Dorothy Schwartz Forum

Bringing people together to grapple with a really big question.


Meghan Reedy
Program Officer
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Dorothy Schwartz Forum

Every year on the third Saturday of October

Each year the Dorothy Schwartz Forum brings people together with expert guides to grapple with a basic question.  In 2018 we asked the question … who is we?


2018: Who is we? 

The question ‘Who is we?’ is urgent and political: we the people … we hold these truths to be self evident … now who is we?

But it is also timeless, and both smaller and larger than politics: we friends … we family … we who have suffered … we who breathe the air, bask in the sunshine, swim in the sea … every time we can stop and pay attention. We can say, wait, Who is we?

  • Mindy Crandall, Assistant Professor of Forest Landscape Management, University of Maine
  • Ewan Douglas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aeronautics & Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
  • Jim Hanna, Executive Director, Cumberland County Food Security Council
  • Vaishali Mamgain, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Compassion, University of Southern Maine
  • Lisa Pixley, Artist Printmaker, PrintCraft



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Original artwork by Lisa Pixley


What people are saying about the Schwartz Forum

  • "I'm from rural Maine and your programs are essential to my 'lifelong learner' experience."

    -Program participant

  • "Lovely day - more than informative: inspirational."

    -Program participant

  • “This is such a fantastic idea- to have a multidisciplinary approach to these issues to encourage collaboration."

    -Program participant

  • "[I was] exposed to more, and many, connections in Maine between organizations, institutions, and people."

    -Program participant

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