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Dorothy Schwartz Forum

Inviting people in Maine to think about themselves and the world.

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Meghan Reedy
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Dorothy Schwartz Forum

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Register for the Schwartz Forum: “How Can We Know?”

Each fall at the Schwartz Forum we bring people together to wrestle with a big idea. Each time, we invite leaders from a range of relevant fields and devise a schedule for the day that is particularly appropriate to the topic at hand. The living question at the heart of the 2017 Forum invites active… Read more

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poster of support in Chinatown post-9/11

Site Seeing: 9/11 Through Documentary Shorts

Following 9/11, artists, writers, historians, and the general public shared their responses through articles, novels, blog posts, films, performances, and other ways of expanding and contesting the accounts issued by political and military leaders. The result is known as “collective memory,”  the set of often-competing narratives that nonetheless bind us together in living through and… Read more

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Artists in Maine make climate change personal

Published November, 1 2015 in the Portland Press Herald. Marina Schauffler, Ph.D., is a writer who runs Natural Choices.   ” ‘I sing now like the North American brown thrasher, who at one point in its song orchestrates four different notes: one grieves, another frets, a third prays, but a fourth celebrates.” GREG DELANTY, IN… Read more

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Beaver Dam Pond by Richard Estes

Communicating Climate Change: What Can I Do Next?

We asked the speakers at the 2015 Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science & the Humanities: Communicating Climate Change to share their thoughts on steps we could all take or resources to help us engage with the topic. Here’s what they said. Andrew Pershing Skeptical Science; a great source for information on the science behind climate… Read more

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Podcast | Don Dearborn: How Darwin’s Mind Worked

  This episode of the Maine Humanities Council’s Humanities on Demand podcast series is a recording of the talk “How Darwin’s Mind Worked,” by Don Dearborn. His lecture was part of the first annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, and the Humanities. It was held on November 15th, 2014, and focused on the topic… Read more

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Bernd Heinrich Why Darwin Matters

Podcast | Why Darwin Matters: A Q & A with Bernd Heinrich

  This episode of the Maine Humanities Council’s Humanities on Demand podcast series features a Q&A with biologist, writer, and runner Bernd Heinrich. The talk was recorded during the first annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, and the Humanities, held on November 15th, 2014, at the University of New England’s Portland Campus. It focused… Read more

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Podcast Janet Browne

Podcast | Janet Browne: Darwin Revisited in the 21st Century

This episode of the Maine Humanities Council’s Humanities on Demand podcast series is a recording of the talk “Darwin Revisited in the 21st Century,” by Janet Browne. Her lecture was part of the first annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, and the Humanities. It was held on November 15th, 2014, and focused on the… Read more

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Time for Learning: The Dorothy Schwartz Forum

By Jean Potucheck Originally published on November 19, 2014 in the blog “Stepping Into the Future: A retirement journal.” Last weekend, I attended a day-long interdisciplinary forum on “Why Darwin Matters” sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. The program included presentations by historians, literature experts, biologists, and artists, along with a musical performance and an… Read more

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Don Dearborn, evolutionary biologist from Bates College

A Successful Start: The First Annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, & the Humanities

Anyone walking through the University of New England’s Portland campus on Saturday, November 15th, may have noticed an unusual number of Darwin bumper stickers on passing cars. A crowd of over 150 gathered to attend the Maine Humanities Council’s first annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, and the Humanities. The day focused on an… Read more

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Christoph Irmscher

Podcast | Christoph Irmscher | Darwin and Agassiz: How Two Scientists Saw the Galapagos So Differently

This episode of the Maine Humanities Council’s ‘Humanities on Demand’ podcast series is a recording from the first annual Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science, and the Humanities. It was held on November 15th, 2014, and focused on the topic “Why Darwin Matters.” Christoph Irmscher is a biographer of Louis Agassiz, a contemporary opponent of Charles… Read more

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Warming denial proves science under siege, much like the 17th century

Originally published in the Portland Press Herald, November 8, 2014. By Hayden Anderson The culture wars are back, and the stakes have never been higher. The front lines have shifted in 20-plus years: from art galleries and hip-hop lyrics to the nation’s textbooks, classrooms and public policy debates. What was once a skirmish about changing… Read more

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Remembering Deedee Schwartz (1938 – 2014)

I remember Deedee’s voice. Imbued with an undertone of warmth, it could rustle through the static of a phone call from the road, sparkle with energy during a conversation about a program, or flow with a hush amidst a talk fringed with sadness. It could also strike a firm, loud note, like a viola’s first bow stroke in a concerto, ringing out above other voices, the hum of the furnace, the rumble of traffic. It was a voice instantly recognizable that made people attend pay attention and, more often than not, smile. Read more

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Dorothy Schwartz

Dear Friends, The Maine Humanities Council brings people and ideas together to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and others, fostering wisdom in an age of information, providing context in a time of change. When asked to write my “swan song,” I immediately agreed. My mind quickly filled with images—of swan-boats in the Boston Public… Read more

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