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Eagle Hill Summer Lecture Evenings

The following calendar lists Thursday and Saturday lecture evenings that are scheduled through early September of 2017. All lectures start at 6PM. Lectures are still being added. Suggestions for open dates are welcome.

For questions ... 207-546-1219 ... joerg@eaglehill.us ... or ... Eagle Hill, PO Box 9, Steuben, ME 04680

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Dates Days Program titles. Description are at end of page. Presenters
2017 Lecture Programs
Jun 1 Thu The Hidden Lives of Moths and their Caterpillars Jason Dombroskie of the Cornell University Insect Collection and Insect Diagnostic Lab
Jun 3 Sat I am Ocean: Maine Stories Gianna Savoie, Founder of the Ocean Media Institute
Jun 8 Thu    
Jun 10 Sat Peachblow Glass: A Victorian Craze Johanna S. Billings, Award-winning writer, photographer and author of the book “Peachblow Glass”
Jun 15 Thu    
Jun 17 Sat Drones: An Eye in the Sky Ryan Malagara of Drone’s Eye View Inc. in Machias
Jun 22 Thu Forest Pharmacy in the Maine Woods Steven Foster, Medical botanist, photographer and author of Peterson's Field Guide to Medicinal Plants
Jun 24 Sat Life on the Edge, Winkles Waves and Wonder Along the Bold Coast Paul Molyneau, NY Times columnist and former Bold Coast periwinkle picker
Jun 29 Thu The Need for Land Conservation David Montague, executive director of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust
Jul 1 Sat    
Jul 6 Thu Lichens After Death: The Lichens of Graveyards Mark Seaward, PhD, DSc, Emeritus Professor at Bradford University, UK
Jul 8 Sat    
Jul 13 Thu Bees of Maine Islands Sara Bushman, teacher and applied agricultural ecologist focusing on Maine's wild bees and the plants they pollinate
Jul 15 Sat A Date With Everest Peter Duston, hiker, backpacker and educational consultant
Jul 20 Thu Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Maine: Habitats & Ecology Alan Bessette, mycologist and distinguished emeritus professor of biology at Utica College of Syracuse University
Jul 22 Sat Arctic-Subalpine Plants on the Maine Coast: Putting a Finger on the Survival Scale Jeff Licht, professor of practice at the University of Massachusetts and director of the biochar experiment program
Jul 27 Thu    
Jul 29 Sat A Maine Man to be Proud of: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Steven Garrett, member of the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Civil War Roundtable and docent at the Chamberlain House Museum in Brunswick, Canada
Aug 3 Thu    
Aug 5 Sat Art in the Age of Manual Reproduction: Referential Networks of Extended Communal Worship Dr. Michael Grillo, art researcher who teaches at the University of Maine
Aug 10 Thu Geospatial Technology Tora Johnson, social scientist and the director of the Geographic Information Systems Laboratory at the University of Maine at Machias
Aug 12 Sat Sailing Around the World Russell Heath, a sailor who circled the world over four years in a 25-foot yacht
Aug 17 Thu    
Aug 19 Sat    
Aug 24 Thu What? Bamboos and Bald Cypresses in Northern Wisconsin? Michael Heim
Aug 26 Sat    
Aug 31 Thu    
Sep 2 Sat A History of Petit Manan Sean Billings, historian and author with the Steuben Historical Society

Thu, Jun 22 ... Join author, photographer, and herbalist Steven Foster for a photographic journey through the fascinating interaction of humans and useful plants in Maine. Discover what native plant had a profound effect on Abraham Lincoln's childhood. Learn which rare Maine herb is still worth millions of dollars in exports. Explore the stories of Maine native plants that are still FDA-approved non-prescription drugs. Find out who is the most famous, but long forgotten herbalist from Washington County. Each plant in Maine's beautiful flora has its own unique, fascinating and engaging story which connects with human experience.

Sat, Jun 24 ... Before becoming a New York Times Outdoors columnist, author and Guggenheim Fellow, Paul Molyneaux was a periwinkle picker on the Bold Coast. In an hour-long presentation, he will weave insights about sustainable fisheries into stories of harvesting the bounty of the intertidal zone, and answer questions about life on the edge in Downeast Maine.
Thu, Jun 29 ... Downeast Lakes Land Trust Executive Director David Montague reviews successes and challenges for land conservation in the Downeast Lakes region. The presentation will explore the history of land use in Downeast Maine, including the evolving mosaic of forest land ownership that is offering unprecedented opportunities for landscape-scale conservation. Case studies will emphasize the critical role of community-based conservation efforts that reflect local values in the stewardship of land and natural resources.
Thu, Jul 6 ... For half a century, Mark Seward has investigated the lichens of innumerable churches and churchyards in Britain (including 655 out of a possible 703 churches in Lincolnshire) and Ireland. The wide variety of surfaces of local and imported materials (limestones, sandstones, granite, slate, wood, metal, etc.) support characteristic lichen assemblages which create a colourful mosaic reflecting the patina of time. These habitats should be conserved on biological as well as historical grounds. However, as revealed in many of the churchyards resurveyed in the past 16 years, their integrity and indeed sanctity has been lost through chemical and mechanical cleaning of stone surfaces, the removal or re-siting of gravestones, air pollution, poor maintenance, neglect or total abandonment, and even the creation of ‘nature reserves’. Due to their sensitivity to such disturbances, lichens have often been the major casualties. Comparisons will be made with graveyards studied in the Eagle Hill area over the past decade where fortunately a more respectful attitude has resulted in the conservation of not only the memorials but also the lichens they support.
Sat, Jul 8 ... This informal seminar by Mark Wittenberg will illustrate the subtle yet powerful effects music may have on a wide range issues from aging well to Alzheimer’s Disease to Autism Spectrum Disorders, to recovery from traumatic injury, to a wide range of medical and mental health issues. We will use video case study illustrations as well as some live experiential activities.
Thu, Jul 13 ... Sara L. Bushmann is a teacher and applied agricultural ecologist whose focus is Maine's wild bees and the plants they pollinate. Her current research involves a survey of wild bees found on Maine's islands. For two years she has served as guest instructor for this native bee seminar at Eagle Hill.
Sat, Jul 15 ... This past fall, Peter Duston of Cherryfield fulfilled a lifelong goal of trekking in the Himalayas and getting as close to Mt. Everest as possible. While there, he climbed high enough to see the "Top of the World" at Namche Bazaar but, due to medical issues, had to retreat spending the High Hindu Holy Week in his guide's remote village of Budhatum, near the center of the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake. Peter is a hiker/backpacker and an educational consultant who, with his wife, Alice, works with mostly international students studying in New England private schools. He is a life-long scout leader, a serious downhill skier and as a retired soldier serves as a bugler with the USAF Honor Guard for Maine.

Thu, Jul 20 ... This programby Alan Bessette will focus on examples of the rich and colorful biodiversity of mushrooms and other fungi found in the various habitats of Maine. Emphasis will be placed on specific fungi, their ecological relationships, and examples of some of the habitats in which they occur. These habitats include streams and wetlands, burn areas, higher elevations, coastal areas and woodlands.

Sat, Jul 22 ... Mark Licht will talk about the surprising mix of arctic-subalpine plants of Acadia National Park, such as those found on Cadillac Mountain and Little Moose Island. They are interesting in several respects not the least of which is their ability to persevere in oftentimes fragile and stressful conditions and their adaptation to temperature changes, seasonal drought and impact from man-made effects. Anecdotes about gardening with a dozen or so Cadillac and Little Moose plants in a landscape far from their remote home in Maine will be included. You will also learn about experiments which address ways recycling urban waste may be a key to balancing native plant conservation in urban settings.
Thu, Jul 27 ... Love them or hate them there are an awful lot of spiders out there (and we should be grateful that there are). This talk by Kefyn Catley explores the folk lore, myths, and actual science surrounding spiders. Spiders get a lot of unwarranted bad press and Dr. Catley’s talk, illustrated with many of his acclaimed spider photographs, aims to put the record straight.
Sat, Jul 29 ... Steven Garrett ... Renewed interest in Chamberlain has come from the Ken Burns’ PBS Civil War film and the hero of Little Round Top in the movie "Gettysburg." But who was this man? How did this Mainer, Bowdoin scholar and professor evolve into a true American war hero? Why does the U.S. Army and USMC still study him for examples of leadership? Simply put, Garrett will answer those questions and more.
Sat, Aug 5 ... Art in the Age of Manual Reproduction: Referential Networks of Extended Communal Worship: Referential Networks treats artworks not as unique objects, but instead as indices, which point away from themselves to the experiential world of the viewers, much as Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Sala della Pace Allegories does. As such, copies, including Giovanni di Paolo’s Apparition at Arles reproducing a Giotto, or Giovanni di Milano’s Rinuccini frescoes duplicating Taddeo Gaddi’s murals in the nearby Baroncelli, or Andrea di Bartolo’s Road to Calvary quoting Simone Martini’s, form a network of referential locations, engaging viewers not just in the subjects of these images, but more fully, as participant witnesses sharing the ritualistic experiences that these works supported. Like the many baptisteries across Italy, which mystically engaged their audiences with the Early Christian Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Renaissance duplicates referenced one another to afford a network of participant believers, sharing a common experience in their interaction with each iteration as an extension of the original’s. Dr Michael Grillo researches Italian fourteenth-century painting from a semeiotic perspective, exploring how images worked as a visual language deeply embedded in the daily lives of believers. He teaches at the University of Maine.

Thu, Agu 10 ... Tora Johnson ... Geospatial technology--computer tools to collect, visualize and analyze mapped information--is the worldwide science revolution you've never heard of. In this presentation, Tora Johnson will show how she and her students use geospatial technology to make interactive maps showing storm flooding scenarios, habitat for river-run fish, assess suitability for development, and more. In rural Maine, this technology is helping small, rural communities make tough decisions and manage change.

Sat, Aug 12 ... Russell Heath ... Have you ever fantasized about going on a grand adventure? Steuben resident Russell Heath did just that. In his 30s, Heath launched himself on a four year single-handed circumnavigation in Kainui, a 25-foot Vertue class yacht. Kainui and Heath left from Juneau, Alaska, sailed off-shore down to Ecuador, then on to Pitcairn Island, across the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans and ending in Maine. Before leaving, his only sailing experience had been in keeping out of the way. He will share his experiences with the audience.
Thu, Aug 24 ... Michael Heim ... The cold winters and sandy soils of the northwoods are often regarded as greatly limiting the kinds of plants which will survive and thrive there. However, the winter-long snow blanket and and well-drained acidic soils can actually be a boon to growing a variety of interesting plants, many of which are seldom seen in the Midwest. Some plants are simply quite a bit hardier than they are given credit for. The results of research by Dr. Heim on the adaptability of these plants in a Zone 3 climate will be discussed along with their aesthetic possibilities in an naturalized setting.
Sat, Sep 2 ... Capitalizing on the success of Bar Harbor, developers more than 100 years ago proposed to build a casino, hotel, deer park and more on Petit Manan Point and sell off 1,300 lots for individual cottages. Historian Sean Billings traces the history of the point through today, where much of the land has become the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge.


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