Arnie Aho croppedArnold 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).

Lucie Bauer

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 Christine de Pisanboth 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.  charmeme1934@gmail.com

W. Joseph Coté is a trained classical actor who has performed in fourteen of Shakespeare’s great plays among other acting roles. His preparation for performance of these plays has given Joseph particular insights into the character and experiences of the older men and women brought to life by Shakespeare. Joseph is keen to spark the curiosity and awake a new dawn of appreciation for the world of Shakespearean imagination, even in the most stoically reluctant.

Alice Dashiell holds a BA from Queens College and an MLS from the University of Maryland. alice-dShe 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.

Cynthia Dias is a watercolor artist who has taught art and historically based art classes for a number of years. In addition to her art work that features scenes of Maine and England, she creates textiles that are handwoven at her home in Newcastle. She has worked as a curator and director of various museums and illustrated a museum cookbook.

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.

Andrew Fenniman, Ed.D., founded Actionable Insights, a global consultancy which focuses on speeding up the accomplishment of results while developing leadership capability for senior executives. He received his MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and his Doctorate in Human & Organizational Learning from George Washington University.

Jib Fowles, Ph.D., has taught courses on photographic history for many years. He has authored seven books and some 70 articles which have appeared in the New York Times and the Atlantic, among other publications. Jib resides in Wiscasset.

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.

Jayne Gordon was Executive Director of the Thoreau Society before becoming the first Director of Education and Public Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She also served as director of the Alcotts’ Orchard House and Director of Education for the Concord Museum and the Walden Woods Project, and taught for many years in the graduate Museum Studies Program at Tufts. Jayne has led classes and seminars on the Concord Authors (Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and the Alcotts) for decades, and has directed five National Endowment for the Humanities workshops for teachers from all across the country on both the American Revolution and Henry Thoreau. Recently retired, she has moved from Thoreau’s hometown to Damariscotta, and continues to serve on the Thoreau Society Board of Directors.

Rebecca Graham is the President of the Maine Ulster Scots Project. She is a graduate of The University of Southern Maine, Ulster University’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization, Venice, Italy. Rebecca works in the area of democratic governance and electoral evaluation internationally, and legislative advocacy in Maine. She has written extensively on supranational legal systems, the effect they have on domestic legal interpretation, and the importance of protecting cultural rights in post-conflict societies.

Larry Hatch has a Ph.D. in Statistics and has taught mathematics, statistics and engineering at several universities. He first learned to play cribbage when he was 5 years old and has been playing cribbage competitively for about 15 years. He is presently nationally rated as a Bronze level Grass Roots player by the American Cribbage Congress.

Peter Imber is a former television news producer. For most of his 28-year career he was based in Los Angeles covering national and international stories for ABC News broadcasts including World News with Peter Jennings and Nightline. He is the recipient of a National News Emmy, a DuPont-Columbia Award and a National Press Club Award. In 2010 he retired to Camden with his Rockland-born wife, Jo Dondis. She grew up watching movies at the Strand Theatre in Maine while Peter spent many happy hours in front of a television set in Pennsylvania watching “Ozzie and Harriet.” He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He recently completed two years as president of the Camden Conference.

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 caroline-jGovernor’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.

KandoPaul 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 Gleichschaltung 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.”

Annie Kiermaier, LCSW, has retired as an international trainer for the Theraplay Institute in Chicago. Annie and Lucie have visited many prehistoric sites in the British Isles and Europe. Annie has a BA from Earlham College, an associate degree in nursing from the University of Maine at Augusta, and a MSW from the University of Maine at Orono.

Kay Liss is a writer, having worked for various magazines focusing on art and architecture, and newspapers, including the NYT. She taught English in a private secondary school and literature classes at Round Top Center for the Arts, including courses in nature poetry. She has a B.A. in English literature from Bard College and took graduate literature classes at the New School. Kay has a certificate in Environmental Studies from Southampton College, has written nature columns for newspapers and won an award for her poetry.

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.

Larry Mayer just retired from 43 years as professor of oceanography at the University of Maine. He taught at the Darling Marine Center and elsewhere, on topics similar to this course, in pre-K to senior college formats. His research field is marine biogeochemistry, which means that he wanders among the fields of oceanography, biology, geology and chemistry. He actively assists citizen science efforts along the coast.

Richard F. Mayer is an amateur Civil War historian and graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Baltimore School of law.  He is admitted to the practice of law before state and federal courts in the State of Maryland and the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Mayer is also the former Chief of the Brunswick, Maine, Police Department (1974-1977). In 2016 he retired from the U.S. Department of State where, in addition to service in the Department of Justice, he spent 20 years working in post-conflict stabilization and international criminal justice reform. During that time, Mr. Mayer developed and managed criminal justice and police reform programs in Albania, Bosnia, El Salvador, Columbia, Croatia, East Timor, Guatemala, Guyana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa and the West Bank.lives with his wife and two Labrador retrievers in Damariscotta. He is an amateur historian with a lifelong passion for the Civil War and an active member of the Civil War Trust, an organization that has restored and preserved over 41,000 acres of battlefields. Dick has visited and studied virtually every major Civil War battlefield in both the eastern and western theaters of the War. During his 50 year career in domestic and international law enforcement development and reform, he lectured extensively at the FBI National Academy and National Executive Institute; the University of Maine at Farmington; The Maine Criminal Justice Academy; Southwest Legal Foundation and in many other venues

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.

Bill Newman is a retiree from the pits of academe. Bill has taught many courses for CSC on film, literature, philosophy and history.

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.

William Portela has an extensive background in systems engineering, human systems integration, and highly technical learning environments. These have allowed him to weave evolutionary information into an engaging and coherent story flow. William is a Maine certified science teacher, wildlife rehabilitator, trainer of draft horses, and Court Appointed Special Advocate, Guardian ad Litem. He has designed and delivered curriculums including nuclear physics, high voltage electric grid operations in North America, advanced warship propulsion systems, biology, and information technology. William has designed and delivered curriculums in Maine public institutions at the elementary, middle, and high school level as well as being adjunct faculty at the college level.

Bob Rackmales during a 32 year career with the State Department discussed refugee and migration issues with senior officials in Turkey, the Soviet Union, Bulgaria and (the former) Yugoslavia.  He worked closely with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and nongovernmental organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee, to alleviate the suffering of those caught up in the wars in the Balkans. As U.S. Charge d’ Affairs in Belgrade during the Balkan wars, he received the State Department’s highest award for management of an overseas mission and Presidential award for sustained superior accomplishment in conduct of the foreign policy of the United States government. He is a member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the American Foreign Service Association, and the American Historical Association.

Nathan A. Randall (Nate) completes a decade of teaching for CSC with course topics ranging from the music of Igor Stravinsky, American Popular Music, and Gilbert and Sullivan, to a demonstration course on Italian Cooking.  Holding degrees in music history from Tufts, Smith College, and Princeton University, Nate has also maintained a lifelong interest in cooking and food traditions around the world.  He was previously active as a lifelong learning teacher at the Princeton Adult School and Princeton Evergreen Forum, and has lectured for the English Speaking Union as well as Regent and Seabourn cruise lines.  Professionally, he served as Artistic Director of Princeton University Concerts for 23 years.

Steve Raymond began his healthcare career as a 23-year-old registered nurse. He has specialized in senior care for the past 25 years, and says that, “Now as a 66-year-old experiencing my own age-related changes, I am determined to apply the best available knowledge from researchers in longevity medicine, neuroscience, dementia prevention, older age physical performance, and Type 2 diabetes prevention.  My passion and purpose are to spread the good news that we can have a great deal of influence in maintaining optimal cognitive health, and even reverse some early changes that may have already occurred.”  Steve is the Admissions Director at the Lincoln Home in Newcastle, a frequent public speaker and aging activist, and the producer and host of the popular LCTV show Spotlight on Seniors.

Geoffrey Robinson taught secondary school abroad and at home. He received a BA and MA in English literature from Yale University. He owned the River Gallery in Damariscotta which specialized in 19th and 20th century European and American painting.

RockwellBruce Lindsley Rockwood is Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies at Bloomsburg University (Pa), and is a member of the Environmental Law Institute, American Society of International law, and the American Bar Association. He has taught Environmental Law and Ethics three times previously at Coastal Senior College, and currently serves on the Damariscotta Land Use Advisory Committee. For further information, feel free to email Dr. Rockwood at clan.rockwood@gmail.com.

Roos photoJane 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.

Marie Sabin has a Ph.D. in English from Yale and an M.A. from Union Theological Seminary. She has taught English at Vassar, Barnard, and Douglass-Rutgers, and a commentary on the Gospel of Mark at Bangor Theological Seminary. She is the author of Reopening the Word: Reading Mark in the Context of Early Judaism and The Gospel of Mark, and just recently, Evolving Humanity and Biblical Wisdom – the book that forms the basis for this course and which she will distribute to students in class.        

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.

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.

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.

Deborah Stevenson was born in Washington, DC. She grew up in Tokyo, went to high school in Baltimore, and got her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1975. She lived for many years on the West Coast, until returning east to live in New York until 2015, when she relocated to Belfast. Deborah’s collage art has been in featured in exhibitions and publications both here and abroad.  She has been teaching art for many years, most recently as a guest artist at Shakerag Workshops in Tennessee. With a background in both theatre and art, Deborah has a talent for working with people, putting them at ease and exciting them about their own abilities and strengths.

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.

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.

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.

Jean Vose has two major passions in life ~ gardening and beekeeping. She is a Master Gardener, Certified Horticulturist, and backyard beekeeper living in Nobleboro where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures. The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era bounded by more than 10 acres of open fields and mixed woods. The gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots. Most of her gardens have been established for 20 years. She has been a backyard beekeeper since 1986. Since moving to Maine in 1998, she and her late husband began a beekeeping course which led to the formation of the Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) in 2003. She is committed to conservation and other nature activities. She has been a “birder” for many years and in the winter, counts birds for Cornell’s Project Feeder Watch. She is a retired nurse and office administrator who shares her life with golden retriever Honey, kitty Arianna, and hives of honeybees.

J WardJohn 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.Wards photo

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M WardMaryanne 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.

Derek Webber is the author of a trilogy of non-fiction books about the space business and exploration, based upon his 50 years of experience in commercial space developments both in the UK and the US. He is a former space engineer and negotiated multi-million-dollar satellite communications contracts before focusing on the marketing and regulatory aspects of the space tourism business. He has been a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, was vice chair of the judges panel for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a competition designed to encourage non-governmental attempts to land on the Moon, and is now on the Leadership Board of ForAllMoonkind, a non-profit aimed at obtaining international agreement to protect the Lunar heritage sites.

Michael Werner is a retired computer science professor from Wentworth Institute of Technology.  He has a PhD in computer science from Northeastern University. Michael has long involvement with computers starting in 1963.  His recent teaching specialties have been in programming languages and 3D graphics on Android phones. Lately his interests have shifted to the philosophical implications of the computer revolution. Michael taught Exploring the Gift at Instituto Allende’s Life Long Learning program as well as five study groups at Tufts University’s Osher program.

Ted Williams is a retired professional astronomer, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at Rutgers University, former director of the South African Astronomical Observatory, and researcher in observational extra-galactic astronomy and development of astronomical instrumentation.

WinkesRolf 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.