“Beyond the Whale Skull: Life Changing Ideas” will take place at College of the Atlantic on April 14. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

COA community to share stories, inspiration

BAR HARBOR — Speakers, poets, writers and artists from the College of the Atlantic community will come together in the Thomas S. Gates Community Center for a night of storytelling and inspiration with “Beyond the Whale Skull: Life Changing Ideas,” on Friday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Event organizers hope to spark conversation beyond classroom walls and have the audience members walk away with new perspectives and ideas.

“No one will ever be able to learn all there is to learn, but by collaborating and exchanging ideas with people in various fields of expertise, we can combine knowledge that will help us form a holistic understanding of the world,” said Clement Moliner-Roy ‘19, one of the event coordinators.

A total of 10 presenters, including COA students, faculty, alumni and trustees, along with community members, will have 5 minutes to share a story, philosophy, concept or project which they believe to be life-changing and wish for the wider community to know about.

Presentations will range widely. COA philosophy and peace studies professor Gray Cox will share his idea about funding a progressive civil society as an alternative government. COA student Shlomit Auciello ‘17 will use her passion for comedy to explore the relationships between desire and loss, ownership and destruction.

“The format for ‘Beyond the Whale Skull’ was inspired by the TED-talks, however, we will be taking one step beyond to share ideas not only through formal talks, but also through dance, music, animation or another creative medium of their choice,” Moliner-Roy said.

The COA improvisation group will perform between the presentations, engaging the audience to share their life-changing ideas.

“Everyone is warmly welcomed to attend and learn about the inspiring ideas that exist in our community and discover some of the amazing work people are doing,” said Moliner-Roy.

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