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2024 SEASON

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PAST EVENT

An Evening Melding the Spiritual and the Scientific in Search of Truth.

March 21, 2024

Author, professor, physicist Alan Lightman took us on a journey from the microscopic to the vastness of space. While a scientist at his core, Lightman focused us on the enigma that Einstein best encapsulated in saying “The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Recording Coming Soon

2023 SEASON

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PAST EVENT

A Very Hot Topic: What Climate Change Means to Public Health

November 16, 2023

Nirav Shah returned to Maine to remind us that “simple solutions are rarely either.” Given the potential impact of climate change on public health, all of us need to understand how our actions today can impact the health of our communities tomorrow. This spirited conversation with Chris Costa gave us a lot to think about.

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PAST EVENT

The Electrifying Question of Private vs. Public Ownership of Our Power Companies in Maine

October 10, 2023

An opportunity to hear from both sides of the debate about privatizing the Maine’s power companies was both timely and lively and a healthy debate about Maine’s future direction.

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PAST EVENT

A Conversation About the Radical Acts of Reading & Writing with Accomplished Maine Authors Lily King & Susan Conley

September 19, 2023

Both Lily and Susan said they read books while they write – books that feed their souls within the creative world they inhabit for that particular work. They described writing as “long and hard” but when they can take characters to a moment of intensity, passion… joy and the reader goes with them, there is nothing like it.

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PAST EVENT

From Words to Reality: The Impact of the Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action in College Admissions

August 22nd, 2023

Citing diversity in college education as important to national security, our panel pointed to the recent Supreme Court decisions and other practices as impediments to the important role in secondary education of a diverse peer group, and were concerned the impact will be felt for years to come.

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PAST EVENT

INVALUABLE LESSONS OF CARRYING ON IN THE FACE OF GREAT TRAGEDY

July 18, 2023

NBC News foreign correspondent, Martin Fletcher, left us with a message of hope despite sharing tales of people he met in the grips of the most harrowing circumstances, describing the most elemental human quest as a search for peace and quiet.

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PAST EVENT

LOOKING BACK OVER A YEAR OF WAR IN THE UKRAINE: PROGRESS, PROGNOSIS AND PREDICTIONS

May 30, 2023

With the war in Ukraine approaching a stalemate, our panel of military and diplomatic experts explained the paths to potential resolution guided by recent history of the "ends" of global conflicts.

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PAST EVENT

FAR FROM HOME: A DISCUSSION WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS IN MAINE

April 25, 2023

Our goal was not to solve the problems in the asylum process – and we know they exist – but to meet six new Mainers who faced harm at home and who made their way from Angola, Cuba, Ukraine and other countries to Maine where they have dreams of making a home for themselves and their families and to contribute to Maine in roles such as nurses, accountants, geologists and engineers.

2022 SEASON

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PAST EVENT

COLIN WOODARD

October 20, 2022

Colin Woodard laid out the historical context for the theme of American exceptionalism and challenged us to formulate a more unifying theme for America in its third century.

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PAST EVENT

DRS. SUSANA HANCOCK AND IAIN KERR, MODERATED BY DON PERKINS

September 29, 2022

Susana Hancock and Iain Kerr brought us a hopeful message about our ability to preserve our ocean environment, but cautioned it will take all of us playing our part to reverse the impact of climate change.

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PAST EVENT

DR. NIRAV SHAH, PROF. KARA PALAMOUNTAIN, MODERATED BY DR. DORA ANNE MILLS

August 17, 2022

Maine’s own Dr. Dora Mills provided the framework for us to peak inside the work and lives of Dr. Nirav Shah and his wife Prof. Kara Palamountain as they coped with the emerging Covid pandemic in Maine and abroad, in a discussion full of humor and sagacity. And hear about the moment they fell in love with Maine.

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PAST EVENT

ADM GREGORY JOHNSON, SUSAN THORNTON MODERATED BY HAROLD PACHIOS

July 22, 2022

Admiral Johnson and retired senior U.S. diplomat Susan Thornton did not pull punches in their predictions about the difficult path the Ukrainians face in their war with the Russians. They reminded us that it will be a long cold winter that will challenge NATO allies’ resolve to remain united in their sanctions against the Russians and military support for the Ukraine army. A unifying theme that inspires Americans not to flag in their support is not evident. How long will the conflict last? How will it end? Listen to the recording below.

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PAST EVENT

SENATOR ANGUS KING

May 27, 2022

Sen. King, Maine's first independent US Senator, helped unravel the mystery that is the operation of the US Senate, both in its function and dysfunction. He revealed to us that he still can't quite believe that he goes to work each day in the splendor that is the US Capitol, in what he called one of the most interesting jobs in the world.

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PAST EVENT

HEATHER COX RICHARDSON

October 12, 2021

Heather Cox Richardson speaks about Maine’s leadership role in the formation of our democracy and all of our responsibility to ensure its future.


Please note we experienced sound difficulty with the first several minutes of the video recording, but it resolves thereafter.

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