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September 2018

Talk – Ditching the Divide: Rejecting Abrasive Political Culture and Cultivating Healthy Local Democracy

September 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Quixada Moore-Vissing Civic Researcher and Community Engagement Designer In a time when many of us just want to silence the noise of uncivil, polarized national politics, local democracy offers a hopeful alternative. People who live as neighbors in the same town or region have an opportunity to demand that local politics and civic life in their community stay civil, respectful, collaborative, and remain a space where many different kinds of people can voice their perspectives and listen to others. Universities,…

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October 2018

Talk – Let’s Start With Why: Distinctive stories of Maine’s unique food system and its impact on the state

October 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Sarah & Bryce Hach Founders, Maine Food for Thought The restaurant scene in Portland has become globally renowned for its’ innovation and quality. But there is also an important and vibrant story behind the plate that interconnects the land, the sea and the people of Maine, that have made it, over time, into the celebrated food destination it is today. Maine Food for Thought Co-Founders, Bryce and Sarah Hach, will discuss how they saw the medium of local, sustainably sourced…

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Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Hauck Auditorium, University of Maine
Orono, United States
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Free

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Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival

October 9
University of Maine Orono, ME United States + Google Map

The Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival promotes hands on learning about water issues for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and their teachers. Schools in Aroostook, Washington, Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset, Penobscot, Waldo, Knox counties and the following northern Kennebec County towns: Clinton, Benton, Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, Albion, Rome, Belgrade, China and Vienna are eligible to apply. School Selection Schools are selected through a formal application process. Teachers in northern Maine who are interested in applying can email Sophia Scott for…

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November 2018

Talk – Crossing boundaries to better understand forest sustainability

November 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Crossing boundaries to better understand forest sustainability and the influence of forest certification Erin Simons-Legaard, Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources, UMaine Multiple, often conflicting forest values are maintained only when management actions are integrated over large areas. To-date, two key mechanisms have been utilized as safeguards for forest sustainability in Maine: regulations (such as Maine’s Forest Practices Act) and certification through programs such as those sponsored by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Forest Stewardship Council. Maine is…

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December 2018

Talk – Can Homesteading Provide Sustenance and Surplus in an Age of Scarcity?

December 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Free

Steve Coghlan Associate Professor of Freshwater Fisheries Ecology, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, University of Maine; and Director, Maine Chapter of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy Human population growth is on a collision course with biophysical limits of Planet Earth and economic limits of modern industrial-financial capitalism, but current political institutions seem incapable of identifying and responding to these existential crises. This has motivated some people to plan for a future of resource…

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