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|July 26, Saturday||Musings on Music and Science – Michael Luxner will discuss and illustrate with musical examples, the intersections of scientific thought and the art of music, from Pythagoras’ discovery of the harmonic series, through Medieval cosmology and the Age of Reason, to modernism and contemporary theories of musical cognition.
Dr. Luxner is the Music Director and Conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, a Professor of Music and Milliken University, and a gradulate of the Pierre Monteux school in Hancock, Maine.
|July 29, Tuesday||Maine's best Edible Mushrooms; Foraging and Cooking Tips across the Season – Maine is home to some of the world's best edible wild mushrooms. Though some require an expert's skill to separate them from the non-edible species, many are easily identified and of excellent quality. Join two seasoned mushroom experts as they review the edible mushrooms common in Maine woods and fields. This will be a photographic journey supplemented with fresh mushrooms collected in Downeast Maine.
Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey have been exploring mushrooms for over 35 years and have share their love of mushrooms with others through walks, talks and classes across New England including here at Eagle Hill. Marley is the author of Mushrooms for Health; Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi, (Down East Books, 2009) and Chanterelle Dreams, Amanita Nightmares; The Love Lore and Mystique of Mushrooms, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Mulvey is especially interested in ephemeral mushrooms, those that appear and quickly disappear. She has been recording the fruiting periods of these mushrooms for almost 30 years.
Greg Marley and Michaeline Mulvey
|July 31, Thursday||Good Things Come to Those Who Wade: A Survey of Aquatic Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Projects at Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – As is true throughout North America, a high proportion of endangered and at-risk species in Maine are associated with freshwater aquatic and riparian habitats. Phillip’s talk will introduce some of the conservation tools and specific projects -- from survey to research to regulation – the Department is employing to help protect Maine’s aquatic species of greatest conservation concern.
Dr. Phillip deMaynadier has worked as a wildlife biologist for Maine’s Fish and Wildlife Department for 15 years where much of his work is focused on conserving aquatic taxa and their habitats.
|August 2, Saturday||Mahatma Gandhi on Violence, Nonviolence, and Terrorism: Lessons for Our Personal Lives and for the Contemporary World – Mahatma Gandhi, the best-known and most influential proponent of nonviolence, is often regarded as the most-admired human being of the 20th century. But Gandhi was also very controversial during his lifetime and remains so today. When interpreted in ways that address our lives and world of 2014, Gandhi is a catalyst, challenging us to rethink our values and what makes life meaningful and sustainable. Gandhi shows us how to broaden and deepen our understanding of violence, nonviolence, and terrorism.
Douglas Allen is Professor of Philosophy and former Chair of the Department of Philospophy at the University of Maine. He served as president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Author and editor of 15 books and well over 100 book chapters and scholarly journal articles, he has been the recipient of Fulbright and Smithsonian grants to India, the Maine Presidential Research and Creative achievment award, and the Distinguished Maine Professor Award.
|Douglas Allen||August 5, Tuesday||The Past and Presence of New England ‘Lamprey Eels’ – An Historical Perspective – Are lampreys close relatives to bony fishes and/or American eels? Did the Native Peoples of New England harvest and utilize lampreys for sustenance during or after pre-contact times? Are all New England lampreys parasitic on resident finfish?
Dave Halliwell received his Ph.D. in Fishery Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specializing in fish conservation, aquatic habitat classification, and vertebrate taxonomy and has been employed as an Aquatic Biologist with Maine DEP (Augusta) since 1999. Dr. Halliwell has spent over three decades identifying and investigating the habitats of freshwater fishes while working with northeastern State and Federal fish and is a co-author of the Inland Fishes of Massachusetts (2002).
|August 7, Thursday||Aquatic insects and habitats of the Far North: What can they tell you about the past, present and future of the Lower Canadian Arctic? – This lecture will provide a broad introduction to the aquatic habitats of what is known as the Central Barrens area of the lower Canadian Arctic and will specifically focus on recent survey work completed to document the diversity and distribution of some select groups of aquatic insects. New ecological data and life history work will be presented. Combined with historical information, this current knowledge allows us to examine questions of how past glacial periods affected species; examine ancient faunal connections; predict past and future ranges of species; examine the distribution of functional traits of species and what this may mean to changes in ecosystem structure; and document community-level changes as summers become warmer.||Steven Burian|
|August 12, Tuesday||How Mushrooms and Other Fungi Affect our Lives and Our World – Mycologist and professor emeritus of Biology at Utica College, Alan Bessette will provide a broad overview of how our daily lives are affected by fungi. Bessette will explain some of the varied ways we utilize fungi and how fungi improve or adversely affect our lives and the environment. Topics include, but are not limited to, the role of fungi in food and beverage production, dyeing, hallucinogens and myths as well as human, plant and animal diseases.||Alan Bessette|
|August 16, Saturday||The Existential Problem of the Whale in the Sagas of the Vikings – In the sagas, men scramble to control the precious fat and bone of beached whales. Scholars interpret whale-beaching in sagas as signs of resource management in Iceland, something that generates feud cycles. But whale images in the sagas also suggest magical or pagan demonic influences that lead men away from Christian behavior and toward an atavistic time of need that penetrates the harsh core of human life in the North Atlantic. Sarah Harlan-Haughey will argue that whales are cross-temporal signs of great cultural anxiety. Like the draugar (undead zombies), the whales haunt the saga narratives in their iconic connectedness with a past about which the audience feels ambivalent.
Sarah Harlan-Haughey earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Spanish Literature at the University of Montana, and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the interdisciplinary Medievl Studies Program at Cornell University. She seeks ways of situating the literature of the past in the contaxt of the concerns that are still relevant today, thus making medieval studies part of a broader interdisciplinary conversation.
|August 19, Tuesday||Ferns of Maine – Ferns are common and conspicuous plants in Maine. Learn how to identify some of the most common species, their uses, and the distinctive aspects of their biology. Ten species of living ferns will be available for viewing after the talk.
Dr. Robbin Moran is Curator of Ferns at the New York Botanical Garden. He is author of over 100 scientific articles and four books on ferns, including A Natural History of Ferns (Timber Press, 2004).
|August 21, Thursday||Parasitic Wasps: Research, Exploration, Curation||Matthew Buffington and Michael Gates|
|August 23, Saturday||The Emerald Ash Borer and the Wabanaki Basketmakers: Building Resilience and Sustainability while Preparing for an Invasive Species – Darren Ranco will explain the ways that university researchers and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance have facillitated a process to prevent, detect, and respond to the Emerald Ash Borer, a potentially devastating invasive threat to basket resources in the state of Maine.
Darren J. Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Master’s of Studies in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School, and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Ranco’s research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the US, particularly, Maine, resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice, and tribal governance.
|August 30, Saturday||Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry – In Maine, there are blueberry festivals and blueberry fairs; there is even a wild blueberry queen. Behind the scenes, scientists like David Yarborough use their expertise to preserve the time-honored tradition. Dr. Yarborough will talk about Maine’s Wild Blueberry Industry, starting with the establishment of blueberries when the last glacier receded 10,000 years ago, through the start of commercial blueberry industry in the 1800s and the development of mechanical harvesting and preservation via freezing. He will discuss current challenges faced by the industry, including pests, lack of pollinators, and the ever-increasing cost of fuel, along with possible solutions to these challenges.
Dr. Yarborough is the wild blueberry specialist with Cooperative Extension and professor of horticulture in the School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine. He attended the University of Maine where he received a B.S. in resource utilization in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science in 1991 from the University of Massachusetts. His current research focuses on chemical and cultural weed control. He works with wild blueberry growers in Maine and Canada to educate them on best management practices that will enable them to compete in a world market. Dr. Yarborough received the Meritorious Service Award in 2006 and the 35-year Service Award from the University of Maine in 2014.
|September 6, Saturday||In A Dark Room: Writing as Collection – Gregory Howard will consider the act and art of writing as a mode of collecting—finding images, details, and moment—and the process of arranging them into something deliberate as an act of both meditation and obsession. He will discuss our encounter with the written word as a means of paying attention, seeing and experiencing slowly and considerately, a possibly subversive act in a world that is filled with distraction.
Gregory Howard teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at the University of Maine. He is the author of Hospice (forthcoming from FC2). His work has been published in WebConjugations, Harp & Alter, Birkensnake, and The Collagist, among other journals.
|September 13, Saturday||Film showing: Chasing Ice – This documentary film by James Balog showcases a stunningly beautiful time-lapse photographic record of glaciers around the world. The film captures the enormous and abrupt shrinkage of glaciers due to global warming, and at least in part, to human activities. Join Dr. Harold Borns for a lively discussion following the film.
Dr. Borns is a glacial geologist. During his 50 years service as a Professor of Glacial and Ice Age Geology at the University of Maine, he was founding Director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, and served as the Program Director of Polar Glaciology for the U.S. National Science Foundation. Harold was awarded a U.S. Congressional Medal for U.S. Antarctic Service and was honored by having a glacier in South Victorialand named “The Borns Glacier”. He is still actively conducting field research with current projects in Denmark, Ireland, and Maine.
|September 20, Saturday||Slow Travel in the Southern Hemisphere – The concept, “the road” guided Martha Barron Barrett and Sandy Lawson in their three-month journey in the relatively raw, young lands of New Zealand (2009), South Africa (2010), and Argentina and Antarctica (2012). On-the-spot planning was driven by eclectic curiosity: What would it be like to_____? Ride a courier van deep into Maori lands, live for 2 weeks in the midst of African buffalo and rhino, skitter on a dirt road to the top of the Andes, bounce through an ice pack in a zodiac?
Martha Barron Barrett received a degree in history from the University of Maine and an MA in International relations from the University of Pennsylvania.She taught writing to adults at the University of New Hampshire and was a visiting professor at the University of Washinton in Spokane. Her novels include Maggie’s Way and God’s Country.
|Martha Barron Barrett|
|September 27, Saturday||Maine Poets and the Natural World: A Different Lens – While most poets write about the natural world, the best ones do so in ways that open their readers’ and listeners’ eyes to the unfamiliar within the familiar. That is, they either describe aspects of nature familiar to us from countless calendars and postcards in ways that let us see them with fresh delight, or they show us aspects of the natural world that too often lurk unacknowledged beneath those misleadingly pretty pictures. Judith Hakola will present examples of both kinds of writing that will expand our vision of the environment.
Judy Hakola received a B.A. from Colby College and and M.A. from the University of Maine. She has taught literature and writing courses at the University of Maine for over four decades.