Education is lecture series focus

BAR HARBOR — Acadia Senior College and College of the Atlantic present “Best of Acadia,” a series of talks which will focus this year on higher education and public policy, July 16 to 20, on the COA campus. Educators will address topics including how to prepare students to address complex global matters and why the arts and humanities are important.

COA president Darron Collins will lead off the series with a talk at 9 a.m. Monday, July 16. Collins, an avid fisherman, cyclist, and hiker, will talk about COA’s alternative approach to higher education. Pastries and beverages will be served at this and other morning presentations.

Tuesday, July 17, filmmaker Olympia Stone joins COA’s Catherine Clinger for a “Coffee and Conversation” event at 9 a.m. Stone will show and discuss clips from her latest film about award-winning American sculptor Elizabeth King.

The keynote address by David Ellwood, Professor of Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. Ellwood will outline his research on poverty in America and propose policies for restoring the American Dream. He is one of the nation’s leading scholars on poverty and welfare and is credited with significantly influencing public policy in the US and abroad. Ellwood chairs the Board of Schoodic Institute and is a summer resident of Winter Harbor. A reception will follow the presentation.

William Brennan, President of Maine Maritime Academy, will speak at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 18. A leading authority on environmental policy relating to oceans, he has served in many government positions, including as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Brennan will talk about how MMA prepares its students for a variety of successful careers, including engineering, management, science, and transportation.

Laurie Lachance, President of Thomas College, will speak Thursday, July 19, on “Being Bold in the Wild World of Higher Education.” She has served Maine as state economist under three governors and in 2014 was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. She has some radical ideas for re-shaping higher education and says, “I’m just naive enough to think this might work!”

Deborah Dluhy, Board member of the Maine College of Art, will address “Why Art Should Matter” as the “Best of Acadia” program concludes on Friday. Dluhy is an art historian, arts administrator, and independent arts consultant. She has served as head of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University.

To register for “Best of Acadia,” call Acadia Senior College at 207-288-9500 or email The fee for the week’s program is $75.

Tuesday evening’s keynote address is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. All morning talks will be held at 9 a.m. at Gates Auditorium on the College of the Atlantic campus.



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