Issue No. 64
September 2015
The MSCN Newsletter

Welcome to Your September Newsletter!

Portrait of a Scholar by Domenico Fetti (1588-1623)

Welcome back to classes! Some of you will have seen the recent Bangor Daily News article by journalist Meg Haskell. Meg was inspired by the idea of Maine Senior College members heading back to Fall classes with a skip in their step. See Learning for the Fun of it at Maine Senior College. We also have an MSCN radio advert running on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network aimed at encouraging people to renew their MSCN membership and register for Fall classes!

While September sees classes returning, it is also Expo season. The Maine Senior College Network will have tables at two upcoming events. The first is the Maine Summit on Aging at the Augusta Civic Center on September 15. The second is the "Aging Well - Living Well" Expo in Sunday River on October 2nd. If you are at one of these events, come and say hello!

This issue shows the Senior Colleges gearing up to full steam ahead with a range of special events. Two Senior Colleges have invited outstanding speakers. USM's Lewiston-Auburn Senior College is launching its successful "Food for Thought" lunchtime lecture series on September 11th with Steven Rogers "Investigating War Criminals". The GoldLEAF Institute is offering a class lead by renowned scholar Eric Hooglund, a world expert on the Middle East. His class will be examining the fascinating ethnic history of the city Waterville.

Don't miss reading news of USM LASC's latest community collaboration. And, though you cannot reach every event and class on offer around the state, I hope you find inspiration in the creative work of your MSCN colleagues around the network!

Food4ThoughtSeptember 11th : Food for Thought at USM's Lewiston-Auburn Senior College Presents:
"Investigating War Criminals"

Steven B. Rogers Ph.D. will be the presenter at the USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College "Food for Thought" 11:30 luncheon on Friday, September 11th. He will discuss his long career as a research analyst for the Special Litigation Unit of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, a task force established to investigate allegations that individuals who assisted in Nazi-sponsored persecution had entered the United States after World War II. The public is cordially invited to this important and historic presentation.

Dr. Rogers was hired in 1979 as the first historian for the newly-created Office of Special Investigations [OSI] in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice which assumed full jurisdiction for the investigation and prosecution of Nazi persecutors residing in the United States. During his tenure at OSI, Dr. Rogers served as case historian on several cases involving Nazi atrocities in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

Dr. Rogers also served on special task forces investigating the post war fugitives Klaus Barbie and Josef Mengele, Nazi Gold and other Holocaust era assets (for which he received the Deputy Assistant Attorney General's Award for Special Initiative). He was OSI's point man on the review of millions of pages of declassified records released by federal agencies to the National Archives and Records Administration. Dr. Rogers retired from the US Department of Justice in March 2010 after 31 years of service.
Italian Passport used by Mengele to flee justice and escape to Argentina in 1949

Dr Rogers is originally from Chicago and has lived in the Washington DC area since 1976. He holds degrees in German, German Literature, and Germanic Studies from Florida Southern College (1974), the University of Arizona (1975), and the University of Maryland (1984). He also studied at the Pädigogische Hochschule and the Albert-Ludwig-Universität, in Freiburg, Germany.

Dr. Rogers teaching credentials include courses in German language, literature, and culture at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Maryland at College Park, The University College of Maryland, and the Prince George's Community College. For several years he was on the summer faculty teaching Holocaust-related courses sponsored by the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, and by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine at Bates College.
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (logo)

Dr. Rogers has written documents and has lectured extensively on the investigation of Nazi war crimes and related topics. His historical essays, literary criticism, poems, translations, and other publications have appeared in several journals and magazines.

He and his wife Sally Ann divide their time between historic Mount Rainier, Maryland and New Gloucester, Maine.

Details: Food for Thought Luncheon at LASC 
Friday, September 11 at 11:30. 
Location: The Function Room - 170 USM LAC Campus, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. 

The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 with advance reservation or $8 at the door. 

Reservations must be made by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9 by calling 753-6510. Any late callers will be considered "at the door."

Submitted by - Rachel Morin,  USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College 

watervilleGold LEAF studies the ethnic
history of Waterville

Bridge & Lockwood Mills, Waterville, ME

In an upcoming September class series, Gold LEAF members will take in presentations by 
Eric Hooglund about the town of Waterville when it was home to one of the largest Middle East ethnic communities in the U.S., not to mention in Maine. Eric remembers well his early years there, the immigrants' residential neighborhoods, mosques, unique customs and traditions, and will share his memories and research. 

Waterville's emphasis on education was instrumental in enabling a high percentage of the first generation of 'Lebanese-Americans' to graduate from high school and create businesses or continue in their choice of professional work. The closing of the textile mills during the 1950s affected Waterville generally and the Lebanese community specifically. 
Main Street, Waterville, Maine

After his lectures, on a day near the end of the month, Eric hopes to take the class participants on a tour and explain how the neighborhoods have changed since his youth. 

Eric Hooglund is a Maine native, an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Iran, and editor of the journal Middle East Critique. During a 40-year academic career, he has taught about the culture, international relations, and politics of the Middle East at colleges in Asia, Europe and the United States, he has also taught at Oxford University in the UK and both Bates and Bowdoin in Maine. He is the author or editor of 7 books and more than 100 scholarly articles. He resides in Belgrade Lakes.

Submitted by Eileen Kreutz, Gold LEAF Institute

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College adds to its list of local collaborations

USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College has added SeniorsPlus of 8 Falcon St., Lewiston to its growing list of collaborations. By offering classes in exchange for free classroom space, seniors and other community members, have been given increased opportunities to enrich their lives. Senior College will provide at least one class each semester at SeniorsPlus. 

The SeniorsPlus Education Center offers classes and programs that are in keeping with regular Senior College offerings. This collaboration makes an excellent fit with Senior College as it does with the other ongoing collaborations the Senior College has with Auburn Public Library, Lewiston Public Library and Schooner Estates in Auburn. 

In addition, Senior College provides one-day classes that are not part of its regular curriculum but are part of its Winter Series. Winter Series classes are offered through Auburn Public Library and Lewiston Public Library, and they are open to the public, and free of charge. These diverse one-day classes reach many people in the LA community and surrounding towns. 

Schooner Estates provides the opportunity for its residents to take regular Lewiston-Auburn Senior College curriculum classes on-site if they are senior college members. Other Sr. College students can  attend these classes providing space is available.

Submitted by - Rachel Morin, USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College 
 SeptemeberEventsMaine Senior College Network
Special Events in September

"Food for Thought" 
Lynn Benson, Tea House 278, Bar Harbor 
Date: September 25, 2015 
Location: Birch Bay Village Inn 
Time: Lunch 11:30, $11 each // Lecture noon - 1:00 
Reservations required - call the ASC office 288-9500, or send an email to Acadia SC.

Forum on the Future
End of Life Decisions: Is Assisted Dying An Option? 
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The speakers are: 1) Dr. Tom Feagin with an overview of terminal treatment and the taxonomy of dying. 2) Dr. Thomas Keating will discuss palliative care and its relation to curative care, hospice care, and other aspects of end of life care. 3) Senator Roger Katz will discuss the background and issues involved in legislation for physician-assisted dying from philosophical, religious, ethical, and civil rights viewpoints, on a non-partisan basis.

"Current Events Forum." 
Throughout the year, meetings occur weekly each Thursday from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. At each session, topics of local, national, and international concern will be introduced by a moderator. Attendees will be given an opportunity briefly to express their points of view. Contact Richard Neiman or Tony Belmont for more information.
These meetings are free and are open to the public.

Service Project: Help the Fort Fairfield Library Explore Uncataloged Books
Wednesday, September 30. 
Leave UMPI Campus Center at 9:30 am and return at 1:00 pm.
Fee: $5 for transportation.
We will travel, by van, to the Fort Fairfield Library where librarian, Jennifer Gaenzle will explain the project to us and help us get started.
The Maine Senior College Network will be represented at the following events:

2nd Annual Maine Summit on Aging
September 15
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Augusta Civic Center

"Aging Well, Living Well" Expo. 

Newsletter Submissions Deadline Date: 
The 26th of each month!

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Italian Passport used by Mengele. By Jackdawson1970 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons 

Main Street, Waterville, Maine By Tichnor Brothers, Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Don't forget to go to the Maine Senior College Network website to find out what is happening around the state!

Maine Senior College Network

Acadia Senior College

Augusta Senior College
Coastal Senior College

Downeast Senior College

Gold LEAF Institute

South Coast Senior College

Midcoast Senior College

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Penobscot Valley Senior College


Senior College at Belfast

St. John Valley Senior College

Sunrise Senior College 
Western Mountains Senior College

York County Senior College
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