2024 Spring

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2024 Spring Lecture Series

Instructor: Listed with each lecture below

Tuesdays • 3/19-5/7 • 1:00-2:30 PM

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

9 SPRING LECTURES:

HIAWATHA AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE ON THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

• Tuesday, March 19 •  1:00 PM
• Presenter: Elizabeth (Liz) Champeon

When the Founders of the United States searched for a government without a monarchy, one of their patterns was obtained from the Haudenosaunee or the League of the Iroquois, an entity that still exists in upstate New York.  This lecture traces the founding of the League and the influence of its leaders on the Founding Fathers.  The lecture addresses the creation of our government, which differs from a parliamentary system with a royal leader.

LIZ CHAMPEON is a geologist by trade, but has had a long time interest in history.  She is a graduate of the University of  Maine and her father’s family has lived in New England since the 1600’s.

OUR PAST REMEMBERED

Tuesday, March 26  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Mike Bell

How we recall our past is crucial to understanding the American Experiment. What can cause a historical figure to fall from grace? Are there certain topics we can’t discuss? And who gets to decide the answers? As we continue to examine these issues, hopefully we can, at the very least, establish a forum for discussion.

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.

CENTERING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND NATIONS
IN LAND PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION:
Reflections on Wabanaki Possibilities

Tuesday, April 2  •  1:00 PM
Presenter: Darren Ranco

Educator, researcher, and citizen of the Penobscot Nation, Dr. Ranco’s lecture will explore the opportunities for Wabanaki-led conservation in what is now Maine. He will share contemporary scholarship about Indigenous conservation practices, define the terminology used by Indigenous people for conservation work, and identify best practices for partnerships with environmental organizations and Indigenous peoples.

Darren J. Ranco, PhD, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, is a Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Native American Programs, and Faculty Fellow at the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine. He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. His research focuses on the ways in which Indigenous Nations resist environmental destruction by using Indigenous science and diplomacies to protect their natural and cultural resources. He teaches classes on Indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance. As a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, he is particularly interested in how better research relationships can be made between universities, museums, Native and non-Native researchers, and Indigenous communities.ston.

ALASKA : "THE GREAT LAND" — Part 1

• Tuesday, April 9 •  1:00 PM
• Presenter: Elizabeth Reinsborough

How aptly named! This 2-part program will explore the vastness and unique beauty of our 49th State – our last frontier. Some topics: driving to Alaska, the 1500-mile Alaska Highway, the many tourist sites, wilderness backpacking in the Brooks Range, the industrial complex of the Prudhoe Bay oil fields as well as history and wildlife. Elizabeth has spent three summers in Alaska plus a family cruise.

Elizabeth Reinsborough 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.

ALASKA : "THE GREAT LAND" — Part 2

• Tuesday, April 16 •  1:00 PM
• Presenter: Elizabeth Reinsborough

How aptly named! This 2-part program will explore the vastness and unique beauty of our 49th State – our last frontier. Some topics: driving to Alaska, the 1500-mile Alaska Highway, the many tourist sites, wilderness backpacking in the Brooks Range, the industrial complex of the Prudhoe Bay oil fields as well as history and wildlife. Elizabeth has spent three summers in Alaska plus a family cruise.

Elizabeth Reinsborough 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.

LETTING OTHERS KNOW YOUR WISHES AT END OF LIFE:
ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

Tuesday, April 23 •  1:00 PM
Presenter: James Schneid, MD

Is it important to let others know your wishes concerning End of Life Care ? When should you consider writing an Advance Directive? How do we complete this task? We will discuss the methods of completing an Advanced Medical Directive and any other End of Life issues that come up in discussion.

JAMES SCHNEID is Board Certified in Family Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He is the previous Program Director and Chair of the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Jim has a lifelong interest in End of Life issues and in 2017 helped develop the first Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship for physicians at the Togus V.A. Hospital and Maine Medical Center. As the VA Hospice Medical Director he enjoyed teaching nurses, chaplains, social workers, medical students, Resident physicians, fellows and attendings the art of Palliative Medicine.

Jim is still a faculty member preceptor at the Family Medicine Institute in Augusta and on the active staff of Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SELF PUBLISHING

• Tuesday, April 30 •  1:00 PM
• Presenter: Brenda E. Smith

If you’ve always dreamed of getting a book published, self-publishing may be the route for you. Recent successfully self-published author Brenda Smith will provide a high level overview of things an author needs to know about this process. Writing your book is only part of the journey. Learn what the production and marketing aspects of self publishing entail.  (Lecture Outline)

BRENDA E. SMITH is the author of a self-published memoir, Becoming Fearless: Finding Courage in the African Wilderness released in August 2023. A graduate of Bentley University, Brenda became a licensed CPA and has worked for corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations. Spellbound by wanderlust after working as a whitewater river guide for Sobek Expeditions, Brenda has lived, worked, or traveled in over forty countries. While overseas, Brenda pursued adventures on less-traveled roads through remote villages, collecting a raft of stories about her exploits. While earning her MS in Philanthropy and Media, she co-produced, co-directed and co-edited an episode for the PBS series The Visionaries shot in Kenya and Tanzania. Now retired, she lives in Belfast, Maine, documenting cherished memories of her escapades in memoirs, essays and poems.

THE CANADIAN LIBERAL IDEALS -
ARE THEY EFFECTIVE OR NOT?

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

Building upon last spring’s lecture, What Every American Should Know About Canada, this discussion will focus on Canadian Health, Immigration, and Taxation policy to help explain how a liberal democracy can function. The reality is that it always comes down to a profound question; What is the role and responsibility of government. Is it possible for a government, within the parameters of a capitalistic society, to create added value for all citizens?

HAL HANNAFORD
After 31 years leading a traditional boys’ schools as a progressive educator, Hal left the profession in 2020. Over all those years, he came to understand the conditions required in order to ensure the last fifth of life is one of true fulfillment and happiness. This workshop focuses on the five foundations required to reach that lofty goal. It is a challenge, we need to start young, but it is never too late”. More at halhannaford.com

The 2024 Spring Lecture series features 8 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.