Fall 2017

On-Going Groups

On-Going groups are self-directed communities affiliated with CSC. Participation is free – do not call URock. To join, contact the listed facilitators.


Writers’ Group This group is for people who love to write. This is not a writing class; we learn from each other by sharing our work and each-others’ experience and skills. We are our own audience and critics. Group limited to ten members and meets monthly at the Camden Library. Call Marilyn Muth at 596-7562 or marilynmuth@roadrunner.com


Challenge of Change We provide a venue for community conversation where economic, ecological, and cultural challenges facing our society can be discussed. We seek better alternatives, and we do so in a positive and respectful way. Participants share responsibility for topics, provide resources, and may invite guest speakers. We gather twice monthly at the Friends Meeting House in Damariscotta. Jon Olsen 549-7787, joliyoka@gmail.com


CSC Coffee House Discussion Group This group meets weekly at St. Bernard’s Church, Rockland to discuss topics suggested by the group, mainly but not limited to politics and culture. Our ground rules are that we practice civility and offer reasoned arguments and comments. Members contribute $2 each meeting for coffee and for St. Bernard’s soup kitchen. Contact Bill Newman 594-7534.

New Adventures

Environmental Law and Policy Choices Facing Maine

Invasive water chestnuts in Oxbow Lake, Easthampton Mass.

7 Mondays, 10:00 – 12:15
September 25 – November 13
 No class Oct. 9

This course will review the major environmental issues currently facing Maine. Taking into account the scientific evidence, legal rules, political challenges, and the economic and ethical arguments underlying them, we will discuss the choices we face and how well they are being addressed. Maine cannot operate in isolation – Federal law and international agreements inevitably will factor into our choices and decisions. The course will focus on the possible change of environmental policy by the EPA head and climate change science. Specific topics to be addressed will reflect the state of play as the course unfolds, but the initial class will include an overview of the basic legal framework as it presently stands. Class limit 20

Instructor Bruce Lindsley Rockwood is Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies at Bloomsburg University and has taught Environmental Law, Business Law, International Law, and the MBA course in Law and Ethics, among other subjects. He holds a BA in History-Honors from Swarthmore and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.  

Following are links that Mr. Rockwood has provided. Click the one you want:

At the Midcoast Friends Meeting House, Belvedere Road, Damariscotta

All Men are Created Equal

5 Tuesdays, 10:00 – Noon
November 7 – December 12
No class November 21

This course will investigate the impact of Greek and Roman art, architecture, and culture in general on the art and architecture in 18th and 19th century revolutions.  We will look at painting, sculpture, and architecture during and after the American Revolution, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Greek War of Independence and the 1848 revolutions in Europe. PowerPoint presentations will cover mostly the visual arts, but will also regularly include musical expressions, theater and film. The instructor’s interest in the impact of the Classics on later periods goes back to the 1976 Bicentennial Year, when he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a major loan exhibit with catalogue at Brown University entitled “The Classical Spirit in American Portraiture.”

Instructor Rolf Winkes is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture and Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. He retired to Damariscotta. At Brown he created international exchange programs and became the co-founder of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. He excavated 12 summers on the Greek island of Corfu and afterwards at the site Tongobriga, a National Monument in Northern Portugal. He has published widely on art and architecture of Greece and Rome from early periods to the rise of Christianity, and on the impact of the Classical world in the 18th and 19th centuries.

At Skidompha Library, Damariscotta

Luke: The First Church Historian   

8 Tuesdays, 10:00 – Noon
September 26 – November 14
        

Alone of the evangelists, Luke adds a second volume to his gospel, the Acts of the Apostles, creating what we might consider the first church history. Like Matthew, Luke produced a revised and greatly expanded version of Mark’s gospel, and then he added to it an account of the early decades of the life of the church. The course will explore how he expanded Mark’s gospel, declaring that he has decided, “after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account . . . of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word,” and how he went about crafting an account of the early decades of the Christian communities. Class limit 15

Instructor Byron Stuhlman is a retired Episcopal minister with a doctorate in theology and the author of six books. He was a member of the faculty of Hamilton College and the General Theological Seminary.  Prior to moving to Maine, he taught at the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement (Utica, NY). Byron has served as the president of the CSC board and chair of its curriculum committee as well as teaching a good number of courses.

At Chase Point, Miles Hospital Campus, Damariscotta

Taxing Your Patience 

 5 Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30
September 26 – October 24

Do you dread doing your taxes? This course should help you avoid some of the stress and hopefully save you from paying more tax than required. Here are some of the questions we will cover in the course: What can you include in your itemized deductions; what is taxable versus non-taxable income; how does your filing status affect your taxes; when do you have to file a tax return; personal and dependent exemptions; when is Social Security income taxable; how can a health savings account help pay your medical expenses; what is the difference between refundable and non-refundable tax credits; are you entitled to an earned income credit?  Please bring pencil/pen, calculator, and laptop if possible. Class limit 10

Instructor William Dashiell is a trained AARP tax aide volunteer. In addition, William has a PhD in mathematics from U. Maryland and an MS in Computer Science from Hood College; and has served as a math professor and a computer sciences engineer in private industry and the Federal Government. He divides his volunteer time between the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, the Thomaston Library, and the AARP tax program. He enjoys teaching his grandchildren how to make and fly kites, planes, and rockets.

At Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St.

New England and the Sea

8 Tuesdays, 10 – Noon
September 26 – November 14

 You are invited to learn and explore the illustrious seafaring stories of New England mariners, including colonial shipbuilding, whaling, fishing, sealing, and New England seafaring commerce in peace and war that enriched many coastal Maine communities and made the town of Thomaston one of the wealthiest towns in New England. This course traces the life and adventures of New England mariners from 1620-1900, using text and visual illustrations. Students are encouraged to read New England and the Sea, by Albion, Baker, & Labaree (Amazon books). Class limit 10

   Instructor Renny Stackpole is a Maine maritime historian, born in Nantucket and now living in his ancestral home in Thomaston. He was director of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport for 13 years. Previously, he was Curator of Museums for the Nantucket Historical Association. Early in his career, Renny taught history and naval science at the New England preparatory schools Tabor Academy and Moses Brown. He has authored three books, American Whaling in Hudson Bay (1861-1919), Sea Letters, and The Gillchrest Papers: A Treasure in the Attic, about Thomaston’s maritime past.

At Bartlett Woods Library, Rockland (Off Old County Road)

  HAUNTED: What We Fear and Why

 7 Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00
September 27 – November 15
No class October 4

  Beginning with religious sources for fear of the demonic, we will look at how our cultural history shapes the things we fear: whether monsters from nature (King Kong), created monsters (Frankenstein), monsters from inside (Jekyll), or monsters from the past (Dracula), each topic getting a week of its own. The seminar will open with a consideration of sources of the demonic in Western civilization. Writings, (e.g. Poe), images and film clips from high and popular culture will be discussed by students in the light of reading about these categories of sources of our fears.  Students will be encouraged to do a short presentation in one of the later classes on either a personal phobia or one prevalent in contemporary or historical culture;, for example, a “moral panic” expressing fear of the Other, e.g. an epidemic or some kind of alien. Students are encouraged to purchase Leo Braudy’s Haunted: On ghosts, witches, vampires, zombies, and other monsters of the natural and supernatural worlds (Yale University Press, 2016, available on Amazon). Copies are available at Skidompha Library. Class limit 20       

Instructor Susan Emanuel has worked as a media studies teacher, an educational TV producer, and a French-to-English translator. She taught at the University of Bristol, England, and currently lives in Maine and Burgundy, France.

At St. Andrew’s Church Undercroft, Newcastle

Memoir Writing: Crafting Your Own Story from a Kaleidoscope of Memories

6 Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00
September 27 – November 8
No class on October 18

 Do you have stories to tell? According to Flannery O’Conner, “Anyone who has survived childhood has enough material to write for his or her life.” This course will provide a relaxed, entertaining, and supportive environment for memoir writing. No previous writing experience is needed, just the desire to peek into the corners of your life and write ten minutes a day about what you remember. The stories you tell will delight and enlighten your family and friends for generations to come. Preference will be given to those who have not taken this course.           Class limit 10

Instructor Caroline Janover is an award-winning author of four novels and a play for children and young adults. A recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Caroline has spent her professional career working in public and private school education. Caroline has dyslexia and lectures nationally about the creative gifts and academic challenges of children with learning differences and ADHD.

 At the Lincoln Home Media Room, Newcastle

Cribbage:  How to Play Winning Cribbage and Have Fun 

6 Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:30
September 27 – November 1

Welcome to Cribbage, the greatest two-handed card game ever invented. Originated in 17th century England and popular among American submariners in WW II, it continues to be among the most popular card games in the West. This is a hands-on course in a new personal-interest format designed to move you from learning the basics to becoming a confident competitive player. You will learn the history of the game, how to count your hand, discard and pegging strategies, and tips for advanced play. Each session will end with cribbage games against your classmates. The final class will be a cribbage tournament! Please bring a deck of playing cards. It will be helpful if students bring a board to class. Cribbage boards can be purchased inexpensively at Walmart or on Amazon. A useful but not required book is Play Winning Cribbage, 5th edition  by DeLynn Colvert. Class limit 20  

  Instructor Larry Hatch has a PhD in statistics and has taught mathematics, statistics, and engineering at a number of universities. He first learned cribbage at five years old and has been playing competitively for 15 years. He is nationally rated as a Bronze level Grass Roots player by the American Cribbage Congress.

   At University College, Rockland, 91 Camden St. (Rt.1)

  There Ought to be a Law! Demystifying the Law and How it Works

 6 Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
October 4 – November 8

Has your neighbor’s dog ever kept you up night after night and your self-help remedy just didn’t seem wise, or you had that sinking feeling when you received demand letters from creditors you never heard of? Are you confident you are prepared if you or your spouse may need long-term care? Do you wonder why our criminal justice system doesn’t seem to work effectively to resolve serious problems in society? Are you interested in acquiring more insight into how our legal system works and its current challenges? This course takes some of the mystique out of the law and the workings of our legal system and helps seniors prepare for life’s challenges now and in the future.  Six classes will cover topics taught by area attorneys with expertise in the topics:

(1) Overview of the Law—its sources, trials, courts and appeals. (2-3) Elder Law and Estate Planning—wills and trusts, preparing for incapacity and special needs, long-term care insurance, protecting assets. (4-5) Real Estate, Property Rights and Contracts—realtor’s obligations, seller/buyer rights, zoning, easements, shoreline rights and obligations, property disputes, contract rights and remedies. (6) Criminal Justice—crimes and prosecution, how a trial works, jury duty, victim rights, crimes affecting seniors.

Moderators: Robert Stephan and Harold Schramm are both attorneys and member of the Coastal Senior College board.

At Skidompha Library, Damariscotta

David Copperfield: Artful Autobiography or Shameless Self-Promotion

6 Thursdays, 10a.m. – Noon
October 5 – November 9

Throughout his very productive career Dickens used his own experiences as the basis for memorable fictions, crowding the pages of his novels with the illusion of “real life.”  Many other novelists have likewise written autobiographical novels with great success: Charlotte Bronte, D.H. Lawrence, and James Joyce, to name a few. David Copperfield is a prime example of Dickens transforming incidents and people from his life into the stuff of fiction. These comic and satiric transformations are part of his genius as a writer, but they also serve as self-justification, simultaneously creating a fictional hero and seeking to shape his public image.  How much license does a writer have to transform, to misrepresent, to satirize or to expose to scorn the people and events of his own life? For the first class, read the first 9 chapters, ending with “I have a memorable birthday.” The Penguin 2004 edition is recommended. Class limit 20

Instructor John Ward was professor and chair of Kenyon College English Department and served as Dean of Centre College. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and taught courses in 18th and 19th century British literature and the history of the British novel.

Instructor Maryanne Ward chaired Kenyon College Humanities program and served as Academic Dean until moving to Centre College to become Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities program. Her area scholarship is 19th century British literature. Her earlier work on Jane Austen’s interest in landscape gardening came full circle when she became a Master Gardener in retirement.

At the Lincoln Home Media Room, Newcastle

It Wasn’t Just Luther! Religion, Politics,  and Society in Early Modern Europe

Andreas Ryff near the castle of Wildenstein facing the insurrection from the Basel-Landschaft (May 1594)

8 Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00
September 28 – November 16

In the 16th century men and women killed and were killed for their religious beliefs. For the first time in western history, people had a religious choice, yet those choices tore society apart. Through lecture, reading, discussion and film, we will examine the roles played by Luther, Calvin, the Radicals, Henry VIII and other secular rulers, Ignatius Loyola and the Church leadership, women, cities and their governments. We will explore the society in which these momentous events occurred, the beliefs of the reformation leaders and their followers, and the impact of their religious zeal on secular Europe and the world. Who were the leaders? To whom did their ideas appeal? What role did politics play? And women? After registering for the course, students should contact the Instructor by e-mail for the title of the recommended book, (charmblais@gmail.com). This course relies heavily on the Internet for collateral reading and films. Class limit 30

Instructor Charmarie Blaisdell holds a Ph.D. in Early Modern European History, an M.A. in Medieval History and a B.A. in Art History.  She taught both traditional and adult learners at Northeastern University for 35 years, and was twice the recipient of the University’s award for Excellence in Teaching. Her course repertoire includes Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation history and the French Revolution.  She was one of the creators and first instructors of the first Women’s Studies course at Northeastern in the early ‘70s.  During her last five years there, she held a joint appointment in the Departments of History and Education.  She is a founding member of CSC.

At Skidompha Library, Damariscotta

 On the Road to Where – Again

7 Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30

A hovering power plant on the innersphere of Planet Hugubu


September 28 – November 9

 My first course at CSC, “On the Road to Where,” concerned our personal journeys. “Again” is a discussion of the journey of humankind which will consider the questions, “Who are we,” and “Why are we here?” Less than a hundred thousand years ago, we emerged from the mists of the Savannah and may soon travel in a driverless Tesla, our iPad connection device beside us, speeding into the cloud of the future. At least that’s the plan if we can get through the present. This course will use fourteen prewritten dialogs to spark discussion of the present, the past and the possible futures. Class Limit 20

Instructor Bob Smith’s checkered and interesting past includes tool-maker apprentice, marketing analyst at G.E., industrial engineer at Bristol-Myers, and staff psychologist with Volunteers in Medicine.  He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering, Human Development Education, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology. Bob has taught at the University of Bridgeport, Fairleigh Dickinson, Rutgers, and University of California San Diego.

At Schooner Cove, Miles Hospital campus.

 The Unknown People of North Korea  

 8 Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30
September 21 – November 16
No class October 

North Korea has been in the news a lot recently, but the country is still largely unknown and even worse, there’s little insight into what life is like for most of the people in North Korea who are hidden from the remainder of the world. How did this hidden world develop, and how does it remain so secretive and unknown?  Why do they act as they do?  What do they know about the outside world?  How do they survive?  What’s their future?

We will review an array of resources to build a better understanding of life in North Korea and we will utilize the book I highly recommend, The Hidden People of North Korea by Ralph Hassig and Kongdan.  This new book provides background on North Korea plus insights into life there today gleaned through extensive interviews with defectors, writings by North Koreans and others who have been there, as well as YouTube videos. Class limit 30                                                                                                                     

Instructor Richard MacIntyre was a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea in the late 1960s. He had an opportunity to visit North Korea on an exploratory planning trip for an American-based volunteer housing project three years ago. He has read and studied much about the isolated nation before and after that visit. He shared what he learned at Belfast Senior College in 2011, and has since updated the course with critical new information and insights from that nation.

At University College, Rockland, 91 Camden St. (Rt.1)

 Where Are My Keys? A Journey into the Aging Mind

8 Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00
September 29 – November 17

Please Note: This course is essentially the same offered this past spring in Newcastle.

As we age, we are frequently reminded, sometimes painfully so, of our physical and cognitive limitations. This course takes a scientific look at how our brain responds to the reality of aging and identifies ways to slow the aging process and keep our mind and brain healthy. The course is in two parts. The first looks at the genetic and biological mechanisms that affect brain structure and function, such as memory and mood, cognitive skills, and emotional processing. We will learn how the brain can reorganize itself to compensate for age-related cognitive loss and look at the major diseases of aging, including strokes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.  The second part of the course presents strategies scientifically demonstrated to help the brain age more gracefully by improving, delaying, and even preventing some age-related declines. We will have ample opportunity to share our own strategies for dealing with the aging mind.

Class limit 30

   Instructor Paul Somoza was Director of Education and Organization Development at Maine General Medical Center. He has an LL.D. from Fordham University and M.S. in health care administration. Paul’s teaching interests include philosophy, psychology, wellness, and political science.

At Camden Library

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Documentary: A Facilitated Discussion

 6 Fridays, 10:00 – Noon
September 29 – November 3

For Baby Boomers, the Vietnam War was the defining generational moment. The anticipated documentary on the war by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick provides the occasion to revisit the war in the context of a facilitated classroom discussion.  No military conflict since the Civil War gave rise to more widespread controversy in the U.S. than Vietnam, stretching from the American invasion in May 1965 until the Fall of Saigon in April 1975.  Was Vietnam a “noble cause,” as Ronald Reagan judged after the war had ended?  Was it a well-intended but tragic and misguided mistake as liberal opinion has often expressed?  Or was the war an exercise brought on by adherence to a Cold War political culture shared by American administrations from Truman’s through Nixon’s in which Vietnam was the awful proving ground?  What will Burns and Novick conclude?  What do you think?

Those who attend this class are urged to watch the entire 10 part Burns’ Vietnam War series (and please take notes).  It will air on Maine PBS from Sunday through Thursday over two successive weeks (Sept. 17 -21 & Sept. 24-28).   Key themes and events addressed by the filmmakers will kick-off each class discussion. Class limit 20

Instructor Michael Uhl, a writer by trade, was an adjunct professor of writing throughout the Maine and New York City university systems.  He is the author of a war memoir, Vietnam Awakening.  His most recent book, The War I Survived Was Vietnam, a collection of his writing on the war, appeared in 2016. Uhl majored in theoretical linguistics at Georgetown University and in a doctoral program at NYU.  Switching to American Studies, he completed his doctorate at the Union Institute and University.  He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, commanding a combat intelligence team with the 11th Infantry in Vietnam.  He lives in Walpole, Maine.

At Skidompha Library, Damariscotta

Within the Green Hills: Heroes, Magic, and Transformation in Early Irish Literature     

Aífe is a character from the Ulster Cycle

7 Fridays, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30
September 29 – November 17
No Class Oct. 13

The myths and sagas of early Ireland emerge from oral tradition, and were recorded and collected in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Within the tales, the images of nature and magic are rich and complex. Heroes emerge, make the hero’s choice, meet love and betrayal, go on magical voyages, and find their fates. Women too are warriors and have the power of magic. The class will discuss three of the major divisions of the tales: the mythological cycle, the Ulster cycle, and the Finn cycle. We will also follow and discuss the patterns of the mythological archetypes throughout the tales. The magic of the tales has captured many modern writers, especially William Butler Yeats. We will read at least three of his plays and a few of the poems in which he retells and reflects on the stories. We will also read poetry by Seamus Heaney and others. It’s exciting to see how other authors use and reshape the myths.       I strongly recommend that you read two books. Over Nine Waves, a Book of Irish Legends by Marie Heaney (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) retells the legends in clear and lively prose. The Táin, from the Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, translated by Thomas Kinsella is a wonderful retelling of the Ulster cycle by a fine modern poet. Class limit 20

   Instructor Ann Nesslage is a graduate of Vassar with a master’s degree in British literature from Bryn Mawr. Ann retired from Choate Rosemary Hall in 2008 where she taught different levels of English including British literature and British Studies. She also created electives including a course in early Irish and Welsh literature and mythology. Ann purchased her home in Bremen in early 1970’s and moved there full time in 2008. She is an active gardener, an avid reader and enjoys writing.

At Bremen Library