2021 Winter Lectures



2021 Winter Lecture Series

Instructor: Listed with each lecture below

Tuesdays • 1/12/21 – 3/9/21 • 1:00-2:30 PM

Class size 50-150 students
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Location: Zoom

Tuesday, Jan. 12  •  1:00 PM


In World War Two, the ratio of combat troops to non-combat troops was 40% to 60%.  The diary, letters and photographs of Private Alberic (Al) Fontaine of Augusta, Maine, provide some insight into the day-to-day life of the soldiers who provided support for the front-line troops.  We will journey with Al from his basic training at Fort McClellan, to working at the docks in North Africa and Corsica, to rebuilding bridges following the front lines in France and Germany.  We will glimpse into the life of a common soldier and see how a young Franco-American was able to connect into French society.

​Presenter: Louis Fontaine

Louis worked as an environmental specialist for the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection for 38 years in the water pollution and air pollution fields. During his final years at the department, he managed the program and inspectors who ensured that facilities complied with the air pollution laws of the State of Maine. He is also a member of the Ecotoasters Toastmaster Club and has earned an Advanced Communicator certificate. Since his retirement, Louis has been exploring his family’s genealogy and history. He currently lives in Sidney, Maine, with his wife Cheryl.

Tuesday, Jan. 19  •  1:00 PM


This interactive talk will look at the part ships play in the logistics world today. The PowerPoint presentation will include photos, accompanied by facts, data, and statistics; this information will be used to explain how cargo (products and materials) is moved around the world today.

Using a multifaceted approach, I will consider how moving products versus materials over the world’s ocean trade routes affects the environment and the price of consumer goods.

I will encourage participants to ask questions and will provide extra time for a question and answer session.

Presenter: Laurence (Larry) V. Wade, Commodore, USMS, Ret.

Commodore Wade is the retired Master of Training Ship State Of Maine and adjunct assistant professor in the Marine Transportation Operations Department at Maine Maritime Academy. He taught Navigation and Advanced Tanker Operations as well as Ship’s Business. He managed and coordinated upgrades and inspections and was the liaison between MMA and the Federal Maritime Administration. He has an extensive background in shipyard modifications and repairs, as well as in project management and port engineering directly involved with commercial and government ships. He was also project manager for the conversion of the State Of Maine from a naval vessel to a school ship. He has coordinated USCG, MARAD, and commercial oversight of repairs and modifications. He received his BS from Maine Maritime Academy in marine science and his master’s in international logistics management with port management certification. 

Tuesday, Jan. 26  •  1:00 PM


Congressman Phil Crane (R-Illinois) was a voice crying out in the wilderness. If you want to understand the conservative movement in the last 50 years, you need to examine the life of this hard-nosed intellectual public servant.

Presenter: Mike Bell

Mike Bell loves American history! With a master’s degree in both history and teaching and an undergrad degree in political science, he has enjoyed a varied career in teaching and historical interpretation. Mike appeared on a History Channel special about PT 109, and for over 20 years portrayed many historical figures, including Butch Cassidy and Sam Houston.

Tuesday, Feb. 2  •  1:00 PM


Enjoy a “crash course” on the history of photography as we look at it from its earliest forms to modern-day marvels. Drawing from well-known works and regional resources, this presentation will examine major photographic movements and the people who have shaped the medium through its rich and complex history.

Presenter: Zachariah Selley

Zach is the Curator of Archives for the Maine State Museum, and is an adjunct professor with the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management. He has worked in libraries, archives, and museums for over a decade, developing programs and performing instruction on American history, literature, photography, and book arts. He has written and presented extensively on the Pacific Northwest poet William Stafford, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and on the emerging roles of libraries and archives. He holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and music history, and master’s degrees in library and information science.

Tuesday, Feb. 9  •  1:00 PM


Boiling Water Bath Canning & Freezing Fruit and Vegetables
Explore some safe, simple, and inexpensive ways to preserve our favorite foods using the most up to date methods. This is perfect for those who have never preserved foods and those who just need a refresher.

Presenter: Deborah Barnett

As a Community Education Assistant with the Eat Well Nutrition Education Program, Deborah Barnett helps income-eligible families make healthier lifestyle choices. Together, they learn the importance of eating a balanced diet, menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking, and being physically active. Deborah also works in the classrooms of eligible schools, in after-school programs, and with recreation departments.

Part 1: Tuesday, Feb. 16  •  1:00 PM
Part 2: Thursday, Feb. 18  •  1:00 PM


South Africa, with almost 60 million people, is a country of extremes - from desert to snowcapped mountains. There is glitz, poverty and wonderful wildlife as well as 10 World Heritage Sites. This 2-lecture series will include geography, history, flora & fauna, politics and the people who are learning to live together.

​Presenter: Elizabeth Reinsborough

Elizabeth Reinsborough was born in Northern Ireland. She has a Bachelor of science degree from Queens University, Belfast, a Masters of science from London University and teaching credentials from the University of Maine. She has worked in a plant breeding program in Tanzania and taught biology in Maine for 20 years. Elizabeth has traveled extensively both in this country and abroad. She enjoys hiking and for 20 years was a maintainer on the Appalachian Trail in the 100 mile wilderness. She teaches the National Park course for Senior College and often contributes to the lecture series.

Tuesday, Feb. 23  •  1:00 PM


In these times of troubling examples of the growing divisions within our country, many people are wondering what they can do to help heal. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine has been working hard to collect resources and recommendations that individuals can use to contribute to changing attitudes. One step we can all take is to speak up when we hear examples of hate, prejudice and bias. This 60-minute presentation will share the Teaching Tolerance Speak Up program, and provide the tools and practice to make sure that you are not a bystander when conversations turn to topics that are offensive to you and others.

​Presenter: David Greenham

David Greenham is the associate director for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC), and is an adjunct professor of Drama and English at the University of Maine at Augusta. He has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years. In his teaching work with the HHRC, David has been working with curriculums from Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Tolerance, which is the education arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Echoes and Reflections, ICivics, and several other sources.

Thursday, Feb. 25  •  1:00 PM


The history of modern jazz tells the stories of many talented and tragic musicians whose careers were cut short by the scourge of heroin. Two of the most talented musicians of the late 1950s and early 1960s who succumbed to drug addiction were Sonny Clark and Tina Brooks.

Sonny Clark was a gifted pianist regarded as one of the best musicians of his generation. He left a legacy of recordings, primarily for the Blue Note label, between 1957 and 1961 that demonstrate his talents as a pianist, composer and bandleader. Sonny was regarded as the consummate pianist of the hard bop era. He died in 1963 of health problems related to drug abuse.

Tina Brooks was a tenor saxophonist who recorded four albums as session leader on the Blue Note label from 1958 to 1961. He also appeared on albums led by Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Redd, and others. Tina’s style was well-regarded by his peers and he was on his way to a prominent career when he was overcome by health problems related to his drug issues. Tina did not record during the last years of his life passing away at age 42 in 1974.

​Presenter: Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson has a lifelong passion and interest in African-American music: jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, soul, and Afro-Latin. He has a collection of over 4,000 albums covering these genres. In addition, he has a personal library of over 250 books on African-American musical styles, musicians and cultural influences. Frank is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Political Science and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Government.

Tuesday, Mar. 2  •  1:00 PM


The Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) will soon be opening our region’s first conservation burial ground on Baldwin Hill in Fayette. Conservation burial grounds offer ecologically sound burial practices that protect the environment and human health.  This model also goes beyond “green cemeteries” or similar designations by permanently protecting a larger tract of open space. This class is for all who are interested in this growing movement or KLT's project. Bring your curiosity and questions.

​Presenter: Theresa Kerchner

Theresa is the executive director of the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), which is based in Winthrop, Maine. She oversees the operations of the Trust and works with the Board of Directors and KLT staff to develop and implement organizational, land conservation, and fundraising goals. Theresa is a founding partner of Local Wood WORKS, a statewide initiative that aims to promote and advance forestland conservation and northeast wood products markets simultaneously.
In 2002, Theresa earned a master's degree in ecology and environmental science from the University of Maine where she developed a case study of the land-use history of the Jabez Besse farm in Wayne, Maine. Theresa and her husband Jim garden, raise chickens, split wood, and enjoy their 67 acres of woodland in Wayne. They always enjoy opportunities to spend time with their two grown children.

Thursday, Mar. 4  •  1:00 PM


In 1982, Maya Lin began her illustrious career at Yale University where, as an undergraduate student, she won the public competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since then, Lin has built an artistic practice worthy of many accolades: she received the National Medal of Arts (2009) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016). Over the course of nearly four decades, Lin has produced a diverse range of artworks, from studio sculptures and site-specific installations to public monuments and land art. Many of these works explore the theme of memory while showcasing Lin’s deep commitment and love for the natural environment. These overarching interests converge in Lin’s “last memorial,” What is Missing?, an interactive project that seeks to collect memories of the natural world from community members.

The Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College has appointed Lin a senior fellow for the current academic year. This lead-up lecture introduces Lin’s art to an audience who may be interested in attending additional public programs this spring related to Lin
and her projects.

​Presenter: Jessamine Batario

Jessamine is an art historian of modern and contemporary art. She received a PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at The Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College. In her free time, Jessamine enjoys canoeing and camping. This summer, she intends to paddle the Allagash with family and friends.

Tuesday, Mar. 9  •  1:00 PM


It’s a bit of a puzzle since the gate the herring swim in is wide open while they’re caught inside.  But the answer has some interesting things to say about flocking, efficient swimming, and, ultimately, the Reynolds Number.  The lecture includes a nice video of herring-seining at Grand Manan and a simulation of flocking “boids.”

​Presenter: Robert (Bob) Tredwell

Bob's muse is the "Clerk of Oxenford," of whom the SparkNotes say, "because he has no paying job, he is constantly impoverished. He is very thin and wears a threadbare cloak, and every time he gets a little money, he spends it on books, rather than food or clothes. He is so highly educated that he is virtually unemployable, but he speaks carefully and will happily teach someone else anything he knows."

This winter’s lecture series features 11 lectures on Zoom.

When you select this series, you may attend as many of the lectures as you please.
Each week, prior to the lecture, you will receive an email with your Zoom invitation.

All lectures are held on a Tuesday except for”Travels in South Africa- part 2″, “Two Jazz Lives: Sonny Clark and Tina Brooks”, and “Memory and the Natural Environment in the Art of Maya Lin” which are held on a Thursday.

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