July 2021 Newsletter
Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun

We are pleased to present a wonderful selection of classes for our Fall 2021 term. As of now, many of the classes will be offered in person, and a few will be offered by Zoom. We will remain flexible and make adjustments if things change between now and the end of August.

Click below to view the course descriptions and schedule.
Online Registration Opens
Wednesday, July 14th at 10:00 a.m.

The fall term begins on August 23rd.

Note: the brochure will not be mailed - please see the
course brochure for important information, registration
details, and class descriptions.

Class descriptions are also available on the ASC website:


To register online you must be a current member and
have an active online account.

Please call or email with any questions.

~Acadia Senior College 20th Anniversary Celebration~

Wednesday, September 8th
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Camp Beech Cliff, Mount Desert
Jim Clunan Day
June 9, 2021

Acadia Senior College and the Maine State Legislature honored our intrepid founder and instigator at the Neighborhood House by proclaiming June 9th
Jim Clunan Day. Jim and his wife Dorothy were joined by a very small group of friends and their son John and daughter Anne, who flew in to celebrate with their parents. The celebration included the reading of the legislative sentiment, a slide show, and several tributes, followed by cake and refreshments.

Welcome New Board Members

Board elections were held virtually again this year, followed by a very brief Zoom meeting to review the voting results. Congratulations to our newly elected board members and thank you for serving.
Dixie Hathaway grew up Missoula, Montana and has lived in Iowa City, Baton Rouge, and Ithaca, New York, where she completed her law degree at Cornell. Dixie retired from her work as legislative counsel for the Comptroller of New York State, and before that for the New York City Comptroller. Her work primarily involved drafting and advocating for bills dealing with New York's pension systems, local government functions and State Finance law. She regularly walks and hikes in Acadia National Park, and volunteers with the Bar Harbor Historical Society, Serendipity (BH Food Pantry), and the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Jack Russell was born and raised on Mount Desert Island, attending school here through freshman year in high school. He later attended Phillips Exeter, Marlboro College, Brown University, and the Union Graduate School at Antioch. He was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s, and moved to Detroit in 1971 where he became an expert on the American auto industry and was staff to the Detroit City Council and the Michigan Senate. Since then Jack has continued to direct his energies to a half-century as community organizer, policy analyst, organizational leader, and single-shingle consultant. Since returning to MDI in 2006, he has worked on conservation, written on national and local politics and regional history, and in 2016 was co-chair of Acadia Centennial Task Force. Jack has offered several ASC courses on Acadian and Island history, Walden, and Moby Dick, and offered a number of Food for Thought and Coffee Clash presentations.

Seth Singleton teaches international relations, most recently at the University of Maine. He studied Russian history and literature at Harvard and political science at Yale. He has lived in Russia, Tanzania, Ecuador, and Vietnam, has consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia, and has been faculty research associate at Harvard and academic dean in universities in the US and overseas. He moved year-round to MDI in 2001 after many previous summers sailing out of Somesville harbor. Teaching is what he most enjoys, and he appreciates students of all ages for their intelligence, curiosity, open-mindedness, and insistence on making the world a better place.
2021 - 2022 Officers
Linda Dunn, President
Michael Hastings, Vice President
Andy Cline, Treasurer
Ruth Braun, Secretary
Racial Justice Initiative

As part of its work in the spring of 2021, the Racial Justice Committee has proposed and is forming a Racial Justice Book Group that will begin meeting in the fall of 2021. In addition, the group has compiled a suggested reading list for people interested in the topic.

You can find the reading list and learn more about the book group here.
Pandora's Pandemic Boxes

The theme for ASC's Art Show this past May was "Go Lightly." Artist Susan Lerner interpreted the theme and exhibited a unique sculpture entitled "Pandora's Pandemic Boxes."

Susan Lerner's artists' statement:

I love cardboard boxes, their crisp geometry, sturdiness, sense of purpose; even their tan color seems perfectly designed for utility anywhere, anytime. 
Especially during COVID, FedEx and UPS circled the highways, delivering vast numbers of boxes filled with our needs and whims, bits of survival and joy that help us cope with our weird, isolated realities.
And the boxes? They filled our basements! I repurposed mine into this piece, Pandora's Pandemic Boxes, along with other COVID icons: toilet paper rolls. The styrofoam "headpiece" came as packing for the Solo Stove fire pit where small outdoor gatherings helped us stay connected.
These simple materials led me, in the isolation of a global pandemic, to express a form that suggests humor and hope.
Most cardboard boxes, are made from ~50% recycled fiber and more than 90% are recycled each year, making them perhaps the most environmentally friendly packaging material available.
Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who donated during our spring appeal, ensuring a strong finish to our fiscal year - we appreciate your support!

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