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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a reservation at Christopher's, call 207-546-1219.
|September 4, Thursday||Gardening for Wildlife – You can help support wildlife in your area by including certain plants in your landscaping and by avoiding others The lecture will provide information about gardening practices that benefit native plants and animals, and a handout listing of the top ten trees, shrubs and flowering plants for aiding wildlife, which animals are attracted to them, and, what resources these plants provide for animals. The handout will also describe the conditions necessary to grow these plants in your garden. Plenty of time will be reserved for discussion and your suggestions of plants and gardening practices to add to the list.
Marilyn Mayer is not a plant ecologist, but is an ecologist who loves gardening and is keenly interested in what individuals can do on their property to benefit wildlife. One of her proudest accomplishments is influencing the landscaping on her university campus by developing guidelines for gardening to enhance wildlife and working with the university's landscapers to implement wildlife plantings.
|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 7, Sunday||Gala Community Benefit Supper – Enjoy Eagle Hill's annual gala benefit supper prepared by Chef Christopher Meynell while supporting the following local community efforts: Ella Lewis School, Steuben Little League, Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library, Petit Manan Ambulance Corps, and Eagle Hill's local community programs.
Event begins at 5 PM with social hour, silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle. RSVP required by September 5, $25 per person. Click here to download printable RSVP form, or call Keith at 207-546-2821 ext. 3.
|September 11, Thursday||Capitalism, Growth, and Democracy – For much of the 20th century, commentators and analysts assumed that democracy and capitalism were complementary systems, but diminishing rates of economic growth, growing levels of the economic inequality and deepening patterns of partisan conflict make the relationship between democracy and capitalism appear increasingly problematic. This talk traces the 20th century roots of the growing impasse between democracy and capitalism and considers possible directions of future development in the United States and other regions of the developed world.
Rick Coughlin is an Associate Professor of Political Science from Florida Gulf Coast University, where he teaches courses in International Relations Theory, Political Theory, International Political Economy, Latin American Politics and US Foreign Policy. Rick is fortunate to be on sabbatical this semester and even more fortunate to have an opportunity to reside in Northern Maine, courtesy Joe Kakareka and Andy Brown, to work on his scholarship.
|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.
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|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.