This summer the Island Institute is hosting a series of coastal conversations in a virtual format to engage and inform island community residents and our supporters. Throughout the series, there will be various panels of representatives from Maine’s unbridged islands and coastal communities discussing their views on current challenges and emerging solutions for Maine’s lobster fishery, climate change, broadband, and the creative economy.  

You will hear from courageous leaders and wonderful storytellers who will share perspectives grounded in community. These conversations will provide inspiration and practical updates and highlight resources and networks that can be utilized by community leaders along the Maine coast. 

Free and open to the public. Registration via Zoom is required.  

If you are unable to join by computer, call-in options will be provided as well.

2020 Virtual Event Schedule

Let's Talk Lobster 
Challenges and Opportunities of a Core Maine Industry 

June 24, 2020 | 2:00 PM  

Speakers: Dave Cousens, commercial lobsterman; Annie Tselikis, Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association; and Patrice McCarron, Maine Lobstermen’s Association 
Moderator: Sam Belknap, Island Institute

Learn more here
View the recording here

Our Maine 
Perspectives from Five Fine Art Photographers 

July 8, 2020 | 2:00 PM  

Featuring the work of: Jim Nickelson, Olga Merrill, Josie Iselin, Lisa Mossel Vietze, and Terry Hire 

Learn more here
View the recording here

Island Columnists 
The Dynamics of Island Life, Explained by Island Insiders 

July 15, 2020 | 3:00 PM  

Speakers: Phil Crossman, Courtney Naliboff, Barbara Fernald, and Sandy Oliver 
Moderator: Tom Groening, editor of
The Working Waterfront

Learn more here
View the recording here

Looking to the Future
Hannah Pingree on Maine's Path Forward

July 22, 2020 | 2:00 PM  

Speakers: Hannah Pingree, Director of the Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future; and Rob Snyder, President of the Island Institute

Learn more here
View the recording here