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Spring 2015 Course Schedule:


8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 8:00 – 10:00,  Room 291 Jewett Hall

Spanish 1.5 – Charles Acker This course will be a continuation of beginning Spanish. It will assume that you have rudimentary knowledge of using verbs in the present tense, as we will be starting to use the past tenses. With an emphasis on listening and expressing one's self, we move very slowly with plenty of review so that no one is left behind. If you have had, through travel or courses, the equivalent of two semesters of high school Spanish or one semester in college, you probably qualify to join this class. Textbook provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 8:00 – 10:00.  Room 189 Jewett Hall

Woodcarving: Beginning & Beyond – Lloyd Clark Learn and practice basic safety and carving cuts to produce several projects and/or to continue learning with slightly more complex projects. Individual assistance is given as much as possible. We will try to make the learning fun ... it's only wood ... and there are no such things as 'mistakes', just design changes. Materials and instructions provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 8:30 – 12:00,  Klahr Rotuna

Classic Films for Senior College – Chet Day, Peter Ezzy, Art Ray This course consists of an analytical and fun discussion group exploring the relative merits of selected top-rated Classic Films as determined by the American Film Institute (AFI). Films are critiqued and ranked in order of preference by class participants. Class members are given the opportunity to take turns leading the discussion. Past films have included a mix of films representative of the Classics and 'top 100' rated films.The selection of films for the next semester includes recommendations from the current and past participants and are as follows: Representative films to be viewed include: Casablanca, 1942; North By Northwest, 1959; The Innocents, 1961; The Train, 1964; Cinema Paradiso, 1988; When Harry Met Sally, 1989; Chocolat, 1988: Dr Zhivago, 1965. Study materials provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 8:00 – 10:00,  190 Jewett Hall

Civil War Survey – Tom Feagin Students will learn about the centrality of the struggle over human slavery in American history and politics. From 1619 until the present day it has informed our political and social history, dictated our forms of government, and created the conflict that continues to roil our country.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 10:15 – 12:15,  190 Jewett Hall

Friendship - Richard Bamforth An exploration of the meanings and practice of friendship. Participants will discuss and debate assigned readings and be willing to share their own experiences. Not a lecture course, the aim is to examine what some great thinkers have said about friendship, how friends are depicted in literature, and how our own personal relationships have made life worth living.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 10:15 – 12:15, 299 Jewett Hall Lab

Introduction to Maine's Natural World – Beth Brooke, Gabriella Howard with Lynne Thurston, Jeanette Smith, Sharon Thibault, Jackey Bailey, Kim Bailey, Robbie Buccigross Eight graduates of the Maine Master Naturalist Program will each present a session. Sessions include Trees of Maine - an overview of the importance of trees in our lives and ecosystem; Winter Twig Identification – an examination of buds, leaf scars, pith, catkins/cones; Maine Mammals – an overview of Maine mammals, their characteristics, habits, and adaptations; Aquatic Phenomena – a close-up look at what is living and growing in your favorite water body; Maine's Raptors – a focus on the species of birds of prey seen in the northeast and their importance to the environment; Insects – a discussion of the structure and life cycle of insects and their importance to the environment; Common Ferns of Maine – use a key to learn to identify ferns; Spring Birding in Maine – including the phenomenon of migration, images of birds, and a bit about bird songs and calls. Materials provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 15, 10:15 – 12:15,  291 Jewett Hall

Martyrs To Freedom – Michael Bell The course will examine the civil rights movement through the lives of those who died in the struggle. This will be accomplished through handouts and audio/visual presentations. Students will develop a better understanding of how the movement and these people impacted our nation. (No class on April 17 & 24) Materials provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 10:15 – 12:15,  189 Jewett Hall

Joy of Poetry – Ted Bookey The goal of this course is to put students in touch with the joy of poetry as a rich and profound art form. Poetry has been called the map of the soul. This class is designed for those who wish to explore that map, and for those who already enjoy poetry and would like to enhance their appreciation and pleasure. It is for those who find contemporary poetry difficult and wish to understand and enjoy it more, and for those who already write poetry, or for those who might like to begin. The instructor will provide some enjoyable poetry-starting exercises. In addition, we will read and discuss a variety of poems to explore how a poem works and why it has the power to move the reader. Textbook and materials provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 1:00 – 3:00,  185 Jewett Hall

Mystery and Manners: The Writings of Flannery O'Connor" – Bryant Hoffman One of the most distinctive voices in American and world literature, Mary Flannery O'Connor created some of the most original and controversial writing yet to be produced and published. Although her life was cut short at the age of 39, during the time she was given, her work centered on creating an in-depth exposure of what gives life reality beyond its superficial, aimless incoherence. A Southern writer rooted in her religious faith, her work continues to create an original (sometimes chilling) re-definition of Southern manners and life's mysteries. Focus in this course will be primarily Flannery's short stories.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 12:30 – 3:00,  Klahr Rotunda

Musical Theater on Film – David Greenham, Liz Helitzer Join David and Elizabeth for a fun class focusing on musicals on film. The class will share insights in the history and production of musicals, the experience of acting in and directing musicals, and the difference between presenting a musical on stage and on film. David and Elizabeth have degrees in theater and have been involved in many shows in Maine and the U.S.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 1:00 – 3:00,  189 Jewett Hall

Just One Thing – Jonathan Lepoff The book for this course is 'Just One Thing' by Rick Hanson. We will practice the exercises in the book to retrain our minds into more positive thought patterns which, according to the principles of neuroplasticity, will lead to changes in brain structure. This is done to deepen our well-being and happiness. Textbook provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 3:15 – 5:15,  291 Jewett Hall

Biological Origins of Morality – Charles Acker Traditionally it has been assumed that animals have no moral sense, and that human infants come into the world as egocentric creatures that must be strictly socialized in order to become civilized, morally responsible children and adults. New research involving very young babies, as well as comparative studies among social animals, challenge these traditions. We will examine the evolutionary basis for empathy, altruism and other components of morality. Class will be taught in seminar style with participation encouraged. Text provided.

8 Fridays, Mar 13 – May 1, 3:15 – 5:15,  Klahr Rotunda

Scripting Our Lives (Part II) – Barbara Helen Baker This semester the cast of "Radio Daze" will be taking their show from last semester on tour. They are looking for one or two people to provide technical assistance and any interested persons can sign up for the course and contact Barbara Helen Baker. The class will still meet Fridays at 3:15, as needed, to prepare for the tour performances. In the fall, a new production will be created and we look forward to some fresh new faces joining the group at that time.

8 Mondays, Mar 16 – May 4, 10:15 – 12:15,  289 Jewett Hall

30 Techniques of Creative Writing – Ben Thomas The goal of this course is to improve the student's writing skills. Class members who wish to become fiction and memoir writers will learn about 30 techniques used by professionals which will make their writings sparkle. Text will be Ben Thomas' "Scorpion Riddle" with an accompanying manual. Students will write short pieces to practice such techniques as the use of flashbacks, tags, use of anecdotes, time, kinds of character and their development, and dialogue. The text will show examples of how these techniques are actually used in professional writing. Manual provided.

8 Tuesdays, Mar 17 – May 5, 10:15 – 12:15,  185 Jewett Hall

Viewing Art Up Close – Peter Rosenberg, Tom Feagin Maine is famous for its seven art museums. Each museum has a different emphasis and is unique in its own way. Learn how to study works of art by visiting each museum where, with the aid of the museum's docent, we can broaden our visual understanding. We will visit the University of Maine Museum of Art, Colby College Art Museum, Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Bates Museum of Art, and maybe plan a special trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The first class will be held in a classroom to discuss the museums, art in Maine, and discuss travel logistics.

8 Tuesdays, Mar 17 – May 5, 10:15 – 12:15,  189 Jewett Hall

Art 4 You! – Carole Baldwin with Elizabeth Humphrey, Diane Wheeler, and Elizabeth Luckcraft This is a course for beginners who would like to explore four different art forms. The areas covered will be made up of two lessons each of the following: Basic Drawing, Painting on Porcelain, Painting with Acrylics, Mixed Media building on Acrylics using materials for texture. Materials provided.

6 Wednesdays, Mar 18 – Apr 22, 1:00 – 3:00,  189 Jewett Hall

Wildflower Wednesday – Ellen Blanchard There are thousands of varieties of wildflowers, weeds, shrubs, and trees. Do you know their names? Have you ever wondered what was growing around your home? This class will teach you how to easily recognize and identify these plants. Come and explore the wonder of the world beneath your feet. Learn how to identify the beautiful and sometimes rare wildflowers along the paths around central Maine. Come walk "slooowly" with us and learn to see and enjoy nature's amazing variety. Our first two classes will be held in a classroom. All other classes will be outdoor walks of mostly ¼ mile or less on mostly paths. A few hikes may be as much as ¾ of a mile. Materials provided. NOTE: Class dates will depend on when the wildflowers bloom.

8 Thursdays, Mar 19 – May 7, 10:15 – 12:15,  291 Jewett Hall

Post War Hopes, Cold War Fears – William Chase In this course, American foreign policy from 1945 to 1960, and its influence on politics will be analyzed. America's reaction to and influence on global politics underwent profound changes during this period. The fifties were a turning point in American history. From MacArthur to McCarthy, from Korea to the Berlin Wall, from isolationism to internationalism, American influence became powerful and controversial, both at home and abroad.

8 Thursdays, Mar 19 – May 7, 10:15 – 12:15,  250 Randall Student Center

Cities of the World – Elizabeth Reinsborough This is a geography course. Our world is undergoing urbanization. Over half of the population now live in cities. We will look at the great variety of cities on our planet, locate each on a world map and examine their populations in relation to that of their country. Students will also explore urban history, major attractions, and aspects of metropolitan culture and politics. Half of each class will be a visual presentation by the instructor. Students will be encouraged to share and participate in brief presentations. Materials provided.

8 Thursdays, Mar 19 – May 7, 10:15 – 12:15,  255 Randall Student Center Computer Lab

Introduction to Digital Cameras – Jeanne Coleman Students will learn about the basic features on their digital cameras and how to use them. Class members will also be given tips on how to take better pictures and shown how to do some fundamental, but easy, photo editing. (This class is designed for people with actual digital cameras – NOT camera features on cell phones and tablets).

8 Thursdays, Mar 19 – May 7, 1:00 – 3:00,  248 Randall Student Center

Improving Your Balance: Avoiding Falls – Carole Baldwin Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults 55 and older. And yet, many falls can be prevented with simple exercises to improve one's balance. You will practice these exercises in this class and learn how they may be done at home. We will also discuss how making exercise a habit is key to preventing falls along with why, how, and where falls occur and measures needed to be taken to avoid them. Materials provided. Those who have already taken this course are asked NOT to sign up for this class.

8 Thursdays, Mar 19 – May 7, 1:00 – 3:00,  250 Randall Student Center

ABC's of Drawing – Barbara McCarthy The ability to draw is really being able to see what is observed and transfer that observation to paper. Fundamental drawing skills and techniques can be learned. Class exercises will encourage the right side of the brain to do the work of "seeing". With practice, it will gradually become easier to switch consciously into intuitive visual perception. "What the eye can see, the hand can draw." Michelangelo Materials provided.

8 Saturdays, Mar 14 - May 2, 10:15 – 12:15,  253 Randall Student Center Computer Lab

Know Your PC – Henry Felch Understanding how your computer works and how it is configured can help ease the stress when problems when problems occur or something does not work exactly how it is supposed to. The course will examine how a computer works, how information is processed, and how a computer is configured. We will discuss installing new programs, removing unwanted programs, and basic security issues. Simple troubleshooting techniques will be introduced to help identify small problems.


Brown Bag Schedule - Tuesdays, Jan 6 – Mar 10,  Klahr Rotunda

UMA Senior College members and friends are invited to bring their lunch to each FREE 60-90 minute session at 12:00 Noon on Tuesdays at the Michael Klahr Rotunda. (Connected to UMA's Katz Library).

Jan 6 Art Ray Amos Gerald: Electric Railroad King of Maine

Jan 13 David Leigh 20th Century Using a Thematic Approach

Jan 20 John Burgess The Super Bowl

Feb 3 Elizabeth Reinsborough Where the Sahara Meets the Atlantic

Feb 10 Jan Santerre The Big Trees of Maine

Feb 17 Peter Rosenberg History of the Piano

Feb 24 David Leach Gone Phishing Anti-Scam Guide (Consumer Credit Protection)

Mar 3 Jeanne Coleman The Diary of a Photo Maine-iac

Mar 10  Pam Brown & Maine General Panel Hospice Care: Consider the Conversation


Granite Hill Lecture Series - Tuesdays, Mar 17 – May 5, 11:00 - 12:30,  Granite Hill Estates

Mar 17 – Tom Feagin Fabulous Characters of the Civil War

Mar 24 – Mike Bell "This Ain't Over Yet" – Jesse James' Maine Connection

Mar 31 – Elizabeth Reinsborough Scotland – Still Part of United Kingdom

Apr 7 – Duane Prugh Maine's Big Trees

Apr 14 – Margy Burns Knight Africa is Not a Country

Apr 21 – Margo Pullen My Dad's Perspective: Preserving Beauty amid War

Apr 28 – Bryant Hoffman Watch Your Language! Misuses & Weird Mistakes in Language Use