Upper College of Lewiston-Auburn lists spring courses
USM LAC Senior College at 51 Westminster St., Lewiston, has announced that its spring classes will be offered on Zoom, including some in person.
The university requires masks to be worn at all times and students must show proof of vaccination on the first day of each class. Registration on coursestorm.com is due to begin on Tuesday March 1st. Information is also available on the college’s website usm.maine.edu/seniorcollege, according to a college press release.
Working on Wikitree, with instructor Lin Wright, Zoom
People can use the free collaborative family tree website wikitree.com to find out how they are connected to others. They can learn to share their family lineage and document the lives of individuals. Discover new ways to connect and collaborate.
Genealogy Foundations, with Instructor Wright, in person
This course focuses on how genealogy works and best practices in research and documentation.
Is ‘The Beyond’ Unscientific Poppycock?, with instructor Stephen Kercel, Zoom
There is a presumption that the survival of consciousness after death is inextricably linked to religion. In the works of Dennet, Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchins, these so-called “four horsemen of atheism” claim to demystify both religion and the afterlife. Although they raise substantial objections to the Abrahamic religions, they assume that they consequently debunked all paranormal or supernatural explanations of bizarre phenomena. They further assert that reports such as those of “afterlife” experiences must violate the laws of science. This course will examine both the logical rigor of their work and the rational integrity of “life after life” relationships. Suggested book: “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens.
Living Well with Diabetes, with Instructor Katherine Mills, Me Healthy Living Coordinator at Seniors Plus, Zoom
This six-week workshop helps people with type 2 diabetes learn a variety of everyday self-management skills, such as blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating, exercise, and foot care. This course will be facilitated via Zoom, so all participants must have access to a device with both a WebCam and a microphone. Zoom assistance will be provided prior to the start of the course.
Games Galore-Pictionary Challenge, with instructors Mary Jane Beardsley and Judy Hierstein, Zoom
This is the first of three game nights featured on Zoom. People may have known about Pictionary for a long time, but it’s a modern twist using Zoom’s whiteboard feature. People don’t need to know how to draw or know how to use the whiteboard to participate.
Chicago Exposition 1893, with instructor Alan Elze, in person
What do Milton Hershey, L Frank Baum, Frank Loyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and many others have in common? They were all part of the Chicago Exposition of 1893.
A Queen’s Daughter’s Daughter, with instructor Laura Sturgis, Zoom
This novel is based on a slave girl who disguised herself as a man and became a member of the United States Cavalry during the Civil War, serving under General Sheridan. It is based on a real woman. Sarah Bird’s “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen” book can be purchased on Amazon, or people can check with their local library.
Male singer-songwriters, with instructor Bernier, in person
David Bernier reviews some old favorites and some new artists. John Denver and Paul Simon are back with new additions Jimmy Buffett, Roy Orbison, John Fogerty and Don Henley.
Mark Twain: Non-Fiction Works 1852-1890, with instructor Alan Elze, in person
Twain wrote a prodigious amount of non-fiction stories and material. The class will examine several. This is a continuation of the Spring 2019 Twain class. Suggested book: “Mark Twain Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays.”
Perennial gardening, with instructor Jean Potuchek, in person
This course on ornamental gardening with perennials is aimed at future perennial gardeners, those who have become familiar with perennial gardening and would like to improve their knowledge, and experienced gardeners who would like a more scientific basis for their practice. Class sessions will include both lectures and time to share gardening tips and strategies. Topics include perennial botany, understanding soil, choosing plants, native plants, garden design, and garden care.
Writing your life story, with instructor Connie Jones, Zoom
This informal course will take students down the path of writing about their lives, from the mundane to the wonderful. Inviting all “non-writers” to join, this will not be a critique of writing style or grammar. People can take a chance on finding out that all of them lived quite an interesting life after all.
Games Galore-Trivial Pursuit, with instructors Mary Jane Beardsley and Judy Hierstein, Zoom
Mary Jane Beardsley challenges students to have fun virtually, and the second of three game nights featured on Zoom. With Zoom, games will be played safely with friends across the state and around the world.
20th Century Modern Abstract Artists, with instructor Alene Staley, Zoom
This course will explore the works and lives of four modern American artists, John Marin, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Georgia O’Keeffe. The idea of the course is to explore abstract art to gain a new perspective and understanding of art and its place in the world and to get to know these fascinating personalities.
History and Practice of Painting Outdoors, with instructor Mike Everett, in person
A topic for budding painters and others interested in art history. For only two centuries painters have been able to work outdoors, a technological shift that has revolutionized the visual arts. This brief course will provide a history of plein air painting and an introduction to its theory and practice.
Conspiracy theories, with instructor: Elcha Buckman, in person
The class will examine the psychology behind conspiracy theories and how they have affected society over the years.
Games Galore-Mad Gab, with instructors Mary Jane Beardsley and Judy Hierstein, Zoom
MadGab will be played using Zoom’s chat function and the original sense of English language students.
Family Tree Fridays, with instructor Lin Wright, in person and Zoom
A genealogical medley focused on ways to explore and share family stories.
Draw Near, with instructor Judy Hierstein, Zoom
In this online studio art course, people can get up close and personal with small objects and then visually interpret them using a variety of techniques. They can explore how other artists have done the same and spend time sharing their work, tips, successes and struggles with the class.
Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training, with instructor: Peter Elias and a Green Dot team, in person
Participants can learn how and why a bystander can safely intervene and reduce the risk of harm from bullying or harassment.
Conversational Spanish for Beginners, with Instructor Diane Parker, Zoom
Learn and practice a beginning of Spanish. Spend time between classes to revise. Text: “Easy Spanish step by step.”
Western Philosophy of Morals, with instructor Anita Denis, in person
This course will examine the history of thought in morality from the ancient Greeks to modern thinkers. It will ask students to examine their own thinking about thinkers and their own moral principles.
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