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2023 - 2024 Regular Membership

$25
Calendar May 1, 2023

This membership covers June 1st 2023 to May 31st 2024.  SSC Members must have a valid membership entry on your file to enjoy the full benifits of our - Summer-Fall 2023, Winter-Spring 2024 programs. You should select your 2023- 2024 membership as part of registering for your first class in this new year.  If you need to apply for a scholarship to cover your membership fees, this is done using a separate application which is located on the SSC website.  Your request must be reviewed and processed by the Scholarship committee before registering for any classes.

Please make sure that you click "My SSC Membership is Current" when purchasing a membership.   

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$10
Calendar May 1, 2023

Sunrise Senior College wishes to thank you for your tax exempt donation.  Your generosity enables us to continue providing the programs and activities that are so vital to our community.  In accordance with IRS regulations, we acknowledge that no goods or services were received in exchange for this gift.  Please save this email for your tax records.  

Thank you.

Susan O'Clair 

Treasurer, Sunrise Senior College   

Donation $15.00
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Donation $15.00

$15
Calendar May 1, 2023

Sunrise Senior College wishes to thank you for your tax exempt donation.  Your generosity enables us to continue providing the programs and activities that are so vital to our community.  In accordance with IRS regulations, we acknowledge that no goods or services were received in exchange for this gift.  Please save this email for your tax records.  

Thank you.

Susan O'Clair 

Treasurer, Sunrise Senior College   

Donation $20.00
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Donation $20.00

$20
Calendar May 1, 2023

Sunrise Senior College wishes to thank you for your tax exempt donation.  Your generosity enables us to continue providing the programs and activities that are so vital to our community.  In accordance with IRS regulations, we acknowledge that no goods or services were received in exchange for this gift.  Please save this email for your tax records.  

Thank you.

Susan O'Clair 

Treasurer, Sunrise Senior College   

Donation $25.00
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Donation $25.00

$25
Calendar May 1, 2023

Sunrise Senior College wishes to thank you for your tax exempt donation.  Your generosity enables us to continue providing the programs and activities that are so vital to our community.  In accordance with IRS regulations, we acknowledge that no goods or services were received in exchange for this gift.  Please save this email for your tax records.  

Thank you.

Susan O'Clair 

Treasurer, Sunrise Senior College

Budapest Blackout: The Diarist as Witness to the Holocaust

$15

with Dr. Jim Oberly

Calendar Feb 14, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

Join Dr. James Oberly as he uses materials from his recent publication “Budapest Blackout” to take us on a defiant journey into Nazi occupied Budapest using the memories of Mária Mádi (1898–1970).  This Roman Catholic Hungarian physician practiced medicine in Budapest in the 1920s and 1930s and was a single mother caught up in World War II Budapest.  Being stuck in Budapest during the war, she began writing daily using a mix of English and Hungarian, vowing to become an eye witness to horrific events as they unfolded.  She kept this diary to chronicle her everyday life, as well as the lives of her Jewish neighbors, during a very violent period of war, genocide and foreign occupation from December 1941 until she was able to secure an immigrant’s visa to the US in December 1945.   

In this course, we will look at Dr. Mádi's life using excerpts from the diary, so you can appreciate how and when she wrote and her unique ability to use the diary as a coping tool for an imagined correspondence she could not have with her family in the US.  She had lost all contact with her daughter and her family who had moved to the U.S. in 1941 with the United States’ subsequent entry into the war after Pearl Harbor.  Through these excerpts from the doctor's diaries, Jim will help guide us in understanding the Holocaust that was experienced in Hungary in 1944-45, how Jews first lost their citizenship, then their property, then their freedom of mobility, and ultimately, their lives.  It will take you back to what life was like in 1944 Budapest for the Jewish family that Dr. Mádi sheltered and what daily life was like in Budapest through the arrival of the Russian “Red” Army in February 1945, and subsequent imposition of a communist regime.  Finally, we will look at Dr. Madi's subsequent emigration from Hungary to the US, her career as a practicing physician here in state mental hospitals in Massachusetts and Ohio, and her advocacy for humane treatment of her patients in the 1950s and 1960s.

The material for this presentation was provided though the courtesy of the Mádi family who had donated the entire collection of her diaries to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  We must never forget.

Instructor:  Dr. James Oberly holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester and is a retired history instructor and seasonal resident of Washington County.  Jim is the editor and led the research team that transcribed, edited, and annotated a selection of Dr. Mádi’s writings into the book “Budapest Blackout: A Holocaust Diary”, published August 2023 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UM@M’s room Science 102 and via Zoom.

All facilities at the University of Maine at Machias (UM@M) are fully handicap compliant.  The facilities used by Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at the college have ramps, elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms.  Our offsite functions and activities have various limitations and restrictions and may not be fully handicap accessible.  SSC will endeavor to identify limitations at these to you in advance.

 

                                                    IMPORTANT:  See Below

This class is available to all current Maine Senior College (MSCN) Members. The general public not wishing to join Sunrise Senior College at this time may attend this class for a $20.00 fee.

Important, if you are not a current member of Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at this time but are planning on joining SSC as a member today, make sure you answer that “Your SSC membership is current” when checking out so the we can properly bill you for this class.

Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, any materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

It’s Your Story; Write Your Own Obituary

$15

with Sharon Kessler & Michael Dorsher

Calendar Feb 28, 2024 at 2:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

An obituary can be light hearted and enjoyable to read.  It’s meant to remind people of all the pleasant memories your friends and family shared with you.  When it is read, your wish should be for people to think back on what you meant in their lives.  Good thoughts and good memories are all we can leave to those who will miss us and think about us on occasion.         

Here is your opportunity to absolutely have the last word.  In death, as in life, sometimes the best defense is a good offense and that's why you should write your own obituary.  Otherwise, your memory might be cast by someone who doesn't remember you much -- or well!  Before it's too late, why not take the time to reflect on the memorable moments and people that meant so much to you in your life, then leave a written keepsake?  A good "obit" brings its subject back to life in the minds of readers, so this is your chance to live forever in their thoughts!  Your instructors are a married couple who edited obituaries for the Washington Post, have taken and taught obituary-writing classes and have written obits for their parents -- plus themselves!

Our two-session class with Sharon and Michael will provide you with light-hearted, valuable tips and insights on how to create your own obituary.  Upon passing, this task is often left to people in great distress and can be just another item that, in haste, must get checked off the list of things to do.  Just as you would prepare your will or estate plan and decide how your final wishes should be carried out so as reduce the stress of loved ones having to make these important decisions, it just makes sense for each of us to take a few moments and make sure that what is written is something you would like.      

Instructors:  Sharon Kessler, BA, MPA, was inspired —like many others of her generation — to be journalist because of Watergate. After a start in radio and TV news, she worked in print journalism as a copy editor at the Wisconsin State Journal, the Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The “Obit Shift” at the Post was an education in the art and craft of obituaries and planted a lifelong interest in and appreciation of obits long and short.

Michael Dorsher Ph.D., wrote and edited obituaries for United Press International, the Bismarck Tribune, the Wisconsin State Journal and Washingtonpost.com. He taught obituary writing – and every other facet of journalism -- to a generation of students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls. He has written published obituaries for family and friends.

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UM@M’s room Science 102 and via Zoom.

  • Please Note that due to a scheduling conflict, there has been a change in the dates and times of the class.

All facilities at the University of Maine at Machias (UM@M) are fully handicap compliant.  The facilities used by Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at the college have ramps, elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms.  Our offsite functions and activities have various limitations and restrictions and may not be fully handicap accessible.  SSC will endeavor to identify limitations at these to you in advance.

 

                                                     IMPORTANT:  See Below

This class is available to all current Maine Senior College (MSCN) Members. The general public not wishing to join Sunrise Senior College at this time may attend this class for a $20.00 fee.

Important, if you are not currently a current member of Sunrise Senior College (SSC) but are planning on joining SSC as a member today.  Make sure you answer that “Your SSC membership is current” when checking out so the we can properly bill you for this class. 

Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, any materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

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Mapping the Dennys River over 9,000 Years

$10

with Tora Johnson, Colin Windhorst, Jim Oberly & Patricia Tilton

Calendar Mar 5, 2024 at 10 am

A look at the history of the land and people in the seven towns that comprise the Dennys River watershed – “Mapping the Dennys River over 9,000 Years”

Join Drs. Tora Johnson Ph.D., James Oberly Ph.D., and Colin Windhorst Ph.D.; along with UM@M graduate Patricia Tilton, in a lively 90-minute presentation on the historical findings on the people, their lives and the land in the seven towns located along the Dennys River.  They will share their insights, observations and encouragement for communities interested in preserving and documenting their own history.  Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Historical Association, this two-year project was done with the help of the students from the University of Maine at Machias.  During the presentation you will learn details on the decision-making process that was selected and used in the researching and developing of this report, the mapping technology selected and the lessons learned for anyone attempting to undertake a project of his scope. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and learn how this mapping project came to fruition.  Dr. Johnson and her students did extensive field work during the 2022-23 timeframe and then used the latest computer mapping technologies to trace the history of the land and people living in these seven towns that comprise this watershed. 

Instructors:  Colin Windhorst holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Maine-Orono and is the the Program Director for the Dennys River Historical Society, and as such was the Project Manager for the Mapping the Dennys River over 9000 years.  Tora Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Maine-Orono and is the director of the GIS Service Laboratory at UM@M. She and her students did field and laboratory work on the project in 2022-23.  James Oberly holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester and served as a consultant to the project on the population history of the seven towns in the Dennys River watershed.  Patricia Tilton is a database professional and holds a B.S. in Environmental Geographic Information Science. She oversaw myriad technical aspects of the project. 

Class Information:  This is a hybrid class - held in-person in UM@M’s room Science 102 and via Zoom.

All facilities at the University of Maine at Machias (UM@M) are fully handicap compliant.  The facilities used by Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at the college have ramps, elevators and handicap accessible bathrooms.  Our offsite functions and activities have various limitations and restrictions and may not be fully handicap accessible.  SSC will endeavor to identify limitations at these to you in advance.

 

                                                     IMPORTANT:  See Below

This class is available to all current Maine Senior College (MSCN) Members. The general public not wishing to join Sunrise Senior College at this time may attend this class for a $15.00 fee.

Important, if you are not a current member of Sunrise Senior College (SSC) at this time but are planning on joining SSC as a member today, make sure you answer that “Your SSC membership is current” when checking out so the we can properly bill you for this class. 

Sunrise Senior College (SSC) is a membership-based organization. Our SSC members receive special benefits as current members when they register for this course. Any member of another MSCN college is also able to enjoy this course, but may occur some additional charges. If you are a member of the general public, you can take this course but will have to pay additional fees associated with being a non-member. For any attendee that is not a current member of Sunrise Senior College, any materials required for the course are your responsibility. When checking out, please carefully read and answer the questions asked associated with this specific course so that you are charged appropriately for this class. Failure to do this may result in your being cancelled from the course. We hope you enjoy this offering.

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