Dorothy Schwartz Forum: Past Programs


2016: 9/11 and the Creation of Collective Memory


Where: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland

When: November 5, 2016, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


How, exactly, do our brains process information and create memories? And what if one of our memories is an event shared by an entire society—does that change our relationship to it? 9/11 has become a touchstone moment for our culture generally and for those individuals who were alive at the time. After 15 years of talking about it, our perceptions and understanding of that day have been shaped by the discourse with our friends and colleagues, in our classrooms,  and in the media—whether we’re aware of it or not. In this year’s Dorothy Schwartz Forum, we will explore the formation of collective memory, using 9/11 as a case study for how a society remembers—or forgets—together.


Alice Greenwald

Alice Greenwald, Director, 9/11 Memorial Museum

Greenwald has been the Director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum since 2006. As director, Greenwald is responsible for creating the museum that will tell the stories of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.  She is in charge of developing programming, preparing exhibits, choosing artifacts, designing educational components, organizing and coordinating all the operational details of the museum, including overseeing the interior build-out and administration of the museum.

Before joining the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Greenwald served as Associate Museum Director for Museum Programs for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  Greenwald has also served as Executive Director of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia; Acting Director, Curator and Assistant Curator of the Hebrew Union College Skirball Museum in Los Angeles; and Curatorial Assistant at the Maurice Spertus Museum in Judaica, Chicago.

William HirstWilliam Hirst, Malcolm B. Smith Chair and Professor of Psychology

William Hirst is a professor of psychology at The New School for Social Research. He received his graduate training at Cornell University and taught at Rockefeller University, Princeton University, and Cornell University before coming to The New School. Mr. Hirst has edited four volumes and published more than 75 articles on topics including attention, amnesia, and social aspects of memory, including recent work on collective memory and memory relating to September 11.


OsuchaEden Osucha, Associate Professor of English and member of the American Cultural Studies Program, Bates College

Eden Osucha is Associate Professor of English at Bates College where she teaches a course on representations of 9/11 and its aftermaths in U.S. literature and film. At Bates, Professor Osucha also serves on the faculty steering committees of the Programs in African-American Studies, American Cultural Studies, and Women and Gender Studies and is a co-curator of the English Department’s “Literary Arts Live” reading series. Her research expertise is in American literature from 1865-present, African American literature, Literature and Law, and critical studies of race, gender, and sexuality. The focus of her current research is the historical evolution of individual privacy in U.S. law, literature, and media culture in relation to the development of so-called “post-racial” thought. Her scholarship has appeared in scholarly journals in the fields of American Literature and Cultural Studies and several edited collections, and she is co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of American Literature on critical pedagogy in the field of American literary studies. 

Film screening

We are also offering a free program, “Site Seeing: 9/11 Through Documentary Shorts,” at SPACE Gallery in Portland, in partnership with Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships. This event is on September 11, 2016, beginning at 7:00 pm, and registration is not required.



2015: Communicating Climate Change


Where: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland

When: October 24, 2015, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm


Andrew PershingAndrew Pershing, Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Mr. Pershing took over as GMRI’s Chief Scientific Officer in 2014 and continues to run the Ecosystem Modeling Lab. Prior to becoming CSO, he had a joint appointment as a faculty member in the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and as a research scientist at GMRI. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of changing conditions in the Gulf of Maine, and he is an expert on how climate variability and climate change impact the ecosystems in the northwest Atlantic. He uses a variety of techniques, including analysis of past changes in the physical and ecological conditions, as well as advanced mathematical and computer models of how marine populations change through time. Andy has worked primarily on zooplankton, especially rice grain-sized crustaceans called copepods, but he has also studied lobsters, herring, cod, salmon, bluefin tuna, and right whales. He is actively involved in regional efforts to understand and adapt to climate change.

Thomas TracyThomas F. Tracy, Philipps Professor of Religious Studies, Bates College

Professor Tracy’s research focuses on issues in philosophy of religion and theology, and to a lesser degree, on topics in applied ethics, particularly medical ethics and the morality of warfare.  His published work has dealt with philosophical questions raised by the classical conception of God in Western religions. He written on the problem of evil, on the concept of God as an agent who acts in the events of history, and on the relation between these classical issues in philosophical theology and contemporary developments in the natural sciences.

Jan PiribeckJan Piribeck, Professor of Digital Art and Foundations, University of Southern Maine

Jan Piribeck has an MFA from Northern Illinois University in Painting and Drawing, where she also studied Computer Imaging. For over a decade the focal point of her work has been a series of projects that fuse Art and Geographic Information Science. She helped establish the Digital Art Concentration offered by the USM Art Department and often works with students on collaborative research/creative projects that merge Art, Science and Technology, most recently Envisioning Change: Sea Level Rise in Casco Bay. Prior to her arrival at USM she was an Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of Maine at Farmington and was Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Her past experience working in galleries and museums continues to inform her work as an artist. She has been a Visiting Artist/Professor at schools of Art, Architecture, Design and Engineering in China, France, Germany and Latvia.

Michel DrogeMichel Droge, Faculty, Maine College of Art

Michel Droge received her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from Maine College of Art. She is the recipient of awards and grants including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award and a Maine Arts Commission Grant. She exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally. Droge currently teaches at Maine College of Art and maintains her studio at the Bakery Studios in Portland Maine. She is researching the impact of climate change on small Island communities. Her paintings and prints are an exploration of the environment, coastal ecosystems, and adaptation.

Jennifer DePrizioJennifer DePrizio, Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, Portland Museum of Art

Jennifer DePrizio supervises the PMA’s Learning and Interpretation Department. Prior to coming to the PMA, Ms. DePrizio was the Director of Visitor Learning at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where she designed and facilitated innovative and effective training programs for the Gardner’s 50 docents and more than 150 volunteers. DePrizio has taught museum education programs and art history courses at Tufts University’s Museum Studies Graduate Program, College of the Holy Cross, Anna Maria College, and the Worcester Art Museum. Her previous museum positions include education specialist for Public Teaching Programs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, assistant curator of education at the Worcester Art Museum, and director of education at the Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, Vermont. DePrizio holds a B.A. in Art History from the College of the Holy Cross and a M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University.

Susanne MoserSusanne Moser, Director and Principal Research, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting; Social Science Research Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University; Research Associate, University of California-Santa Cruz, Institute for Marine Sciences

Susi’s work focuses on adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, resilience, climate change communication, social change, decision support and the interaction between scientists, policy-makers and the public. She is a geographer by training (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) with an interests in how social science can inform society’s responses to this global challenge. She has worked in coastal areas, urban and rural communities, with forest-reliant communities, and on human health issues.

Susi contributed to Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports and served as Review Editor on the IPCC’s Special Report on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.” She is also a Convening Lead Author for the coastal chapter of the Third US National Climate Assessment (NCA), and a member of the federal advisory committee to the NCA. Over the years, she has advised federal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and foundations on various aspects of climate change.

She is a co-editor with Max Boykoff (University of Colorado-Boulder) on Successful Adaptation to Climate Change (2013, Routledge) and previously co-edited a ground-breaking anthology on climate change communication, called Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (2007, Cambridge University Press) with Lisa Dilling (University of Colorado-Boulder). Her work has been recognized through fellowships in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, the UCAR Leadership Academy, Kavli Frontiers of Science Program, the Donella Meadows Leadership Program, the Google Science Communication Program, and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Program at Arizona State University.

 2014: Why Darwin Matters


When: November 15, 2014, 8:30 am – 5:00 p

Where: University of New England’s Westbrook College Campus at 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland


Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Janet Browne is Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her interests range widely over the history of the life sciences and natural history. After a first degree in zoology she studied for a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London, published as The Secular Ark: Studies in the History of Biogeography (1983). Ever since then she has specialised in reassessing Charles Darwin’s work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a major biographical study that integrated Darwin’s science with his life and times. She was based for many years at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London where she taught in the MA, MSc and undergraduate programs in the history of science, biology, and medicine. She has been editor of the British Journal for the History of Science and president of the British Society for the History of Science.

Bernd Heinrich, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont

Bernd Heinrich is a professor emeritus at the University of Vermont and has authored books on biology, ecology, evolution, nature, and running. He has made major contributions to the study of insect and bird physiology and behavior. His most recent books include Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of DeathThe Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration, and Why We Run: A Natural History. Heinrich has won numerous long distance running events and set a number of open U.S. ultramarathon and masters records.

Don Dearborn, Chair of the Biology Department, Bates College

Don Dearborn is an evolutionary biologist and chair of the Biology Department at Bates College. Working at research sites in Central America, New Zealand, the Middle East, and on remote oceanic islands, he has published extensively on how evolution shapes the behavior of animals – including deception, retaliation, and reproductive parasitism. His research on wild animal populations sometimes conveniently intersects with his love of whitewater kayaking, trail running, and mountain biking. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Lewiston, Maine, with his wife and daughter.

‪Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English, Indiana University Bloomington

Christoph Irmscheris Provost Professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington and George F. Getz Jr. Professor in the Wells Scholars Program, which he also directs. Among his books are The Poetics of Natural History,Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200, and Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science. He is the editor of Library of America edition of John James Audubon’s Writings and Drawings. His new project is a biography of the writer, editor, and political activist Max Eastman.

Rebecca Goodale, Program Coordinator, Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, University of Southern Maine

‪Rebecca Goodale is a book artist whose work can be found in numerous public collections throughout the United States including the local collections at Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Portland Museum of Art. Her awards include A New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College, and in 1995 she was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She collaborated with artists Dorothy Schwartz, Colleen Kinsella, and Vivien Russe, to create Ant Farm: At the Nexus of Art & Science, a multimedia exhibit merging art and science inspired by leafcutter ants. Rebecca teaches Design and Book Arts for the USM Art Department. She is also the Program Coordinator for USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Violinist

Peter Sheppard Skaervedis the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the Munich-based Ensemble Triolog, directs an acclaimed series of concerts at Wiltons Music Hall in London, and regularly appears as director and soloist with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen. His discography is extensive, ranging from cycles of sonatas by Beethoven and Telemann, the complete quartets of David Matthews, Michael Tippett, and cycles of concerti from Haydn to Henze. He has won awards from the BBC Music Magazine, been nominated for a Gramophone Award, as well as a GRAMMY for a concerto recording in 2007. He records for NMC, Chandos, Naxos, Metier and Toccata. He is also acclaimed for his collaborative work with museums, working regularly with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum and worldwide. He plays on a 1698 Stradivari owned by Joseph Joachim from the collections of the Royal Academy of Music, where he is the Fellow.

Elliot Schwartz, Robert K. Beckwith Professor Emeritus of Music, Bowdoin College

Elliott Schwartz, husband of the late Dorothy Schwartz, is an American composer and the Robert K. Beckwith Professor Emeritus of Music at Bowdoin College, where he joined the faculty in 1964. A graduate of Columbia University, he has held visiting residencies and fellowships at the University of California (Santa Barbara and San Diego), Ohio State University, Harvard University, Tufts University, Cambridge and Oxford Universities (UK), and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center (Bellagio, Italy). Performances of his music include the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Houston Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kreutzer and Borromeo Quartets, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and the MOMA Summer Garden (NYC); Tanglewood, the Bath Festival (UK); Leningrad Spring (Russia), Gaudeamus Music Week (Netherlands), and the European Youth Orchestra Festival (Denmark). Recordings of his music can be heard on the New World, CRI, Capstone, Innova, Albany and GM labels.