Senior College at the University of Southern Maine/Lewiston-Augusta is a member of the Maine Senior College Network, an organization of the state's 14 senior colleges. The system provides a curriculum of learning opportunities for persons 50 years or older. Senior College is an initiative of the Osher Learning Institute at USM and an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network.

Exploring Child Abuse Through Literature": The four-week course examines child abuse and the common thread of permanent grief endured by adults. Class discussions will be supplemented by guest appearances by Robert Chapman, author of "A Certain Fall," and Al Gagne. Chapman's book will be provided for reading.

The class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every other Monday from Sept. 18 to Oct. 30. Instructor Laurie Haynes St. Pierre is a bookseller and former journalist and teacher.

"Communicating in Spanish": The course will provide listening and speaking skills at the elementary level. The provided text will assist beginning students in building a vocabulary of Spanish words and phrases that can be applied to everyday use. The eight-week course will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays.

Instructors Beth Convey and Barbara Oliver have substantial experience as language teachers and tutors.

"Special Destinations - Points of Interest": The series will again feature day trips to a variety of organizations. This semester's destinations will include the Seashore Trolley Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Maine State Museum and a guided walking tour of Portland's West End.

Trips are scheduled for six Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Members will provide their own transportation, with all admission costs covered by the course fee. Tour guide Dot Rupert is a retired Lewiston teacher and a member of the Senior College board of directors.

"After the American Revolution - The Coming of Independence": The eight-week course will cover the events leading to the conflict with England and delve into the many "mini-revolutions" going on simultaneously as Native Americans, Blacks and others sought their independence.

Classes are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Instructor Robert M. Gilbert is a retired educator and administrator with the Auburn school system, a former history course presenter and a member of the Senior College advisory board.

"Chemistry Can Be Fun": The four-week course combines the principles of basic chemistry plus demonstrations in the lab to equal a formula for knowledge and fun. It is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 20 to Oct. 11.

Instructor Dennis Sweetser is a retired chemistry teacher from Edward Little High School. He is a 1962 graduate of Bates College, taught chemistry for 42 years years and recently presented a Senior College course on Maine's Civil War history.

"Objects All Sublime - Three by Gilbert and Sullivan": The course will take a Gilbert and Sullivan tour of Fairyland, London, Titipu, Venice and Barataria. It will focus on the light operas, "Iolanthe," "The Mikado" and "The Gondoliers," and the biographical background of the film, "Topsy Turvy."

The eight-week course will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Instructor Keith E. Sherburne has taught theater skills and has directed productions of Gilbert and Sullivan light operas. He is the artistic director of the Sixth-Age Puppet Opera Co.

"Ancient Rome and Sicily: Revisiting the Past": The course will visit the ancient history of Rome and the cities of Sicily. Special attention will be spent on St. Peter's and other major churches in Rome, the Vatican museums, the Forum of the Caesars, the Coliseum and other notable sites. The tour of Sicily will include Palermo, Catania and Sisacusa, as well as Mt. Etna and the ruins of Agrigento.

The course is scheduled for eight Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 21. Instructor Alan Elze has traveled extensively and has degrees in American history and museum science. He recently presented the program, "History of the Bates Mill," at the Senior College Luncheon Series.

"Riding to Canterbury": Participants will become part of Chaucer's group of pilgrims traveling to Canterbury in medieval England as the course brings to life a cross-section of 14th century humor and storytelling.

Presented on four Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Sept. 21, the instructor will be Barbara Randall. She is a retired English literature teacher from Edward Little High School, a former dean at Bates College and member of the Senior College board of directors.

"Three Fictional Heroines of the Early 20th Century": Lincoln Ladd will return to Senior College with a new course focusing on the heroines of novels by American authors Willa Cather, Sinclair Lewis and Edith Wharton. Reflecting the changing conceptions of women and their interests, the novels are also of importance for their societal and gender issues. Course fee will cover the book costs.

The seven-week course will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Friday, Sept. 22. Ladd, a retired educator, taught literature at North Carolina State University and UNC-Greensboro, and more recently, several American literature courses at Senior College.




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