Summer 2020 (July) Virtual Online Courses

Notice To Online Students:

Senior College is embarking on a new method of delivering our courses through the use of the Zoom Teleconferencing Application. Working closely with the University of Maine system, we are optimistic we will deliver all our courses in a timely, proficient and quality focused manner. That said, there may be times or cases where technology may fail us. Zoom Teleconferencing relies on the internet and associated equipment. Older computers and/or slow internet connections may present problems. Please be assured we will do everything in our power to get these new courses to you, but recognize certain circumstances are beyond our control. Thanks and we hope to see you soon.

Please note that teleconferencing will never replace our outstanding programs at the Hutchinson Center and we plan to offer in person classes as soon as safety permits.

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 follow the prompts to be connected to the ZOOM virtual classroom. Please make sure to try the link before the day of the class to make sure everything is working OK on your end, and if you run into a problem email us at When you try the link in advance, you should be able to enter the virtual meeting room even though no one else will be there.

There is one 2-day class listed below. To register, click here.

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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