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with Mike Berkowitz

Calendar Apr 4, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Patrick Henry, George Washington, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Chief Joseph, FDR. Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK, Ronald Reagan, and many others made speeches of great importance.  For about 40 speeches, we will look at their context and their major sections. Then we will focus on just how prophetically they apply to today.

Your instructor:

Mike taught in day care centers, elementary schools, and colleges before finding his niche at senior college.  He enjoys challenging people to think in new ways.

This class will be held jointly with York County Senior College on ZOOM starting Tuesday April 4th 1-3pm with 8 sessions.


Persia.... now Iran


with Louis Salome

Calendar Apr 5, 2023 at 12 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Most of what Americans know about Persia comes from the Greeks via the Persian wars -- Thermopylae, Pheidippides and the Battle of Marathon, the naval battle at Salamis, Cyrus the Great, Xerxes and Darius. We know little or nothing of what a great empire ancient Persia was. Most of the rest of what we know flows from post-1979, when Iranians seized the U.S. embassy in Teheran and held 52 foreign service officers hostage for 444 days. We are taught little or nothing of Persia's place in the world from the ancients to the moderns, or of its critical location which constantly tempted Russia, the Ottoman Empire and more recently the West during the Cold War and the Age of Oil. We will start this class, not at the beginning of time, but at the now, with the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. Only then will we return to the beginning.

Your Instructor:  Lou Salome

 Lou is the author of "Violence, Veils and Bloodlines: Reporting from War zones in Europe, Asia and Africa" . He earned a BS from the College of the Holy Cross and a MA from Boston College. He is a retired COX Newspapers reporter who has covered the conflicts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

American Indian Renaissance


with Steven Piker

Calendar Apr 21, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

The U.S is, arguably, the most plural of all nations.  But…… can our nation's pluralism accommodate Indian identities? At the end of the 19th century, many Indians as well as settlers  thought, no, it cannot; and expected Indian cultures soon to disappear entirely.  From what was then known and knowable, a sensible expectation…….. which, however, has been falsified by a vibrant Indian cultural renaissance during the 20th century…… which is the subject matter of this course.  Course themes include….Indian agency, creatrivity, resilience, self worth, identity……..and cultural syncretism.  And our cast of characters will include settlers as well as Indians…. 

A traditional Navajo felicitation:  "Walk in beauty"

’SUGGESTED Reading:  David Treuer.    THE HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE.  NATIVE AMERICA FROM `1890 TO THE PRESENT.($5-$12), and a few articles to be distributed.

Your instructor

Steven Piker is an anthropologistr with field work in Thailand and the U.S. His main interests include religion, American Indians, and human evolution. He taught  for 44 years at Swarthmore College and has presented many popular courses  four of Maine’s senior colleges.

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