Courses
We will journeythrough 19th-century, America beginning with reconstruction and continuing to the industrial revolution, women's suffrage, the rise of unions, American imperialism and much more. Required book: Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser, ISBN 9780451531148, USM price $5.95.


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center

This repeat class (with updates) will view Sub-Saharan Africa since the first Colony gained independence in 1957, and focus on Ghana, South Africa, and the DRC. We will analyze trends, and discuss how the past 70 years are impacting the continent today.



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This course will have two dimensions: Discussion about aging and the relevance of mystical traditions for the process, and soft, meditative movements called Qigong ("the cultivation of energy").


January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 102
Dishonesty,divisiveness, disrespect, and immorality suffuse American politics and beyond these days. At the same time,nationally - particularly at the local level - wholesomeness and hopefulness abound.


January 8, 2019 to February 12, 2019, Wishcamper Center
Did you know we'reall born story tellers? It's part of our human nature to
express ourselves and record our feelings,beliefs, and events in our lives. But
sometimes we need some help honing our writing skills. 


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Discover and explore your own inner resources for successful living. Each session in this nine-week, repeat course features insightful talks and meaningful interaction about inner resources such as peace, appreciation, inner strength, self-awareness, understanding, dignity, choice, hope, and contentment.



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Escape from "busy" and give yourself a two-hour block of time to work on your art, at your own pace, in a relaxed environment. Fellow artists share ideas, encouragement, and support. Pack your materials and come paint! NOTE: if you are using oils, please plan to use water-based paints only.



January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 103
Fine Artsinvestigates the nature of reality interpreting the visible world. Mathematics is the language of sciencewhich describes the quantifiable workingsof reality. 


January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 203
This class is basedon the PBS "Crash Course in Astronomy." It consists of a series of short, online lectures by hostPhil Plait detailing the nature and origins of astronomy. Each lasts 10 to 15 minutes,covering such topics as moon phases, the solar system, black holes, deep time,eclipses, everything you need to know. 


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We will explore the constellations of the spring and summer skies and some of the deep-sky objects they contain. Learn the causes and appearance of events viewed with the unaided eye, including auroras, sun dogs and halos, comets, meteor showers, and the lunar cycle of phases that causes lunar and solar eclipses.



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In the film and book Being Mortal, New York Times bestselling author/surgeon Atul Gwande discusses medicine at life's end. Many physicians offer procedures/treatments to terminal patients that may extend suffering.


Friday, January 25, 2019, Wishcamper Center

Despite the belief that Maine is one of the whitest states in the nation, the area has had a Black presence since before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, and that presence continues.



January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center

This repeat course will review stock, bond, mutual fund, and ETF selection for individual investment portfolios. Whether you purchase your own securities or hire an investment manager, ultimately you must review the security selections that are made to assure that they meet your asset-allocation and risk needs.



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This repeat course provides a foundation in the combined skills of listening, speaking, and writing Chinese characters as well as a general picture of Chinese culture. Students start with the Mandarin phonetic system (Pinyin), pronunciation, stroke order, and basic Chinese characters.


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"Consciousness," mysterious and undefinable, is"that which cannot be denied," according to René Descartes. Yet it can beexplored in philosophy, theology, metaphysics, para-psychology, and evenlaboratory research using statistical methods. 


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This four-week course, starting Jan. 24, was inspired by Operation Finale, a film about the capturing of Adolf Eichmann in 1960 Argentina by Israeli's Mossad and Shin Bet. The film presents numerous subtleties and intriguing avenues for discussion about critical, timely topics.


January 24, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 133
The fall electionsdemonstrated that we continue to be a deeply divided nation with very different worldviews about the meaningof American democracy. Might we see amore pragmatic approach to governance, or will a major crisis be necessary to do so?


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Long-Term-Care planning is one of the most important, and too often overlooked, parts of one's retirement and estate plans. This repeat workshop will present the topic of long-term-care planning in a clear, compassionate, and comprehensive manner. We will discuss the various options that can help us manage our long-term-care risks and will compare and contrast these different solutions.



Friday, January 25, 2019, Wishcamper Center
Rudolf Steiner(1861-1925) made significant contributions across many disciplines: education,medicine, architecture, the arts, agriculture, and therapeutic disciplines. He was an esotericist,steeped in Goethe's scientific writings and is remembered for formulatingWaldorf School philosophy, concepts of biodynamic agriculture, and more. 



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Haveyou ever wondered what the fuss is about when a major literary award isannounced? What do these prizes suggest about our contemporaryculture? How does their success teach us about what we expect literatureto do? Join us in reading four recent prize winners.



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Films depict the tone of our nation historically. They give an overview of the emotions ofthe times. Francis Ford Coppola is adynamic director and sensitive writer whose works depict the problems of four decades of American culture. 


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 205

In six weeks we'll read The Gene, a large but approachable book detailing the history of genetics from Aristotle to today's CRISPR/Cas9 gene manipulation. Key discoveries and the sometimes-complicated science will be explained through video and class discussions. .



January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center
Shake'em, bake'em,and drown'em! This course considersnatural geologic hazards and their relationship to extreme processes and rapidity of occurrence. 



January 8, 2019 to February 12, 2019, Wishcamper Center
There are no hard or fast rules, but there may be ways of acceleratingthe process of awakening.  To awaken is to find the Oneness of all thingsand carry the limitless, all-understanding, all-loving energy of the Creatorwithin.            



January 25, 2019 to February 8, 2019, Wishcamper Center
This course will use The Four Agreements and TheFifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz todevelop a personal contract designed toreduce stress and increase personal freedom. 


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center

This two-semester course will cover Maine from pre-historic times to the recent past. Each semester is independent but will complement the other. Presenters are a collaboration of noted scholars of Maine history. Though this is a repeat of Part 1 from fall 2016, there will be some new topics and lecturers.



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This course will examine the important works of French Cinema thatpreceded the establishment of what became known as Film Noir in the USA. Wealways look at the films, ranging in this course from the 1930s to the 1960s, froman aesthetic point of view.


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 133
This series of films will start a cycle of courses that deal with threefilms on the ARTS, intended to cover visual, musical, and movement arts. 


Friday, January 25, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 133

This repeat workshop will be an introduction to the family of religions we call Buddhism. We will begin by discussing the development of Buddhism in India, focusing on the life and teachings of its founder, and will then briefly follow its spread across time and space through Asia and the West. Along the way, we will focus on enduring Buddhist ideas and practices.



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Maine has officially advertised itself as "Vacationland" since 1927. Before then it was touted as "The Nation's Playground" and "Sportsmen's Paradise."



January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center
This course seeks toprovide an understanding of Iran, with its rich history as a major Middle Eastern empireand its 20th-century return as a major force on the global stage.Iran has developed nuclear capability andcompetes for hegemony in the Middle East with two other powers, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. 


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This course isanother OLLI offering of the Camden Conference, a Maine organization founded to promote understanding of world events and other nations and cultures. 


January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center
An idiosyncraticreview of songs by Kern, Berlin,Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers, Arlen, and others as performed by great jazz singers. This course is all about listening:sitting back and letting the sounds washover you. 


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center

A continuation of French language study, with emphasis on expanding vocabulary and listening and speaking ability as well as grammar. 



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Did you study French many long years ago, have French-speaking family members, or grow up in a New England mill town? Here is your chance to step back into le bain de la langue.



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Ever wonder why Botswana, a small land-locked country in southern Africa, is so strong, while Chad, a large land-locked country in north-central Africa is destitute? Why do some countries flourish while next-door neighbors flounder?



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This course isdesigned to keep your mind from focusing on the winter chill. It involves a series of team gamesthat will help expand your knowledge ofthe world in a most enjoyable way. 


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center

We will read and discuss the 100-plus poems in the second anthology of verse from the weekly poetry column edited by Wesley McNair, which is featured in publications across Maine. Participants will be encouraged to share other poems by the poets in the text, as well as poems by Maine poets who are not represented.



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The mandala is an artform and spiritual symbol in cultures around the world.



January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center
Nadeije Laneyrie-Dagen, an eminent art historian, cautions against trapping our expectationsand understanding of art "inside a network of meanings that are alien tothe culture that produced it." NorthernEuropean Mediaeval art is particularly susceptible, often considered rigidlyformulaic.


January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center
Science fiction has evolved from pure space opera into a style andcontent comparable to current fiction. We will read at home selections from ananthology of recent works and then discuss them in class. Occasionally we willread a shorter story in class and then discuss it. 


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We will meet around alibrary table to confer with one anotherabout aging. No cartwheels, no push-ups, just thoughtful conversation that stays clear of (or gets under andbehind) endless media blasts about hidingwrinkles. 


Friday, February 8, 2019, Wishcamper Center
This course willfeature films to produce discussion on important issues, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the historyof the English in Ireland, the colonizing of the tropical jungles of the Southern Hemisphere, Germany after WW II. 


January 9, 2019 to February 13, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 133
You must be a current member in order to participate in OLLI Programs.


July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Daniel Ellsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine, rouses far more than Dr. Strangelove's toothy grin picturing a male paradise surviving nuclear desolation. Ellsberg has warned American leaders since the '50s about the devastating consequences of accidental confrontations and bad assumptions.



January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center

Great artists have discovered the neurological antecedents of our perception, each in a manner unique to their method. J.S. Sargent's work seems to have great sensuality. Ellsworth Kelly's work is simple and intellectual.



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This continuation of "Putting Art in YourDigital Photography" will take a fun, new approach. The class will explore howto build a story with photographs while observing the principles of writing -but using images instead of words



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How do we hold physical decline and challenges in one hand and expandedconsciousness and possibilities for joy, love, and peace in the other? Byletting go, defining our essential core, exploring recent research and understanding of consciousness and perceptions of reality. 


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This repeat course is an introduction to, and discussion of, a range of retirement issues. Topics include estate planning practices, insurance issues (Medicare Advantage plans, long-term care, life insurance, annuities, etc.), trends in recreation and travel, and retirement financial planning and practices.



January 8, 2019 to February 12, 2019, Wishcamper Center

Do you know about "alkaline hydrolysis"? What are the rules about scattering ashes? Can you be buried on your own land? Which is greener, burial or cremation?



Friday, January 25, 2019, Wishcamper Center
This class isdesigned to be taught in fourone-and-a-half-hour and two one-hour sessions over seven weeks. Developed byDr. Paul Lam at the Tai Chi for Health Institute, this Tai Chi "Sun Style" uses slow, smooth, continuousmovements designed to "improve yourphysical fitness while being non-strenuous and gentle on the joints. 


January 8, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 102

Frances Perkins, FDR's secretary of labor, was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet. Learn how this self-made woman, with roots in Maine, became America's leading advocate for industrial safety and workers' rights.

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This new course will unpack a toolbox of skills you might wish you had learned in school. Transformative communication can help turn difficult conversations into opportunities for healing, greater understanding, and finding solutions to seemingly irreconcilable differences.



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Oscar Hammerstein II was the teenage Stephen Sondheim's idol and mentor, yet the two men wrought revolutions (Hammerstein with the composer Richard Rodgers) that changed the American musical dramatically, and in dramatically different ways. 



January 8, 2019 to February 12, 2019, Wishcamper Center, Room 203

This course is your opportunity to learn to play one of the easiest and happiest of instruments. In just a few weeks, you will learn the chords and strumming techniques needed to play hundreds of songs; no need to read music.



January 8, 2019 to February 12, 2019, Wishcamper Center
In what could be one of the most enlightening two hours you've everspent, this repeat workshop will showyou how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials,films, videos, and more!  


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Learn about community programs that work with new Mainers. There will be an overview of local trends in people seeking asylum; a description of local response programs; and discussion on ways to help.


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Inequality? The Environment?American Identity? Politics? Relations? The Media? In each there aredifficult challenges before us. 


January 10, 2019 to February 14, 2019, Wishcamper Center

This ongoing workshop is a supportive peer group of 10 fiction writers working to improve their short-story writing skills. Each month, members send their work to one another in advance of the meeting. Each is responsible for constructive feedback of the work to be shared and discussed at the next session. The workshop will evolve in response to the interests of its members. New members are welcome.



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This ongoing workshop is not a class but a supportive group of memoir writers who share and respond constructively to each other's work. New members are welcome, to a limit of 12.



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Open to new and experienced poets alike, this once-a-month class will study published poems and use imitation as a generative process for creating our own new work.


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This ongoing poetry-writing workshop is limited to 12 members. Participants may volunteer to prepare a short poetic presentation and design a related prompt for the next session. One week before each workshop, members will email a copy of their poem to all other members, who will print the poems and write comments on hard copies for discussion on workshop days.


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