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William Harwood:  Maine Electric Utilities - Costs, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and the Future
William Harwood:  Maine Electric Utilities - Costs, Climate Change, Renewable Energy and the Future
Bill will invite us to consider Maine’s electric utilities – their costs, climate change, renewable energy and the future of electricity delivery in Maine. With an introduction by Dr. Richard Silkman. Lead Sponsors: Gregory Boulos & Nela Alvarez-Sotomayor
Jun 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Meetinghouse Arts,
40 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032, USA

2024 Season

Thank you to our many season supporters who are allowing us to bring you an amazing 2024 season. We welcome you to join us as a Season Supporter.

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7-8:30PM

Best-selling author of Einstein's Dreams, physicist, MIT professor, and social entrepreneur, Dr. Lightman was recently the host of the PBS miniseries Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science. At Freeport Speech, Dr. Lightman will explore the questions raised in his books Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine and The Transcendent Brain: Spirituality in the Age of Science: 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.

Postponed—to be rescheduled

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 Alzheimer'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.

Lead Sponsor: Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Monday, June 24, 2024, 7:00-8:30PM

Bill Harwood was appointed Maine Public Advocate by Governor Mills after a four decade legal career and is one of Maine’s most experienced energy/utility attorneys. From water to solar to electricity, Bill has seen it all. As Public Advocate he represents the interests of Maine utility consumers in regulatory proceedings. After a year including referendum and downed power lines, Bill will invite us to consider Maine’s electric utilities – their costs, climate change, renewable energy and the future of electricity delivery in Maine. Introduction by Dr. Richard Silkman, PhD economist, former director of the Maine State Planning Office and founder and chairman of Competitive Energy Services.

Tuesday, August 27, 2024, 7:00-8:30PM

At the forefront of world events for most of our lifetimes, the Israel-Palestine conflict will be thoughtfully discussed by Martin Fletcher, former NBC News Tel Aviv Bureau Chief and now award-winning author, and Aaron David Miller, an American Middle East analyst, author, and negotiator at the State Department. Moderated by NPR's International Affairs Correspondent, Jackie Northam, we will seek to answer the critical question “can there be peace in the Middle East in our lifetimes?”

Thursday, September 19, 2024, 7-8:30PM

Joe Lockhart was the 21st White House press secretary during the Clinton administration and 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. Joining Joe will be John F. Harris, political journalist and the co-founder of Politico. John was a journalist with the Washington Post for 21 years during which time he covered the White House. Together, they will provide us a peek inside the Oval Office as well as their impressions of America today.

Thursday, October 17, 2024, 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Today, leaders in both business and government are facing crises of increasing complexity. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who served in office during the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, grew up on the South Side of Chicago, attended Milton Academy, Harvard College and Harvard Law School on scholarship, and has served in leadership positions in both the private and the public sectors. Currently, he is at the forefront of impact investing – where private capital is the engine for innovation and prosperity, not just for investors but communities, employees and consumers as well. He will share with us what his journey has taught him about the leadership we need to thrive in the coming decades.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2024, 7-8:30pm

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.

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2024 Lead Sponsors

The Judith Glickman Lauder Foundation

Kathy Biberstein

Gregory Boulos & Nela Alvarez-Sotomayor

The Dara Jeanne Kaufman Fund

Legacy Properties, Sotheby's International Realty

The Saliba Family

Robert & Joan Carpenter Troccoli

Gladys Cofrin & Dan Logan

Amy Woodhouse & Toby Scott

Joe & Carol Wishcamper

2024 Community Season Supporters

Peggy Greenhut Golden

Joseph and Maury Bohan

Elizabeth McLellan

Flying Point Consulting

Ineke Schair

Marcia Feller & Bob Murray

Kate & Jonas Werner

Sherman's Maine Coast Bookstore


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