Fall 2018

Registration begins August 20
First session is September 19

On-Going Groups

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

Fourth Monday 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 other’s experience and skills. We are our own audience and critics. Group meets monthly at the Camden Library. If you are interested in joining, call Marilyn Muth, 596-7562 or marilynmuth@roadrunner.com

Challenge of Change We provide a venue for community conversation to discuss economic, ecological, and cultural challenges facing our society. We seek better alternatives in a respectful and positive way. Participants share responsibility for topics, provide resources, and may invite guest speakers. We gather twice monthly at the Friends Meeting House in Damariscotta. Contact Jon Olsen, 549-7787 or joliyoka@gmail.com  or Susan van Alsenoy, svanalsenoy@gmail.com

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 culture and politics. Our ground rules are that we practice civility and offer reasoned arguments and comments. Members contribute $2.00 each meeting for coffee and St. Bernard’s soup kitchen. Contact Bill Newman, 594-7534.

New Adventures

Power, Patronage, Politics, and Piety: Florence in the Renaissance

8 Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00, Sept. 27 – Nov. 15

The history of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance in the west, was one of geniuses, murderers, artists, politicians, and churchmen. The greatest works of art and the most shocking violent events marked the glories and horrors of Renaissance Italy, especially of Florence, under the Medici. Cosimo and Lorenzo de Medici, Brunelleschi, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Borgias shared the magnificent and dangerous stage created and dominated by the power, patronage, and politics of Florence’s first family. Textbook, documents of the period and audio-visuals will be used. Email the instructor for the recommended textbook after you register for the course at charmeme1934@gmail.com

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. Charm was one of the creators and first instructors of the first Women’s Studies course at Northeastern in the early “70’s. 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 and has been teaching in Coastal Senior College for 12 years.

Skidompha Library, Porter Hall, Damariscotta

Little Shop of Memoirs

8 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00, Sept. 26 – Nov. 14

This “Swap Shop” will be a special time to share your own personal memoirs that you have been writing and to discuss published memoirs that you have been reading. There will be an opportunity to read your written work in a relaxed, non-threatening environment. Your classmates will be available to provide invaluable feedback. Everyone has a story to tell! Class Limit:10

Alice Dashiell has been both an educator and a librarian in public and private schools, from pre-school through college, and also in the Federal Government. She has a BA from Queens College, NY and an MLS from the University of Maryland. She gardens, coordinates the Thomaston library book discussion group, and participates in the knitting group. Alice and her husband find a particular joy in time spent with their children and 6 grandchildren. She also delights in attending and teaching CSC courses!

The Federated Church, Leach Hall, 8 Hyler St., Thomaston       

Watercolor: First Steps

6 Wednesdays, 1:00 –3:00, Sept. 26 – Oct. 31

If you have ever wanted to paint a landscape in watercolor or brush up on your painting skills, this class is a great starting point. The basic elements of watercolor painting will be introduced in this hands-on course. Some of the topics included are composition, painting techniques, and mixing color. Please bring art supplies for the first class: pad of watercolor paper, watercolor paints in tubes or pans, brushes and a palette. Class Limit: 10

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.

The Lincoln Home, Newcastle

Strengthening Relationships By Becoming Your Most Effective Self

 6 Mondays, 10:00 – Noon,  Sept. 24 – Nov. 5, No class Oct. 8

Each and every day of our lives we interact with other human beings. From family members to store clerks, doctors to fellow church-goers, an active life is full of multiple ongoing interactions with other people.  Sometimes these conversations work, sometimes they don’t, and it is what we do together that makes things happen. When things don’t work, what we know is, we can’t change others. We can only change ourselves. What we can do is build our own capabilities so that we are able to interact in a way that we can create the possibility of achieving what we want in our interactions. These skills include being able to listen deeply, assert effectively, handle interpersonal conflict productively, and influence successfully. Have a child you are having difficulty with? A doctor you feel isn’t really listening to you? In this course, not only will we strengthen each participant’s skills, but also apply them to actual participant situations. Class Limit: 14

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.

St. Andrew’s Church, Newcastle

 “Wow! Look at Those Pictures!”
Visual Culture in America (1888 – 2017)

8 Thursdays, 10:00 – Noon, Sept.27 – Nov.15

Over the course of the 20th century, Americans grew increasingly enthralled with captured images – from nickelodeon reels to Facebook photos. Moving in sequence from movies to television to the Internet, this course on the social history of photography examines America’s love affair with camera-caught pictures. More prosaic forms of photography, such as picture postcards and family photo albums, also turn out to have had a powerful influence on national life. And let’s not forget advertising imagery. In this course, as we look at lots of images, we will thoughtfully consider all these photographic forms and their various roles in sustaining Americans’ culture.

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.

Skidompha Library, Porter Hall, Damariscotta

Cribbage: How to Play and Have Fun

3 Tuesdays & 3 Fridays, 1:30 – 3:30, Sept. 25 & 28, Oct. 2, 5, 9, 12

Learn the basics of cribbage — the greatest two-handed card game ever invented —  in a personal-interest class designed to move you from novice to confident player. You will learn the history of the game, how to count your hand, how to discard, pegging strategies, and tips for advanced play. Each session will end with cribbage games against your classmates. And the final class will be a cribbage tournament.  Class Limit: 20

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.

UMA – Rockland Center, 91 Camden St. (Rt.1) Breakwater Bldg.

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

6 Wednesdays, 3:00 -5:00, Sept. 26 – Nov. 7, No Class Oct. 17

Do you have a story to tell? According to Flannery O’Connor, “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

Caroline Davis Janover is an award-winning author of four novels and a play for children and young adults. A winner of the New Jersey Governor’s Outstanding Teacher Award, Caroline has spent her professional career in public and private school education. Caroline has dyslexia and has lectured nationally on the creative strengths and academic challenges of children who grow up with learning and attentional differences. She is currently working (slowly) on a memoir.

The Lincoln Home, Media Room, Newcastle 

 Traveling Home with Tom Jones

 6 Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30, Sept. 27 – Nov. 1

Almost everyone knows of Fielding’s Tom Jones, at least its movie version. But reading it is something else. Countless British novels have been built on its foundation, portraying a young man growing up, making mistakes, and learning how better to live, but few match its vitality and grace. We will take this eighteenth-century odyssey with guidance at each crossroad, leaving Paradise Hall and then, surprise, returning again. Fielding’s generous sense of humor, his complex irony and his satirical edge are often discussed but rarely, these days, fully appreciated. After we have completed the reading, together we will watch Albert Finney’s version of young Tom and gauge director Richardson’s success in bringing Fielding’s narrative creativity to the screen. Try to find the World Classics edition of Tom Jones with the preface by John Bender. We will read it in 200 page chunks after an introductory class for which you should read Books I – III; roughly 150 pages. Class Limit: 20

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.

Chase Point, Miles Hospital Campus, Damariscotta

 The Ultimate Fall Vacation: Cruise the Aegean & Mediterranean with Odysseus

6 Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30, Sept. 27 – Nov. 1

Dante Gabriel Rossetti-Penelope

Meet the Cyclopes (Kyklopes), hear the Sirens’ song, be present when Odysseus is finally united with Penelope and watch the marital fireworks. Find out how the mythical world works and why Veterans’ groups use this tale of homecoming to discuss post war psychological challenges. Sign on to this cruise for wine, wise and crafty women, and a very human hero. We will use the Fitzgerald translation of The Odyssey. Prose translations will not give you the details we will be examining because most are meant as “substitutes” for the poem. For the first class read Books 1 and 2. Don’t worry if you find it a bit confusing. During the first class the Goddess of Wisdom, Athena, will make a guest appearance and give you the background you need to read the epic like a Greek. Class Limit: 20

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.

Schooner Cove, Miles Hospital Campus, Library 

What’s that Monument in the Town Square?
Maine’s Role in the Civil War

4 Fridays, 10:00 – Noon, Sept.28 – Oct.19


An astute observer traveling through Maine will note one thing that almost all towns have in common; a monument in the town square honoring former residents who gave, “…the last full measure of devotion” in the Union cause during the Civil War. The rationale for these monuments becomes even more compelling upon the realization that during the War, Maine supplied the largest number of combatants of any state in the Union in proportion to its population. Our State’s contribution to this epic struggle was not limited to just infantry troops. Historians also point to a Maine link with respect to one of the principal motivational factors for the War itself; the 1852 book Uncle Tom’s Cabin authored by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a Brunswick resident. Maine contributed more than 30 generals to the Union cause, and surprisingly, one to the Confederacy. This Course will address Maine’s important role in the Civil War against a backdrop that includes the War’s causes, political aspects, civilian and military leaders, significant engagements and legacy for America’s future. The participation and achievements of Mainers in all aspects of the Conflict will be highlighted. Class Limit: 30
Note: This is the first of two courses; the second course will be offered Spring 2019.

Dick Mayer 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.

Skidompha Library, Porter Hall, Damariscotta 

The Testing of Sir Gawain

7 Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00, Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, No class October 12

In the many British Arthurian tales of the Middle Ages, Sir Gawain appears as one of the premier knights of King Arthur’s court. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the most important and beautiful of the tales focusing on Sir Gawain. Dating from around 1400, the anonymous tale combines the themes and imagery of a medieval romance with the magic and patterns of the Celtic world. Sir Gawain is tempted and must prove both his courtesy and courage as he encounters magic in various forms. In this course, we will focus on the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as we discuss the ways in which Sir Gawain succeeds or fails. We will discuss the language, wit, and imagery of the poem and the nature of courtly love. We will also study the seasonal patterns, the Green Knight and green men in art and tradition, and the beheading game and other ancient motifs. Framing our discussion of the poem, we will include the background and development of the Arthurian legends as they portray Gawain, including French variations of the tales and later British iterations that change his image somewhat. Because this poem is in a somewhat challenging dialect of Middle English, we will read the poem in translation. The Norton Critical edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Marie Borroff, is a fine translation and has excellent critical material as well; I strongly recommend it. There are other good translations, especially the Penguin edition translated by Brian Stone which is lively and appealing and has excellent footnotes and some background material. It is essential that your translation be into poetry, ideally capturing the alliteration of the original, and that it have clear line references. Class Limit: 20

Ann Nesslage is a graduate of Vassar with a master’s degree in British literature from Bryn Mawr. 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 early 1970’s and moved there full time in 2008. She is an active gardener and avid reader and enjoys writing.

Bremen Library

Evolving Humanity and Biblical Wisdom

 8 Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00, Sept. 19 – Nov. 7

Are human beings still evolving? Teilhard de Chardin, 20th century paleontologist and Jesuit, thought that we are. Joining his scientific knowledge with his religious faith, he foresaw an expansion in global communication that would enlarge human consciousness to the point where it would make possible a culture of universal empathy. Exploring Teilhard’s ideas in biblical texts, I find that his vision has ancient seeds. In the book of Job as well as in the Gospel of John and through Proverbs’ feminine Wisdom, as well as through the Christ of the Gospels, I find a persistent theme of evolving human consciousness. The texts ground Teilhard’s futuristic thought in ancient wisdom, while Teilhard’s evolutionary insights give these ancient voices contemporary relevance. Class limit: 25

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.                                                                                                       

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Newcastle 

Stories of the Sea

6 Tuesdays, 10:00 – Noon,  Sept. 25 –Oct. 30

Maritime Historian Renny Stackpole will guide discussions and readings about prose, poetry, and songs of the sea. Class discussions will center upon the life and works of writers Dana, Conrad, Riesenberg, Morison, and Colcord as well as the poetry of Coleridge, Masefield, Poe, and C. Fox Smith. Students will be encouraged to share the works of their favorite authors and poets. Class limit: 10

Renny Stackpole will share his research and writing about New England maritime history, including whaling, oceanic trade, and how “sea language” came ashore through our seafaring experiences and writings over the years.

Bartlett Woods Library, Rockland

Pompeii: A Buried Town Come Alive

5 Tuesdays, 10 – Noon, Oct. 30 – Dec. 4, No Class Nov. 20

Since the discovery of Herculaneum and in 1764, Pompeii and their neighboring towns have become a constant source of new knowledge about the ancient world. We will look at the town’s art, architecture, politics and daily life. We will also investigate the impact it had on varied types of travelers for the past 250 years. During the 18th and 19th centuries these sites influenced fashion, art, architecture and interior decoration. We will also look at film spectacles reenacting the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that covered the region with its lava and ashes. After each class there is the opportunity to go for a Dutch treat lunch in a nearby restaurant offering a limited menu at a special price.

Rolf Winkes is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture and Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. 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. He has published widely on Greek and Roman art and architecture from early periods to the rise of Christianity, and the impact of the Classical world on the 18th and 19th century. Over the last 8 years he has taught courses twice a year at CSC. Each had a different subject matter and all were very well received.

Skidompha Library, Porter Hall, Damariscotta