During the summer of 2017, the Island Institute hosted a free six-week lecture series focusing on the Maine coast with perspectives, reflections, and solutions to the challenges of making it here. 

If you were unable to make it to one of the presentations and would like to learn more about the individual topics, please see below for photos, as well as video or audio (as applicable), from each of the lectures.

Questions? For additional questions about the Island Institute or how to become a member, please contact Hannah Barrows, Membership Associate, at membership@islandinstitute.org or (207) 594-9209 x113.

Click here to view photos from the 2017 Summer Lecture Series

July 5, 2017

Karen Burns — Year-Round Island Communities of Maine

In the kick-off to the 2017 Summer Lecture Series, Karen Burns, Vinalhaven resident and Chief Talent Officer at the Island Institute, offered guests an introduction and some insight into the 15 island communities in Maine with year-round populations.

Karen Burns talks about Maine's year-round island communities during the Summer Lecture Series talk on July 5, 2017

July 12, 2017

Greg Mort — The Enduring Inspiration of the Islands of Maine

Internationally acclaimed painter, Greg Mort, talked about the enduring inspiration of Maine's islands and how they have influenced him as an artist.

Artist Greg Mort talks about the inspiration of Maine's islands on July 12, 2017

Video recording of lecture

July 19, 2017

John R. Gillis — Our Unsettled Shores: Why Coasts and Coastal People are Different

Historian and author John R. Gillis spoke about human movement and its importance to evolution on the coasts of Maine and elsewhere. The lecture looked at the history of human movement by land and water and the role it has played in human evolution along our coasts.

Historian and author John R. Gillis discusses the unique traits of the coasts and coastal people on July 19, 2017

Full audio recording of lecture:

July 26, 2017

Phil Crossman — The Unavoidable Intimacy of Sharing an Island with a Thousand Other People

Vinalhaven resident, business owner, town selectman, and author Phil Crossman engaged our guests with a personal, humorous look at the intricacies of life on an island and what it means to share one with a thousand other people.

Phil Crossman provides personal insight into what it's like to live on an island during his talk on July 26, 2017

Full audio recording of lecture:

August 2, 2017

Columnist Panel: Barbara Fernald, Courtney Naliboff, and Sandy Oliver — Making it Here: Women's Views, Women's Voices

A panel discussion, moderated by Tom Groening of The Working Waterfront, and led by island residents and writers Barb Fernald, Courtney Naliboff and Sandy Oliver, who talked about women's views and voices on the islands.

Courtney Naliboff reads a piece to the audience during the columnist panel discussion on August 2, 2017

Full audio recording of lecture:

August 9, 2017

Brooks Winner and Harry Podolsky, Island Institute — Island Energy: Transitioning to a Cleaner Future

Maine island communities pay some of the highest energy costs in the nation, but they're also leading the way in transitioning to clean energy. In this final summer lecture, members of the Community Energy team highlighted island energy challenges, options for transitioning to a cleaner future, and learn how Maine's island communities are serving as microcosms for the rest of the world.

Harry Podolsky and Brooks Winner from the Island Institute's Community Energy team talk about how how Maine's islands are addressing today's energy challenges on August 9, 2017

Full audio recording of lecture: