Tuesday, January 15 – White Mountain Inns.
For nearly as long as there have been tourists enjoying the White Mountains there have been hotels for them to stay. These have included Crawford’s Old Moosehead Tavern in 1817, the Notch House in 1828, the first Crawford House in 1850, the first of several Mount Washington Summit Hotels in 1874, and many others. This illustrated talk will outline the rise, glory years, and decline of nearly all these summit hotels and grand resorts that were so popular with White Mountain tourists in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Join us and learn more about this wonderful heritage. Presented by Allen Crabtree.
Thursday, January 17 – The Poetry of Snow.
Snow—the bane and the beauty of a Maine winter. Many poets have crafted poems either praising or vilifying snow, sometimes both at once. The class will consider some of these snowbound poems anthologized in Mind of Winter and perhaps warm up to the cool pleasures of a winter snowfall. Presented by Ken Gibbs.
Tuesday, January 22 - Oedipus Rex:
Sophocles, Freud, and Stravinsky. We will show Stravinsky’s one-hour opera-oratorio, in a stunning production by Julie Taymor. The libretto is a condensation of Sophocles play, which will be available at Bridgton Books. We will discuss Stravinsky’s intentions as well as the relationship between the Oedipus myth and Freud’s Oedipus Complex. Presented by Dr. Jim Krainin.
Thursday, January 24 – Goldiggers of 1933.
Busby Berkeley was the 1930's most creative musical director of films designed to help America weather the Great Depression, The Goldiggers of 1933, stars Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell, and was directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Frothy love stories are complemented by Berkeley's lavish production numbers, including his famous overhead camera angles, and a distinctly odd but moving final production number. Presented by Margaret Reimer who will provide the low down on the cast, the writers, and the unusual directors.
Tuesday, January 29- A Music Odyssey.
Follow the strange journey of a popular song from humble beginnings to number one on the Hit Parade and the pinnacle of jazz improvisation. Listen to versions of the song by some of the great musicians of the 1950's and 60's. Presented by Peter Berry.
Thursday, January 31 – Healing through writing.
Peter Hagerty, author of his memoir “Out Watering Horses”, has crammed several lifetimes of experiences into his life. Many have been fulfilling and worthwhile, but there have been tragedies and hard times as well. Peter writes in Out Watering Horses: “, a story of a man and the horses that helped him face his fears.” He has always been a storyteller of oral tradition but has recently found that profound healing can take place when writing down the words of a memoir. Peter writes: “As my words became sentences, then paragraphs, a huge weight slowly lifted off my chest and a healing began.” He will talk about his experiences and the healing that writing can bring. Presented by Peter Hagerty.
Tuesday, February 5 - Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict.
Sino-U.S. relations are approaching a low point. With tensions building on the trade front and the increased risk of a confrontation in the South China sea, will Thucydides’ trap be sprung? Can the world’s two super-powers move forward peacefully? We will examine five key historical events in China’s past which may provide a guidepost for future economic and military relations between the two countries. Further, we will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. as well as Chinese military developments. As America increasingly looks inward, the probability of Chinese efforts to cement their position as a global economic and military leader has risen. Will America pivot to meet this challenge? The answer to this question could have profound implications for humankind. Presented by John Doughty.
Thursday, February 7 – The Right to Abortion.
The right to abortion has been an important principle of American law and politics for five decades, but now, with a majority of the Supreme Court for the first time critical of freedom of choice, this constitutional right is on thin ice. This lecture will explore the legal semantics on which Roe v. Wade was based, the political backlash, and the retreat by the Court since 1992 to a more ambiguous standard that supports the principle but allows states to regulate access in a variety of ways. Will the new majority overrule Roe? If not, will it support new restrictions that make it increasingly difficult for women, especially poor women, to obtain abortions? Whatever the outcome, abortion will continue to be one of the most divisive issues in American politics. Presented by Alan Schechter