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Inaugural Poets: Taking the National Stage and Making History
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Inaugural Poets: Taking the National Stage and Making History


with Maureen Perry



Only 6 poets have officially performed at a presidential inauguration. We shall look at these poems in the context of the inauguration ceremony. We shall also look at them in light of their respective historic moments.

Maureen Perry is Reference Librarian for USM's Lewiston-Auburn campus, a spoken word performer, and a lector for Prince of Peace Parish.

The Pursuit of Equality


with Doug Bennett

Calendar Oct 4, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks


All men are created equal,” it says in the Declaration of Independence, and it says this is a “truth” that is “self-evident.” Really? Ever since we’ve been arguing about the meaning and promise of this recognition of equality. What is the equality we are affirming and pursuing? We’ll look at some texts and some numbers, and talk among ourselves. (There will not be a class on October 25)

Doug Bennett taught political philosophy and public policy at Temple University, Reed College and Earlham College for 35 years. He retired as president of Earlham College in 2011 and now lives in Topsham.

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Get the Last Word: Write Your Own Obituary—and Put Some Life in It!


with Bonnie Washuk

Calendar Oct 6, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 1 week


A one-hour workshop on how to write your own obituary before you go, and why you might want to write your own obit. We don't like drab obits. We'll talk about how to put some of you, and your humor, in the last story.

Bonnie is a retired Sun Journal staff writer, now weekend reporter for the Press Herald. Washuk, 67, lives in Portland and has written MANY obits!

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