Winter 2018

Registration begins December 19, 2017
First session is January 30, 2018

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 limited to ten members and meets monthly at the Camden Library. Facilitator is Ken Keoughan, 596-6538 or

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

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, 549-7534.

New Adventures 

Of Wattle, Thatch, and Half-Timbers:
The Folk Architecture of the World (Part II)  

6 Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30
February 6 – March 20, No class February 20

This course is a revised and complementary course to both Folk Architecture of the World (Part I) and Folk Architecture of America, and includes many new topics not covered in these  previous courses. A visual exploration of the relationships between natural and cultural contexts and their influences on traditional “folk” building forms throughout the world: from the crannogs of Ireland to the kulas of Kosovo, from the stave churches of Norway to the family chapels of the Black Forest, from the farmsteads of Estonia to the village churches of Hungary will be covered.This course focuses on the fascinating traditional small structures built using “architecture without architects”.

Instructor Arnold J. 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 and the Dana Distinguished Professor.

Skidompha Library, Damariscotta

The Memoir Café

6 Wednesdays, 1:30 – 4:00
February 7 – March 14

New and returning students will create memoirs with an emphasis on having fun while reminiscing in a relaxed, non-threatening setting. Each week we will stop mid-way through class to share coffee/tea to build rapport through informal conversations. Each week you will be encouraged to write two pages on a specific theme at home; there will also be writing in class. Students may read their own work aloud. Grammar and spelling in the memoir will not be checked unless a student specifically requests help and/or editing. Classmates will provide invaluable feedback to help everyone refine stories and skills. Each student will produce a unique keepsake. Class limit: 8

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

Thomaston Library

God’s Stones: A Social History of Church Building

5 Mondays, 10:00 – Noon
February 5 – March 5

Why do our church buildings look the way they do? Why are they the most significant and arresting structures in older communities? This slide lecture course offers the view that many forces in addition to aesthetic ones shaped the design of Christian church buildings over the last 2000 years. A close study of church building design tells us a great deal about the values and politics of past times. One can “read” buildings to discover what was important to society and where the people at the time placed their values. Gathering the resources to build the great Gothic cathedrals was an achievement that we can only try to imagine. Evolving liturgy, political dynamics within the church, power struggles between civic and church authorities, differing views on the nature of faith, the advance of structural capabilities, and, let us not forget, the sin of pride all gave shape to these important buildings in powerful ways. Understanding these buildings and how they came to be provides an unmediated view of the social and political history of times past. Class limit: 30

Instructor 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.

Bremen Library

Poetry: Donne to Dylan

6 Fridays, 10:00 – Noon
February 9 – March 16

Our focus will be on developing and enjoying a deeper understanding and appreciation of poetry through reading selected poems written by a wide range of poets from the 16th century to the present day. We will explore the devices used by poets to create the fusion of sound, image, form, and emotion that is this most powerful of literary forms. After close readings of each poem, we will perform them ourselves and consider the reader’s role in creating meaning and listen to recordings of the poets reciting their poems. Students are encouraged to provide or suggest poems for discussion.

Instructor Chris Frost has a long and varied experience as a teacher, beginning as a horseback riding teacher during high school, then instructor at The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Wesleyan University and Johnson State College Upward Bound programs, and Vermont public schools. His independent school teaching experience includes Loomis-Chaffee School, The American School in Switzerland (10 years as Head of School), Deerfield Academy, Lincoln Academy (7 years as Head of School), and The Masters School (10 years as Head of Upper School).  Class limit:

Bremen Library

Exploring the Larger Reality: Accounts of Un-Looked for Awakenings

6 Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30
February 6 – March 14

History and our own experience tells us our knowledge of reality is inherently limited. There are many doorways to explore and even experience what one might call the Larger Reality. That certainly has been the aim of all religions and spiritual practice through the ages. This course explores two such doorways: the phenomenon of near death experience and that of past life recollections. These have garnered serious attention in both the academic and medical communities. We will read an account of healing through past life recollection and its effect on the surprised healer and patient. We will also discuss an instance of a near death experience and its consequences for the one who had the experience. Our class time will be for sharing our reactions to these accounts. Care will be taken to create space for the variety of responses these encounters may evoke. Together we will read Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss, M.D. Participants will be asked to read 50-60 pages a week. This book is available from preowned book sellers on line. Six copies are available through inter-library loan. Please read pages 9-47 prior to our first class. Class limit: 14 

Instructor 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.

First Universalist Church, Rockland

Maine’s Addiction Crisis – Finding Solutions

4 Thursdays, 1:30 – 4:00
February 8 – March 1

Maine’s drug addiction epidemic has dramatically worsened in the last 10 years. Ten percent of babies in Maine are now born drug affected, 25% of teenagers regularly use drugs, thousands of people cannot find or afford treatment for their addiction, the drug overdose death rate is skyrocketing, and 90% of people in Maine’s jails and prisons are there because of their addictions. Learn the causes of this epidemic, the science of addiction and “evidence based practices” that can help Maine address the epidemic effectively. Public policy and government funding are important factors to address before any solutions can be introduced. The current infrastructure will be reviewed as well as newly developing organizations to respond to this healthcare crisis. In this course, invited guest speakers will include people “in recovery”, substance abuse therapists, physicians and local politicians.

Instructor 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. Class Limit: 30 

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

Homer’s Odyssey

5 Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:30
February 8 – March 8

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 veteran groups use this tale of homecoming to discuss post war psychological challenges. Sign on to this cruise for wine, wise and crafty women, a very human hero and a way to help you forget it is snowing. 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.

Instructor John Ward was professor and chair of Kenyon College (Gambier OH) English Department and 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 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.

Instructor Maryanne Ward retired after a 40-year career in small college education. She chaired Kenyon College (Gambier OH) humanities program and served as academic dean. Later Maryanne moved 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. Her publications have examined the relationship between literature, landscape and painting. As a Master Gardener and literary critic, she has written about Jane Austen’s interest in landscape gardening.

The Lincoln Home, Newcastle

The Curse of Minerva: The Parthenon, Its Impact & the Elgin Marbles

4 Tuesdays, 10:00 – Noon
Jan. 30 – Feb. 27, No class Feb. 20

In this course we will look at the architecture and decorations of the Parthenon – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We will trace the enormous impact this temple had on later periods up to the present. Special attention will be given to the international debate surrounding the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece from the British Museum. There will be four classes with power point presentations. Students are invited to a Dutch treat lunch after class to meet and be with other students.

Instructor 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.  In the past he has taught “How the Romans Shaped Rome,” among other well received courses at Coastal Senior College.

Skidompha Library, Damariscotta