February 2023 Newsletter

Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun

Spring Class Registration Opens

Wednesday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m.

View class descriptions and registration links

Please see the online spring course brochure for important

information, registration details, and class descriptions.

The spring term begins on March 20th.

Not a member yet? Sign up online or contact us.

Member of another senior college or instructor using a course credit?

Contact us before registration opens.


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February Coffee Clash

Can and Should We Manage

Growing Congestion of Mount Desert Island?

Evan Richert


Eben Salvatore

Friday, February 10th, 8:30 a.m.

Join us for coffee, tea, pastries,

and conversation at Havana

Restaurant in Bar Harbor.

Evan Richert and Eben Salvatore will lead a discussion on the increasing crowding and congestion on MDI. Are regulations the answer or will market pressures be enough?

NOTE: There are only a couple of seats left for the in-person event at Havana. Once the in-person event is full, you may still register for the Zoom discussion which begins at 9:00 a.m. When you register, you may also choose to join the waiting list for the in-person coffee, pastries, and discussion at Havana which starts at 8:30 a.m.

Click for more information and to register

February Food for Thought

Conspiracy Theories and Theories of Conspiracy

Jamie McKown

Friday, February 24th at 11:30 a.m.

Join us for soup, salad, sandwiches, and dessert at our February Food for Thought presentation at Birch Bay Village in Hulls Cove.

This presentation will also be offered on Zoom.

Jamie McKown, Wiggins Chair of Government and Polity and Associate Academic Dean at College of the Atlantic, will discuss Conspiracy Theories past and present, and their role in American politics.

Click for more information and to register

The Dorothy and Jim Clunan Lecture Series

Acadia Senior College is excited to announce the launch of

The Dorothy and Jim Clunan Lecture Series

on Cultural Understanding and World Affairs.

Established by the ASC Board in 2021 to honor our founders, the Clunans, every fall the series will host a distinguished speaker with expertise in the areas to which the Clunans dedicated their lives: foreign affairs, civil discourse, the arts, and senior learning.

We are particularly pleased that our inaugural speaker for fall 2023, will be Anne Clunan, PHD, the daughter of Jim and Dorothy, who has herself embraced their interests. Dr. Anne Clunan is Assistant Professor of National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Co-operation at Stanford University.

We hope that our annual speakers will bring together a wide audience of both summer and seasonal residents who are interested in world affairs.

ASC Members' Outing - Join Us

Winter Birds of Acadia

Thursday, March 16th from 10:00 a.m. to noon

Mount Desert Island

Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Director at Schoodic Institute, will lead a two-hour Winter Birds of Acadia outing on MDI for ASC members this March. Explore and learn about the winter birds on Mount Desert Island. Watch for common eiders, black-capped chickadees, buffleheads, eagles, downy woodpeckers, harlequin ducks, and more while learning about their habitats, migration patterns, and bird phenology.

The cost is $12 per person. Click for more information

Volunteers Tech Hosts Needed

We're looking for a few members who are interested in assisting with Zoom and hybrid classes and events so that our instructors and presenters can focus on their content and engage with participants. Duties might include hosting a Zoom meeting, monitoring the Zoom chat room, or setting up equipment such as projectors and our Meeting Owl.

Training will be provided and volunteers will receive a free class of their choice!

Interested? Call 207-288-9500 or email [email protected]

ASC Weather Cancellation Policy

“Acadia Senior College cancels events and classes when the MDI schools close for snow or weather events. When a delay occurs, ASC also cancels events or classes that start within the delay time period.”

This means that if there is a two-hour school delay, ASC morning classes will be cancelled, but afternoon classes will still be held unless otherwise instructed. Please visit midrss.net for school announcements.

Updated ASC COVID Guidelines

At its January 2023 meeting, the ASC Board voted to update the COVID policy as follows:

  • Members are advised to monitor the Federal and Maine Centers for Disease Control websites for information and guidance on avoiding COVID and managing outbreaks and to make informed individual decisions on masking, vaccination, and risk level.
  • When a class or event venue has specific COVID policies, ASC will comply with those policies, including mask requirements.
  • This revised policy applies to Spring 2023 classes as well as 2023 events such as Food for Thought and Coffee Clash.

More Learning Opportunities

Did you know that as members of Acadia Senior College, you are eligible to register for classes offered by other Senior Colleges in Maine without paying an additional membership fee? Space permitting, you can register for online courses and pay only the course fee.

There are 16 senior colleges in Maine, offering a variety of classes and presentations, some of which are free and many are offered by Zoom. To learn more, read and subscribe to the MSCN newsletter.

You can also visit the What's Happening? page and subscribe to receive email notices for presentations from senior colleges around the state. (Click the Log In link to sign up.)

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