UMASC Winter Lecture Series – Home for the Holidays

It does look like Covid-19 is going to be with us a while longer. That means we will most likely be spending even more time than usual inside this winter. UMA Senior College has put together a Winter Lecture Series (a replacement for our usual Brown Bag lunches) to help keep us connected and engaged. These weekly presentations, listed below, will begin on January 12th and be held on Tuesday afternoons at 1 PM. As has been the case in the past with our Brown Bag gatherings, these lectures are free and open to the public so be sure to recommend them to your friends. Check back here in early December for a detailed listing of all the lectures. Registration will start on December 28, 2020.


Tuesday, January 12
Reveille @ 6:15,
Pancakes for Breakfast

Louis Fontaine

Tuesday, January 19
Ships and the Logistics of
Moving Goods Worldwide
Larry Wade

Tuesday, January 26
Pathfinder: Phil Crane and
the Conservative Revolution

Mike Bell

Tuesday, February 2
Tour Through the
History of Photography
Zachariah Selley

Tuesday, February 9
Food Preservation 101
Deborah Barrett

Tuesday, February 16
Traveling in South Africa – Part 1
Elizabeth Reinsborough

Thursday, February 18
Traveling in South Africa – Part 2
Elizabeth Reinsborough

Tuesday, February 23
Speaking Out Against Hate,
Prejudice and Bias

David Greenham

Tuesday, March 2
Introduction to Conservation Burial
Theresa Kerchner

Tuesday, March 9
Why Don’t the Herring
Swim Out of the Weir?
Robert Tredwell

Registration begins December 28

COMING SOON – Watch your mailbox!

Our UMA Senior College newsletter, the Illuminator, is always a welcome sight in the mailbox!  These days when all of our Senior College contact involves technology, it will be especially nice to hold something in our hands to read and enjoy. 

Be on the lookout for articles by fan favorites Margaret Bean and Marilyn Canavan, who will regale us with stories about Christmases past and the year 2020 — “a PIP of a year!”  Priscille Michaud will begin a series on accomplished women with connections to Maine. Jacqui Clark, Bob Woodbury, and Linda Dodd all offer stories about our values and what’s important in life—our relationships with family and friends.

The Illuminator editor, Ann Sullivan, wants to thank everyone for the abundance of submissions for this coming issue and beyond. If you have any questions about the newsletter or would like to submit in the future, please contact Ann by emailing to The next deadline is May 24.


The Senior College Curriculum and Office Committees are already gathering ideas, taking suggestions, and recruiting instructors to offer a variety of interesting, informative, and free Zoom classes for the spring 2021 semester. As the schedule comes together, Senior College will provide email and snail mail updates and the UMASC website will be updated.

Rumor has it that Frank Johnson will be jazzing things up again come spring, and Mike Bell will give us new perspectives on our New England history. He certainly hit one out of the park (Fenway, of course) with his fall semester course, We Are Coming, Father Abraham. Mike’s creativity provided a wonderful example of how modern technology can transport us back in time to experience a pivotal moment in our country’s history. This gave us the opportunity to hear a moving discussion between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Our spring 2021 semester will begin the week of March 15th. Ideas, suggestions, and instructors for lectures and classes are needed. If you know someone who might have a interesting topic to present, contact the Senior College office. If you have an interest or hobby you are passionate about, consider doing a lecture to share this with others. If there is a subject, event, or person that you would like to learn more about, pass this along and staff of volunteers will try to find someone to teach it.

In order to have a dynamic slate of classes and lectures in 2021, your input is needed. Contact the UMA Senior College office at or leave a message at 621-3551 and someone will return your call.

Fall Online Classes – Member Quotes

Augusta Senior College is sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta, and is a member of the Maine Senior College Network.