Course Descriptions LINEC Winter Term 2021 | See Class for Dates

LINEC first Winter Term 2021 | See Class Dates for Dates & Times
NOTE: All classes will be on ZOOM. Instructions on how to participate will be sent to all registrants prior to the start of the term.
Welcome to our first Winter offerings FREE for all registered members from your LINEC Steering and Curriculum Committees!

DEADLINE to Register is January 4, 2021 | To register you can send an email to

Information about LINEC

A | Modern American Poetry - Poetry Seminar
Mondays, January 11- February 22 | 10 AM – Noon | Don Melander

Using the Library of America Anthology, American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume II, we focus on Theodore Roethke and Elizabeth Bishop.
This is an ongoing group, meaning that all LINEC members may continue after this term.

BIO: Don Melander is a Senior Professor of Humanities at New England College where he has taught mostly literature and writing for 45 years. For the last decade he has served as dramaturge for the OpenDoor Theater. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Syracuse University; his dissertation is on the 20th-century American poet, Wallace Stevens. This seminar on early 20th-century American poets is his eleventh for LINEC.

B | NEC Journeys: International Educational Trips at New England College
Tuesdays, January 12 - February 23 | 10 AM - 12 Noon | Eric J. Simon with Special weekly guests (subject to change)

Week 1 A brief window to explore Cuba

Week 2 Exploring the barrier reef and Mayan culture in Belize
Guest: Ken Mattes, Ph.D., Director of Belize Marine Tropical Reef Education Center

Week 3 On safari in Tanzania
Guest:Global Basecamps rep (to talk about their service trips to help a Maasai village)

Week 4 Upriver along the Amazon in Peru
Guest:Rose Hores, Ph.D. (to talk about her research into monkeys on the Amazon)

Week 5 Following Darwin's footsteps in the Galapagos
Guest:Marlon Veliz (tour guide, Galapagos Islands)

Week 6 Hiking the bottom of the world in Patagonia
Guest:Bryan Partridge, Ph.D. (professor of travel writing)

Week 7 Lessons learned, future trips, and final thoughts
Guest:Holbrook Travel rep (to talk about educational travel)

BIO: Eric J. Simon, Ph.D., Author of college biology textbooks, approaching two million in print. Approximately 1/3 of all college introductory biology courses for non-science majors in the United States use one of these books. Textbooks have been translated into six languages and are used in over 40 countries worldwide. For full bio please visit

C | American Novel Reading Group
Wednesdays, January 6 and February 3 | 1 - 3 PM | John McCausland

Novels to be read prior to each discussion date.
January: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
February: Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

This is an ongoing group, meaning that all LINEC members may continue after this term.

BIO: John McCausland is an Episcopal priest, now retired, who has taught LINEC courses on the Bible, Chaucer and the American novel. He loves history, literature, theology, teaching and learning.

D | Ted Talk Talks
Thursdays, January 14 - February 25 | 10 AM - Noon | LINEC Members Facilitating

Join different members sharing Ted Talks on a subject of their choice followed by a discussion.

Black Holes and Plate Techtonics
Eating Well, made simple
Climate Change
and more...

E | Film
Fridays, January 15 - February 26 | 10 AM – Noon | Don Melander

We view seven movies by Akira Kurosawa; Roshomon, Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Yojimbo, Kagemusha, Ran, and Dreams.

This is an ongoing group, meaning that all LINEC members may continue after this term.

Before returning to films from plays, we follow up with three other Japanese films: Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes (1954), Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp (1956), and Juzo Itami's Tampopo (1985).

Films are viewed individually prior to the discussion, and can usually be found on YouTube or on Amazon Prime. There is occasionally a free one but they are typically three or four dollars.

BIO: Don Melander often makes reference to films in his teaching of literature. Since 2010 he has taught a Communications course on movies and film directors. Although he has no formal training in film, he has been ‘reading’ serious films as serious literature since 1958.

In the works: Geology, American Women Poets, the Supreme Court, American Novel, WWI Nurses, artist Mindy Weisel, Charles Dickens, Biodiversity and Film.
NOTE: Those interested in the course on Charles Dickens, are asked to read Hard Times and Oliver Twist in preparation. This advance notice offers you the winter months to do so. The class will be limited to 15, so you can pre-register at this time with a payment of $15.