Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale: An Imagined Future
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. April 7 – April 28
What will the future bring? Some famous novels, often termed dystopias, envision a future where contemporary trends have disastrous outcomes. The Handmaid’s Tale is a highly praised novel in this genre and will be the central topic for this course. Excerpts from relevant literary works, both past and present, will contribute to the discussion.
The book, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, is available, free of charge, at Bridgton Books.
Ken Gibbs has been a frequent and popular presenter at Senior College, offering keen, and often eloquent, insights into literary works. He is a retired Professor of American Literature at Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
White Mountain Search & Rescue: A Volunteer’s Perspective
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. April 8 – April 29
Search and rescue missions within the White Mountains of New Hampshire are led by the NH Fish & Game Department, and during the winter, on the eastern slopes of Mt. Washington, by the US Forest Service Snow Rangers. However, without the assistance of volunteers these searches and rescues would be nearly impossible to conduct. Volunteer teams across the White Mountain region are called to do the lion’s share of “ground pounding” on these SAR missions. This program will look at what it is like to go out on a search and rescue mission in the White Mountains, regardless of weather or time of day.
The book, Critical Hours by Sandy Stott, is available, free of charge, at Bridgton Books.
Steven Dupuis is a self-employed mason, specializing in brick & stone repair and construction. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Plymouth State College, 1996. He is a member of the Mountain Rescue Service, North Conway, NH and a Team Leader of MRS since 2007. Currently he is President and a Board Director of MRS. Steven is a professional mountain guide and instructor. He has climbed, hiked and skied extensively in the mountains of New England, the western US and Canada.
Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes
Thursdays, April 9 – April 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Britten’s Peter Grimes is an opera set in a 19th century English fishing village. This is a story with the potent dynamic of the individual against the crowd. The fisherman, Grimes, loses his apprentice at sea and the villagers react without understanding the torments he suffers. Composed and premiered in 1945, Peter Grimes restored prestige to English opera and brought wide acclaim to Britten. The score is rich and sonorous, both vocally and instrumentally.
Homer Pence has made several presentations for Senior College, primarily in the area of opera. He enjoyed a dual career as an orchestral bassoonist and a college professor. He was a founder of the Sebago- Long Lake Music Festival, now approaching its 48th year. He is Professor Emeritus of Music History and Musicology at Ball State University.
Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs
Fridays, April 10 – May 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), who lived all her life in Berwick, is one of Maine’s finest 19th century woman writers. She specialized in short stories that focused on “local color” and was published regularly in The Atlantic. The Country of the Pointed Firs was published in 1896 and is considered some of her best work. The story takes place in a fictitious mid-coast Maine town and is loosely arranged around a series of stories about the folks who make up this coastal community on the verge of becoming part of “Vacationland.”
Books will be available at Bridgton Books before class begins.
Margaret Reimer is a frequent and popular presenter for our Senior College. Her PhD from Purdue University was on 16th Century English literature. She currently teaches in the Honors Program at USM where her courses include Classical Literature, History of the English Language, the Bible and Writing.