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Brown Bag Lunch

Introduction to Walt Whitman—One-hour Brown Bag lunch


with John McClenahen

Calendar Sep 27, 2021 at 12:30 pm

This is an overview of the full-length course on Walt Whitman I plan to teach when in-person classes are again available. The course begins with these questions: Who was Walt Whitman? Who is Walt Whitman. In the regular classes to come, through inspired reading and live discussion of the 12-poem first edition of Leaves of Grass and of Whitman’s multifaceted 19th-Century American life, we will seek to answer these two questions—and dozens of others that are bound to occur.

John McClenahen, a published poet and photographer, moved to Swanville in September 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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An Overview of Ways to Continue to Drive Safely as We Age


with Paul Sheridan

Calendar Oct 12, 2021 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

BROWN BAG LUNCH (one hour or less)

“I have been driving for 50 or more years, what’s the problem?”

You may be an excellent driver, better than average in fact, but things may be sneaking up on us, outside our control.

This is a short overview of several options we have to help us as we grow older.Links to local and online classes, will be discussed and e-mailed as requested.

I usually do a class as an AARP Volunteer at several local senior-centric locations (pre-pandemic). I do not need either new venues or more students—so, I am NOT selling my class, but rather the idea that seniors should be THINKING about their driving as they age. I think some Senior College folks may not be aware of these classes, or are thinking: “I don’t need that….” I will provide printed (e-mailed) links to the three classes available to them: AAA, AARP and Maine State Driving Dynamics. I will have a sample schedule of my previous AARP classes in Belfast and Camden, with info on how to register when classes do re-open. And show a few short videos.

E-mail handout will be provided.

Paul Sheridan has taught courses for Senior College on films, photography, and safe driving.

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Planning Belfast


with Michael Hurley

Calendar Oct 19, 2021 at 12 pm

This is a short introduction to a future course where we will explore the formation of early Belfast, its layout, infrastructure development,  and rules that guide the growth of the City of Belfast and into the modern expanded city we know today, with its complex systems, failures, successes— and challenges. Speakers in the future class will include experts from myriad city systems on zoning, planning, public access, sewer, water, protestors of all sort, and various rules, laws, and projects that define Belfast. In this one-hour Brown Bag discussion with the help of Wayne Marshall former City Planner of Belfast we will give a solid introduction to the complexity of the planning that has created the Belfast we are today, what the future holds, and a taste of the full course.

Mike Hurley has lived nearly all his adult life in Belfast and been involved in planning from the start. A former columnist for the defunct Waldo Independent for 13 years and as Mayor for 8 years from 2000-2008 and City Councilor since 2010 he has been on the front line of every community issue for more than 40 years.

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