Galen Hecht, left, will speak at the next Human Ecology Forum at College of the Atlantic on Jan. 23. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Forum to focus on water and humanity

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic alumnus and Watson Fellow Galen Hecht ’16 will reflect on a year of geopoetic river quests and discuss the future of humanity and deepening connections around the globe when he gives the next Human Ecology Forum talk in COA’s McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 4:10 p.m.

Hecht’s talk will center on the “boundless trails of water” around the planet that display the myriad ways humanity drinks, he said.

“Any place you go in the world, ask a fellow where they get their water, and they will have an answer,” he said. “From the arctic Torne River to the Gangetic Plain and through the Atacama Desert, a traveler’s view reveals at once the harsh realities of civilization and certain moments of clarity about how we can cohabit the earth.”

Following graduation from COA, Hecht spent 2017 on a Watson Fellowship exploring rivers. Growing up in the arid mountains of New Mexico and then Vancouver Island, Hecht developed strong relations to the landscape, which led to a focus on water and watersheds. His travels last year took him to three distinct landscapes, including the Himalaya, Lapland and the Atacama. He currently lives and farms in Deer Isle.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.


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