Courses

When you talk about 1939 in Hollywood, people automatically think of Gone With the Wind or The Wizard of Oz - but there were over 350 movies released that year, most still watched today, and 5 of which are in the American Film Institute's top 100 films of all time!


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
Women poets, particularly feminist poets, made an enormous and transformative contribution to poetry in the United States in the 20th Century.


March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom
Most opera lovers love and understand the works of the late 19th century, but what to make of the operas that follow as the familiar sound world collides with modernity?


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It will be close to the inauguration and perhaps the state of the union when you read this.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
Have you ever wondered how to live at peace with the uncertainties and pressures of an ever-changing world? "Like water, peace is fundamental to human beings" (Prem Rawat).


March 18, 2021 to May 13, 2021, Zoom
"Recorded history" means history written in human language. But the rest of history since the Big Bang - the other 99.99996 %, or "big history" - is also recorded.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
An introduction to the Great Goddess and feminist thealogy, "Cakes forthe Queen of Heaven" invites us to explore religious myths and symbols of theancient world, where female images and experiences were central, and to examinethe psychological and social importance of reclaiming our female religiousheritage. 


March 16, 2021 to May 11, 2021, Zoom
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.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
In this sixth edition of ten workshops, we will watch "To be continued" chapters of those great Saturday Matinee film serials we so enjoyed in our youth.


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Our country is divided. There are two camps, each with its own valid framework for viewing what is best for the country. Our purpose is to understand others better, not to persuade them.


March 23, 2021 to May 11, 2021, Zoom
This repeat course has been upgraded along with the science and the instructor. Learn why the sky is blue, the grass is green, and sunsets are red.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
The Medieval period was a time of widespread illiteracy, poverty, superstition, and religious fervor.


March 19, 2021 to April 30, 2021, Zoom
Many a nineteenth-century author treats the woman who strays from the narrow path of virtue as a tragic heroine. The novels covered in the course will represent the variety of women's sexual experiences outside marriage, from flirtation to rape, and the heroines' struggles within a society that does not distinguish between a stumble and a fall.


March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom
Images can enhance writing by injecting creative energy that originates in the sense of vision. All we have to do is look around as explorers and be open to what the views stir inside us. This is not a photography course! It is a writing class that draws on the power of the visual.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
Elder women have historically been the acknowledged keepers of wisdom and healing skills. Their intuitive life wisdom was and has been a strong fount of their knowledge.


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The greatest spectacle of life is how a single cell - the fertilized egg - develops into a multicelled animal. The human body contains about 30 trillion cells! The developmental process is revealed through a series of discoveries by Sean B Carroll in his book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful.


March 16, 2021 to May 4, 2021, Zoom
This repeat course allows participants to read and enjoy selected short stories. While the structure will be similar to the fall course, the content will differ in that we will use an anthology - Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Short Stories.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
We will discuss plays by Euripides set before, during, and after the Trojan War, as well as his plays on other heroic, semi-heroic, or tragic figures. You may know of Helen and Paris, but you may be less familiar with Iphigeneia and Rhesus. Relevant art, if possible. One play from Spring 2020 will be included. Required Books: The Complete Euripides, Vol. I, Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, ISBN 9780195388671, USM price $12.95; The Complete Euripides, Vol. V, Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, ISBN 9780195388718, USM price $14.95.


March 19, 2021 to May 7, 2021, Zoom
The myths! The landscape! The food! This hybrid course introduces the rich and appealing Greek culture through lectures, films, and guest presentations.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
In this repeat course we will explore how the human need to eat explains most of what we call history. Maine was "discovered" because European Catholics needed to eat fish on Fridays and through Lent and merchants were desperate to supply it.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
How did the man Jesus become for Christians the Son of God? This course will examine the history of early Christianity from the 1st to the 5th century.Using historical documents, we will follow the evolution of Christian thoughtin this early period, including non-orthodox forms of Christianity.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
Use those fun facts that you have been storing in your gray matter.


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The World Affairs Council of Maine is pleased to offer Great Decisions in 2021.


March 19, 2021 to May 7, 2021, Zoom
In this repeat workshop, we will focus on green cemeteries and home funerals. We will also talk about alternative disposition methods, giving you the info you need to make good decisions.


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We live in a time of great divides, challenges to our sense of order, a future not so certain as we once thought.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
Humankind has continually been on the move, first out of Africa and into Asia. Then toward Europe and the Americas.


March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom
So, you've been in some Zoom meetings. Are you ready for the next step-hosting your own meeting? We'll start with adjusting settings (mute, blue hand up, renaming, video, and audio, waiting room, etc.).


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The study of human development, also known as "the never-ending upward quest," is currently in an exciting new phase of growth.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
This repeat course will focus on the period between the end of World War II and the current period of the 2020 retrenchment under the Trump Administration. The post-war period saw a dramatic influx of immigration from Europe, followed increasingly by Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.


March 16, 2021 to May 4, 2021, Zoom
This workshop will be an introduction to Buddhist meditation for beginners.


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There is a presumption that the survival of consciousness after death is inextricably bound to religion. In Dennett, Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens' works, these self-styled "Four Horsemen of Atheism" purport to debunk both religion and the afterlife.


March 19, 2021 to May 7, 2021, Zoom
Discussions about consciousness often turn on appeals to quantum mechanics. This workshop will show that despite various philosophical interpretations, Schrodinger's equation remains materialist reductionism, plain and simple. In fact, Schrodinger himself recognized that physics was insufficient to account for processes of life and mind. (Note: Proficiency in math is not required for this workshop.) Suggested Book: The Grand Biocentric Design, Robert Lanza, Matej Pasvsic with Bob Burman, ISBN 9781950665402


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Ulysses is considered to be the most influential novel of the 20th century. It is complex, innovative, and humorous. In this three-session workshop, we will take snapshots of its 18 episodes.


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This short story book club focuses on funny short stories. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back in front of your computer, and discuss 3 or 4 short stories each week.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom

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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March 18, 2021 to April 15, 2021, Zoom
Magic moments: remember those serendipitous times when you clicked deeply with another or with a group or a project? Short or long duration, they were enlivening, and you discovered creativity, delight, your best self.


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Growing up in modern society, most of us learned to communicate in ways that often create misunderstanding and frustration - habits of communication that can lead to anger, depression, and even emotional or physical violence.


March 16, 2021 to May 4, 2021, Zoom
In this sequel to David's 2019 course, Inventions That Changed the World, we will investigate new inventions. We will focus on the most important things that helped create our modern world and how each invention and innovation affected society's social, economic, political, and demographic composition.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
You must be a current member in order to participate in OLLI Programs.


June 21, 2020 to June 19, 2021
We will explore the Middle East's state and trace its history from the end of World War I to the present.


March 17, 2021 to April 21, 2021, Zoom
In this course, we will explore drawing portraits using a variety of mediums and working from photographs since we cannot have a live model.


March 16, 2021 to May 4, 2021, Zoom
This course will examine how individuals and couples can plan for a sustainable retirement. We will examine both prudent retirement planning practices as well as methods for investing in a socially and environmentally conscious manner.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
If you're a fan of the short story, and if you've ever been put off by the "English teacher exegesis" style of reading, this repeat class might be for you; it will focus on thought-provoking questions and relaxed discussions as we read a variety of short stories each week.


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Jean will talk about how Portland Conservatory of Music, now in its 24th season, engages 300+ students of all ages and abilities.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Zoom
Kelly will discuss her up close and personal experiences with forest fires as well as fire behavior, causes, climate change, and steps that should be taken.


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Ed will bring his long experience with victims of ID theft right here in Maine to help us be proactive in protecting ourselves and teach us what we can do if it happens.


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This presentation will focus on the work that the PSO has done to adapt to Covid-19 challenges and what lies in store for the organization as it looks to its 100th season and beyond.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Zoom
Tony will discuss how a democracy such as the State of Maine might most rapidly and effectively decrease carbon emissions.


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Richard will share research and practices that enhance creativity and learning through the optimization of our neurobiology.


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Stephen will examine the history of vaccines and the advances that have built the foundation for those currently being used to fight COVID-19.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Zoom
Firooza will discuss recent environmental and societal shifts in Iceland and Greenland as well as the implications of climate trends for the region's future.


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Each fall and spring, SAGE presents a series of Tuesday morning lectures that cover a wide array of topics of current interest.


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Patrick is the iconic, 5th-century patron saint of Ireland. Born in Britain, captured by pirates at age 16, he spent his adolescent years as an enslaved shepherd.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
Shakespeare's last plays increasingly ask: how are we human? Especially, they counterpose dehumanizing aristocratic values to alternative conceptions of humanity that seek the common good and dignify productive labor.


March 16, 2021 to May 4, 2021, Zoom

This repeat course traces the history of "blues" through female singers, primarily African-American, who for the most part started in the 1920s taking the blues tradition away from men who had sung them since the Civil War. You will meet "Ma" Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and E. G. Kight, to name a few. "Torch singers" will include Lena Horne, Julie London, and Sarah Vaughn. You will also meet obscure singers whom time has for the most part forgotten.



March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom
Mention the 1960s and various images come up: a youthful president being sworn in and later assassinated, the Vietnam War, courageous young people protesting segregation or marching against that war, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the landing on the moon, the start of the woman's movement, the exuberance of Woodstock, the burning of the cities.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom
Abortion, Citizens United, welfare, health care, free speech, freedom of religion, vouchers, Affirmative Action, gun control, taxes, censorship, the news, inequality, prisons, and justice?


March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom
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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How we lived, loved, worked, played, worshiped, and related to each other.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
Nineteenth-century art historians viewed Classical Art beginning in Greece and spreading throughout the rest of the Western World through the High Renaissance as a purely Western phenomenon.


March 17, 2021 to May 5, 2021, Zoom
We will collectively discuss the political, economic, and social changes in the United States over the past several decades and also the future of the United States going forward. What is in store for us?


March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom
Women have always thrived in community, sharing their stories and supporting one another in resolving difficult stories.


March 18, 2021 to May 6, 2021, Zoom

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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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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This one-session online workshop is designed to introduce the concept of "legacy letters" and encourage participants to craft their own legacy document. A legacy letter (also called an "ethical will") is a written document that allows people to share their life lessons, express their values, and transmit their blessings to future generations


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Do you want to write? Prove you can. In six weeks, you will have six short pieces you have yet to imagine: no excuses, no inner dialogue, no internal editor, no rationalizations.


March 15, 2021 to May 3, 2021, Zoom