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.
|July 12, Saturday||SVFD Gala Benefit Supper (event starts at 5PM) – Enjoy an elegeant meal, a silent auction, presentations, and more while supporting the Steuben Fire Depoartment.|
|July 13, Sunday||Classical Music Sunday Brunch at Christopher's (event starts at 10:30 AM) - Join us for a delightful morning with the music of Laura Morin and Romel Shearer, students from the Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians, who will play a violin-and-cello repertoire during Sunday brunch at Christopher's. Music starts at 10:30 AM and continues to 12:30 PM.||Laura Morin and Romel Shearer|
|July 15, Tuesday||
Songbird Superhighway: Understanding Migration in the Gulf of Maine – Over 300 species of birds have been documented in and around the Gulf of Maine during migration, and tens of millions of songbirds may pass through the region on a single autumn night. There are a number of existing and emerging challenges facing our migrants, and with 85% of annual mortality of songbirds occurring on migration, it is imperative that we better understand patterns of migration throughout the region. This talk will provide an overview of some of the current research underway as part of the large, collaborative Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network. Results of recent work will be presented in the context of challenges facing our migrants, with an emphasis on addressing potential impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy development.
|Adrienne Jo Leppold|
|July 17, Thursday||Mercury in Our Aquatic Ecosystems||Marilyn Mayer||July 19, Saturday||
Early Renaissance Painting and the Phenomonology of Place – In his lecture, Michael Grillo considers an alternative to the dominant ways in which images work, traditionally either as icons which act as spiritual presences in our world, or as representations of our world. Instead, he will consider how images connect pictorial subjects with the local place of the viewer, bridging functions of icons and representations while engaging audiences through their intimate familiarity with their daily world.
|July 22, Tuesday||Rare and Unusual Bees of the World||Alison Dibble|
|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.
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 2 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
|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
|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||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|
|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 9, 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.
|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.
|August 19, Tuesday||Ferns of Maine||Robbin Moran|
|August 23, 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.
|August 30, Saturday||
Blueberries with David Yarborough – 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.
|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.
|September 13, 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.
|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|