All events are at 6:00 pm and free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Christopher's Restaurant will be open on lecture evenings. For information about the programs, call 207-546-2821 or email us at email@example.com. To make a reservation at Christopher's, call 207-546-1219.
|June 11, Thursday||Alpine Invasion: Plants, Birds and Other Animals of the New England Alpine and the recent Dandelion Invasion||Nancy Slack|
|June 13, Saturday||Maine Through Memoirs
What can we learn about both the literary genre itself and Maine's inhabitants and culture by reading memoirs by Maine writers? Judy Hakola will introduce listeners to a variety of approaches to memoir as a genre and in the process will reveal the richness and complexity of Maine life as experienced by many of those who have published such writing.
|June 18, Thursday||Citizen Science: Engaging in Science at Your Leisure
|June 20, Saturday||Frederic Stuart Richardson: Viewing the New World through a young artist's eyes
Frederic Stuart Richardson was born in 1855 and became a well known artist who successfully submitted his paintings for exhibition to the Royal Academy over a long lifetime. He was best known for his landscapes and seascapes in oil but also was accomplished in watercolor. He liked to paint both en pleine air. He studied in Paris with Carolus Duran and was a student and Friend of John Singer Sargent. This lecture will touch on his life and times and on his visit to the USA as well summarizing the techniques he used. Many of his paintings can be seen on google images under Frederick Stuart Richardson (note misspelling). The lecture is given by Prof. David Richardson, Frederic’s grandson and contains historic photos of the artist and images of his paintings.
|June 25, Thursday||A Botanist in Eastern Europe||Mark Seaward|
|June 27, Saturday||Island Time: Literature that describes the Singular Rhythms of Life on Maine's Coastal Islands
Literature that describes living on Maine's remote coastal islands revolve around people's reliance on tide tables, ferry schedules, seasonal fishing, and often fewer of or the lack of amenities such as electricity, telephones, the internet, central heating, or automobile transportation. Laura Cowan will focus on Christine Marsden Gillis's Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life on Gotts Island (off of Bass Harbor, Maine) and Ruth Moore's novels, also based on Gotts Island. She will also touch on Elizabeth Olgilvie's novels about the fictional Bennett island and other New England and coastal Maine writers such as May Sarton and Sarah Orne Jewett.
|June 30, Tuesday||Putting Rare Sedges Back on the Map in Mexico||Anton Reznicek|
|July 2, Thursday||Travels with a Lichenologist: Stories Lichens Tell Us||Irwin Brodo|
|July 9, Thursday||Naked in Norway: Wildlife Above the Arctic Circle||Bryan Pfeiffer|
|July 11, Saturday||Religion and Violence Today: Why Is There So Much Religious Violence and Can Religion Become a Force for Peace?
“Religion and Violence Today" dominates much of the news about Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Israel, Nigeria, Mali, and other parts of the world, including the United States. Since religions usually teach peace, love, compassion, and justice, why is there so much religious violence, war, hatred, and injustice? Is there something about the nature of religion that makes it a hopeless source of and ideological justification for so much violence? In facing the crisis of so much contemporary violence, that threatens life on our planet, can religion also become a constructive force for peace, love, justice, human rights, and sustainable living?
|July 16, Thursday||The Secret World of Moths: How I Learned to Love Wandering About in the Dark||Hugh McGuinness|
|July 18, Saturday||Whatever Happened to Beauty? The philosophy of Susanne Langer
What is the "meaning" of a satisfying artistic experience? "What Ever Happened to Beauty?" is a discussion of aesthetics, primarily of music, ranging from the earliest philosophical musings on the subject to the latest computer-assisted studies of cognition. At its center is a philosophy of meaning based on the work of Susanne Langer (1895-1985), author of Philosophy in a New Key and Feeling and Form.
|July 21, Tuesday||A Tourist's Guide to Mars
|July 23, Thursday||Searching for Bees in Eastern Cuba||Alison Dibble|
|July 25, Saturday||A Warp-10 Tour of the Universe
Colossal telescopes on the ground and a fleet of robotic telescopes in space have revealed a dynamic, often violent universe. The universe is not the quiet, unchanging place known fifty years ago. Modern observatories and spacecraft have discovered a cosmic zoo of exotic objects, including planets of other suns, pulsars, black holes, quasars, and colliding galaxies. This lecture explores the nature of objects that lie far beyond the boundaries of our own solar system. These deep space objects are separated by unimaginable distances. So it will be necessary to travel in imagination at “warp-10” – one thousand times the speed of light – to tour the cosmos.
|July 28, Tuesday||The Science of Cooking||Joe Kakareka|
|July 30, Thursday||Botanical Wonders in Human History: An explanation of How Plants Rule the World||Jill Weber|
|August 1, Saturday||The Cultural Landscape of Renaissance Italy
Depictions of the landscape mark the changing relationships of the Italian city-states to their environments. Inhabiting a peninsula largely settled for two-thousand years blurred separations between the natural world and the human-made, for the Late Mediaeval and Renaissance eras had inherited a landscape populated by Classical ruins that emerged from the ground much as geological formations and organic flora. With the reclaiming of the Classical past and the rise of global exploration, considerations of the landscape shifted from agricultural possession to an appreciation of Nature as sublime.
|August 6, Thursday||Wild Mushrooms: Foraging for Functional Food||Greg Marley|
|August 8, Saturday||Climate Change and Honeybees in Maine: A Retired Biologist and Beekeeper's Perspective
The European Honeybee is being impacted by climate change. Matt will show data on climate change and how it may impact beekeepers and the numbers of honeybee pollinators in Maine and the US.
|August 15, Saturday||An Artist’s Look at Handmade Porcelain Production in China
This talk features digital images of Chinese Ceramics and porcelain production showing people at work using different skills and processes, from digging the clay to firing pottery in a dragon kiln. John will also show examples of his own work using these processes and talk about these experiences.
|August 18, Saturday||Saint Croix Island: Maine's "Other" National Park||Meg Scheid|
|August 20, Thursday||Lichens and Biofilms||Judy Jacob|
|August 22, Saturday||Wild Child: Taking Children to Nature's Playground
The author of the book A Child's Walk in the Wilderness: An 8-Year-Old Boy and His Father Take On the Appalachian Trail describes how parents and educators can best interest and involve children in the great outdoors.
|August 27, Thursday||Darwin and Plants||Robbin Moran|
|August 29, Saturday||Quick-change Artists of the Sea: The Lethal Game of Hide and Seek
Sha-zam! In the blink of an eye, the prey disappears. This talk discusses how marine animals utilize dynamic changes of color and texture to hide themselves right in plain sight of potential predators.
|September 3, Thursday||Rare Mosses of the World||William Buck|