Only recent faculty are listed on this page. We will be adding more faculty each term.
Arnold J. Aho has taught architecture and basic design for forty years at North Carolina State U., Mississippi State U., and Norwich U., where he started the new Architecture Program and served as its first Director. He was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied under Louis I. Kahn. He has many publications on materials and energies in design, vernacular (folk) architecture, and the relationships between natural and built environments. In addition to numerous design awards, he has received distinguished teaching recognition, including the Burlington Northern Outstanding Teacher Award (MSU) and the Dana Distinguished Professor (NU). And to see a recent article about Dr. Aho in the Boothbay Register, click here.
Debby Atwell, with a degree in fine art from the University of New Hampshire, is the author and illustrator of eight children’s books, including Barn, River, Pearl, Thanksgiving Door, and Warthog’s Tale. She is learning to write memoir herself and has studied the elements of the heroine’s journey in storytelling. No prior experience is required for this class.
Lucie Bauer is a former member of the CSC board and curriculum committee and has taught a number of courses for CSC with enthusiastic reviews. She has taught art history to college students in settings ranging from Dartmouth College to the Maine State Prison.
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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.
Charles Brockunier has a B.A. and M.A. in European History and Literature from Harvard University. After teaching European history at Northeastern University, Charles entered the import business, visiting many interesting parts of the world, including Afghanistan and the then-Soviet Union. In the 1980s he was actively involved in an NGO dealing with Afghan refugees.
Bob Brown grew up in the family business, Boothbay Harbor Crab and Lobster Co. (the present Lobster Co-Op), and Eagle Lobster Company, East Boothbay (Farnhams Cove). He spent his high school spare time lobstering in the Damariscotta River, later working for Lusty Lobster, Inc., home office in Bremen, ME, with divisions in Cushing, East Boothbay, Southport, Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He has served on the Maine Seafood Advisory Council, Maine Lobster Advisory Council, adviser to the Maine Lobster Promotional Council, member of the Lobster Institute (U. Maine-Orono), President and later Director, Maine Import/Export Lobster Dealers Association.
John Burris received a BS degree from the University of Wyoming and an MD from the University of Rochester. Dr. Burris completed his cardiology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC and was on the faculty of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons for many years. He also served as co-director of Presbyterian Hospital’s Cardiac Catherization Laboratory. Prior to retiring, he was Chief of Medicine at Danbury Hospital, CT, and later, head of that hospital’s Cardiovascular Laboratory. We are most grateful to him for agreeing to teach again for CSC. His sense of humor and delivery are memorable in every way.
Katharine A. Cartwright holds a BA magna cum laude in Geology from The College of Charleston and an MS in Geosciences with honors from Syracuse University where she served as University Fellow conducting research in mass extinctions. She is retired from Skidmore College, where she served as Lecturer of Geosciences and as Chair of the Department of Geosciences. There, she researched and taught courses in climatology, oceanography, natural disasters and paleoclimatology.
John Chandler, was Chair of the Liberal and Fine Arts Studies at the Ontario College of Art. He taught English and philosophy at Joliet Junior College in Illinois and the University of Maine in Presque Isle. This is the fourth class he will have taught at Coastal Senior College.
Alice Dashiell holds a BA from Queens College and an MLS from the University of Maryland. She has been both a public and a private school teacher in grades from preschool through college level; she has also been a school librarian and a reference librarian for the CIA. Currently she is coordinator of the Hallway Book Shop, selling used books to benefit the Thomaston Public Library, and has organized an intergenerational book club at the library.
Brett Donham is an architect with degrees from Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His practice at Donham & Sweeney-Architects covered a variety of building types including 25 church projects such as St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle and First Parish Church in Saco as well as Brunswick’s new police station. Other church projects include Wilson Chapel at Andover Newton Theological School, a multi-faith worship space that won a Design Award from the American Institute of Architects, the “gut” renovation of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston that includes a Friday prayers Muslim congregation, 4 other Roman Catholic churches, 3 Congregational churches, and 6 other Episcopal churches. Lay volunteer involvement in church work at the parish, diocesan and national levels has given Brett’s insight into the workings of church governance and has allowed him to fulfill his calling. Frequent travel to study the religious buildings of Europe has informed his writing and lecturing.
Jack Farlow, Jack Farlow, earned his MA in Physical Oceanography at The Johns Hopkins University after working for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution during the International Geophysical Year in the Arctic, the North Atlantic, and the Caribbean, and on the North American Coastal shelf. He then worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior on estuarine studies from Delaware to Maine, and for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development in studies relating to Oil and Hazardous Materials Pollution Spills. He has taught in community colleges and Coastal Senior College. He has served CSC as a Board Member, Board President, Class Assistant, and Events Committee Chair.
Chris Frost recently retired to his home in Round Pond after 42 years of high school teaching and administration in New England and Switzerland, including seven years as Headmaster at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. He has a deep personal interest in ethics and moral decision-making and has frequently taught a similar course to high school juniors and seniors. He is looking forward to considering these matters with “seniors” who bring to the table considerably more life experience to share.
Ellen Goldsmith is a poet and teacher, the author of Where to Look, Such Distances, and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect which won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 1997 chapbook contest. “The Secret of Life” from Such Distances was read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Antiphon, Connecticut River Review, The Inflectionist Review, Kin, The Mochila Review, Off the Coast, and Third Wednesday. A resident of Cushing, Maine, she is a professor emeritus of The City University of New York.
Wanda Garland grew up in East Chapman, Aroostook County, on a dairy and sheep farm surrounded by forest. Living outdoors was a part of her growing years. Natural history was handed down to her by parents from grandparents. She graduated from UMPI with a BS, later an MS, in Biology. For many years, she taught high school biology. Now retired, Wanda continues to study plants, each year discovering and photographing species new to her. She leads field hikes, gives presentations for land trusts, Audubon, garden clubs, botanical gardens, etc. “I enjoy taking people to places they have never explored before, such as bogs and fens. I hope to help people learn about the wonderful plants and places we have here in Maine and encourage preservation of these places.”
Mark Germer directed the Music Library at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts for twenty-five years, where he also taught courses in the politics of opera, the cognitive psychology of music, and intellectual property in the arts. Mark holds an M.A. in music from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. in musicology from New York University, and a Masters in Information Science from Rutgers.
Chris Glass grew up in Washington, D.C., earned a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College and an M.A. in architecture from Yale University. Since 1974 he has been a practicing architect in Camden, focusing primarily on new houses and renovations to existing ones. He is former chairman of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, past president of the advocacy group Maine Preservation, and for twenty years he taught at Bowdoin College. He is the co-author of Historic Maine Homes: 300 Years of Great Houses.
Joe Gray, retired forester and interpretive naturalist, brings to his classes 60-plus years of experience, field work and observations throughout much of the U.S.. A columnist for the Lincoln County News, he has presented hundreds of natural history programs for schools, ElderHostel, community organizations, and several years for CSC.
Ron Huber is executive director of Friends of Penobscot Bay, which responds to environmental threats to that bay’s seafood species and scenic resources. A Chesapeake Bay area native, he moved to Penobscot Bay in 1992 and since then has helped protect that bay’s fish nurseries from leaking shoreline waste dumps, oil and chemical spills, and bay-unfriendly port and marina sprawl. In 2005 he transcribed, digitized, and uploaded the 1929 US Fish Commission Report, Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine, previously available only in paper form
Caroline Davis 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 who grow up with learning differences and ADHD. Currently she is working on a memoir. She is among the most popular CSC instructors.
Paul Kando, our local Energy Expert and Philosopher on many topics, lives in Damariscotta with his wife Beth. He was born and educated in Hungary and worked as an engineer in the textile chemistry and energy fields, as well as running his own construction company. Concerned with the implications of climate change, Paul became trained on how to present climate science to lay audiences, and has given close to 200 presentations on climate and energy-related subjects in both Maine and Hungary. He is a certified energy auditor, a founder of the Midcoast Green Collaborative, teaches for CSC and other venues, conducts research and workshops on energy and economy-related subjects, and writes an energy column for area newspapers.
Paul believes he has much to give back to society and considers seniors a largely untapped social, intellectual, and economic resource. During his career as an engineer, he has conducted research in industrial system design, solar energy, energy storage technologies, and photo-voltaics. He has led a team conducting the first-ever energy audit of a whole city, worked on the design of the solar water heating system for the Carter White House, conducted building energy research in the United States and Scandinavia, and produced three documentary films on advanced building systems.
Paul recently forwarded a thought-provoking article from the Portland Press Herald concerning aging in Northern New England (that would be us), saying: “Disturbingly, ‘experts’ treat people over 65 as a liability for society, rather than as an under-utilized resource. But 65 is not even ‘old’ — some of us pushing 80 still have some energy left in us to be useful, refusing to settle down to be a burden on society.
“Equally disturbing to me is the notion that somehow CSC’s course offerings have as a primary goal, ‘entertaining’ our elderly students, as if they would otherwise be at a loss about what to do with themselves. A life well lived is fun. So is a well conceived learning experience. But this does not mean that CSC’s primary mission is to ‘keep our students busy’ or be entertaining to people who are a burden on society. ‘Aging in place,’ to me, is not the same as ‘waiting in place for my turn to die.’ In this era of multiple crises — from a moribund economic system, to unprecedented inequality, to gleicshaltung by shameless lies and propaganda, to climate change that threatens the planet’s denizens with catastrophe — we live in an ‘all hands on deck’ world. Our acquired wisdom and experience are important assets, but only if we use them.”
Carmen Lavertu holds a BA degree in History, a BS in Education, and an MDiv in Religious and Cultural Studies. She has many years of experience teaching in elementary to university settings and engagement in community mediation and conflict resolution training. She led a pacifism seminar for CSC in 2009 and 2010 and currently facilitates the Challenge of Change Civic Dialogue Group. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends and a founder of the Henry Knox Reading Circle
Barbara LeGendre is a recent retiree to Union. She holds a BA and MA from The College of Wooster in Ohio and a PhD in 20th Century British and American Studies from Case Western Reserve University. She spent many years at Cornell University where she taught expository writing and language acquisition to undergraduates and graduates. She values the careful reader’s insights and enjoys class interaction.
Emily MacKenzie has coordinated several “Our…” classes (Our Towns, Our Islands, Our Land Trusts, Our Entrepreneurs). She also facilitated the CSC course, “Armchair Travelers.” She served as CSC curriculum committee chair for three years, owns an aerobic fitness program franchise which she teaches in South Bristol, and serves as current vice president of the Damariscotta River Association. She has a true passion for the joy of lifelong learning.
Richard MacIntyre is a former Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea in the late 1960s, who 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 this isolated nation, before and after that visit. He shared what he learned in a popular course at Belfast Senior College in the fall of 2011 and is glad to share those sessions plus critical updates from North Korea since then.
Ira Mandel is a family physician with a masters in public health. In his 35 years of medical practice and medical leadership, ten were spent serving Knox, Waldo, and Lincoln counties and their contiguous islands. Dr. Mandel delivered over 300 babies, made hundreds of house calls, served as a hospice physician and medical director, and provided addiction treatment to hundreds of patients throughout the Midcoast communities. As a result, he is well known and respected as a knowledgeable physician and leader in the local community. In 2016, he founded the Midcoast Recovery Coalition whose mission is to reduce the rate of drug addiction and its consequences in Midcoast Maine.
Jean Matlack is a retired psychologist and psychotherapist. During her years as a therapist at a child and family clinic, a college mental health clinic, a women’s health center and in private practice, Jean has been privileged to work with and learn from many people with a wide range of life experiences. From time to time, Jean encountered clients and people who reported extraordinary experiences that had a significant effect on their self-understanding and life in general. Subsequent to her retirement Jean focused her attention on spiritual practice. In that context she began researching the literature on past lives and near death experiences. This and related topics have become principal areas of interest to her.
Tom McCarthy has served over forty years in the United States Secret Service and Department of State, traveling around the world providing training on the skills and knowledge necessary to confront the dangers of terrorism.
Dick Miller is a self-taught artist who has lived and worked throughout the world. His resulting artwork — oils and woodcuts — has been influenced by contacts with local people while experiencing the atmosphere in the markets, bazaars and galleries of Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Locally, his work has been exhibited at Round Top Center for the Arts, The 2009 Midcoast Printmakers show at Round Top Farm, Lincoln Home, Bristol Library, Chocolate Church Art Gallery, the Sunset Gallery, and the Harlow Gallery.
Marilyn Muth has many years of experience as an organizer and member of writers’ groups. She has written numerous short stories and has served in the capacity of organizer for this CSC group for a number of years.
Peter Muth was born in Germany and studied economics and political science in Germany, the United States, France and Switzerland, obtaining his MA in economics and his PhD in political science. He has worked in industry, banking, and, for more than 20 years, as a development practitioner and consultant in close to 70 countries.
Winslow Myers has been volunteering since 1983 for “Beyond War,” a non-profit, non-political educational foundation whose mission is to explore, model, and promote the means for humanity to live beyond war. In addition, he has led numerous seminars on personal and social change. He is the author of Living Beyond War: A Citizen’s Guide and taught a well-attended course in the fall of 2012.
Ann Nesslage is graduate of Vassar with a masters degree in British literature from Bryn Mawr. In 2008, Ann retired from Choate Rosemary Hall 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 the early 1970’s and moved there full time in 2008. She is an active gardener and avid reader and enjoys writing.
Jon Olsen, after attending Lincoln Academy and Bates College, got his Masters in Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i. There he became active in protests against the Vietnam War and the draft. He joined the Green Party, both in Hawai’i, where he marketed solar water heating systems for 20 years, and in Maine when he returned here in 2001. In addition to his political work, he is currently raising organic blueberries on his family’s property.
Antoinette Pimentel has a degree in biochemistry, but grew up among pigments, easels and brushes, since her father was an artist, a printer and an engraver. Her travels made her turn to art as science requires a more sedentary life. She attended the Kunsternes Hus in Oslo, Norway, and the Volksuniversiteit in Amsterdam, Nederland. She has taught history of art and art appreciation for several years in a variety of settings.
Nathan A. Randall is a cultural historian holding degrees in music history from Tufts and Smith Colleges and Princeton University. He recently retired after 23 years as Artistic Director of Princeton University Concerts, and now resides in Portland. For the past eight years, he has lectured extensively on musical and culinary topics at the Princeton Adult School and The Princeton Evergreen Forum. Starting in 2010, he served as Enrichment Lecturer for several cruise lines including Seabourn in the Caribbean, and Regent in southeast Asia.
Marge Roberts was trained in art history but and has been a serious amateur musician most of her adult life. She is a passionate lover of the piano, but has also been the director of an historic dance group and is now the teacher and director of a “viola da gamba” early music group.
Bruce Rockwood is Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies at Bloomsburg University, PA. His B.A. (History-Honors) is from Swarthmore College, his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is an associate of the Environmental Law Institute, and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Section of the American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. For further information, feel free to email Dr. Rockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Fall, 2016, Bruce will be teaching a course on Legal Issues in Science Fiction. Click here for a description and suggested summer readings.
Jane M. Roos holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is Professor Emerita in Art History at Hunter College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Lecturer in Christie’s Graduate Program in New York City. She has published and lectured widely on subjects relating to 19th-century French art. Her book on Rodin’s sculpture was published by Phaidon Press in English in 2010 and in French in 2012. During the summer months she and her husband Bill Griesar live in Chamberlain, Maine.
Dr. Harold Schramm has recently moved to Bremen from Connecticut where he was a professor of English and Legal Studies at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury for some 40 years. He has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Delaware with a concentration in Renaissance literature, and a law degree from the University of Connecticut. He has taught Shakespeare, medieval and renaissance literature, and constitutional law, as well as Dante and Donne, who are his especial favorites.
Louis Sell has had a twenty-eight year career in the US Foreign Service, including six years at the US Embassy in Moscow dealing in various aspects of US-Soviet relations. He was present and witnessed the collapse of the USSR and its aftermath. Currently, Louis is completing a book on the Soviet collapse, due in 2016. He has also written the book, Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. He is one of the founders of the American University in Kosovo and taught at U. Maine at Farmington. Louis speaks Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and French.
Helen Shaw CGsm is president of the Maine Genealogical Society and one of three certified genealogists in the state of Maine. She has presented lectures at genealogical conferences at all levels from local to national and has taught workshops for the National Archives Great Lakes Region and the Newberry Library in Chicago and for several adult education programs in Maine.
Steve Shaw is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied both philosophy and forestry. He holds a rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary where, for many years, he served as Director of the Seminary’s Department of Community Education. He has lived in Israel for the greater part of eight years, first as a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and, more recently, as a consultant working with Israel’s Bedouin Arab community in the Negev.
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., a native of Portland, attended Colby College and Boston University and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the Maine College of Art. His interest in historic preservation was sparked in 1961 by the outrageous demolition of Portland’s Grand Union Station to make way for a strip mall. Three years later, at age sixteen, he became one of the founders of Greater Portland Landmarks. In 1971 he was appointed by Governor Kenneth Curtis to serve on the first board of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, for which he became architectural historian in 1973 and director in 1976, a post he still holds. He is currently serving his second term as Maine State Historian. Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture. His most recent publication is Waterville, which he authored in 2012.
Tom Shriver moved to Maine following a career as a psychologist, administrator and teacher. He was a member of the faculties of the Graduate School of Education at Eastern Michigan University, and the Medical School at Michigan State University. His first four trips to Ireland have served to strengthen his passion to learn the history of his Irish ancestors.
Bob Smith has a MA in Human Development Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Union Graduate School, Cincinnati. He spent 25 years with Bristol-Myers Company and has taught at the University of Bridgeport, FDU, Rutgers, and U. Cal. at San Diego.
William S. Solomon has studied, researched, and taught about the mass media for a number of years as well as having worked at several newspapers. He currently teaches media studies at U. Maine, Orono and previously taught at Rutgers University. Bill is also an instructor at Belfast Senior College.
Paul Somoza has taught a previous CSC course on the future of religion in America. Retired as director of education at Maine General Medical Center, Paul has a lifelong interest in religion and philosophy. A graduate of Fordham College, he minored in theology and philosophy and later attended the law school. Paul lives in Newcastle.
Renny Stackpole is a Maine historian who was Director of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport for 13 years, after overseeing the restoration of the Arctic Schooner Bowdoin as Executive Director. Prior to moving to his ancestral home of Thomaston in 1985, he was Curator of Museums for the Nantucket Historical Association on his birthplace island. In his early career he taught history and naval science at New England prep schools Tabor Academy and Moses Brown. He has been a popular instructor for CSC in the past.
Ethan Stanley holds a B.A. from Yale, a M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and has been a tenured English professor at U.C.. After retiring from teaching, he became active in UC’s program for seniors, OLLI, as instructor and participant. After he and his wife Barbara moved permanently from Cincinnati to Maine in early 2012, he has been active in CSC as instructor and participant.
Byron Stuhlman is a familiar figure to CSC students. A retired Episcopal minister with a doctorate in theology and the author of six books, he has served on the faculty of Hamilton College and the General Theological Seminary. Prior to moving to Maine, he taught a variety of classes at the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement (Utica, NY). Currently he is Chair of the Curriculum Committee of Coastal Senior College.
Susan van Alsenoy spent her first 30 years in New England and the second 32 in Antwerp, Belgium. There she was involved in finding solutions for learning-differently students in an international setting. Returning to the states, she expanded this topic into a book which was published in 2012. Currently she is a volunteer with the Damariscotta River Association, the Maine Sierra Club, the Wiscasset Sun CATS, Feed the Scholars Program, the Restorative Justice Project, and Coastal Senior College.
Jim Violette, a former public high school teacher, currently teaches at the University College at Rockland. He believes in an active, not lecture, style of teaching, and welcomes students who are curious as well as opinionated, which makes for lively classes. He represented CSC as a Senior Fellow presenter at a State Conference for Maine’s senior colleges. He has taught several popular classes for CSC.
Reverend Ed Wynne is well known to CSC students. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has taught numerous popular and well-received courses for us. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, a M. Div. from Drew University Theological School and a Ph.D. from NYU’s School of Education.
John Ward has been professor and chair of Kenyon College (Gambier OH) English Department and has served as Dean of Centre College (Danville KY). He earned his B.A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has taught courses in 18th and 19th century British literature and the history of the British novel. He has published on 18th and 19th century British works as well as those of Vachel Lindsay and Robert Lowell. He has recently served as an instructor for Augusta’s Senior College.
Maryanne Ward is retired after a 40-year career in small college education. She chaired Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) Humanities program and served as Academic Dean until moving to Centre College, Danville, KY, to become Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Program. Her area of special interest and scholarship is 19th century British literature. Among other topics, her publications have examined the relationship between literature, landscape and painting. As a Master Gardener and critic, she has written about Jane Austen’s interest in landscape gardening. She has recently taught in Augusta’s Senior College.
Betty Welt is a founding and life member of Coastal Senior College, who has co-facilitated several previous CSC classes. She has served on the CSC Board of Directors and is a member of the Curriculum Committee. Betty is also the chair of Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions committee. In addition to being a lifelong learner, Betty enjoys the four-season outdoor lifestyle of Maine, where opportunities for hiking, biking, paddling, and skiing are close at hand.
Rolf Winkes is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture and Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. He has retired to Damariscotta. At Brown he created a number of international exchange programs and became the co-founder of what is now the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. He excavated 12 summers on the Greek island of Corfu and afterwards at the site of Tongobriga, a National Monument in Northern Portugal. In the past he has taught “How the Romans Shaped Rome” and several other very well received courses for CSC.