Arlin Larson received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago and is an ordained Congregational minister. He has a special interest in science and religion and has taught several classes at Senior College, including courses on Darwinism’s confrontation with religion and on the “New Atheism.”
Originally from Brunswick, Maine, Barbara LeGendre recently returned after a long absence and lives in Union. Educated at The College of Wooster (BA and MAT, 1975, 1976) and Case Western Reserve University (PhD, 1985), she specialized in Twentieth Century British and American Literature and wrote her dissertation on a Canadian. Recently retired after 22 years of teaching at Cornell University’s John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Majors, she loves student/faculty interaction and taking risks in the classroom. She has recently taught for Coastal Senior College, Rockland, where she discovered the joys of teaching seniors: lively, interested, and inquisitive, always surprising.
Bob Rackmales, a retired diplomat, has been teaching at Senior College for a decade. During the six years that he worked in the former Yugoslavia, he visited Sarajevo a number of times, and his responsibilities as US Charge’ d’Affaires in Belgrade during the first year of the Bosnian War brought him into direct contact with top leaders on all sides of the conflict. Bob studied Serbo-Croatian for ten months prior to his first assignment to Yugoslavia and was sent by the State Department to Indiana University for graduate studies in Balkan and East European history on its conclusion. A member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Policy, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the National War College and was a Fulbright Grantee at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
Cathy Lickteig Makofski is currently a contributing writer for Maine Seniors Magazine. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. She recently relocated to Belfast after living in Camden, Maine, for 12 years. Cathy is a nonfiction writer with a special interest in the fortitude of people with serious health issues, the extraordinary lives of everyday people, and the magic and muddle of relationships with families, friends, pets and the natural world. Since the blank page always poses a serious challenge for Cathy, her prompts are as vital to the process as pencils and paper.
Charlotte Herbold has taught theater courses in the Senior College for several years. She holds degrees in Theater and English from Stanford University, The Max Reinhardt Seminar, The University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maine. She has acted in many plays in many places and groups, including Belfast and the Belfast Maskers.
Deborah Stevenson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and spent the first half of her adult years as an actor before deciding to leave theatre to begin a family and pursue painting. She has been making art, exhibiting, and teaching for over 30 years. She lived and worked on the West Coast for many years, returning to the East in 2007. She worked teaching art through a non-profit in the inner city and underserved communities of Baltimore for several years. In 2010, she moved to NYC to concentrate on her own work in the dynamic and diverse communities there. A recent transplant to Belfast, she now does workshops and has her own studio here, from which she participates in the international collage community, showing and publishing her work.
Elizabeth Garber studied Greek Epic at Harvard in the Mythology and Folklore Department during the 1970’s before her life took a different turn. Teaching a class on the “Odyssey” four years later will be an exciting return to an old love. Elizabeth is a poet, memoirist, and acupuncturist, and has taught a Senior College class on “The Literature of St. Petersburg.”
Harry Kaiserian has been writing a weekly food column since 1987 and has taught cooking classes on a variety of cuisines. His course on “The Role of Food in Film and Literature” was well-received, as was the team-taught “Making Healthy Food Taste Great.”
Lila Nation earned her master’s in teaching French and has taught this beautiful language for more than thirty years. She travels to France regularly to stay fluent in idioms and changing vocabulary, and takes frequent trips to Québec and other French-speaking regions as well. She also plays cello, piano, and sings, so she’ll regale you with music and stories of her travels while encouraging you to share your own experiences en français.
Martha Laitin, a former health administrator and guidance counselor, hold a Med from Elmira College. Since 1989 she has been a full-time real estate broker serving her birthplace, Belfast, and the surrounding area. She currently specializes in listing retirement homes. She has been her agency’s educator, presenting a series of five classes to new agents at four office locations, and teaching the Maine real estate license course for the Associate Broker license level at Thomas College.
Neal Harkness has been a fan and student of American popular music his whole life. He has written on the subject for a number of publications and is currently a rock music programmer on community radio station WERU-FM. For Senior College at Belfast, he has put together and presented a series of very well-received courses on the history of rock and roll over the last several years.
Although Paul Garcia shifted his career to translation in the nineties, he has been an Adult Education Spanish teacher pretty much non-stop since then. He spent his formative years in the linguistic soup of Manhattan, where within a few blocks one could hear Yiddish, Italian, Irish brogue and Spanish, of course, from spanglish to grammar worth approval by the Real Academia. As an hispano-yanqui raised in Nuyorico, his attitude toward languages has become that none fully expresses the human soul, but each serves a culture. Having taught at secondary and university levels for twenty years, he earns his living as a translator and interpreter. He’s lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.
Paul Sheridan has a B.A. in art and an M.F.A. in photography. In the many years he managed a large teaching photo lab for the City University of New York, he also found time to take in the film fare offered by various museums, film societies, foundations, and movie houses. He continues that practice using the local library system. He has been making photographs for more than forty years and has taught several well-received courses, notably on photography, driver safety, and films at Senior College.
Peter Reilly has presented a number of well-received classes at Senior College on a variety of topics. He holds a BS and MBA from Monmouth University.
Richard Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Boston University and his master’s in music history and theory from the University of Connecticut. He spent the most important thirty-nine years of his teaching career in the public schools of Connecticut and Massachusetts, mostly at the secondary level. During these years he directed musical theater productions, including many of Broadway’s best-known musicals. Dick has also taught music courses at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.
Ron Jarvella has been a teacher for forty-five years. His academic background includes degrees in history from Ohio State University (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.A.) and a degree in administration from Southern Connecticut University. He has taught several courses for Senior College over the years and lives in Northport.
Sandi Cirillo earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She spent most of her career teaching in the public schools in New York.
She is also an accomplished fiber artist and has taught fiber workshops all over the Northeast and North Carolina. Influences for her drawings and fiber art come from her joy of being outdoors and sketching and photographing the natural world and especially from her love of coastal Maine. You can see examples of Sandi’s art at www.especially-for-ewe.com. She also teaches many different workshops at her studio in Searsport.
Sara Shute received her Ph.D. in philosophy in 1977 from Washington University in St. Louis. She taught philosophy at Marietta College, a small liberal arts school, for 26 years. Since retiring to Maine, she has been an adjunct professor of philosophy at four of the University of Maine campuses and Colby College. This will be the seventh philosophy course she has taught at Senior College.