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									ACADIA SENIOR COLLEGE - Winter Courses - January through March 2008


Living a Healthier Life with Chronic Conditions
5-15 students; Jan. 21 – Feb. 25; 6 weeks, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Living Well is a course for people with chronic health problems, or for caregivers living with or caring for
people with chronic disease. Techniques to improve physical and emotional health as well as nutrition will be
covered. Past program participants have demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom
management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability,
and social/role activities limitations.
Instructors: Debra Chalmers is Community Services and Wellness Director for Birch Bay Village, and
Dianne McMullen is an RN working for the Mount Desert Nursing Association. Both received extensive
training from Maine Health's Partnership for Healthy Aging to facilitate this 6 week course, and have facilitated
many workshops and trainings.
Site: Birch Bay Village Inn

Photographer's Photoshop for Absolute Beginners [Mondays & Wednesdays]
5-12 students; Jan. 21, Jan. 23 – Feb. 11, Feb. 13; 4 weeks; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
This studio workshop will introduce photographers to the digital techniques and tools for adjusting and
enhancing images – the digital equivalent of what used to happen in the darkroom. If you are familiar with basic
computer skills such as file management, downloading and storing images and documents, and using email, but
have never worked with Photoshop and would like to learn how to improve your images, this workshop is for
you. Lab work will allow time to practice and master basic Photoshop Elements skills with individual coaching
and informal critiques. Students must have their own laptop computer with the newest version of Photoshop
Elements installed. Students are responsible for the operation and maintenance of their own computers.
Instructor: Lydia Goetze has photographed the landscape as a sailor and mountaineer for many years and
makes digital fine art prints using new technologies. Educated at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, she taught
biology at Phillips Academy Andover for 25 years before deciding to pursue photography fulltime. She teaches
photography workshops at various venues.
Site: Southwest Harbor Library

Introduction To Islam
5-25 students; Jan. 21 – Mar. 3; 7 weeks; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Introduction to Islam, a seven lecture course, deals with Islam as a faith, a legal system, a way of life and a
political system. After an introduction to Islamic political theory, the political system is illustrated by the
successes and failures of the Ottoman Empire. The final lecture, drawing in part on the instructor's experiences
as a hostage in Iran, will deal with terrorism.
Instructor: Moorhead (Mike) Kennedy is a retired Foreign Service Officer and former hostage in Iran. He
served in Yemen, and Lebanon, among other posts. He lectures and has published work on Islamic Law,
Cultural Conflict with the Middle East and Terrorism and is qualified in Arabic.
Site: Northeast Harbor Library

Scientific Snoops
5-10 students; Jan. 14 – Feb. 25; 6 weeks; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Scientific Snoops will consist of 6 sessions visiting places of scientific interest. Among those visited will be the
State laboratory in Lamoine, the Jackson Laboratory and the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, where
we will learn about current research. We will find out about the work of the MDI Water Quality Coalition and
possibly visit a fish breeding laboratory. An astronomer will clue us in on some heavenly work.
Instructor: Barbara Rappaport is a retired Cell Biologist, and assisted her husband, Ray, for many years in
research on the mechanics of animal cell division.
Site: MDI Biological Lab (first meeting)

Barrenness Among The Matriarchs
6-12 students; Jan. 29 – Mar. 11; 7 weeks; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This course focuses on one of the most prominent recurrent themes in the Bible -- "barrenness among the
matriarchs". In Genesis, barrenness is a problem for three of the four matriarchs -- Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel
-- and Leah may have been infertile intermittently. The Book of Judges, the First Book of Samuel, and the
Second Book of Kings pay attention to this issue in narratives about three additional women -- Manoah's wife,
Hannah, and the great woman of Shunem. Why does the Bible pay so much attention to "barrenness", and how
was it understood in Biblical times? This course invites a thorough discussion of such questions through a
detailed reading of these narratives and related texts.
Instructor: Richard Dimond is a retired Associate Professor of Medicine and Dean of Students, and has been
a serious student of the Bible for many years. He has taught several ASC courses in the past, including “Ethics
vs. Science” and “Women at the Crossroads: the Bible’s Six Female Oracles”
Site: Southwest Harbor Library

Introduction to Wine and Wine Tasting
8-12 students; Jan. 15 – Feb. 26; 7 weeks; 7:00-9:00 p.m.
This course will help you recognize and distinguish a wine’s subtleties and characteristics. The course will
include 3 classes focusing on white wines, 3 classes focusing on red wines, and the last class will be a “blind
Instructor: Scott Worcester has a B.S. in Business from the University of Maine and 11 years of experience
managing Sawyer’s Specialties in Southwest Harbor. He has visited various wineries in the U.S., France, Italy,
and New Zealand. This will be his fourth course for ASC.
Site: Sips Restaurant, Southwest Harbor


American History: 1789-1861
Minimum of 5 students; Jan. 23 – Mar. 12; 8 weeks; 9:30-11:00 a.m.
American history in a depth you possibly never encountered in previous history classes. In the winter session
we will begin with George Washington's inauguration as our first president and finish with the bombardment of
Fort Sumter to begin the Civil War. We will examine Hamilton's economic policies (probably still good today)
- Adams and Jefferson (failures as presidents, successes in most other things) - Andrew Jackson and the Trail of
Tears (why do the Democrats want to claim him?) - the America that was run by rich, white, Protestant males.
Instructor: Bill Clark has been an American citizen and resident in the United States since mid-1935. He has
a BS in geology from Tufts University and had a career in public history and natural history with the National
Park Service. He has taught Geology of MDI and Maritime History of Maine for the Acadia Senior College.
Site: Birch Bay Village Inn Library

The Secrets Of Color
5-10 students; Jan. 23 – Feb. 27; 6 weeks; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Would you like to expand your appreciation of a basic element in art? Everything you want to know about
color; how to mix colors for all media.
Instructor: Audrey Fisher studied at Middlebury College, Rhode Island School of Design and Montana State
College. She took courses at Round Top and Haystack and taught at the Rippawam-Cisqua School for over 21
Site: St. Mary’ Winter Chapel, Northeast Harbor

Photographer's Photoshop For Absolute Beginners; Instructor: Lydia Goetze
Mondays and Wednesdays; Jan. 21, Jan. 23 – Feb. 11, Feb. 13; (see Monday for description)
Tristan and Parzival: Two Medieval German Courtly Romances
5-15 students; Jan. 30 – Mar. 5; 6 weeks; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Gottfried von Strassburg’s “Tristan” and Wolfram von Eschenbach’s “Parzival” are two great masterworks of
the German Middle Ages. One can hardly imagine more different writing by 2 authors in the same genre:
Gottfried, a church trained scholar, examines the nature of love, while the worldly warrior knight, Wolfram,
examines the nature of God and man. Students will read English prose translation. Class time will be divided
between discussions of the texts and lectures on such topics as Arthurian literature in medieval Germany,
courtly culture, the lives of the two poets, the structure of courtly
romances, and textual problems. We will NOT have time to discuss and compare Wagnerian versions.
Instructor: Ben Blaney is Professor Emeritus of Germanic Philology at Mississippi State University and taught
modern & medieval languages, literature and culture courses for 29 years at MSU. He has taught 10 courses (6
different) on medieval Scandinavia for ASC since 2002. This will be his first
venture into medieval German literature for ASC.
Site: Maine Seacoast Mission


Beginning Country, Club, and Latin Line Dancing
5-25 students; Jan. 24 – Mar. 13; 8 weeks; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learn beginners' Country Line Dances as well as popular Club and Latin dances. Music includes Country,
Disco, Big Bands, and Latin Music. It's a low impact, fun way to get moving and grooving. Line Dancing is
non-partner dancing where everyone starts in a line and learns a set pattern that repeats over and over again
throughout the music. Beginning Line Dancing includes Slappin' Leather, Beginner Boots, Tulsa Time, Electric
Slide, Cha Cha and Salsa.
Instructor: Sheri Kean is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, attended Thomas School of Dance in
Bangor and Riverside Dance in Ellsworth. She presently teaches for Two Shoes Dance Studio at the Masonic
Hall in Bar Harbor.
Site: Northeast Harbor Neighborhood House, auditorium

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer
5-12 students; Jan. 31 – Mar. 6; 6 weeks; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
This course focuses on fingerpicking, flatpicking, and strumming in the chord-melody style, blending melody
notes with chordal harmonies using all the dulcimer’s strings. Most tunes will be in DAD, but we will also
dabble in other tunings. Students must be proficient in the skills taught in the beginning class. They must
provide their own dulcimer and a capo.
Instructor: Ginny Blaney took up the mountain dulcimer in 1997 after falling in love with the instrument at a
folk festival in Mississippi. She has been teaching others how to play for four years, while she continues to
learn by attending festivals and workshops. She has played for social gatherings, open mikes, church services
and nursing homes. Ginny also sings and plays recorder and hammered dulcimer.
Site: Saint John's Undercroft

What's The Big Deal? An Introduction To Poker
4-16 students; Jan. 24 – Mar. 6; 7 weeks; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The course will be geared to the beginner. Starting with the ranks of winning hands, rudiments of betting and
bluffing and the reading of opponents' 'tells', we'll progress from simpler frontier games to the most popular
modern ones. Practice/critique games will be interspersed with snippets of history, anecdote, etiquette and
slang. The 'final exam' will consist of a full-dress Texas Hold'em tournament for fabulous (dollar store) prizes.
Attentive students will emerge with fundamentals necessary to develop competitive skills.
Instructor: Paul DeVore has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (Harvard) and a masters degree in
Anthropology (Univ. of Chicago.) He was an Anthropology Instructor at the University of Massachusetts for
many years. He credits his expertise in poker to his Texas upbringing and 50 years of play in a range of settings.
Site: Maine Seacoast Mission

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