Courses

This class offers a glimpse of modern Iran's history from Qajar to Pahlavi to the Islamic revolution.


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The personal essay is a slippery form. It can argue a perspective, inform a reader, perform literary criticism, state a manifesto, or simply collect observations of daily life. In this course we will read and discuss 12 essays from the Best American Essays of 2023 anthology.


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This six-week course will introduce ballroom dancing to participants. Dances to be taught will include Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, Rumba, and others depending on time. Participants at the end of the course should be able to feel comfortable dancing several figures in each dance.


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This seminar examines the condition of democratic governance in the present United States. Close examination of anti-democratic forces and efforts to reform and improve democratic principles.


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An exploration of the U.S. Constitution through facilitated small-group conversations. Some questions to be addressed include: What does a constitution do in a democracy?


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Enjoy six narrated walks through Portland's historic neighborhoods exploring the city's history, architecture, and people since Europeans arrived. Discuss historic structures, immigrant populations, and locally and regionally famous architects and view their works.


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Enjoy six narrated walks through Portland's historic neighborhoods exploring the city's history, architecture, and people since Europeans arrived. Discuss historic structures, immigrant populations, and locally and regionally famous architects and view their works.


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Short stories are sometimes defined as being able to be read in one sitting. In this class, we will discuss a total of eleven stories over the six weeks. Past students have enjoyed the camaraderie of the group as well as the variety of topics addressed in an anthology of "BEST."


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Maine's top tourist attraction is Acadia National Park. The top-most point in Maine is in Baxter State Park. Canoeing the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and kayaking the Maine Island Trail are among our state's signature outdoor adventure experiences.


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Art-making and Spirituality come together to realize your authentic "Self" in this class, revealing our beliefs and identity, in symbol and metaphor. This is a reflective practicum. A concept or quote and a brief meditation will inspire a work period, followed by reflection.


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Throughout this lesson, the subject of whether or not images might evoke related memories from times when they were taken will be in the backdrop. Do these recollections only contain the facts of what happened, or do they also contain emotion, which is frequently a crucial element of strong imagery?


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A public reading of works by Maine Poets. Live readings and audio visual presentation of poets of Maine. Some time allotted for open mic.


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The history and evolution of the Supreme Court are examined through explanation of landmark cases emphasizing on recent developments and understanding the current term.


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Jazz, America's greatest art form, has had a vital, if sometimes vexed, relation with motion pictures since the 1930s. The history of jazz, its sounds, its cultural and social contexts, and some of its leading performers have been the subject and/or soundtrack of many feature, short, and documentary films.


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Watching a good documentary is like reading a non-fiction book that reads like fiction-it grabs your attention and keeps it. The best documentaries avoid the pitfalls of "Just the facts, Ma'am."


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This workshop will utilize a number of excerpts from published pieces, extracts from the U.S. Constitution, census data, and the current distribution of Electors, current reform proposals to make the case that what may have seemed wise to our founding fathers has the ring of unfairness/bias in today's world.


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Some events seemed to happen so quickly and had such a great impact we call them revolutions: industrial, scientific, agricultural. Other events took longer for the impact to be realized: the contraceptive pill, globalization, and the little black dress.


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You must be a current member in order to participate in OLLI Programs.


May 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025
The subject of bliss, flow, and other peak states are common experiences, and yet we view them as rare and coming out of nowhere. Why? What conditions or triggers produce them? Is it possible to experience bliss more often? How are they like, or unlike, therapeutic psychedelic experiences?


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The presumption pervading orthodox academic thinking is that strict materialism explains all. A corollary is that human cognition is nothing more than the cumulative effect of electrochemical processes in the body, and that consciousness vanishes at moment of bodily death. Therefore, reports of near-death experiences, reincarnation, and the like, must be "unscientific poppycock" and need not be admitted into rational inquiry.


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From a personal interview with the co-pilot of plane 1 off the U.S.S. Hornet, this course follows the lives of 105 men who took the battle to Japan after their bombing of Pearl Harbor.


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Is it possible to achieve intentions and improve your state of mind with personal affirmations?How do affirmations best work and how do you create them and implement them in your life?


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A great movie about gov't or politics should reveal a fault in the system. Ideally, a great administration should not.


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We will continue to watch and discuss western movie clips from the 1970s including: Chisum, A Man Called Horse, Lawman, The Cowboys, High Plains Drifter and The Outlaw Josey Wales, et al.


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Against the backdrop of one of the most salient periods in the history of the United States and over fourscore years ago, a just war! PATRIOTISM in capital letters, the divergent contrasts of shifting times: air-raid shelters and emerging technology-and the birth of the Baby Boomers.


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This workshop will cover key considerations for generating a sustainable income in retirement.


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We will watch a one-hour version of the movie starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes which will be followed by a discussion of this novel and of Holmesian material. Repeat remote workshop. Format includes lecture, discussion, and film.


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This workshop will cover key considerations for how to get the most from your Social Security benefit.


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This workshop will cover key considerations for managing taxes in retirement. We will cover topics such as how various types of income are taxed in retirement, how to avoid Social Security and Medicare tax traps, how to take distributions from retirement accounts in a tax-efficient manner, and charitable giving in retirement.


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In what could be the most enlightening webinar you've ever taken, our instructor and professional voice coach will show you how you can begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and more.


Thursday, May 30, 2024, Zoom
Some believe stories create who we are. We've heard stories about ourselves, family, and life. Writing them is an exercise in exploring their meaning and influencing who we become.


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Dive into New England history on our June 7 day trip to SalemOn June 7, OLLI will go to a particularly beautiful and interesting New England city: Salem, Massachusetts. The notorious site of the witch trials, the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a bustling seaport with ships bringing goods from around the world, and a stunning seaside village, Salem offers centuries of history and vitality to visitors.


Friday, June 7, 2024