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SAGE Announces Spring Lecture Series

Ready for eclectic, electric lectures?
By Paul Doherty, SAGE Chair

Each fall and spring, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM presents a series of Tuesday morning lectures through the  SAGE program.  Billed as "Intellectual Fun for People Over 50," the lectures cover a wide array of topics of current interest. SAGE speakers are recognized experts from the arts, government, non-profit, education, business, and civic communities in Maine.  Please see the FAQ Section, below, but don't hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.

All lectures are held on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine in Hannaford Hall at the Abromson Center or in room 102 in the Wishcamper Center.  The Abromson Center is connected to the USM parking garage at 88 Bedford St.  Free parking is available in the parking garage.  To learn more about registration, please see Page 3 of our SAGE program booklet.

Here is the current schedule for the Spring 2019 Lecture Series:

Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 from March 19-April 30, Hannaford Hall; Note: May 7th will be in Room 102 of the Wishcamper Center

March 19...........Bill Nemitz......................Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
March 26...........Geoff Iacuessa................Portland Sea Dogs
April 2................Jennifer Rooks...............Host of Maine Public's Maine Calling Radio Program
April 9................Chris Oberholtzer.........USM Jazz Ensemble
April 16..............Laurie Chandler............Wilderness Adventurer, Author
April 23..............Mark Hews...................Maine Revives Civility
April 30..............Dona D. Vaughn............Opera Maine
May 7.................Dr. Robert Smith...........Maine Medical Center Research Institute


Frequently Asked Questions about SAGE:

What is SAGE*?

SAGE is a series of eight eclectic lectures/presentations featuring knowledgeable, informed individuals who may live in Maine or elsewhere. We try to vary our topics during a series to cover both current topics of interest without focusing on only one subject matter, such as the arts, politics, or outdoors. For example, next fall’s series includes the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, a retired Admiral in the Navy now head of cyber security for the Raytheon Corporation who also is a USM graduate, and the artistic director of the Maine State Music Theater.

* Senior Adult Growth Exchange


Are these really formal lectures?

SAGE presentations tend to be more like a TED talk than the formal lectures you may remember from college. Most presenters use a variety of media to complement their presentations. Each presentation has 15-45 minutes of Q&A that provides the opportunity for considerable informal interaction between attendees and a speaker. Some sessions clearly are closer to “entertaining learning” including appearances especially when the presenters are USM performing groups.

What do we look for in SAGE presenters?

We seek engaging speakers who have demonstrated their ability to connect with our SAGE audiences. Members of the SAGE committee have either seen a prospective presenter, viewed a YouTube or comparable media source, or have received a strong recommendation from a valued colleague. Speakers are interesting individuals who have interesting stories to tell. Many times a topic might appear mundane in the blurb, but because of the speaker, the topic comes alive.

Where are the lectures?

This spring seven of our SAGE lectures will be in Hannaford Hall, and one will be in Room 102 in the Wishcamper Center. This represents a major commitment from OLLI and SAGE because due to the cost of renting the hall for the series.

Can I attend individual lectures without a series subscription?

Yes. The charge is $10 for each individual lecture and one does not have to be a member of OLLI to attend.

Do you need to purchase a series subscription to be assured of getting into a lecture?

No, there is plenty of room in Hannaford Hall in contrast to Wishcamper Room 102.  Wishcamper Room 102 is much smaller so in order to be guaranteed a seat for the series, a subscription was necessary.

If you choose to buy a series subscription, the cost is $50 for the entire series of eight lectures.  Please note: You must be an OLLI member to subscribe. To learn more about registration, please see Page 3 of our SAGE program booklet.

Is SAGE really older than OLLI?

Yes, SAGE was started roughly 30 years ago as a garden club speaker series at 68 High Street that attracted a handful of attendees. Over time the topics broadened and when OLLI was created in 1997, SAGE moved to the USM campus. When the Wishcamper Center opened, SAGE moved to room 102 and the range of presenters expanded again. Gradually lectures were held in Hannaford Hall with only a few in Room 102 in the Wishcamper Center.

Please see page 3 of our SAGE booklet for information about registration.

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