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Membership 2021-2022

Calendar Sep 1, 2021

Annual membership fee is $25.00, valid Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, and is required for all courses, except summer, which is free. 

Membership is not required if you  are a member of another Maine Senior College.

If you taught a class last year at Belfast Senior College, you are entitled to a free membership.


Winterim Wonderland Course Introductions


with Deirdre Good

Calendar Dec 28, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Winterim Wonderland Course Introductions 2022: Keep away Winter blues and take a Senior College course!

Want to learn about Belfast’s Prehistory or how our town Belfast was planned? Would you like to make Maple outdoors? Or understand what the Manhattan Project was? Interested in 19th Century Searsport Sailing Families? Or the great poet, Walt Whitman? Intrigued to find out more about stories on e.g. philanthropy, medical research, and drug prices that should have been reported in the media? Want to get an overview of Roman History? Or how to understand language describing God’s Body? Or take a course on Rethinking American Grand Strategy?

Register for a free one-hour online Winterim Wonderland Zoom event introducing Winterim instructors and their courses on December 28 from 10-11 am.


The Manhattan Project: How It Came to Be


with Pete Reilly

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

The course will start with an overview of a nuclear armed world and a “third grade” introduction to the science of the atom and then quickly move to the Manhattan Project story, the story of how the United States first developed the atom bomb. How did the United States become the first nation to perfect this instrument of destruction, who were some of the people involved, where did it happen and how did others follow. What was everyone thinking back then?

Peter Reilly has presented a number of well-received classes at Senior College on a variety of topics. He holds a BS and MBA from Monmouth University

Something Wicked...


with Nick Turner

Calendar Jan 17, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In December, Denzel Washington adds his name to the many who have played the title role in Shakespeare's play about hubris and greed resulting in "murders most foul". This version is written and directed by Joel Cohen and also stars Frances McDormand.

Nick Turner is the Executive Director of The Grand in Ellsworth and a passionate devotee to the works of Shakespeare. This is Nick's fifth workshop for Senior College.

Belfast's Hidden Prehistory


with Steve Hutchings

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

The mid-coast region of Maine has an incredible amount of archeological studies and excavations, perhaps more than any other place in the United States. Belfast is rarely mentioned and has no official Native American historic research, although its river's name may be translated as "fishing for sturgeons by torchlight". I have spent 6 years researching the history and collecting artifacts above the walking bridge. I will share that research and present one version of past native American activity along with related artifacts.

Steven Hutchings is a retired Math/Science Teacher from the Belfast area. For over 20 years he taught a Marine Studies course to Juniors and Seniors with a goal of understanding past history to predict future changes. One of his hobbies is the study of Maine Native American history with an emphasis on tools. He holds a B.S. in Marine Biology and a Masters in Science Education. The majority of his 40-year teaching career was spent at Belfast Area High School.

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Searsport Families at Sea and Home


with Cipperly Good

Calendar Jan 19, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn about Searsport families in the nineteenth and early 20th century. Participants will have a chance to transcribe and do a live reading of journal entries and letters by Searsport residents to be recorded for exhibits, educational content, and programs. They will create a brief biography of the author of their piece.

Cipperly Good, the Richard Saltonstall Jr. Curator of Maritime History at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, oversees the object, archive and library collections. Ms. Good holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she double majored in History and American Studies. She spent her junior year “abroad” at the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, which sparked her career in maritime history and maritime museums. She holds a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies, with a concentration in American History, from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Previous to working at Penobscot Marine Museum, Ms. Good taught maritime history for the Ocean Classroom-Proctor Academy semester and worked as a curator at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and Falmouth (Massachusetts) Historical Society.

Investigative reporting: the best stuff doesn't get into print


with Alicia Mundy

Calendar Jan 19, 2022 at 7 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Over four classes, Washington reporter Alicia Mundy details several stories that created national changes in philanthropy, medical research, and drug prices; that led to criminal cases; and prompted Congressional investigations -- and a couple that should have.

Alicia Mundy covers energy, and the politics and lobbying of the energy industry in the Washington Bureau, and also writes about the environmental network. She previously covered campaign finance, the FDA and the health industry in the capital. Ms. Mundy has done stints at The Seattle Times’ Washington Bureau, U.S. News & World Report, Mediaweek, Washington Post,  and written for GQ and Washingtonian Magazine. She is the author of “Dispensing With the Truth: The Victims, The Drug Companies, and the Dramatic Story Behind the Battle over Fen-Phen,” (St. Martin’s Press). Ms. Mundy has a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and has an M.A. in International Relations.

The Poet's Preface


with John McClenahen

Calendar Jan 20, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

Walt Whitman's prose preface to the first edition of Leaves of Grass is seldom read and less frequently noted. This course aims to correct these shortcomings by revealing the lyric quality of Whitman's prose, exploring Whitman's poetic principles, and considering Whitman's concept of the poet.

John McClenahen, a published poet and photographer, moved to Swanville in October 2020 from Delaware. John has university degrees in English, government, history, and philosophy, and has taught at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and in the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Lewes, DE.

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