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Kim Upstill

November 28, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Kim Upstill: A Report From The Mood Lit Field                                                                          7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

Kim Upstill is a writer, artist, and cook based in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BA degree from Evergreen State College and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Along with various smaller texts, Kim has published two books, Soft Work Kitchen and Night Rind. Kim is interested in partner dance, sculptural imagingings, romance and language in its varied forms. 

November 15, 2022

Two Cent Talks: A Reading with Morgan Talty and Michelle Menting
 5:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios

Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He is the author of the story collection Night of the Living Rez from Tin House Books, and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty is an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing and Native American and contemporary Literature at the University of Maine, Orono, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.

Michelle Menting is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books), and two poetry chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and short stories can be found in Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, The Cimarron Review, The Offing, The Southeast Review, New South, Harpur Palate, The Texas Observer, Fourth River, and DIAGRAM, among other places. A recipient of scholarships from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences and a Maine Literary Award finalist, Michelle has been awarded for her written work with residencies from Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, Crosshatch/Hill House, and the National Park Service, where she served as Poet-in-Residence on Isle Royale National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve.

Celebrating the verbal arts in Maine. A literary and creative arts series of readings, lectures, and performances sponsored by Colby College’s Office of the President, Center for the Arts and the Humanities, English Department, and Creative Writing Program.

November 14, 2022

As Long as Grass Grows with Dina Gilio-Whitaker                                                             7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. As a public intellectual, Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist as well, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, High Country News and many more. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’s “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, was released in 2019.

Sponsored by: Environmental Studies, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs.

November 14, 2022

Faculty Book Launch: Lydia Marie Fairchild: A Radical American Life                                 4:00 p.m., Brewster Reading Room, Miller Library

Celebrate Lydia Moland’s new book: Lydia Marie Fairchild: A Radical American Life. Professor Lydia Moland will discuss her new book and give a brief reading.

Refreshments and food will be served. 

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Philosophy department, and the Humanities Division. 

November 13, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
What’s Cooking
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

On Thanksgiving day, four ethnically diverse families — Vietnamese, Latino,  Jewish, and African American — gather for the traditional meal. Each family has its own distinct way of cooking the traditional holiday meal and its own set of problems.

Join us for a discussion after the screening with Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Sociology Shruti Devgan. 

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

Food For Thought

November 7, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Roundtable Food Justice in Maine
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

This Roundtable conversation will involve four Maine non-profits discussing Food Justice in Maine. Joining us will be The Evening Sandwich Program (Maililani Bailey); Stone Soup Cafe (Maureen Ausbrook); Healthy Northern Kennebec (Alison Laplante); Presente! Maine (Crystal Cron). This panel will be moderated by Gail Carlson (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College).

November 5, 2022

Annual Basket Making Workshop with Penobscot Basketmaker Paula Love                1:00 p.m., Pugh Center

Join us for the Annual Basket Making Workshop with Penobscot Basketmaker Paula Love! We hope you can join us for this interactive experience.
 
This event is free and open to the public. 
 
Sponsored with the Four Winds Native American Alliance, Critical Indigenous Studies Initiative, Oak Institute for Human Rights, The Pugh Center, and the Colby College Museum of Art. 

November 4-5, 2022

Fall Shabbaton with Batya Levine and Sandra Lawson                                                   Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners of the Fall Shabbaton.  This annual event brings together the Maine Jewish community and friends from farther afield for a weekend of Torah study, soulful music, Shabbat meals, and invigorating connection. What started out as a Friday-night dinner and concert has evolved into a full Shabbat of learning and singing, with intergenerational programs for college students, children and teens, synagogue members from across the state. Past guests have included Nefesh Mountain, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Neshama Carlebach and the Glory to God gospel singers, and Joey Weisenberg, as well as Talmud scholar Ruth Calderon. The Shabbaton has grown into a partner program to the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, sustaining our community with Jewish learning and music as we enter the winter months.

Cosponsored by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the Religious Studies Department, Music Department, Jewish Studies Department, Pugh Center, SGA, and the Cultural Events Committee. 

November 1, 2022

The James M. Carpenter Lecture: Serving History with Faux Food and Artists’ Games: Works by Angela Lorenz                                                                                                 5:00 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Angela Lorenz, a visual artist whose interests are voraciously polymathic, will be presenting the 2022 Carpenter Lecture. Lorenz’s conceptual approach in research-driven art projects fosters data visualization: any artistic process or material is ripe for use to express an idea. Her work centers on material culture, visual culture, and language. She infuses humor whenever possible to leaven the tragic nature of lives lived, and as a mnemonic to aid memory.

This event is supported by the James M. Carpenter Lecture Fund in the Department of Art at Colby College and cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby Art Office, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

October 23, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
The Hand that Feeds, Conversation with Mahoma López
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

October 17, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Lisa Heldke: Aesthetic Value of Disgusting Experiences: Ruminations on my Compost Bucket                                                                                                                                  7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium                                              

Lisa Heldke is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge)and the co-editor of two anthologies in the philosophy of food: Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, co-edited with Deane Curtin (Indiana) and The Atkins Diet and Philosophy, coedited with Kerri Mommer and Cindy Pineo (Open Court). She is the coeditor of Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.

Heldke holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University. She is currently Professor of Philosophy, Sponberg Chair in Ethics, and member of the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter Minnesota.

September 30-October 8, 2022

Maine Lit Fest         

After extended time apart, the Maine Lit Fest addresses the need for a welcoming large-scale series of gatherings that celebrate diverse experiences and stories and bring Maine’s communities together through the power of the written and spoken word. 

The Maine Lit Fest includes a week of readings, conversations, and happenings, beginning in Waterville and then heading down to Portland, including a final day full of free outdoor events in Downtown Portland, and a bookfair featuring Maine publishers and author collectives.

For more information about the schedule of events, please visit here. 

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

The Writing Life, Friendship, and Food with Richard Russo, Kate Russo, and Jennifer Finney Boylan                                                                                                                      6:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios 

Three amazing literary writers with deep ties to Waterville, who also happen to have shared many meals together and written pieces for Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Life, will close out our final day of events in Waterville. Come hear Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo (Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic), artist and writer Kate Russo (Super Host), and bestselling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan (Good Boy: My Live in 7 Dogs and Mad Honey) share words, laughs, and insights about food, friends, family, and what it takes to build a writing life.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

Food Writing with Local Cookbook Writers, Journalists, and Bloggers                             4:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios

A collection of local cookbook writers, food journalists, and bloggers will share what it means to be a food writer and how they came to their respective professions. Panelists include Margaret Hathaway (Maine Community Cookbook and The Year of the Goat), Kate Shaffer (owner of Ragged Coast Chocolates), Peggy Grodinsky (Food Editor and Books Editor at the Portland Press Herald), and Karen Watterson (a former food editor and freelance writer). All are contributors to Breaking Bread: Essays from New England On Food, Hunger, and Family, an anthology co-edited by Deborah Joy Corey and Debra Spark.

Debra Spark (author of Unknown Caller, co-editor of the Breaking Bread Anthology, and Colby College creative writing professor) will facilitate.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 30, 2022

Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event                                                                                                                 A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado                                                                   7:00-8:15 p.m, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art + Music Center

Please join us for the Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event, a FREE conversation between author Carmen Maria Machado and Colby Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and novelist, Sarah Braunstein (author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children).

One of today’s most ground-breaking young writers, Carmen Maria Machado creates haunting and genre-defying work that blends sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and literary criticism and grips readers from beginning to end. For this Kickoff Event, Machado, best known for her memoir In the Dream House and her award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, will discuss breaking literary molds, writing queer relationships, embracing the weird, and her writing process and projects.

Registration details to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the conversation starts at 7 PM.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 28-30, 2022

Havel and Our Crisis
An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders
Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. 

The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. This conference is supported by Knihovna Václav Havel Library, Colby College, Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues, Czech Center New York, Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. 

September 26, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Carol Adams: Misogyny on the Menu: Female Reproduction and Food Production
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. She is the co-editor of several important anthologies, including most recently Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Lori Gruen). The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015 appeared in the fall of 2016.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. In the 1970s, she and her spouse, the Rev. Bruce Buchanan started a Hotline for Battered Women in upstate New York. She is the author of Woman-Battering (1995) in Fortress Press’s Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series. With Marie Fortune, she edited Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook (1995). She is the author of the training manual, Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence:  Case Studies for Clergy – for Christian Audiences – Training Manual (2007) published by the FaithTrust Institute. She wrote one of the earliest articles theorizing why batterers harm animals, “Woman-Battering and Harm to Animals” (in The Carol J. Adams Reader).

September 25, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
Voices from the Barrens, Q+A with Director, Nancy Ghertner
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

This migration is part of their traditional sustenance life-style, a way of gathering from the earth. Families and extended families arrive at company owned camps and live in cabins on the remote barrens of Washington County. During the weeks of the harvest they hand rake the blueberry gullies and fields and at day’s end share camp activities.

Conversations in the cabins and the fields are interspersed with stunning views of the glacial barrens of Down East Maine as the film follows the rakers’ lives. In interviews with the tribal owned company and elders from the Canadian Wabanaki the film documents the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s struggle to find a necessary balance between traditional work and the realities of tribal financial independence.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

September 19, 2022

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Cherie Scott: From Mumbai to Maine
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. After a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine now for over a decade.  In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie was invited to join a lineup of notable guest chef instructors at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School where she curated an exclusive, regional Indian cooking series for 4 years. Additionally, Cherie is a guest chef instructor at the Milk Street with Christopher Kimball Online Cooking School, Boston. Cherie is the host of “Talking Food In Maine” a series of intimate one-on-one conversations with notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine. To celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie hosted and produced Mumbai to Maine’s podcast in 2020 showcasing some of Maine’s most accomplished culinary tastemakers. In the heart of the pandemic, Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are masterfully crafted in small batches and simmered for hours with an infusion of freshly roasted and ground spice blends. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand, available nationwide on www.mumbaitomaine.com and across several specialty stores in Maine.

November 14, 2022

As Long as Grass Grows with Dina Gilio-Whitaker                                                             7:00 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. As a public intellectual, Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist as well, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, High Country News and many more. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’s “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, was released in 2019.

Sponsored by: Environmental Studies, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs.

November 14, 2022

Faculty Book Launch: Lydia Marie Fairchild: A Radical American Life                                 4:00 p.m., Brewster Reading Room, Miller Library

Celebrate Lydia Moland’s new book: Lydia Marie Fairchild: A Radical American Life. Professor Lydia Moland will discuss her new book and give a brief reading.

Refreshments and food will be served. 

Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Philosophy department, and the Humanities Division. 

November 13, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
What’s Cooking
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

On Thanksgiving day, four ethnically diverse families — Vietnamese, Latino,  Jewish, and African American — gather for the traditional meal. Each family has its own distinct way of cooking the traditional holiday meal and its own set of problems.

Join us for a discussion after the screening with Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Sociology Shruti Devgan. 

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

Food For Thought

November 7, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Roundtable Food Justice in Maine
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

This Roundtable conversation will involve four Maine non-profits discussing Food Justice in Maine. Joining us will be The Evening Sandwich Program (Maililani Bailey); Stone Soup Cafe (Maureen Ausbrook); Healthy Northern Kennebec (Alison Laplante); Presente! Maine (Crystal Cron). This panel will be moderated by Gail Carlson (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College).

November 5, 2022

Annual Basket Making Workshop with Penobscot Basketmaker Paula Love                1:00 p.m., Pugh Center

Join us for the Annual Basket Making Workshop with Penobscot Basketmaker Paula Love! We hope you can join us for this interactive experience.
 
This event is free and open to the public. 
 
Sponsored with the Four Winds Native American Alliance, Critical Indigenous Studies Initiative, Oak Institute for Human Rights, The Pugh Center, and the Colby College Museum of Art. 

November 4-5, 2022

Fall Shabbaton with Batya Levine and Sandra Lawson                                                   Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners of the Fall Shabbaton.  This annual event brings together the Maine Jewish community and friends from farther afield for a weekend of Torah study, soulful music, Shabbat meals, and invigorating connection. What started out as a Friday-night dinner and concert has evolved into a full Shabbat of learning and singing, with intergenerational programs for college students, children and teens, synagogue members from across the state. Past guests have included Nefesh Mountain, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Neshama Carlebach and the Glory to God gospel singers, and Joey Weisenberg, as well as Talmud scholar Ruth Calderon. The Shabbaton has grown into a partner program to the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, sustaining our community with Jewish learning and music as we enter the winter months.

Cosponsored by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the Religious Studies Department, Music Department, Jewish Studies Department, Pugh Center, SGA, and the Cultural Events Committee. 

November 1, 2022

The James M. Carpenter Lecture: Serving History with Faux Food and Artists’ Games: Works by Angela Lorenz                                                                                                 5:00 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Angela Lorenz, a visual artist whose interests are voraciously polymathic, will be presenting the 2022 Carpenter Lecture. Lorenz’s conceptual approach in research-driven art projects fosters data visualization: any artistic process or material is ripe for use to express an idea. Her work centers on material culture, visual culture, and language. She infuses humor whenever possible to leaven the tragic nature of lives lived, and as a mnemonic to aid memory.

This event is supported by the James M. Carpenter Lecture Fund in the Department of Art at Colby College and cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby Art Office, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

October 23, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
The Hand that Feeds, Conversation with Mahoma López
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

October 17, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Lisa Heldke: Aesthetic Value of Disgusting Experiences: Ruminations on my Compost Bucket                                                                                                                                  7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium                                              

Lisa Heldke is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge)and the co-editor of two anthologies in the philosophy of food: Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, co-edited with Deane Curtin (Indiana) and The Atkins Diet and Philosophy, coedited with Kerri Mommer and Cindy Pineo (Open Court). She is the coeditor of Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.

Heldke holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University. She is currently Professor of Philosophy, Sponberg Chair in Ethics, and member of the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter Minnesota.

September 30-October 8, 2022

Maine Lit Fest         

After extended time apart, the Maine Lit Fest addresses the need for a welcoming large-scale series of gatherings that celebrate diverse experiences and stories and bring Maine’s communities together through the power of the written and spoken word. 

The Maine Lit Fest includes a week of readings, conversations, and happenings, beginning in Waterville and then heading down to Portland, including a final day full of free outdoor events in Downtown Portland, and a bookfair featuring Maine publishers and author collectives.

For more information about the schedule of events, please visit here. 

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

The Writing Life, Friendship, and Food with Richard Russo, Kate Russo, and Jennifer Finney Boylan                                                                                                                      6:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios 

Three amazing literary writers with deep ties to Waterville, who also happen to have shared many meals together and written pieces for Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Life, will close out our final day of events in Waterville. Come hear Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo (Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic), artist and writer Kate Russo (Super Host), and bestselling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan (Good Boy: My Live in 7 Dogs and Mad Honey) share words, laughs, and insights about food, friends, family, and what it takes to build a writing life.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

Food Writing with Local Cookbook Writers, Journalists, and Bloggers                             4:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios

A collection of local cookbook writers, food journalists, and bloggers will share what it means to be a food writer and how they came to their respective professions. Panelists include Margaret Hathaway (Maine Community Cookbook and The Year of the Goat), Kate Shaffer (owner of Ragged Coast Chocolates), Peggy Grodinsky (Food Editor and Books Editor at the Portland Press Herald), and Karen Watterson (a former food editor and freelance writer). All are contributors to Breaking Bread: Essays from New England On Food, Hunger, and Family, an anthology co-edited by Deborah Joy Corey and Debra Spark.

Debra Spark (author of Unknown Caller, co-editor of the Breaking Bread Anthology, and Colby College creative writing professor) will facilitate.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 30, 2022

Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event                                                                                                                 A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado                                                                   7:00-8:15 p.m, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art + Music Center

Please join us for the Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event, a FREE conversation between author Carmen Maria Machado and Colby Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and novelist, Sarah Braunstein (author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children).

One of today’s most ground-breaking young writers, Carmen Maria Machado creates haunting and genre-defying work that blends sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and literary criticism and grips readers from beginning to end. For this Kickoff Event, Machado, best known for her memoir In the Dream House and her award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, will discuss breaking literary molds, writing queer relationships, embracing the weird, and her writing process and projects.

Registration details to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the conversation starts at 7 PM.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 28-30, 2022

Havel and Our Crisis
An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders
Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. 

The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. This conference is supported by Knihovna Václav Havel Library, Colby College, Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues, Czech Center New York, Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. 

September 26, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Carol Adams: Misogyny on the Menu: Female Reproduction and Food Production
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. She is the co-editor of several important anthologies, including most recently Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Lori Gruen). The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015 appeared in the fall of 2016.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. In the 1970s, she and her spouse, the Rev. Bruce Buchanan started a Hotline for Battered Women in upstate New York. She is the author of Woman-Battering (1995) in Fortress Press’s Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series. With Marie Fortune, she edited Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook (1995). She is the author of the training manual, Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence:  Case Studies for Clergy – for Christian Audiences – Training Manual (2007) published by the FaithTrust Institute. She wrote one of the earliest articles theorizing why batterers harm animals, “Woman-Battering and Harm to Animals” (in The Carol J. Adams Reader).

September 25, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
Voices from the Barrens, Q+A with Director, Nancy Ghertner
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

This migration is part of their traditional sustenance life-style, a way of gathering from the earth. Families and extended families arrive at company owned camps and live in cabins on the remote barrens of Washington County. During the weeks of the harvest they hand rake the blueberry gullies and fields and at day’s end share camp activities.

Conversations in the cabins and the fields are interspersed with stunning views of the glacial barrens of Down East Maine as the film follows the rakers’ lives. In interviews with the tribal owned company and elders from the Canadian Wabanaki the film documents the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s struggle to find a necessary balance between traditional work and the realities of tribal financial independence.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

September 19, 2022

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Cherie Scott: From Mumbai to Maine
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. After a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine now for over a decade.  In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie was invited to join a lineup of notable guest chef instructors at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School where she curated an exclusive, regional Indian cooking series for 4 years. Additionally, Cherie is a guest chef instructor at the Milk Street with Christopher Kimball Online Cooking School, Boston. Cherie is the host of “Talking Food In Maine” a series of intimate one-on-one conversations with notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine. To celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie hosted and produced Mumbai to Maine’s podcast in 2020 showcasing some of Maine’s most accomplished culinary tastemakers. In the heart of the pandemic, Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are masterfully crafted in small batches and simmered for hours with an infusion of freshly roasted and ground spice blends. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand, available nationwide on www.mumbaitomaine.com and across several specialty stores in Maine.

Food For Thought

November 7, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Roundtable Food Justice in Maine
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

This Roundtable conversation will involve four Maine non-profits discussing Food Justice in Maine. Joining us will be The Evening Sandwich Program (Maililani Bailey); Stone Soup Cafe (Maureen Ausbrook); Healthy Northern Kennebec (Alison Laplante); Presente! Maine (Crystal Cron). This panel will be moderated by Gail Carlson (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College).

November 5, 2022

Annual Basket Making Workshop with Penobscot Basketmaker Paula Love                1:00 p.m., Pugh Center

Join us for the Annual Basket Making Workshop with Penobscot Basketmaker Paula Love! We hope you can join us for this interactive experience.
 
This event is free and open to the public. 
 
Sponsored with the Four Winds Native American Alliance, Critical Indigenous Studies Initiative, Oak Institute for Human Rights, The Pugh Center, and the Colby College Museum of Art. 

November 4-5, 2022

Fall Shabbaton with Batya Levine and Sandra Lawson                                                   Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners of the Fall Shabbaton.  This annual event brings together the Maine Jewish community and friends from farther afield for a weekend of Torah study, soulful music, Shabbat meals, and invigorating connection. What started out as a Friday-night dinner and concert has evolved into a full Shabbat of learning and singing, with intergenerational programs for college students, children and teens, synagogue members from across the state. Past guests have included Nefesh Mountain, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Neshama Carlebach and the Glory to God gospel singers, and Joey Weisenberg, as well as Talmud scholar Ruth Calderon. The Shabbaton has grown into a partner program to the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, sustaining our community with Jewish learning and music as we enter the winter months.

Cosponsored by the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, the Religious Studies Department, Music Department, Jewish Studies Department, Pugh Center, SGA, and the Cultural Events Committee. 

November 1, 2022

The James M. Carpenter Lecture: Serving History with Faux Food and Artists’ Games: Works by Angela Lorenz                                                                                                 5:00 p.m., Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Angela Lorenz, a visual artist whose interests are voraciously polymathic, will be presenting the 2022 Carpenter Lecture. Lorenz’s conceptual approach in research-driven art projects fosters data visualization: any artistic process or material is ripe for use to express an idea. Her work centers on material culture, visual culture, and language. She infuses humor whenever possible to leaven the tragic nature of lives lived, and as a mnemonic to aid memory.

This event is supported by the James M. Carpenter Lecture Fund in the Department of Art at Colby College and cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Colby Art Office, and the Colby College Museum of Art.

October 23, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
The Hand that Feeds, Conversation with Mahoma López
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

Shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez unites his undocumented immigrant coworkers to fight abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’s new wage wars.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

October 17, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Lisa Heldke: Aesthetic Value of Disgusting Experiences: Ruminations on my Compost Bucket                                                                                                                                  7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium                                              

Lisa Heldke is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge)and the co-editor of two anthologies in the philosophy of food: Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food, co-edited with Deane Curtin (Indiana) and The Atkins Diet and Philosophy, coedited with Kerri Mommer and Cindy Pineo (Open Court). She is the coeditor of Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research.

Heldke holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University. She is currently Professor of Philosophy, Sponberg Chair in Ethics, and member of the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter Minnesota.

September 30-October 8, 2022

Maine Lit Fest         

After extended time apart, the Maine Lit Fest addresses the need for a welcoming large-scale series of gatherings that celebrate diverse experiences and stories and bring Maine’s communities together through the power of the written and spoken word. 

The Maine Lit Fest includes a week of readings, conversations, and happenings, beginning in Waterville and then heading down to Portland, including a final day full of free outdoor events in Downtown Portland, and a bookfair featuring Maine publishers and author collectives.

For more information about the schedule of events, please visit here. 

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

The Writing Life, Friendship, and Food with Richard Russo, Kate Russo, and Jennifer Finney Boylan                                                                                                                      6:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios 

Three amazing literary writers with deep ties to Waterville, who also happen to have shared many meals together and written pieces for Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Life, will close out our final day of events in Waterville. Come hear Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo (Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic), artist and writer Kate Russo (Super Host), and bestselling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan (Good Boy: My Live in 7 Dogs and Mad Honey) share words, laughs, and insights about food, friends, family, and what it takes to build a writing life.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

Food Writing with Local Cookbook Writers, Journalists, and Bloggers                             4:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios

A collection of local cookbook writers, food journalists, and bloggers will share what it means to be a food writer and how they came to their respective professions. Panelists include Margaret Hathaway (Maine Community Cookbook and The Year of the Goat), Kate Shaffer (owner of Ragged Coast Chocolates), Peggy Grodinsky (Food Editor and Books Editor at the Portland Press Herald), and Karen Watterson (a former food editor and freelance writer). All are contributors to Breaking Bread: Essays from New England On Food, Hunger, and Family, an anthology co-edited by Deborah Joy Corey and Debra Spark.

Debra Spark (author of Unknown Caller, co-editor of the Breaking Bread Anthology, and Colby College creative writing professor) will facilitate.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 30, 2022

Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event                                                                                                                 A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado                                                                   7:00-8:15 p.m, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art + Music Center

Please join us for the Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event, a FREE conversation between author Carmen Maria Machado and Colby Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and novelist, Sarah Braunstein (author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children).

One of today’s most ground-breaking young writers, Carmen Maria Machado creates haunting and genre-defying work that blends sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and literary criticism and grips readers from beginning to end. For this Kickoff Event, Machado, best known for her memoir In the Dream House and her award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, will discuss breaking literary molds, writing queer relationships, embracing the weird, and her writing process and projects.

Registration details to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the conversation starts at 7 PM.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 28-30, 2022

Havel and Our Crisis
An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders
Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. 

The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. This conference is supported by Knihovna Václav Havel Library, Colby College, Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues, Czech Center New York, Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. 

September 26, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Carol Adams: Misogyny on the Menu: Female Reproduction and Food Production
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. She is the co-editor of several important anthologies, including most recently Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Lori Gruen). The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015 appeared in the fall of 2016.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. In the 1970s, she and her spouse, the Rev. Bruce Buchanan started a Hotline for Battered Women in upstate New York. She is the author of Woman-Battering (1995) in Fortress Press’s Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series. With Marie Fortune, she edited Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook (1995). She is the author of the training manual, Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence:  Case Studies for Clergy – for Christian Audiences – Training Manual (2007) published by the FaithTrust Institute. She wrote one of the earliest articles theorizing why batterers harm animals, “Woman-Battering and Harm to Animals” (in The Carol J. Adams Reader).

September 25, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
Voices from the Barrens, Q+A with Director, Nancy Ghertner
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

This migration is part of their traditional sustenance life-style, a way of gathering from the earth. Families and extended families arrive at company owned camps and live in cabins on the remote barrens of Washington County. During the weeks of the harvest they hand rake the blueberry gullies and fields and at day’s end share camp activities.

Conversations in the cabins and the fields are interspersed with stunning views of the glacial barrens of Down East Maine as the film follows the rakers’ lives. In interviews with the tribal owned company and elders from the Canadian Wabanaki the film documents the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s struggle to find a necessary balance between traditional work and the realities of tribal financial independence.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

September 19, 2022

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Cherie Scott: From Mumbai to Maine
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. After a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine now for over a decade.  In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie was invited to join a lineup of notable guest chef instructors at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School where she curated an exclusive, regional Indian cooking series for 4 years. Additionally, Cherie is a guest chef instructor at the Milk Street with Christopher Kimball Online Cooking School, Boston. Cherie is the host of “Talking Food In Maine” a series of intimate one-on-one conversations with notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine. To celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie hosted and produced Mumbai to Maine’s podcast in 2020 showcasing some of Maine’s most accomplished culinary tastemakers. In the heart of the pandemic, Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are masterfully crafted in small batches and simmered for hours with an infusion of freshly roasted and ground spice blends. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand, available nationwide on www.mumbaitomaine.com and across several specialty stores in Maine.

October 3, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series 
Kim Thúy and Lam-Thao Nguyen: Food is Politics
7:00 p.m., Kassman Auditorium (Lovejoy 100)

Kim Thúy was born in Vietnam in 1968. At the age of 10 she left Vietnam along with a wave of refugees commonly referred to in the media as “the boat people” and settled with her family in Quebec, Canada. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer and restaurant owner. She lives in Montreal and devotes her life to writing. Kim Thúy has received many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010, and was one of the top 4 finalists of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2018. Her books have sold more than 765,000 copies around the world and have been translated into 29 languages and distributed across 40 countries and territories.

Lam-Thao Nguyen’s (Associate Professor of Instruction, Northwestern University) research centers on the theatrical, performance, props, objects, and things, in seventeenth-century French literature and in the film and literature of the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. His current project explores the role and use of hats and headdress as mediators of rivalry between characters in Early Modern theater. His other project examines the shaping and/or affirming of diasporic identity through objects – or rather the absence or loss of things – in French-Vietnamese literature and cinema.

October 1, 2022

The Writing Life, Friendship, and Food with Richard Russo, Kate Russo, and Jennifer Finney Boylan                                                                                                                      6:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios 

Three amazing literary writers with deep ties to Waterville, who also happen to have shared many meals together and written pieces for Breaking Bread: Essays from New England on Food, Hunger, and Life, will close out our final day of events in Waterville. Come hear Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo (Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic), artist and writer Kate Russo (Super Host), and bestselling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan (Good Boy: My Live in 7 Dogs and Mad Honey) share words, laughs, and insights about food, friends, family, and what it takes to build a writing life.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

October 1, 2022

Food Writing with Local Cookbook Writers, Journalists, and Bloggers                             4:00 p.m., Greene Block + Studios

A collection of local cookbook writers, food journalists, and bloggers will share what it means to be a food writer and how they came to their respective professions. Panelists include Margaret Hathaway (Maine Community Cookbook and The Year of the Goat), Kate Shaffer (owner of Ragged Coast Chocolates), Peggy Grodinsky (Food Editor and Books Editor at the Portland Press Herald), and Karen Watterson (a former food editor and freelance writer). All are contributors to Breaking Bread: Essays from New England On Food, Hunger, and Family, an anthology co-edited by Deborah Joy Corey and Debra Spark.

Debra Spark (author of Unknown Caller, co-editor of the Breaking Bread Anthology, and Colby College creative writing professor) will facilitate.

This event is free.

Books will be sold by Devaney, Doak & Garrett.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 30, 2022

Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event                                                                                                                 A Conversation with Carmen Maria Machado                                                                   7:00-8:15 p.m, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art + Music Center

Please join us for the Maine Lit Fest Kickoff Event, a FREE conversation between author Carmen Maria Machado and Colby Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and novelist, Sarah Braunstein (author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children).

One of today’s most ground-breaking young writers, Carmen Maria Machado creates haunting and genre-defying work that blends sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and literary criticism and grips readers from beginning to end. For this Kickoff Event, Machado, best known for her memoir In the Dream House and her award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, will discuss breaking literary molds, writing queer relationships, embracing the weird, and her writing process and projects.

Registration details to be announced.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the conversation starts at 7 PM.

The Maine Lit Fest is made possible by a long list of Community Partners and Sponsors.

September 28-30, 2022

Havel and Our Crisis
An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders
Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. 

The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. This conference is supported by Knihovna Václav Havel Library, Colby College, Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues, Czech Center New York, Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. 

September 26, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Carol Adams: Misogyny on the Menu: Female Reproduction and Food Production
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. She is the co-editor of several important anthologies, including most recently Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Lori Gruen). The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015 appeared in the fall of 2016.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. In the 1970s, she and her spouse, the Rev. Bruce Buchanan started a Hotline for Battered Women in upstate New York. She is the author of Woman-Battering (1995) in Fortress Press’s Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series. With Marie Fortune, she edited Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook (1995). She is the author of the training manual, Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence:  Case Studies for Clergy – for Christian Audiences – Training Manual (2007) published by the FaithTrust Institute. She wrote one of the earliest articles theorizing why batterers harm animals, “Woman-Battering and Harm to Animals” (in The Carol J. Adams Reader).

September 25, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
Voices from the Barrens, Q+A with Director, Nancy Ghertner
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

This migration is part of their traditional sustenance life-style, a way of gathering from the earth. Families and extended families arrive at company owned camps and live in cabins on the remote barrens of Washington County. During the weeks of the harvest they hand rake the blueberry gullies and fields and at day’s end share camp activities.

Conversations in the cabins and the fields are interspersed with stunning views of the glacial barrens of Down East Maine as the film follows the rakers’ lives. In interviews with the tribal owned company and elders from the Canadian Wabanaki the film documents the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s struggle to find a necessary balance between traditional work and the realities of tribal financial independence.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

September 19, 2022

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Cherie Scott: From Mumbai to Maine
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. After a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine now for over a decade.  In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie was invited to join a lineup of notable guest chef instructors at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School where she curated an exclusive, regional Indian cooking series for 4 years. Additionally, Cherie is a guest chef instructor at the Milk Street with Christopher Kimball Online Cooking School, Boston. Cherie is the host of “Talking Food In Maine” a series of intimate one-on-one conversations with notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine. To celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie hosted and produced Mumbai to Maine’s podcast in 2020 showcasing some of Maine’s most accomplished culinary tastemakers. In the heart of the pandemic, Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are masterfully crafted in small batches and simmered for hours with an infusion of freshly roasted and ground spice blends. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand, available nationwide on www.mumbaitomaine.com and across several specialty stores in Maine.

September 28-30, 2022

Havel and Our Crisis
An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders
Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. 

The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. This conference is supported by Knihovna Václav Havel Library, Colby College, Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues, Czech Center New York, Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. 

September 28-30, 2022

Havel and Our Crisis
An International Conference of Scholars and Leaders
Colby College

The Center for the Arts and Humanities is delighted to be one of the supporting partners for this conference at Colby, which will include lectures, talks, discussions, film screenings, and theater performances honoring Václav Havel. Havel (1936-2011) was one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and transatlantic cooperation. 

The conference organizer is Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Milan Babik. This conference is supported by Knihovna Václav Havel Library, Colby College, Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues, Czech Center New York, Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. 

September 26, 2022

Food for Thought: Lecture Series
Carol Adams: Misogyny on the Menu: Female Reproduction and Food Production
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. She is the co-editor of several important anthologies, including most recently Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Lori Gruen). The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015 appeared in the fall of 2016.

She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. In the 1970s, she and her spouse, the Rev. Bruce Buchanan started a Hotline for Battered Women in upstate New York. She is the author of Woman-Battering (1995) in Fortress Press’s Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series. With Marie Fortune, she edited Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook (1995). She is the author of the training manual, Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence:  Case Studies for Clergy – for Christian Audiences – Training Manual (2007) published by the FaithTrust Institute. She wrote one of the earliest articles theorizing why batterers harm animals, “Woman-Battering and Harm to Animals” (in The Carol J. Adams Reader).

September 25, 2022

Cinema in Conversation: Food for Thought
Voices from the Barrens, Q+A with Director, Nancy Ghertner
2:30 p.m., Maine Film Center

This migration is part of their traditional sustenance life-style, a way of gathering from the earth. Families and extended families arrive at company owned camps and live in cabins on the remote barrens of Washington County. During the weeks of the harvest they hand rake the blueberry gullies and fields and at day’s end share camp activities.

Conversations in the cabins and the fields are interspersed with stunning views of the glacial barrens of Down East Maine as the film follows the rakers’ lives. In interviews with the tribal owned company and elders from the Canadian Wabanaki the film documents the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s struggle to find a necessary balance between traditional work and the realities of tribal financial independence.

Free and Open to the public. This series is programmed and sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities with co-sponsorship from the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Maine Film Center, and the departments of Cinema Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish. 

September 19, 2022

Food for Thought Lecture Series
Cherie Scott: From Mumbai to Maine
4:00 p.m., Lovejoy 100

Mumbai-native Cherie Scott left India at the age of 16 and moved to Vancouver, BC. After a few stops in New York City and New Jersey, Cherie has been anchored in Boothbay, Maine now for over a decade.  In 2015, she launched her culinary blog, MumbaitoMaine.com to share her signature recipes and nostalgic anecdotes of her youth in Mumbai. In 2018, Cherie was invited to join a lineup of notable guest chef instructors at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School where she curated an exclusive, regional Indian cooking series for 4 years. Additionally, Cherie is a guest chef instructor at the Milk Street with Christopher Kimball Online Cooking School, Boston. Cherie is the host of “Talking Food In Maine” a series of intimate one-on-one conversations with notable culinary pioneers who have made a substantial contribution to the culinary arts in the state of Maine. To celebrate Maine’s bicentennial and gastronomic talent, Cherie hosted and produced Mumbai to Maine’s podcast in 2020 showcasing some of Maine’s most accomplished culinary tastemakers. In the heart of the pandemic, Cherie launched her signature line of gourmet Indian simmer sauces: Makhani, Saag and Caldine. Inspired by her family’s heritage recipes, these simmer sauces are masterfully crafted in small batches and simmered for hours with an infusion of freshly roasted and ground spice blends. Mumbai to Maine is Maine’s first Indian-inspired culinary brand, available nationwide on www.mumbaitomaine.com and across several specialty stores in Maine.