if they offered a class about ____? ” Since Senior College is volunteer-powered, you know that there is no “they” – just “us.” Become one of the “us” by teaching a course at Senior College. If you are unsure about using technology to enhance a class, then this class is for you. With a bit of hand-holding YOU can learn to share YOUR special knowledge and enthusiasms.

Do you have an interest in Mozart’s piano works, Mary Cassatt’s paintings, or films from Africa that you want to share but don’t know where to start? Stills, video clips, music selections, etc., enhance classes on the arts. History, crafts and literature also benefit from the use of technology. “This is not Rocket Science!” On the other hand, you may want to present something about the mechanics of space flight…

If you can be in front of a group and talk about something, then Paul wants to help you with the technical stuff. Even if you don’t see yourself in front of the classroom, you can collaborate with another instructor – we always need well-qualified class assistants.

In a half-day class with a coffee break, learn ways to organize and to prepare a presentation that is a mix of lecture, conversation, Q&A and audiovisuals. Learn how to include samples of what you want your audience to know for a six-week class or a one-hour brown bag talk. We will work on how best to use the internet, YouTube, and Wikipedia and how to find specialized sites.

Bring your passions, your ideas, your curiosity, and your doubts; let’s see if we can evolve them into a class of which you’ll be proud.

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Special Two-Day Class