2014 SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES
in the Esther Wood Lecture Room
Tuesday, July 15 at 6 PM
Fisheries, Science & Leadership Advisor
Penobscot East Resource Center
"Eastern Maine Skippers Program"
Dr. Carla Guenther received a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a double major in Biotechnology and International Environmental Policy and a minor in German. After studying lobster behavior at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, as an undergraduate, Carla moved west and earned her Ph.D in Marine Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She engaged Santa Barbara’s commercial lobster fleet while conducting interviews for her doctoral research on Marine Protected Area impacts on socio-economics, reef ecology, and fishing behavior.
In her role at Penobscot East, Carla has worked closely with Deer Isle-Stonington High School to develop their Marine Pathways and was pivotal in the launch of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program.
The Eastern Maine Skippers Program is a regional program that aims to provide aspiring commercial fishermen in schools from North Haven to Eastport with the skills needed to be successful fishermen in a time of rapid environmental and regulatory change. A cohort of over 40 students from George Stevens Academy, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Deer Isle-Stonington, Ellsworth, Mount Desert, and Narraguagus High Schools remains in their schools and collaborate in the program via technology-based “anytime, anywhere” learning. Students also meet in person three or four times each year to participate in events such as meetings with the Department of Marine Resources and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.
Tuesday, July 22 at 7 PM &
(repeated) Wednesday, August 6 at 7 PM
Leslie Clapp '82 and Blaise deSibour
"Madagascar - The Eighth Continent"
Madagascar’s plants and animals are so different from those found anywhere else on earth that it is often referred to as “the eighth continent.” Leslie and Blaise ventured to this “treasure island” last fall and spent five weeks covering the world’s fourth largest island. Pockets of unique ecosystems still exist and harbor some of the most extraordinary creatures you could imagine! Lemurs stole the show, but colorful chameleons, fantastic frogs and gorgeous geckos made quite a hit. There are over 120 endemic bird species and some very strange insects, all of which are highly approachable and make for wonderful photographs. Travel to the spiny forest of the southwest, lowland rainforest of the northeast, montane rainforest of the interior and tropical islands of the north, and experience the many surprises each area has in store.
Tuesday, July 29 at 7 PM - Please note corrected time
Multimedia presentation of his new book,
A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobely
Lehrer’s latest award-winning book, A LIFE IN BOOKS: the Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, is an illuminated novel with 101 books within it—all “written” by his protagonist, a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. Mobley’s reluctant memoir is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, represented by their cover designs, catalog descriptions, and excerpts that read like short stories. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.
In his funny and thought provoking performance/reading, Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s life in books via many of his book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations, short films of Mobley book excerpts performed by the band BETTY and actress/poet La Bruja, and a live cameo appearance by actress/author Judith Sloan.On NPR’s Studio 360, Kurt Andersen called A LIFE IN BOOKS “an ingenious, one-of-a-kind novel.” Andrei Codrescu calls it, “A profound commentary… brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.” The Atlantic describes it as "pitch perfect,” while the Huffington Post and Print Magazine hail it as "a tour de force.” A LIFE IN BOOKS is the winner of the 2014 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Outstanding Book of the Year Award, as well as a National Indie Book Award, and a Next Generation Indie Book Award. Acclaimed as a pioneer of visual literature and design authorship, Lehrer is also a recipient of the Brendan Gill Prize, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, three AIGA Book Awards, a Media That Matters Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller, Ford, and Greenwall Foundations.
Tuesday, August 5 - Special time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Molly Suber Thorpe
Graphic Designer, Calligrapher & Author
Modern Calligraphy Workshop - $110
A 4-hour hands-on workshop for beginners. Personal supply kit and mid-morning snacks provided. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to GSA’s Annual Fund. To register and for more information go to plurabelleshop.com. Space is very limited – just twelve seats are available.
Molly Suber Thorpe is the award-winning graphic designer and calligrapher behind Plurabelle Calligraphy & Design Studio. She is known for her original, contemporary hand lettering styles and unique, non-traditional letterforms, combined with clean layouts and bold color palettes. Molly works with clients all over the country and internationally, from Sweden to South Africa and from England to Brazil.
Molly has taught calligraphy to over 300 students in workshops and to over 1,500 through her online Skillshare course. She has been a guest lecturer of graphic design and its intersection with hand lettering at The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts and in The University of California at Los Angeles’s Design Communication Arts department. Her book — Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013) — has reached thousands of budding calligraphers and is now in its third printing.
Molly studied art history, comparative literature, and creative writing at The American University of Paris. Her experience as editor and layout designer of the school’s bilingual arts and literary magazine, Paris/Atlantic, sparked Molly’s interest in graphic design. Upon returning to the States, she earned a degree in Design Communication Arts from UCLA Extension, with a concentration in typography and layout design. While there, Molly took a course on Gothic, broad-tip, block calligraphy. Unable to find any books that taught contemporary script alphabets, she mostly taught herself — through much trial and error — and developed the fine-tip styles she is known for today.
Tuesday, August 12 at 6 PM
Director and Professor, Climate Change Institute, University of Maine
"Journey Into Climate - Adventure, The Golden Age of Climate Research and the Unmasking of Human Innocence"Paul Mayewski led the first expedition into Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica and first glaciological expedition to Nun Kun Massif, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas. He led the first multi-disciplinary oversnow scientific expeditions to the South Pole through West and East Antarctica. He has made many Transantarctic Mountain first ascents and over 25,000 km of surface traverse over unexplored Antarctic territory.
Thursday, August 14 at 6 PM
The author discusses her most recent work,Trust But Verify: Reagan,Russia and me, and our country’s current relations with Russia.
Suzanne Massie has been involved in many aspects of study and work in the Soviet Union/Russia for 45 years. Her outstanding ability as an interpreter of Russian culture and bridge builder between the Russian and American people has been acknowledged by both countries. In Russia she has been the subject of a documentary film, is the winner of a prestigious literary prize and is an active participant in the cultural and social concerns of the city of St. Petersburg. In the United States her books: Trust but Verify: Reagan, Russia and me, Land of the Firebird, Pavlovsk, The Living Mirror, Journey and Nicholas and Alexandra, on which she worked with her former husband Robert K. Massie, have been read by millions. She has been consulted by many members of Congress and the Senate and from 1984-88 advised President Ronald Reagan, meeting with him 21 times during the critical years of the ending of the Cold War.
The trilingual Ms. Massie is the daughter of a Swiss diplomat. Born in New York, she graduated from Vassar College, and also studied at the Sorbonne and the École des Sciences Politiques in Paris. Copies of Trust but Verify: Reagan, Russia and me will be available for sale.
Tuesday, August 19 at 6 PM
Professor Emeritus of American Art, Princeton University
"American Artists and the Civil War"
John Wilmerding is Sarofim Professor of American art, emeritus, at Princeton University. Formerly, he was a visiting curator in the Department of American art at the Metropolitan Museum, and has also served as Senior Curator and Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees of the National Gallery and a trustee of the Guggenheim Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art. He has an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Vermont, and is a member of the American Philosophical Society. President Obama reappointed him to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. A noted scholar of American art and cultural studies, he is author of monographs on Fitz Henry Lane, John F. Peto, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins. Over the last few years he has written books on Richard Estes, Robert Indiana, Tom Wesselmann, and Roy Lichtenstein. He has recently worked on exhibitions of Frederic Church in Maine, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Indiana’s prints, and Pop still life.
All are welcome to attend.
There is no admission fee and no reserved seating for the evening events.
Registration for the workshop is $110 at plurabelleshop.com
The Esther Wood Room is air-conditioned.
George Stevens Academy
23 Union Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614
For more information, call 374-2800