The MSCN Newsletter

 Welcome to Your APRIL 2020 Issue!
Camille Pissarro - View from the Artist's Window, Eragny

We are all gazing out of our windows watching for signs of spring while wondering how long we need to stay isolated from each other indoors. With this in mind, I have found some lovely paintings showing views from various artist's windows to inspire you to write, paint, or take a walk outside (while taking all sensible precautions!)

The Maine Senior College Network has been holding regular once a week meetings to share ideas and resources.  As usual, ingenuity, determination, and creative problem-solving are flourishing across the network! Experimental online classes are popping up, and as we all grow in confidence, more offerings are on their way.

Senior colleges are exploring how they might support each other and help the smaller colleges that are low on resources. I have posted a list of classes and learning opportunities that are already taking place.  Considering how little time we have had to make such huge adjustments, this list is awe-inspiring. It is also exciting to know more classes are in the planning stage. 

Thanks go to Mary Jane Beardsley, and board members of Lewiston-Auburn Senior College. They have been delivering  Zoom Bootcamps to instructors and board members across Maine. Meanwhile, OLLI in Portland has been working overtime to get instructors up to speed and providing online classes. Board member Star Pelsue is leading the way at OLLI.  Star is now gathering a team of tech supports who are ready to assist individual senior colleges as they explore Zoom online classes. 

Please read the article "High-Speed Internet is a Must for Mainers." Thanks to Star for providing this information about the July 14th ballot referendum. As we combat social isolation, the need for high-speed internet is more important than ever!

Sunrise Senior College

Virtual Tours 
Courtesy of  Sunrise Senior College 

George Oberteuffer - View from Studio Window, New York. 1931.

Sunrise Senior College has collected together links to a number of virtual tours from around the world.

Visit their web page "Things To Do While At Home" and pay a visit to the world's museums, the zoo and Boston Aquarium amongst many other treats!

MidcoastONLINEMidcoast Senior College 

Mi dcoast Senior College  Invitation!
You are welcome to participate in their
Distance Learning Offerings

Alice Boyd  - View from the window of Balcony House, Tynemouth
Enjoy pre-recorded video lectures by Midcoast Senior College faculty 

Albert Camus' The Plague: 
Conversations with Bill VanderVolk

To sign up for the online discussion email: 

Bill VanderWolk was a professor of French and 19th and 20th Century French Literature at Bowdoin College, and has taught at MSC

More video lectures designed for you 
by Midcoast Senior College
Watch video lectures on Microbiomes And You, Chekhov Short Stories, and The Plague.

For more information please click on this link:

Submitted by Donna Marshall, Midcoast Senior College

AcadiaNatFentonAcadia Senior College

Acadia Senior College
Nat Fenton's
"Civil Rights: The Other Half" series

This is an online class recorded in Zoom!

In 2020, as America celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, this class will celebrate what a female student in my last civil rights class called "the other half" of the civil rights story. So we will leave the stories of MLK, Abernathy, Lewis and Korematsu and focus on the stories of the heroines of the civil rights movement, those named Freeman, Tubman, Wells, Paul, Roosevelt, Murray, Parks, Johns, Hamer, Bates, Spiker, Abasheikh and others. Would the civil rights advances of the past 240 years have happened without their leadership and sacrifices? Let's find out together.

Please visit Acadia SC's website to watch

Click here to visit  Acadia Senior College

AcadiaYOGAAcadia Senior College

Acadia Senior College

NEW Online Class!
Beginner Yoga - Andrea Lepcio

The yoga pose Gajasana, hand-drawn illustration in ''Sritattvanidhi'', 19th century Mysore Palace manuscript

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
April 16, 23, 30
Format: Online class via Zoom

If you are new to yoga, this is the class for you. At home, with and without props, you will be introduced to yoga poses and breathing practices. Step by step you will learn sun salutations, standing poses, seated poses, balance, back bend and twisted poses.

Andrea will offer modifications for those able to get up and down from the ground and for those who prefer to sit or be supported by a chair. We will go slow and have fun as we become more aware of our bodies. Depending on interest, more sessions could be added.

For more information please write to Janice Kenyon, Acadia Senior College

LASCzoomUSM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

with Lewiston-Auburn Senior College
Woman Writing  by August Macke

LASC Online Classes at a Glance
Please download a pdf for more information about the following classes. 
Note: These classes are now running

Monhegan Island Through the Eyes of Its Artists: A Virtual Tour Instructor: Peggy Volock 
3 Mondays, beginning April 6, 2020, 9:30-11:00 am

Art: Ever Present, Everlasting - Prehistoric Art 
Instructor: Peggy Volock 
Monday April 6, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Baseball and the Pursuit of Happiness 
Instructor: Paul Gauvreau 
8 Tuesdays, beginning April 7, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am

Israel Today 
Instructors: Diane Clay, Joel Packer 
Tuesday April 7, 2020, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Cannabis Culture, Wellness and Holistic Healing Instructor: Joel S. Buckman 8 Wednesdays, beginning April 8, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Genealogy Lab Instructor
Lin Wright 
6 Thursdays, beginning April 9, 2020, 1:00-3:00 pm

Genealogy for Beginners Instructor
Lin Wright 
6 Fridays, beginning April 10, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am

I Write, Therefore I Am 
Instructor: Ariela Zucker 
5 Fridays, beginning April 10, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

More LASC Zoom Classes Coming in May!
Lewiston Auburn Senior College is planning a second group of Zoom classes, at no charge, starting in the middle of May. 
These classes will also be open the to all in the Maine Senior College Network.

OLLIonlineThe Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Spring 2020 OLLI Online Classes

John Singer Sargent - View from a Window, Genoa.

The following OLLI classes are currently running online through Zoom

Never too Late 
Instructor: Joan Chadbourne 

Perception and Creativity through the Lens of Sensory Neuroscience
Instructor: Elizabeth Chapman

The Science of Happiness 
Instructor: Heather Edgerly

Christ to Creed: A Historical Look at Early Christianity 
Instructor: Mark Gallup

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven 
Instructor: Mary Gelfand

American Democracy: Working or Failing? 
Instructor: Bob Goettel

Does the "New Atheism" Falsify Claims of the Afterlife?
Instructor: Steve Kercel

Africa Since Independence: Coup d'etats, Corruption, Challenges, and Courage 
Instructor: Mike Lynch

Gold: Its History, Impact, Economics--and More -
Instructor: Mike Lynch

Guided Autobiography 
Instructor: Katie Murphy

Classic Literature, Mostly Drama 
Instructor: Evy Newlyn

One Culture: Creativity in Science and Art 
Instructor: Gale Rhodes

Intro to Astrology I: Your Rising, Sun, and Moon Signs 
Instructor: Peggy Schick

Intro to Astrology II: Your Mercury, Mars, and Venus Signs 
Instructor: Peggy Schick

Understanding Finance and Investing 
Instructor:  Laongdao "Tak" Suppasettawat

India: Gender, Nationalism, and Democracy 
Instructor: Kathleen Sutherland

Four Generations of the Adams Family
Instructor: John Sutherland

Myth and Metaphor 
Instructor: Betsy Wiley

Chekov: Stories and Plays 
Instructor: George Young

OLLIbookCORNER The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Book Corner
by Pat Davidson Reef

Riffs and Relations;
African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition

The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
February 29  -  May 24, 2020

An intimate view of a major African American Art exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. can be seen in the exciting art catalogue/book titled " Riffs and Reflections African American Artists and the European Modernist Traditions" by Adrienne Childs with essays by Renee Maurer and Valerie Cassel Oliver. An introduction by Dorothy Kosinski, Director of the Phillips Collection writes eloquently about the museum's background.

Many museums across the nation are closed due to the virus epidemic, including The Phillips Collection. The museum has a dedicated web page covering the "Riffs and Relations" exhibit, they have also created a series of YouTube gallery-by-gallery tours of the exhibition narrated by Adrienne Childs. Unfortunately, the videos speed through the images and the audio is poor quality, Therefore this is a perfect time to buy the catalogue and bring the exhibit into your home! This book is for people who are mental travelers who wish to savor the arts being created from far away and across the nation.

There are many definitions of the word Riff. It is a musical term in which short passages are repeated inside a larger composition. It also can be considered as an interchange of data recorded. In this exhibit there is an interchange of African American Art and  European art recorded visually which show comparisons between African American Art and European art in the development of the Modern art movement.

This Comprehensive show of African American Art opened February 29 and will come down May 24. Its catalogue the lasting record of the exhibit. It is worth collecting for scholars and general readers alike because  it has a list of further reading  about African American Art in an appendix, as well as a check list of all the artists in the exhibit with title of work, size, medium, including date of birth and death of the artist.

The Painter's Window by Juan Gris

This catalogue is unique because of its hardcover library binding in color with Faith Ringgold's work on the front and Elizabeth Catlett's sculpture on the back. Large photographs in color of works by such famous African American Artists include works by the following artists:  David Driskell, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Henry O. Tanner, Alma Thomas, Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Jennie Jones, Hank Willis Thomas, Emma Amos, Bob Thompson and many more. Their art works are exciting to see on full pages. Exact quotes from each artist near their own works show the artists' personal views.

For example a full page photograph showing the work titled " Still Life with Sunset" created in 1966 by the late David C. Driskell, artist, author, educator, who lived in Maine for 57 summers, is featured in it. He was a leader in advocating African American culture.He died April 1, 2020. Driskell said in this national publication about his abstract work, "Like all artists I know I have looked to the past as often as I have tried to project a new visual perspective. To a certain extent that is how modernist ideas are born. "Still Life with Sunset" follows this axiom, being informed by the art of Georges Braque, Juan Gris, and other French modernists who used cubism as a viable means of empowering ordinary forms. Looking back to the 1960's I used still life subjects as an avenue to seeing a union of household objects as beautiful forms blending in with the natural world."

In addition black and white photographs by Frank Stewart reproduced in the book/catalogue are wonderful character studies of Alma Thomas, Jacob Lawrence, David Driskell, and Hale Woodruff and bring a special quality of life to the book.

Adrienne Childs said in the introduction: "Riffs and Relations
examines how black artists have navigated the terrain of art history." Each artist in the exhibit has searched for a relationship with other artists in the modern art movement. A visual dialogue with European artists and a cross-cultural relationship with African American artists has brought a new light on the significance on modern African American art which can be seen in this catalogue. Historically African American art has been marginalized and excluded in mainstream art history books. In this exhibit African American art is the subject and its beauty and variety in style is revealed.

Submitted by Pat Reiff, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OtherNewsOther News

High-Speed Internet is a Must for Mainers!

Shawn Hart - Light Art

On July 14, 2020**, Maine voters will have the opportunity to vote YES on a ballot referendum providing $15,000,000 to fund high-speed internet expansion to underserved and unserved areas. This will particularly impact rural areas of Maine that currently lack the infrastructure for high-speed internet. We hope you agree that Maine is in dire need of high-speed internet for residents of all ages no matter where they live.

The referendum question on the ballot will read
"Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match up to $30,000,000 in federal, private, local or other funds?"

High-speed internet is more important than ever
During this challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic, having access to high-speed internet is more important than ever. Schools have moved online, social gatherings are being held over the Internet, and tele-medicine is the primary way that people are meeting with their doctors. Without access to reliable, high-speed internet these things would not be possible, even at a time when they are critically important to the health and well-being of Mainers.

Why Does Access to High-speed Internet Matter?
  • High-speed, reliable internet is essential for any community. Maine businesses, schools, hospitals, clinics, entrepreneurs, farmers, modern mills, factories, co-working spaces, restaurants, caregivers or home offices require a 21st Century internet connection in order to function in today's economy.
  • An estimated 85,000 households in Maine lack the ability to connect to high-speed, reliable internet.

  • A good internet connection can decrease loneliness and depression, increase opportunities for furthering education, and allow services such as free captioned telephone services for the hard of hearing and some life alert programs.

    What Can You Do?
    1. Request an absentee ballot today so you can Vote Safely. Vote from Home.
    2. Vote YES on the High-Speed Internet Referendum.

    3. Tell your neighbors, friends, and family about the importance of voting YES.

  • ** The 2020 Maine Primary Election was moved from June 9th to July 14th by Executive Order of Governor Janet Mills on April 10, 2020.
Submitted by Star Pelsue, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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