Winter 2016

Registration begins January 4
First session is February 1

Writers’ Group

Continuing on
The Fourth Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – noon, beginning Feb. 1

Master_of_Female_Half-length_-_Saint_Mary_Magdalene_at_her_writing_desk_-_16th_cHave you ever marveled at the way some people use everyday words to produce short stories, poems, novels and other forms of writing? If you like to write, this is your opportunity to discuss your work with like-minded enthusiasts.

Note: This is not a writing class. We aim to benefit from the members’ different skills and experience. We will be our own audience and critics, but we plan to occasionally invite a published author to comment on our writing.

This is an on-going group that meets at no charge to CSC members. However, the group is limited to 10 and currently all slots are filled. To be placed on the waitlist, please contact Marilyn or call her at 596-7562.

Organizer 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.

At Camden Library (click here for directions)

CSC Coffee House
(A Discussion Group)

Continuing on
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In the tradition of coffee houses, anywhere from 12 to 20+ serious people have gathered weekly since 2006 to discuss issues of interest: politics, government, cultural issues, etc. As there is no set agenda, any topic can be brought for discussion. Every fourth Tuesday, Peter Muth leads a discussion on globalization. Two criteria rule the group: Civility to others and reasoned articulation of comments. While it is open at no cost to CSC members, we each contribute $2 per session, part as our rent to the church and the rest to the soup kitchen. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to join the college.

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

Facilitator 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.

At Religious Education Annex, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Rockland (Click here for directions)

The Challenge of Change:
A Community Dialogue

Continuing on
Second and Fourth Tuesdays,
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 2

SEED-SCALE theory of social change

SEED-SCALE theory of social change

We know that on every level, personally, nationally, globally, humans are facing enormous economic, ecological and cultural challenges. This informal dialogue group will share solutions and leverage points of change in a positive and respectful conversation. Many of our institutions are diluted by short-term self-interest, dysfunction, or often inability to address the real challenges we face as individuals, town residents, and U.S. citizens. But our own reluctance to plumb the depths of our creativity is also part of the difficulty. Change is a huge subject that includes individual inner work, seeking more connection and community, and looking for better alternatives at every societal level from the local to the international.

This dialogue group is “self-convened” and facilitated, which means that the participants share responsibility for the approach to the broad subject of change and direction of the dialogue. Alternative models include but are not limited to: a book club format, dialogue for one or more sessions on a specific current event, dialogue based upon showing a film or series, or inviting a guest speaker as a catalyst for discussion. Registration is required, as group size is limited.

The class coordinator is Carmen Lavertu. Contact her at or 354-9556.

At The Friends Meeting House, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta(Click here for directions)

With Pick, Axe, and Trowel: The Folk Architecture of America

6 Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-Noon
February 2-March 8

Mesa Verdi

Mesa Verdi

A visual exploration of the relationships between natural and cultural contexts and their influences on traditional (“folk’) building forms in America:  from Native American longhouses and pueblos, from settlers’ cabins and farmsteads, from covered bridges and sugar houses, to meeting houses and Shaker villages.  This course focuses on the small but fascinating traditional structures built using “architecture without architects.”  (It is intended to be a separate but complementary course to “Folk Architecture of the World.”)  Class Limit 50.

Arnold Aho, A.I.A., has taught architecture and basic design for more than 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 Award (NU)

At Midcoast Friends Meeting House, Damariscotta (Click here for directions)

Australia Dreaming

6 Mondays, , 10 a.m.-Noon
February 1-8, February 22-March 14


Early X-ray bird and human figure

Australia is home to the oldest living cultures in the world. At least 60,000 years ago, long before human beings reached Europe or the Americas, people arrived in Australia from the Indonesian archipelago. In time they spread across this vast continent adapting to and in turn modifying its diverse environments to ensure the food and other resources they needed. Over millennia they survived droughts, ice ages, changing sea levels, and inhospitable environments. The resilient, successful, enduring cultures they created and maintained throughout the continent are distinguished by profound, intimate, and sacred interrelationships with place, rich artistic and ceremonial life, and skilled land management practices.

The spiritual life of indigenous Australians centers on the Dreaming, a meta-temporal time  beyond living memory when supernatural ancestral beings emerged from and moved across the unformed landscape, their actions creating the features of the natural world.  Encoded in the stories of their travels are the social, moral, and ecological laws that humans are to live by. These ancestral beings continue to be a powerful spiritual source today, for the Dreaming incorporates the past, present, and future into a complete and present reality. Through the spiritual dimension of the Dreaminghuman society maintains a harmonious equilibrium with the universe.

An intricate web of Dreamings extends across the continent of Australia. Some relate to a particular place or region and to those who live there, others span vast distances and connect those whose lands they cover. The all-pervasive powers of the ancestral beings of the Dreamings are present in the land and in all living beings. They are activated by ceremony and art to nurture and guide generation after generation of human descendants.  Art is a means of access to the Dreaming and in turn a product of this spiritual dimension.

In this course we will look deep into the past with the help of a magical four-part documentary, First Footprints (Contact Films, Australian Broadcasting Company, 2013). This film joins together the world’s oldest oral histories with the latest science, often as new archaeological discoveries are being made. The result is a fresh, moving glimpse into a continuity of knowledge that exists nowhere else in the world and the profound significance of these recent discoveries to indigenous Australians living today.

In the last two sessions we will look at the strikingly innovative work of recent and current indigenous Australian artists as they express the values of their culture to the wider world in which they live. Whether using an inherited encoded visual language or reimagining what has been lost, indigenous art throughout Australia continues to be a powerful, dynamic expression of identity, time, and place. Class Limit 25.

Lucie Bauer has taught art history in settings ranging from Dartmouth College to the Maine State Prison.  A former member of the Board and Curriculum Committee, she has taught many courses for CSC.  Lucie was educated at Vassar College and the Institute of Fine Art at New York University and has held fellowships to The Warburg Institute at the University of London and to Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies in Settignano, Italy.  Time spent in Australia and New Zealand in the past two years has expanded her vision and inspired this course.

Click here for a special article on Lucie Bauer and the course.

At University College, Rockland (Click here for directions)

Icehouse – Greenhouse:  Earth’s Ancient Climate History

4 Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.
February 17-March 9

Alt_gmsl_seas_remThroughout its 4.5 billion year history, Earth’s climate has experienced radical changes. In fact, our climate is in constant flux due to forces at work both on our planet and in our solar system. This short course offers insight into the nature and cause of those changes and how scientists have discovered the history of Earth’s climate. Material is suitable for folks with no background in science.  Class limit 24.

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.

At University College, Rockland (Click here for directions)

Uncovering the Mystery of Woodcut Printing

4 Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-Noon
February 4-25


Woodcut by Stevenson, 1881, from the 1921 edition of Moral Emblems and Other Poems

In this course people will learn how to cut wood blocks and print multi-colored designs and pictures using multiple blocks.  Specifically this course will concentrate on two color printing utilizing a key block. (no experience is necessary).  There will be a materials fee of $ 15 payable to the instructor at the first session.  Class limit: 6.

Dick Miller (R H Myller) is essentially a self-taught artist who currently resides in South Bristol, Maine where he and his wife Kay maintain a studio. The artist has lived and worked throughout the world and his resulting artwork, of oils and woodcuts, has been influenced by contacts with local people while experiencing the atmosphere in the markets, bazaars and galleries of Europe, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, South America, and Africa. This has all been reinforced by visits to numerous museums throughout the world.

At Lincoln County Assembly of God Church, Damariscotta  (Click here for directions)

Last Songs: Instrumental and Vocal Music Composed in the Final Years of Life


6 Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.
February 4-March 10


Bach, Mass in B minor

Bach and Beethoven both lived to what was considered “old” in their era.  With Bach nearly blind and Beethoven almost completely deaf, they spent their final years writing the music they wanted to write, not music for public performance.  Schubert, in contrast, died young, but knew he had not long to live and wrote his most profound works in a final year of masterpieces.  Haydn, returning from England, wrote his two great oratorios, “The Creation” and “The Seasons,” at an advanced age.  The instructor plans to include also Brahmns, Britten, Strauss, and Mahler, who all wrote great music up to the very end of their long lives.  Class limit 60.

Marjorie Roberts is a trained Art Historian but a passionate lover and performer of Classical music. Her first course for Senior College was “Women Artists,” but she has really enjoyed sharing her love of music in many courses given in the Winter term.  She likes to use DVDs as much as possible so that there is a visual element as well as musical sound.

At Picker Room, Camden Library  (Click here for directions)

Soviet Collapse: How it Happened and its Meaning Today – the view of a Participant

6 Mondays, 10 a.m.-Noon
February 1-March 7

Berlin Wall monument

Berlin Wall monument

In May 1972 Richard Nixon signed the SALT I accords with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, and in January 1993 George Bush signed the START II treaty with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. In the intervening twenty years the USSR had disintegrated and been replaced by 15 newly independent states.  None of the usual causes of imperial downfall – foreign invasion, military defeat, famine, pestilence, or the like – brought down the USSR.  This course, repeated from last winter, will look at the events over the final twenty years of the USSR to examine what caused the collapse.  The instructor was involved in both the 1972 and 1993 summits, as well as many of the intervening events and the perspective of the course will be that of the participants on both sides.  At its end the course will address the contemporary relevance of the Soviet collapse for events in Ukraine and elsewhere in the former USSR.  Class limit 20.

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.  His book on the Soviet collapse is due out late in 2016.  He has also written 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 and Serbo-Croatian.

At St. Andrew’s Church Undercroft, Newcastle  (Click here for directions)

Climbing Your Family Tree

6 Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m.
February 2-March 8

 The class will start with basic genealogical research techniques and expand to cover original, published, and on-line material. While the emphasis will be on material and resources in Maine, the methodology and types of records are applicable to all locations. Students will learn how to organize and focus their research, how to locate records, how to follow clues and recognize when they may be going astray, and how to evaluate documents and the information in them. Prior genealogical experience is not necessary.  Class Limit 20.

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.

At Spectrum Generations, Damariscotta  (Click here for directions)

The Shrines of Jerusalem

4 Mondays, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
February 1, 8, 22, 29

Israel-2013(2)-Aerial-Jerusalem-Temple_Mount-Temple_Mount_(south_exposure)Jerusalem is a city sacred to the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  It was the site where David brought Israel’s ark of the covenant and Solomon built a temple to house it –– a temple destroyed by the Babylonians, rebuilt after the return from Babylonian exile, expanded by Herod, and destroyed by the Romans in 70 ce.  The site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial became in the fourth century under Constantine the martyrium and shrine of the resurrection (Anastasis) now incorporated in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  Jerusalem soon became a pilgrimage destination, and other shrine churches were built on many sites associated with Jesus.  After the Moslem conquest of Palestine in the seventh century, three major shrines were erected on the Temple Mount:  the Dome of the Rock, the Dome of the Chain, and the al-Aqsa Mosque.  This course will look at the tangled history of the three religions in Jerusalem and at the major monuments.  Class Limit 25.

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). Formerly President of the Board for Coastal Senior College, he is now the Chair of the CSC Curriculum committee.

At Bremen Library  (Click here for directions)

Handmade II

4 Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
February 23-March 15

Theodora mosaicA series of lectures with powerpoint presentations on various crafts in the Greek and Roman World. Masterpieces of each craft will be used to illustrate the technical aspects. Their function and art historical significance will be discussed as well. This course is a continuation of a series of lectures that were given in the fall. Each lecture is independent and a student does not have to take all classes to understand particular lectures. Each topic is dealt with independently. A student does not have to attend all classes to understand the subject of a particular lecture.Class Limit 45.   The subjects of the four classes are:

1. Molded pottery and terracotta figurines,

2. Gems and cameos,

3. Glass, 

4. Frescoes and mosaics.

Recommended textbook:

Donald Strong and David Brown, Roman Crafts, any edition.  The book is out of print, but sometimes available through amazon.comThere is no textbook in print that would be suited for this course. 

Links for online recommended reading and handouts for each class will be sent by email. At the end of the course, students will receive a DVD with locked pdf version of all the lectures and all the course material.

Rolf Winkes is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture and Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. He retired 7 years ago 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. At Brown he taught history of ancient crafts on all levels and he organized museum exhibits that included these subjects. For CSC he has given courses on four different subjects, one of the more recent was “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.”

At the Porter Auditorium, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta  (Click here for directions)