Monday, January 12, 2009

Winter Wisdom Series at Curtis

Midcoast Senior College Winter Wisdom Series

Morrell Meeting Room


12:15 ---- 1:45 PM

Free and Open to the Public*

“Energy at the Root of it All” (January 14)
In a mere 40 minutes, the Sun delivers enough energy to Earth to cover all of humanity's needs. Why then do we put the planet's health, the economy and our grandchildren's future in jeopardy by burning, in a short 300 years, a fossil fuel inheritance that took 150 million years to accumulate? We can do better and we have what it takes. Paul Kando, a chemical engineer by training, has been in the forefront of energy research since the first oil crisis of the 1970s. In 2007 he became a Maine certified residential energy auditor and is actively engaged in consulting, teaching, conducting energy audits.

“Looking Back on an Extraordinary Election – A Panel Discussion” (January 21)
Twenty-four hours after the presidential inauguration, we will hear from three panelists who will look back on the 2008 election, the heightened activity during the presidential transition, and President Obama’s inaugural address. Two of our panelists are regular Midcoast Senior College faculty members – historian Jack Thompson and political scientist Howard Whitcomb. They will be joined by Michael Franz, an Assistant Professor of Government at Bowdoin College, whose research specializations are in the fields of campaign finance and political advertising. There will be ample time for questions and comments from the audience.

"Geographies of Hope: Nature and the Modern American City" (January 28)
Why do Americans see cities and nature as opposites, and have they always considered them at odds? These issues are important because the rise of the city and the ascendancy of what became environmentalism intertwine in modern American history. Using Seattle, a city that came of age as the nation became green-minded and urban, as a departure point, we will explore how diverse Americans over the past one hundred years have fought to build cities that are sustainable for human beings and the natural world they depend upon. Matthew Klingle is an Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College.

“Strategic Vision: The Recurring Deficit in American Foreign Policy”
(February 4)
Fred Hill, a Bowdoin graduate, served as a reporter, foreign correspondent and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun from 1965-1985. During his tenure at the Sun he covered political corruption in Maryland and Watergate After a brief stint on Capitol Hill as a foreign policy advisor to Senator Charles Mathias, Jr. (R., MD), he moved to the Department of State where he would remain for two decades before retiring to Arrowsic. At the State Department he was Director, Office of Special Programs, which organized policy planning exercises and roundtable discussions for senior officials on a wide range of security, political, economic and global issues. He writes a monthly column on foreign affairs for the Bangor Daily News. With a brand new administration in Washington, DC, he will assess the state of American foreign policy.

“Longfellow Days Lecture: The Translator’s Art” (February 18)
Translation may seem to be a straightforward practice. It is, in fact, a subtle art, requiring sophistication, technical facility, eloquence and cultural sensitivity. Our speakers, all translators and translatees, include faculty members from the German and French departments at Bowdoin and Bates Colleges and at Bowdoin’s McKeen Center for the Common Good. They are Helen Cafferty, Janice Jaffe, Alexandre Dauge-Roth, Katherine Dauge-Roth, and Otto Emersleben. This lecture is being co-sponsored with Longfellow Days 2009.

*The overwhelming success of our Winter Wisdom presentations has brought the problem of overcrowding. Space is limited, so come early for our 12:15 pm starting time. First come, first seated.

Snow “make-up” date, February 11th

For more information please call 442.7349 or email

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