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York County Senior College Lecture Features Past and Modern-Day Explorers

Saco/Sanford, ME, Feb., 2011:  The three-part York County Senior College lecture series will culminate on Wednesday,  March 16, with voyages through history and geography, with Dr. John Sutherland, who will speak about the 26th president's life in "The Many Faces of Teddy Roosevelt." 

                John Sutherland graduated from the University of Maine and received his Ph.D. in History from Temple University. He is Professor of History Emeritus and Emeritus Director of the Institute of Local History at Manchester (CT.) Community College. He also taught at Eastern and Central Connecticut State Universities and the University of Connecticut.

            That afternoon, Tim Deroehn, a climber for 14 years throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe and Asia, will describe his 2010 expedition to the Charakusa Valley in Pakistan and what he learned about Pakistanis' attitude towards America in "Hiking Through Pakistan."

            Deroehn, who, with his climbing partner Matt McCormick, was recipient of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award for their trip to Pakistan, set out on a journey to conquer and establish a new line on the unsummited K7 Spire in the Karakoram Mountain Range. They fought bad weather, sickness, and met a diverse range of people while on this challenging and groundbreaking journey.

            The lectures will be given at Denis Hall on the campus of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, 133  Shaker Hill Road,  Alfred (off Route 202).  The morning lecture takes place from 9:30-11:30, followed by lunch and afternoon lecture, held from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  The fee for each day’s program is $15, payable at the door, and includes a lunch of soup, salad, sandwiches, dessert and beverages, as well as coffee breaks.

                Information about YCSC Spring courses will be available at the lectures, and those wishing to register in person may do so at that time.

            In case of inclement weather, if Sanford Schools cancel or have a delayed opening, the lecture will not take place.  Reservations are important for luncheon planning and lecture logistics; please call 207-282-4030 to reserve your spot.  These lectures are open to the public; membership in Senior College is not required.


            York County Senior College, providing low cost educational and social opportunities for adults 50 years of age or older, is affiliated with the University of Maine System. Classes in the spring and fall semesters are given in Saco and Springvale, starting in March and September.

            The University of Maine System, established in 1968, consists of seven unique universities and 10 university college regional outreach centers.

The mission of York County Senior College is to provide a curriculum of intellectually stimulating learning opportunities and special activities for persons 50 years of age or older.  Begun in 1999, Senior College is governed by a volunteer committee who oversees its general operations.  York County Senior College is a program of the University of Maine System University College.

For more information about Maine’s senior colleges, go to www.maineseniorcollege.org.