2023 Fall

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2023 Fall Lecture Series

Instructor: Listed with each lecture below

Tuesdays • 9/19-11/14 • 1:00-2:30 PM

Class size 20-200 students
107 seats remaining
Location: Klahr 103 & Zoom

9 FALL LECTURES:

UNDERSTANDING EFFECTS OF EXPOSURES
TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS ON AGING

• Tuesday, September 19  •  1:00 PM
• Presenter: Jane Disney, Ph.D.

Most people experience declining health as they age but how much of that is due to normal aging processes, and how much is attributable to environmental exposures to toxic contaminants? MDI Biological Laboratory’s Community Environmental Health Lab and University of New England’s Center for Excellence in Aging and Health are collaborating to understand the relationship between exposure to arsenic and other toxic metals in well water and self-reported health and well-being metrics for Mainers age 55+. We will share emerging results from a project called “Healthy Water, Healthy Aging”. There are many environmental toxins that we all encounter every day, but arsenic is the focus of our study because here in Maine, people rely on private wells that are often contaminated with geogenic arsenic from surrounding bedrock. As part of our study, interested participants complete a drinking water survey and submit a well water sample for analysis of arsenic and other heavy metals. Upon receiving their well water test results, they are then invited to participate in a health and well-being survey. We are looking at associations between well water quality and self-reported health and well-being metrics in older adults to help improve health and inform public policy in Maine. Are you interested in participating? Start with the drinking water survey at www.allaboutarsenic.org.

Dr. Jane Disney is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at MDI Biological Laboratory. In addition, she directs the activities of the Community Environmental Health Laboratory. She is the co-developer of the citizen science online data portal, Anecdata.org. Since 2000, she has worked with multiple community partners, identifying, and helping to remedy threats to public health and the clean waters on and around Mount Desert Island. With a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, she launched “All About Arsenic” in 2018, a project which engages secondary-school teachers and students as citizen scientists in collecting well water samples for analysis of arsenic and other toxic metals and sharing their findings in their communities. In a new collaboration with University of New England, Dr. Disney is focused on the health of Mainers age 55+, with research to uncover the connection between environmental exposures to toxic substances and the aging process.

TRAVELS IN SOUTH AFRICA
(Recording from the Winter 2021 lecture series)

• Tuesday, September 26  •  1:00 PM
• Presenter: Elizabeth Reinsborough

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 recorded lecture is from part 2 of Elizabeth’s 2021 lecture on South Africa and includes everything from geography, history, and flora & fauna to the country’s politics and people learning to live together.

Elizabeth Reinsborouh was born in Northern Ireland. She was educated at Queens University, Belfast and University College, London. She has worked in a plant breeding program in Tanzania and taught biology in Maine for 20 years. Elizabeth has traveled widely in the United States, often with a focus on our National Parks. She enjoys hiking and for 20 years was a maintainer on the Appalachian Trail in the 100 mile wilderness.

THE PROCESS OF IMAGINING AN ARCHIPELAGO

Tuesday, October 3  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Jessamine Batario, Ph.D.

A map of territories gained by the United States during and after the Spanish-American War, via the Library of Congress.Imagining an Archipelago (working title) will present modern and contemporary works by artists with cultural heritage ties to these islands, examining the long legacies of colonization. This lecture and audience engagement session will invite attendees to recall what they learned in school about U.S. imperialism, not as a test but to inform how the exhibition will be presented at the museum. Attendees will also gain a sneak peek into the emergent themes and artists under consideration for the exhibition.

Dr. Jessamine Batario is the Linde Family Foundation Curator of Academic Engagement at the Colby College Museum of Art, where she connects the museum’s programs to faculty and students, organizes curricular installations, and teaches. In her previous role as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art, she stewarded the year-long fellowships of Maya Lin and Phong Bui. Her curatorial and academic research projects have been supported by the Teiger Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Getty Research Institute Library, and the Vivian L. Smith Foundation at The Menil Collection. Her writing appears in the Journal of Art Historiography, Different Visions, and The Brooklyn Rail. Dr. Batario received her PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin, and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Waterville with her partner and their dog, a pit bull named Bosco.

A MAINE DYNASTY: THE WASHBURNS OF LIVERMORE

Tuesday, October 10  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Mike Bell

The Washburn family left a legacy that helped to shape the 19th century here and around the world. And yet most Mainers don’t know their story. From Livermore to Paris and from Augusta to La Crosse…this family accomplished great things and did so with honor and integrity.

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.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING BASICS

Tuesday, October 17  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Natalie Angela

Since ancient times humanity has known the power and healing property of plants. It has only been a handful of decades since this knowledge has been lost to the general public. Join Natalie Angela in this fascinating workshop and let us begin to reclaim our Ancient Knowledge of Plants and Their Healing Abilities from Physical, Mental and Emotional perspectives.  We will delve into the nature of the plant kingdom and how, through the integrative process we call digestion, healing occurs.

The Workshop covers the following topics:

• An Overview of the Body’s Systems
• The Symbiotic Relationship Between Plants & Humans
• Digestion & Its Purpose at Each Level
• Integration of Plant Essence (active ingredients) into Our Own
• Example of Plants & Their Healing Properties

Natalie Angela is a certified Nutritional Health Coach and an instructor at the University of Maine Farmington Gold Leaf Institute. She is also a Certified Master Gardener through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Natalie has her PDC (Permaculture Design Certification) and APDC (Advance Permaculture Design Certification) through the Resilience Hub with Lisa Fernandez & Jesse Watson.


Natalie has created 11 courses, of which, the following four have been approved for Nursing CEU’s in 30 States — Body Symbolism & Symptom Analysis — Chakra, Etheric Body & Aura Deep Cleaning, Balancing & Strengthening — Clearing the Subconscious — Awareness Beyond Consciousness Remembering Our Divine Self

UBER DRIVER FOR BIRDS

Tuesday, October 24  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Ellen Campbell

Ellen Campbell will share photos, videos, and intriguing tales of her adventures and misadventures as a member of the statewide volunteer “animal ambulance” network for Avian Haven. Ellen picks up birds in distress that have been rescued, and occasionally has to figure out how to safely capture a bird herself, in order to drive them to Avian Haven’s wildlife rehabilitation facility in Freedom, Maine. She says that it’s an honor to participate in Avian Haven’s mission, “…dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to their natural roles in the wild.” There will be time at the end of the lecture to discuss appropriate measures to take if you encounter a wild bird in need of rescue, and how to volunteer for Avian Haven yourself if you are so inclined.

 

Ellen Cambell serves on the Penobscot Valley Chapter of Maine Audubon board of directors, the Holden Town Council, the Holden Cemetery Board, and has served on the local school board. In addition to being a lifelong birder (especially from her kayak), she loves a good genealogical challenge, time baking in her kitchen, and of course, her family.

ORIGINS OF HUMAN EVOLUTION

Tuesday, October 31  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Bill Portela


Uncommon is the story beckoning each reader to discover who they are and how they arose. Educator, system engineer, and wildlife rehabilitator Bill Portela invites readers to consider the role of evolution in their personal, spiritual framework. This stirring journal takes us back five billion years to study the emergence of entangled organic entities, why they fail, and how they flourish.

 



Bill Portela
has taught at every learning level in Maine, from elementary to university. He has been a volunteer teacher at the alternative, Evergreen Sudbury school in Hallowell. For the last 6 years he has been working on a book on evolution, which forms the basis of this class.

WHAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT CANADA — Part 1

Tuesday, November 7 •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Hal Hannaford

The friendship is intense, the connection is unparalleled, but the future relationship cannot be taken for granted. It helps if Americans develop a true empathy and understanding of what Canada is all about. This two part lecture/discussion will take a look at Canada that has evolved into a proud liberal democracy. The US and Canada have basic similarities, but at the same time the differences are quite profound. The reality is that we still have so much to learn from each other.

Hal Hannaford has spent his entire professional life in education. In June, 2020 Hal retired after completing his 31st year as a Headmaster in Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) schools. He studied at Queen’s University (Economics), Concordia University (B. Comm.), University of Toronto (B. Ed.), and The European Institute of Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Hal was Director of Kilcoo Camp from 1982 – 1984, and as a teacher; he has had experience at both an elementary and high school level in Canada (Crescent School); and at university where he was a member of the Faculty of International Business at the American University in Paris. (More at halhannaford.com)

WHAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT CANADA — Part 2

Tuesday, November 14  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Hal Hannaford

The friendship is intense, the connection is unparalleled, but the future relationship cannot be taken for granted. It helps if Americans develop a true empathy and understanding of what Canada is all about. This two part lecture/discussion will take a look at Canada that has evolved into a proud liberal democracy. The US and Canada have basic similarities, but at the same time the differences are quite profound. The reality is that we still have so much to learn from each other.

Hal Hannaford has spent his entire professional life in education. In June, 2020 Hal retired after completing his 31st year as a Headmaster in Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) schools. He studied at Queen’s University (Economics), Concordia University (B. Comm.), University of Toronto (B. Ed.), and The European Institute of Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Hal was Director of Kilcoo Camp from 1982 – 1984, and as a teacher; he has had experience at both an elementary and high school level in Canada (Crescent School); and at university where he was a member of the Faculty of International Business at the American University in Paris. (More at halhannaford.com)

The 2023 Fall Lecture series features 9 lectures at the Klahr Center or 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 Tuesdays.