George Stevens Academy Open Annual Meeting - Open to the PublicThursday, June 22 from 6:30 pm until 8 pm - Light refreshments served at 6 pmThe Esther Wood RoomJoin the GSA Board of Trustees and Head of School Tim Seeley for a "state of the school" report and faculty presentations focusing on three programs: Eastern Maine Skippers, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Special Education. There will be time for questions and answers.
Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner Workshop
taught by Molly Suber Thorpe
Tuesday, July 11 from 9 am - 1 pm
GSA Art Room - Butler Building$125 per person includes 4 hour workshop, personalized supply package, and refreshments
Back by popular demand, Molly Suber Thorpe, award-winning designer and author of Modern Calligraphy: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in Script Calligraphy and The Calligrapher's Business Handbook will be offering a Beginner’s Workshop in modern, script calligraphy. This class is four hours long and will cover all the basics of modern script calligraphy, from holding the pen to writing the complete lowercase alphabet. Absolutely no previous calligraphy experience is required! The workshop is hands-on using all the traditional materials such as pointed nibs, pen holders and ink. All the supplies you'll need, including a take-home kit and packet of letter samples, are included in the ticket price. Your personalized supply package—yours to keep!— will include:
3 pen nibs • 1 straight pen holder • 1 oblique pen holder • 1 pad of quality practice paper • 1 jar of black ink
A sampler with practice strokes and letter specimens • A handout of recommended suppliers and other resources
Limited to 14 seats — lots of individual attention!
Mid-morning refreshments will be served.
Register at plurabellestudio.com
A portion of the proceeds from this workshop will be donated to GSA’s Annual Fund.
Nepal: The Greatest Mountain Adventure in the World
A Multimedia Tour presented by world travelers Leslie Clapp '82 and Blaise DeSibourOffered twice!Tuesday, July 18 at 7 pm and again on Wednesday, August 2 at 7 pmEsther Wood Room
Join Leslie Clapp GSA class of 1982 and Blaise deSibour in their latest travels— this time to Nepal! Discover the exotic city of Kathmandu, explore Sherpa communities in the Himalayas and witness a colorful Buddhist festival at Tengboche Monastery. The couple spent three weeks at altitude trekking lodge-to-lodge in the spectacular region around Everest, and even made it to Base Camp…no easy task! Marvel at stunning, crystal clear views of the highest peaks on Earth, made all the better from an 18,000’ vantage point. Cross the snow-covered Cho La pass into the Gokyo Valley of turquoise lakes and end with an unforgettable helicopter ride around the places they spent days getting to. After saying goodbye to the mountains, Leslie and Blaise headed south to the country’s lowland jungles for safaris in two national parks that are home to one-horned rhinos, tigers and lots of birds. This presentation has something for everyone—culture, adventure and nature!
Author Margot Lee Shetterly talks about Hidden FiguresTuesday, August 15 at 7 pm
Esther Wood Room
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the 2016 best-selling Hidden Figures, and her husband, Aran Shetterly, GSA class of 1988, present an on-stage interview and reading from the book. This personal glimpse into the remarkable journey behind the book, and the movie, explores Shetterly's narrative approach, the experience of writing American history while living in Mexico, and what might be next for the author. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
"Cryptocurrency and Blockchains"Rick Seeger ’88, Digital Technology pioneerTuesday, August 22 at 7 pm
Esther Wood Room
Rick Seeger graduated from GSA in 1988 and attended Carnegie Mellon, where he studied cognitive science and computer engineering, and the University of Sussex, where he earned an M.S. in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. He has worked for Insight Data Science, Silicon Valley Data Science, BitGo, and is currently employed by Crypdex.Of his presentation, Rick says,"There has been a lot of hype around Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies recently. These technologies are quickly taking over the world just like the internet did back in the late 1990s. But, what exactly is Bitcoin? What is a Crypto-currency? What are they good for? How do they work? This talk will explain everything you need to know in an ELI5 style—Explain Like I'm Five! No prior knowledge is required. Come learn about the intriguing concepts behind crypto-currencies and how they are reshaping our world."