2017 MONDAY NIGHT SPEAKER SERIES
This summer, “Living Sanely in a Troubled World”, the byline to the Nearing’s most influential book Living the Good Life, is the central concept of our Monday Night Speaker Series. Authors, filmmakers, academics and farmers will address issues of sustainability and coping in a troubled political and economic landscape.
July 3: Amanda Gustin | “Hippies, Freaks and the Counter Culture of the ‘60s” Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Folklife Center will speak about the Nearings’ influence on the counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Amanda Gustin is the Public Program Manager at the Vermont Historical Society, where she works on statewide projects that examine and share Vermont’s history, including educational programs, hands-on activities and exhibits. She holds degrees in history and museum studies from Middlebury College and Tufts University, and has held leadership positions with the American Association of State and Local History and the New England Museum Association.
July 10: Iver Lofving | The film “Peak Oil, a Love Story” premieres as part of the series. The film focuses on 10 years in Iver Lofving’s life and his changing views on how we might respond to the issues raised. Iver will lead the group in a discussion on renewable energy.
Iver Lofving is a teacher and environmental activist who has been working on peak oil and climate change issues for almost 20 years. He could be called a “Practivist”. Ivor and his wife, Maili Bailey, live in Maine. They spend their winters in Skowhegan and their summers on Swan’s Island.
July 17: Clara Coleman | Four Season Farm manager Clara Coleman discusses food sustainability and year round greenhouse growing.
Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable, four-season farming. She co-manages the Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine, with her father, Eliot Coleman and step-mother Barbara Damrosch. Clara works on various projects, including family farm/land trust grants and promoting Slow Tools and Farm Hack to further collaboration between farmers, engineers and makers of innovative tools. She teaches farming workshops and offers speaking engagements nationwide that inspire and encourage the next generation of farmers.
July 24: Greg Joly | 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United State’s entry into World War I and the advent of Scott’s political radicalization. Homesteader and GLC steward Greg Joly explores Scott’s spirited opposition to the war and examines the links between both national and international events of the period.
Greg Joly, independent scholar and Good Life Center Board member, lives in Jamaica, VT, and has been researching the Nearings’ writings and lifestyle for over 2 decades.
July 31: Dr. Masi Brown | A discussion on the South African philosophy of Ubuntu and how it applies to world conflict.
Masi Ngidi-Brown, PhD, is a curious scholar, researcher, and student of life with a passion to make a difference. He has a Bachelors degree in International Relations, a Masters degree in Education, and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Masi has an educational and occupational background in diversity management, cultural politics, social inequality, multicultural organization and educational practices that spans two continents. His approach to life and work are grounded in the philosophy of Ubuntu – a native, cultural perspective from his birth place, Durban, South Africa.
August 7: Dr. Allison Dibble | A discussion about the latest research on bees and their importance to our food supply.
Allison Dibble lives in Blue Hill. She is a conservation biologist and assistant research professor at the University of Maine, Orono, and an expert in the fields of native bee conservation and pollution ecology.
August 14: Caitlin Shetterly | Maine native reads from her latest book about her research and experience with GMOs.
Caitlin Shetterly is the author of Modified, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home and the bestselling Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, Self, Oprah.com, Medium.com, and various public radio shows, including “This American Life”. Caitlin lives with her family in Maine.
August 21: The Mercer Family | The Mercer family use music and prose to inspire sustainable, organic, creative ways of life, and share their experience of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s courageous efforts to block the oil pipeline.
The Mercer family, from Orland, are the proprietors of the Nancy Place Homestead and Hostel. Their mission is to inspire and educate through sharing the journey toward an ecological model of sustainable living in a Northern climate.
August 28: Panel Discussion at the Brooksville Library | As part of the Brooksville Bicentennial Celebration, the last Monday Night Meeting will be at the Brooksville library and will feature a community panel discussion on the Nearing legacy and its influence on the town.