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Fast Overview of 1200 Years of Roman History


with Rebecca Jessup

Calendar Jan 21, 2022 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Ancient Roman history covers almost 1000 years. Everyone has heard of the Roman Empire. Most have heard of the Roman Republic. Some have heard that Romulus (from whom Rome got her name) was the first king of Rome. Ancient Roman history included a monarchy (753-509 BC, or 244 years), a republic (509 - 44BC, or 465 years; our own is roughly 235 years old) and an empire (31BC - 476 AD). This class will give a brief overview of each of these periods in sequence.

Rebecca Jessup studied Classics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has taught Latin for over 25 years, in Colorado and Indiana, to students of all ages. After living in Colorado for over 30 years, with a two-year stopover in Indiana, she happily moved to Belfast in 2013. Since then she has taught Latin at Senior College and through Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education, at the Edna Drinkwater school's middle school, and to private students. She co-taught, with Juliet Baker, a Senior College class in Gilgamesh. As a poet, she was awarded a residency at the Poet’s House in New Harmony, IN, along with her partner, the writer Rev. Dr. Duncan Newcomer, and continues to be active in the poetry community here.

God's Body


with Deirdre Good

Calendar Jan 21, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Most people reading the Bible understand God to be incorporeal, that is, without a body. Language describing a masculine God is presumed to be metaphorical or poetic. In this course we will discuss and assess depictions and meanings of God's physical features: feet, genitals, torso, arms, and head described in ancient texts including the Bible in Francesca Stavrakopolou's new book, God: A Body (Random House, 2022), required text for this course.

Deirdre Good, M. Theol., S.T.M., Th.D., retired from seminary teaching and administration to the Belfast area. She has taught courses on the Book of Job, on Mary, and on the Iliad (with Juliet Baker) for Belfast Senior College.

Note: No class on Feb 4th

Rethinking American Grand Strategy 


with Bob Rackmales

Calendar Feb 10, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

This course is based on the eponymous book edited by Andrew Preston, Elizabeth Borgwardt, and Christopher Nichols (OUP, 2021).  In its pages, leading scholars from twenty US and three foreign universities expand the scope of American diplomatic and military history by placing grand strategies involving public health, race, gender, culture, and the law into a framework usually dominated by experts in weaponry and geopolitics.  Among the many articles providing ample food for thought are: “The Blob and the Mob” by Beverly Gage, whose recent resignation as Director of the grand strategy program at Yale received national attention, “The Unbearable Whiteness of Grand Strategy” by Adriane Lentz-Smith of Duke University, and “Reproductive Politics and Grand Strategy” by Laura Briggs of UMass, Amherst.  Because of the wide range of subjects covered, class members will be encouraged to indicate particular areas of interest in advance to facilitate course planning.  They will be expected to have read at least those sections of the book most relevant to their particular interests.

Bob Rackmales is a native of Baltimore, and has degrees in history from Johns Hopkins and Indiana University. After entering the Foreign Service he served overseas in Nigeria (twice), Croatia, Somalia, Italy (twice) and Serbia. His Washington assignments included tours in State's European, Intelligence and Research, Human Rights and Personnel Bureaus and the Office of the Inspector General. He lives in Belfast with his wife, Mary, and has taught at Senior College since 2006.

This course is cross-listed with Coastal Senior College.

Making Maple


with David Greeley

Calendar Feb 17, 2022 at 9:30 am, runs for 4 weeks

In late February sugaring starts. The days are stretching out and starting to go above freezing. On February 17th we will tap. You will need snowshoes and if you don't have them I have several pairs to loan. A battery powered drill would be good if you have one. The trees are on a pipeline, so we do not need to hump buckets of sap. On subsequent Thursday mornings we will check the lines and sugar off. The evaporator is in a large comfortable glass greenhouse, so course participants won't freeze.

David Greeley has lived and farmed in Jackson for 40+ years and with his wife Janice Anthony, has raised three sons there. He keeps cattle, has extensive gardens, makes cider, and enjoys a beautiful and productive landscape not far from Belfast. He has taught courses for Belfast Senior College and is a member of the Curriculum Committee.

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