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This Years Supreme Court Cases


with Mike Berkowitz

Calendar Jun 23, 2021 at 1 pm

We will look at 20 of the decisions from the 2020-2021 SCOTUS term. Topics will include health care covrage, religioin, children's rights, international issues, pay for college athletes, gun sizures and immigration. Class meeting will consist of mini-lectures, summaries of significant court ccases, and open discussion of related contemporary issues.

Mike Berkowitz has taught day care kids, fifth graders, undergraduates, and now at senior citizens.  In each setting, he tries to challenge people to think in new ways.  At Lyndon State College (VT) and Unity College (ME), he taught Psychology.  (He received a Bachelors from Brown University and a Masters from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst)  Mike has other interests as well:  He ran the world’s smallest small business, (making science and math materials for teachers)…Gathering up the poems he had written about schools, Mike self-published a highly unsuccessful book… Mike has mastered the art of one-pot cooking, but not the art of telling jokes…He outran Bill Rodgers in the 1979 Boston Massacre:  Rodgers stopped after 2 hours and 9 minutes, but Mike ran for 3 hours and 40 minutes…After turning 50, he section-hiked the Appalachian Trail over the next seven summers...And as to playing basketball, he is living proof that practice does not make perfect...


Calendar Jul 1, 2021

Membership year is July 1, 2021 thru June 30 2022. The membership fee entitles you to attend free classes and register for classes with South Coast Senior College as well as any of Maine's 17 senior college classes. Benefits of membership also include use of YCCC library

Summer Song: Cool Music to Beat the Heat


with Paul Doherty

Calendar Aug 6, 2021 at 1 pm

In this two hour workshop we will enjoy and learn a few things about some of the great music of summer. From Beach Boys to Gershwin…Neil Diamond to Vivaldi, come, sit back with a cool drink, and enjoy the Sounds of Summer!

Paul Doherty is retired from teaching, broadcasting, and ministry. He is now enjoying this time of life by enriching his own knowledge, spiritual and otherwise. He gratefully shares the fruits of this gift

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Book Talk


with Arlene Jackson

Calendar Sep 8, 2021 at 10 am

We are trying something new this September.  We will be combining two classes that will be reading  the following books for eight weeks.  This will be a ZOOM class that will meet on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. beginning on September 8.  The members should sign up with their respective administration offices (either York County Senior College or South Coast Senior College).  Registration and course costs should be paid accordingly.  Each person will receive their invitation to the course on Tuesday afternoon.  Both colleges will work together In administering the course.  The course will be available to 15 students from each school. 

Here is the list of books and when the discussion will occur.  You have been given the list so that you are not hurried in reading the books.  This class will meet every 2 weeks with the idea of leisurely reading during the summer.

Both classes have been separate but it is now time to bring them together and share their love of discussion and books.  When you get 30 people together who are probably 60 to 80, years old, “hang on for the joyous sharing of opinions and experiences”.  Hope to see you there.

Sept 8          Extrodinary Life of Sam Hell        Robert Dugoni

                     (Ocular  albinism)

Sept 22         The Cellist  (Thriller)                    Daniel Silva

                      (Russia and Mideast)

Oct 6             Woman in White (Mystery)          Wilkie Collins


Oct 20            Northern Spy (Suspense)            Flynn Barry

                       Northern Ireland

Nov 3              Lacuna  (Fiction)                          Barnara Kingsolver 


Nov 17            Eleanor  (Biography)                    David Michaels


Dec 1               The Alchemist                               Paulo Coelho


Dec15               Four Winds                                   Kristin Hannah 

                         (Historical Fiction)

 Arlene Jackson is a popular book club instructor . She has taught courses at SCSC as well as YCSC.




1960's: Loss of Innocence


with Lorraine Masure

Calendar Sep 10, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Loss of innocence can mean the loss of child-like belief in the inherent happiness and goodness of life because of experiences that render one more aware of reality.  How (or maybe why?)  did we go from Mayberry to Woodstock, from Broadway’s “The Sound of Music” to “Oh! Calcutta.”  From what is remembered to have been the most tumultuous and divisive decade in world history, and yet spawned some of the best pop and Broadway music. Emancipation or anarchy?  What was created, what destroyed?  Over eight weeks, we’ll review the decade close-up: history, music, and personal recollections.  And of course, we’ll “let the sunshine in.”

Lorraine Dutile Masure has led senior college courses about Broadway musicals across four academic venues during the past eight years. She continues to delight connecting with seniors and discussing the alluring world of music and theatre.

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Swings the Thing: A Journey Through the Swing Years


with Paul Doherty

Calendar Oct 1, 2021 at 1 pm

Over the six sessions of this course, we will continue what we began with the Jazz Age as we explore the people and events of the 1930’s and early 1940’s, along with the distinct music that gave this era its name.  With the sounds of big bands, combos, instrumentalists and vocalists to accompany us, we will go back to this important time in our history and perhaps, along with Duke Ellington, come to truly believe that…It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!

Paul Doherty is retired from teaching, broadcasting, and ministry. He is now enjoying this time of life by enriching his own knowledge, spiritual and otherwise. He gratefully shares the fruits of this gift

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Historical Fiction: Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts


with Steve Thornley

Calendar Oct 4, 2021 at 10 am

This is the last of local author Kenneth Robert’s three historical novels on the American Revolution. This painstakingly-researched story is unique in that it’s told from the perspective of a loyalist, Oliver Wiswell. It takes place over the course of several years, in Boston, New York, Paris, Kentucky, and South Carolina. Wiswell, is witness to many of the significant events of the Revolution and reveals a side of the war that may be unfamiliar to most readers.

Join us in reading and discussing this work as Roberts weaves a fascinating, informative, and engaging tale the American Revolution.

Steve is an artist, photographer, graphic designer, historian, teacher, and lifelong learner.

This course meets on Monday mornings via Zoom from 10:00 to 11:30AM on October 4th, October 18th, October 25th, November 1st, and November 8th.

What Our Nation's Founders Believed


with Ian Kaiser

Calendar Dec 2, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

As a Businessman, Pastor, and City Manager, I have been passionate about making a difference in the communities I have lived and worked in.  I have wrestled with change within a culture that resists change. I believe an examination of our history in light of our beliefs and changing culture can move us forward toward a more perfect union. 


At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, this course draws upon history to offer a new perspective on God and politics. Religion shapes our public life.  We will explore how our nation grapples with faith and government.  How did our Founders and great leaders know where the work of God stopped and common and reason began?  By exploring our history through the eye of Washington through Ronald Reagan,  from the Declaration of Independence to The Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King and beyond, we will gain clarity on how their beliefs shaped our country.


Part I


June 3:  Faith and Freedom 

June 10:Fortune Fear and First Colonies


June 17: The Revolution, the Constitution, and the Creation of Presidency


June 24:L The Civil War Lincoln and Darwin.

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