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Summer Courses on Racism

Updated: Jun 10

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host two courses addressing the topic of racism in America.

How to Be an Antiracist

June 23 - July 28: Wednesday Afternoons 12:45-2:45 (6 sessions) | $50


Ibram Kendi’s book of this title proposes a sweeping solution for racism in the US. It has seized the national imagination. We will evaluate Kendi’s thesis and the solutions he proposes. Especially, what role does Kendi assign to us in the national crusade he hopes to launch? What do we think of this role? Alternative approaches?


Meet Your Instructor: Steven Piker



Steve Piker is an anthropologist, 44 years at Swarthmore College, research in Thailand and the US, courses offered at three of Maine’s senior colleges. He now lives in Yarmouth, two blocks from two of his grandchildren.



Racism: Why Is It Such a Big Deal — Why Should I Care?

June 23 - July 29: Thursday Afternoons 12:45 - 2:45 (6 Sessions) | $50


Racism is a challenging topic for most whites to confront. However, the excruciating death of George Floyd calls on us to dig deep to understand racism in America. This course will support us as we examine racism from the personal and professional perspectives of compelling current authors.


Meet Your Instructors: Eileen Griffin and Wheaton Griffin

Wheaton is a PhD psychologist who has worked with diverse populations in all parts of the US and the Caribbean in government, private and nonprofit organizations, and schools.


Eileen has an MS in psychology with extensive international and national experience working with diverse populations, from pre-kindergarten through college.


To Register

Please complete our Registration Form and email it to olliatusm@maine.edu.

Be sure to:

  • Mention that you are a member of a Maine Senior College

  • Select alternate courses/workshops as we cannot guarantee your desired course will have open seats when MSCN registration begins.

Email olliatusm@maine.edu if you have any questions.



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