Winterim Course Offerings

Welcome to the Winterim 2021 session of Belfast Senior College January through March. Please register early for the classes you would like to take to avoid disappointment.

Annual membership fee, $25.00, is valid Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, and required for all courses. Our on-campus classes have been postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19, and all are classes are in Zoom.

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Maine Cheese! An Underappreciated History

Instructor: Eric Rector

  • Zoom Class
  • One session of 1.5 hours, Monday, Jan 11th, 12pm to 1:30pm
  • $10

I’ve always wondered why Vermont has a world-wide reputation for dairy and cheese even though Maine’s dairy industry is just as old and important to this state. I dive into Maine’s earliest agricultural records — annual Reports of the Board of Agriculture beginning in the 1850s — and then into the company records of one of Maine’s longest running cheese factories to find out why.

One session of 1.5 hours, Monday, Jan 11th, 12pm to 1:30pm – $10

Eat More Cheese at 94 Main Street in Belfast will be offering an $18 platter of a variety of cheeses to those taking this class.

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The Biology of Aging

Instructor: Patrick Slavin

  • Zoom Class
  • 3 Sessions, Tuesdays 10-11 am, Jan 26, Feb 2, and Feb 9
  • $15

What does it mean to age? Is aging an inevitable part of life or is it a treatable disease? This course will examine the process of aging on a cellular and molecular level and explore the current research on halting and reversing the process.

3 Sessions, Tuesdays 10-11 am, Jan 26, Feb 2, and Feb 9

There is no text but a knowledge of high school biology would be helpful to the understanding of the lectures.

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Starting a Backyard Orchard

Instructor: C.J. Walke

  • Zoom Class
  • 3 sessions, Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 pm, Feb. 2, 9, 16
  • $15

In this three-part course, we will discuss planning, establishing and growing on fruit trees to production utilizing organic gardening methods and materials. Session one will focus on site selection, tree selection, soil preparation and planting. Session two will focus on managing insect pests and disease through certified organic and no-spray methods. Session three will focus on management techniques, such as pruning, training young trees and fruit thinning.

3 sessions, Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 pm, Feb. 2, 9, 16

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Origins of the Middle East Conflict – Centennial to the Balfour Declaration of 1917

Instructor: Charles Mamane

  • Zoom Class
  • 8 Sessions, Wednesdays 4:00-5:30PM March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
  • Course reading material will be emailed prior to each session.
  • Class limit 25
  • $20

In this course, we will explore the state of the Middle East and trace its history from the end of the First World War to the present. Many people do not realize that the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East originated during World War I with The Balfour Declaration, which is regarded as one of the most controversial and contested documents in the modern history of the Arab world and has puzzled historians for decades. With this declaration, Britain publicly pledged to establish “a national home for the Jewish people”, but for the Palestinians, it resulted in what they call the Nakba – the Catastrophe.

8 Sessions, Wednesdays 4:00-5:30PM March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5

Course reading material will be emailed prior to each session.

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Brown Bag Lunch: Belfast’s Climate Crisis Committee’s Ongoing Efforts

Instructor: Beverly Roxby

  • Zoom Class
  • 1 session, February 9, 11:45 to 1:00
  • Free with membership

Three years ago the City of Belfast agreed to adopt a climate change committee to address what we’re seeing now, what’s likely to happen in the future, and how to get the public on board as stakeholders. Beverly Roxby has been a part of this committee since it began and will share information about its past, present, and hopefully future work in a world where we need to think globally by acting locally.

1 session, February 9, 11:45 to 1:00, free with membership

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The Story of Story

Instructor: Brenda Smith

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions, Fridays 2pm-4pm, January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12
  • Limit 8
  • $20
  • Class is full

“Story is the chronicle of change”. This class is intended to help participants understand how to weave a story that will literally rewire the listener/reader’s brain. We will discover tools that give a story maximum impact. We will practice constructing story components that are vital to creating memorable impressions. There will be short writing assignments both in class and at home which will be shared and discussed from both perspectives of story teller and listener. By the end of the class participants will have completed their own memorable short story. This class is appropriate for all levels of story tellers/writers.

6 sessions, Fridays 2pm-4pm, January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 – $20

Course materials will be E-mailed to participants.

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The Spiritual Life of Lincoln and the Idea of America

Instructor: Duncan Newcomer

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions – Friday at 2pm-3:30pm, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Suggested Reading
  • $20

Lincoln’s moral awakening was about race and democracy, rooted in his blend of reason and faith. At home with Enlightenment Humanists and American religious Reformers, he spoke and acted with secular reason and a sacred spirit. His was a political religion for the world’s people. He was both good and great. We will explore the relevance of his spiritual life to our idea of America and the crisis of today.

Suggested readings:
“The Idea of America: Our Values, Our Legacy, Our Future” by John Oliver Wilson. ISBN 978-0-87935-291-2
“30 Days With Abraham Lincoln: Quiet Fire” by Duncan Newcomer ISBN 978-1-64180-057-0. And the archives of Readthespirit and the audio archives of WERU, Quiet Fire.

6 sessions – Friday at 2pm-3:30pm, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26

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Introduction to Permaculture: Design for Life

Instructor: Cynthia Blackshear

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions, Thursdays at 10am-12pm, January 14, 21, 28- February 4, 11, 18
  • Limit 30
  • $20

Permaculture is a design methodology rooted in horticulture and agriculture, utilizing both indigenous wisdom and contemporary knowledge. It can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm, to a manufacturing process, to city block or entire town. Indeed, many Permaculture practitioners say it informs almost all aspects of their life.

In this class students will learn about the origin and history of Permaculture, explore the ethics and principles and be introduced to the analysis and design processes.

There will be homework! But I promise it will be fun! (And it’s not required!)

6 sessions, Thursdays at 10am-12pm, January 14, 21, 28- February 4, 11, 18 – $20

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Living Well with Diabetes

Instructor: Jen Paquet

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 Sessions – Tuesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Text and audio CD
  • Limit 8
  • Class is full
  • $20

Living Well with Diabetes was designed for people with type 2 diabetes to learn a variety of day-to-day self-management skills to actively manage their diabetes.
This program is run by peer leaders who understand just how challenging it can be to make our own health and wellness a priority. Throughout this six session series that has been proven to promote health and prevent disease, you’ll learn how to boost your energy, improve mood and decrease fatigue.

This evidence based workshop helps empower adults to address and better manage their health issues by increasing self-efficacy, improving knowledge, developing positive behavior change, and improved self-management. Topics such as testing your blood sugar, menu planning, stress management, treating low blood sugar, strategies for sick days are covered, plus so much more!

Text – Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions*
Audio CD – Relaxation for the Mind and Body, Pathways to Healthy*
*Provided at no cost by Spectrum Generations

6 Sessions – Tuesdays, 3:00pm-5:00pm, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23 – $20

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Living Well for Better Health

Instructor: Jen Paquet

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions, Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00pm, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10
  • Text and audio CD
  • Limit 15
  • $20

Do you want to feel better, increase your quality of life, or improve your experience with healthcare providers? You can now take Living Well Programs from home!

This program is run by peer leaders who understand just how challenging it can be to make our own health and wellness a priority. Throughout this six session series that has been proven to promote health and prevent disease, you’ll learn how to boost your energy, improve mood and decrease fatigue.
Living Well for Better Health was designed for people who may have chronic health conditions like arthritis, heart disease, asthma, Lyme disease, or COPD. This evidence based workshop helps empower adults to address and better manage their health issues by increasing self-efficacy, improving knowledge, developing positive behavior change, and improved self-management.

Text – Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions*
Audio CD – Relaxation for the Mind and Body, Pathways to Healthy*
*Provided at no cost by Spectrum Generations

6 sessions, Wednesdays, 2:00-4:00pm, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10 – $20

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Living Well With Chronic Pain

Instructor: Jen Paquet

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 sessions, Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15
  • Text and audio CD
  • Limit 8
  • Class is full
  • $20

Do you want to feel better, increase your quality of life, or improve your experience with healthcare providers?

This program is run by peer leaders who understand just how challenging it can be to make our own health and wellness a priority. Throughout this six session series that has been proven to promote health and prevent disease, you’ll learn how to boost your energy, improve mood and decrease fatigue.

Living Well with Chronic Pain is ideal for people who are experiencing a wide range of chronic, non-cancer related pain conditions. Participants in this class learn practical tools to help develop self-management skills and develop positive behavior change. Other topics include debunking myths, using your mind to manage symptoms, and healthy eating.

Text – Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions*
Audio CD – Relaxation for the Mind and Body, Pathways to Healthy*
*Provided at no cost by Spectrum Generations

6 sessions, Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15 – $20

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Never Thought I Would Write Poetry

Instructor: Jim Owen

  • Zoom Class
  • 4 sessions, Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30, January 20, 27, Feb 3, 10
  • Limit 15
  • $15

This is a class for folks who haven’t written poems themselves. They may still be recovering from mandatory high school or college classes in English in which poems were treated like dead frogs in a biology class: where they were cut up, analyzed, where one interpretation of the experience was emphasized, and then the “frog” became the subject of objective or essay tests. The power of live poetry and its accessibility, range and joy was probably missing. Reading and writing poetry is within everybody’s reach, you don’t have to be Robert Frost, Whittier, Emily Dickinson, or Mary Oliver. You can be yourself, you can read poetry now, you can try writing it, you might surprise yourself. This class might be a good place to start.

No required text, bibliographies will be provided, what folks read is up to them.

4 sessions, Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30, January 20, 27, Feb 3, 10

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Writing Through the Genres

Instructor: Ellie O'Leary

  • Zoom Class
  • 5 session, Thursdays 1 to 3pm, January 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11
  • Limit 15
  • $20

What if you wanted to write? What would you say and how would you say it? This workshop will be an introduction to the various types of writing that we can use to explore options, offering both new and experienced writers an opportunity to discover new avenues of expression. If you are not sure whether you want to write memoir or fiction, if you wonder if poetry is beyond you, or if you are sure you want to write but not sure how, this is where to explore. You can expect to end the workshop with at least a few letters, the start of a new journal, an essay, a short story, or maybe a poem. Each session will include handouts of samples of the genre, in-class writing, and homework for the next week.

5 session,Thursdays, 1 to 3pm, January 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11 – $20

Course materials, comparable to handouts will be emailed to participants.

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Out-of-the-Ordinary Films about War

Instructor: Paul Sheridan

  • Zoom Class
  • 4 sessions, 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Mondays, Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15
  • Limit 25
  • $15

War has been a subject for films since D.W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation. We remember: Gone with the Wind, The Best Years of Our Lives, or Bridge on the River Kwai.

This course will be somewhat different: films less well-known, ones about the beginnings, the endings, the other effects of war. Films from countries we seldom hear about, wars we may have forgotten.

The course is designed to have appeal to all in Senior College, and will look at effects upon men, women, and civilians during the periods before, during, and after wars, and will include a mix of fiction, history, and documentary styles. We will even have some comedies.

Using a combination of short clips, trailers, class “room” conversation and a short, each class will be different enough to provide you with a list of leads of what you want to seek out and watch on your own. Specific films will be guided by the students’ interest. Some past films that have been shown include: Transit (2018) and The Water Diviner (2014).

LIsts of films and links will be e-mailed before each class.

4 sessions, 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Mondays, Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15

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What Is Happening To Northern Climates?

Instructor: Susan Conard

  • Zoom Class
  • 6 Sessions, Mondays 9:30 – 11:00 am, for 6 weeks beginning Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 – $20 (free for HS)
  • $20
  • Registration Closed

This course is presented in collaboration with the Camden Conference. This year the topic of the Camden Conference is the Arctic and its focus will be on the geopolitical implications for a changing Arctic region. The Senior College course will highlight the science forcing those changes and projections for the future. The Camden Conference will take place February 20-21, 2021. The College course will run for 6 one hour online sessions, beginning January 11th and ending February 15th, 2021. The course will be an excellent tutorial about how and why our climate is changing. As such, it will be a very strong preparatory experience for those planning to attend the February Camden Conference on “The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril.

The course will start with a brief history of climate change research and understanding of how climate has changed in the past. It will then cover evidence for causes of past and current climate change, how atmospheric and ocean circulation patterns play a role in climate and regional weather, and what models project for potential future changes. We will discuss effects of climate change on sea level and on disturbance patterns and ecosystems (with a focus on northern regions), feedbacks between these changes and climate, and societal impacts. The last part of the course will focus on mitigation and adaptation measures, including changes in energy and transportation systems, and effects of land management.

6 Sessions, Mondays 9:30 – 11:00 am, for 6 weeks beginning Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15 – $20 (free for HS)

Susan Conard has a PhD in Ecology from University of California, Davis. After 25 years in the western US, Dr. Conard returned to her eastern roots in a transfer to the US Forest Service Washington, D.C. Office. There she was a research National Program Leader from 1996 until her retirement in 2008. While her main research area has been wildland fire, she also has worked extensively on natural disturbance and climate change issues. From 2000-2001 she was assigned to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she took part in government review of climate change reports. She also participated in a USFS team looking at implications of changing climate for forest management. Since 1996 her research has focused on fire patterns and fire effects in Siberia, a region of rapidly-changing climate. She continued these research collaborations after retirement, has been Co Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire since 2009, and served as president of the International Boreal Forest Research Association from 2009-2013. She has lived in Northport since 2009.

Registration is closed

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Eliot Porter’s Bird Photography

Instructor: Stephen Porter

  • Zoom Class
  • 1 session, 10am-11:30am, Tuesday, January 12
  • $10

Eliot was my father and was known for his bird photography publishing three books on birds. He had a lifelong passion for birds. I worked with him many times on his projects. I will talk about his work as well as my involvement with it. I will show many of his photographs of birds.

1 session, 10am-11:30am, Tuesday, January 12

I worked with my father many times while he was photographing the birds and traveled with him to many remote places.

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Watersheds of Waldo

Instructor: Fred Bowers

  • Zoom Class
  • 4 sessions, 10am to 11:30am, Tuesdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Limit 20
  • Class is full
  • $15

A watershed is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean. Waldo County is comprised of nine watersheds that discharge to rivers or to the sea.

Watershed boundaries are not always obvious to the residents and tourists who explore and travel throughout the county. We all probably know something about watersheds, but in this course we will learn about the physical processes that form watersheds, how watersheds are mapped and how we rely on them for food and fiber.

We will understand the importance of watersheds with regard to water supply, environmental health, and wildlife. We will also examine how watersheds impact human land use patterns and flooding. Each student will be provided with a watershed map that can easily be viewed using Google Earth or other GIS software tools.

4 sessions, 10am to 11:30am, Tuesdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30

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