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A Very Hot Topic: What Climate Change Means to Public Health
A Very Hot Topic: What Climate Change Means to Public Health
A Conversation between Dr. Nirav Shah, Principal Deputy Director of the US CDC, and Chris Costa, anchor at NEWS CENTER Maine. Lead Sponsors: Gladys Cofrin & Dan Logan and Tony McDonald & Denise Caron
Nov 16, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
30 Holbrook St, Freeport, ME 04032, USA


Shaina Graff graces the stage with her incredible ensemble Shaina's Strings for 30 minutes before each performance. Arrive early to enjoy the music.

2024 Season

We are excited to close our 2023 season on November 16 with what is promising to be a sold out event with Dr. Nirav Shah at the 500 seat Freeport Performing Arts Center. This follows our last two "sold out" events previously at our other venue, the 180 seat Meetinghouse Arts.

Thank you to our many season supporters who have allowed us to bring you an amazing 2023 season. We are also excited to preview some of our 2024 season with the following confirmed events:

Alan Lightman

March 21, 2024

Best-selling author of Einstein's Dreams, physicist, MIT professor and social entrepreneur, Dr. Lightman will explore the questions raised in his book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine: How do complex human experiences, such as feeling connected to nature, feeling part of things larger than ourselves, falling in love, the appreciation of beauty, arise from the material atoms and molecules of our brains? It will be an evening melding the spiritual and the scientific in search of truth.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Barton Seaver

Date TBD

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer and the Roux Distinguished Scholar of environmental science at Bowdoin College. Barton Seaver is an author, speaker and chef on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through sustainable eating. Together, they will lead us down a path to a healthier planet and healthier selves.  Combined, Johnson and Seaver's TED talks have had over 5 million listeners.

Ann McKee, MD

Date TBD

Ann McKee, MD is a neurologist and neuropathologist and in 2018 was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. Her career focuses on Alzhiemer's disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), with groundbreaking work on the effects of repetitive head impacts and concussions in sports. Dr. McKee will guide us to a better understanding of the shifting paradigm in our understanding of sports-related head trauma.

Joe Lockhart

Date TBD

Joe Lockhart was the 21st White House press secretary during the Clinton administration and has acted as press secretary and advisor to multiple presidential candidates.  He's had a first hand view of many of the major political events of the last 25 years and, along with a surprise guest, will provide us a peak inside the Oval Office as well as their impressions of America today.


Gladys Cofrin & Dan Logan and Tony McDonald & Denise Caron


Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty

Tom and Rita Saliba

Robert and Joan Carpenter Troccoli

The Dara Jeanne Kaufman Fund

Hancock Lumber

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Jane & Ed Bradley

The Biberstein Family

Joe & Carol Wishcamper


As of 4/17/2023

Anonymous, Michael Beebe, Nancy Beebe, Bernstein Shur LLC, Kathryn Biberstein, Paul Biberstein, Nela Alvarez Sotomayor & Greg Boulos, Ed & Jane Bradley, Hooper Brooks, Crystal Canney, Maryellen Carew, Denise Caron & Tony McDonald, Gladys Cofrin & Dan Logan, Jack & Katherine Emory, Marcia Feller, Julie & Matt Forsyth, Joe Frazer & Susan Tanabaum, Corson Ellis & Marion Freeman, Sara & Ben Gideon, Francisco & Sarah Guzman, Gordie & Judy Hamlin, Hancock Lumber, Mike & Bridget Healy, David & Rebecca Hotelling, Ret. Adm. Gregory Johnson & Carol Hancock, Ronald Joyce, David & Barbara Kaufman, Kerry Michaels, Elizabeth & Hugo Murphy, Mary & Ken Nelson, Carol & Noel Leary, Merle & Leonard Nelson, Harold & Claudia Pachios, Stephanie Paine & John Pier, Kara Palamountain & Nirav Shah, Lucas & Olivia Paradise, Fred & Pat Palmer, Chris Parker, John & Dean Paterson, Caitlin & Sam Reiche, Ford & Karen Reiche, Willy Ritch & Sarah Flink, Zoe Sahloul, Tom & Rita Saliba, Lynn & Jim Shaffer, David Soley & Debra Coppinger, Ineke Schair, Steve & Marybeth Sunenblick, Susan Thornton & Michael Joseph Daley, Kate & Jonas Werner, Joe & Carol Wishcamper


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