SCANS – Seniors College


To take SCANS courses you must register at a cost of $135 per year (fee subject to change). This allows you to take as many SCANS courses as you wish for one year in Bedford, Chester, Dartmouth, Halifax, Liverpool, Mahone Bay, Truro and Tantallon. Online registration is available.

Scans courses at the Mahone Bay Centre

Information and Registration for the Winter 2017 SCANS term will take place at the Mahone Bay Centre on Tuesday, Jan 10th at 10.30am. Meet the Instructors, ask questions about the courses and learn more about SCANS.

The Art of Seeing: It’s not just about Art. Virginia Stephen
Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
February, 7 – March, 14 (6 weeks)

Course Description: Through exploring the work of artists, this course will enrich participant’s ability to engage with art and deepen their ‘conversation with art’. The course will also apply this capacity to other situations – work, relationships. and your own environment. Topics such as creativity, right-brain thinking and aesthetic development will be explored as well as current theories which examine the relationship of creativity and the arts. This course is a highly participatory one and will involve discussion, group work and arts activities. It is not an art history course but one which explores our relationship with images in “art environments” as well as other spheres of activity.

Virginia Stephens was previously Executive Director, Liberal Studies, Faculty of Extension at University of Alberta. She was Acting Director of the Arts and Cultural Management Program at MacEwan. She was Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Executive Director of the Edmonton Art Gallery. As an educator and curator her focus has been to facilitate individual and group interaction with art to enrich ways of knowing and ways of interaction with the world and other people.She holds an MA in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She now lives in Lunenburg.


Literary Tremors: Terror, Desire and the Uncanny. Faye Pickrem
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
February, 10 – March, 27 (6 weeks)

Course Description: In Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, heroine-intraining
Catherine Morland indulges in the guilty pleasure of reading Gothic novels. Indeed, she becomes so embroiled in their lurid plots that she concocts one about her own acquaintances. Like Catherine, readers and writers are often lured by such ‘literary
tremors’ and the frisson they engender. The course explores how writers use this liminal, in-between territory, characterized by Jung as the shadow and by Freud as the uncanny. In addition to Austen, we will examine James’ Turn of the Screw, Rhys’ Wild Sargasso Sea, DuMaurier, Wilde, and others. Come away from the cold of winter and explore these complex stories of the human psyche.

Faye Pickrem taught English Literature and Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough for many years. She grew up in Halifax and holds a BA from Dalhousie and an MA from Acadia. Faye did post-graduate work at the University of London and Strathclyde University, returning to Canada for doctoral studies at York University. She has published, presented academic papers at national and international conferences, and was nominated for TVO’s “Best Lecturer in Canada” in 2006. Faye divides her time between Lunenburg and Toronto, working as a writing coach and communications consultant; she has recently returned from the Fall Writer’s Workshop at Humber.