Turn the calendar to a new year of learning possibilities! Our January and February line-up of events range in topics from Maine’s future economy and historical past, how-to’s on photography, writing, fly-tying, and sign language, and lectures on medicine, history, arts, and literature. Most events are completely free of charge.

For the first time in three years, our annual free Winter Wisdom lecture series on Wednesday afternoons at noon in January and February will be in-person. Sponsored by The Highlands, the free seven-week series opens with a special opera talk and performance at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick. Following that, the Transforming Maine Economy talk launches another themed series of lectures. Other Maine-themed talks include Winter Skies, Bygone Ballads, Malaga Island, Ice Harvesting, and Longfellow Days, all at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

New and unique this winter, MSC has curated a free series of lectures that focus on Maine’s transforming economy. Most of these free lectures are webinars that are conveniently scheduled for 6 p.m. Leading industry experts from a range of disciplines will provide insight into the exciting new areas of growth that is changing our state’s economy and demographics.

Workshops, guided discussions, and recorded lectures from some of MSC’s popular faculty members are featured in another terrific line-up designed to appeal to our area seniors. The Winter Session, sponsored by Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, bridges the time between our longer fall and spring courses and spans four weeks in January. Fly-tying, memoir writing and meditation, iphone photography, and ASL are in-person workshops; book talk and American cuisine history are free discussion activities, and new recorded lectures on the Ether Controversy, Italy’s North-South Divide, Seven Great Russian Poets, and Future Cities in Architecture and Literature will be made available for free viewing at any time.

For more detailed information, call Midcoast Senior College at 207-725-4900 or email mscoffice@midcoastseniorcollege.org. Our administrative office is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 18 Middle St., Ste. 2 in Brunswick.

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