The Big Question

Because thinking is a team sport.


Meghan Reedy
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051


The Big Question

A day of multi-faceted thinking, in honor of Dorothy Schwartz.

© Peter Greeno Photography

On the third Saturday in October, people gather to wrestle with a large philosophical question together. In a setting suited to the year’s task, with expert guides on hand, people get to spend longer than usual thinking, listening, moving, talking, sharing a meal – feeling their way through one big, relevant question from lots of angles.



In 2018 we asked “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

What people are saying

  • “This evening has been a thoughtful exercise, a compassionate act, and an uncomfortable stretch.”


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


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


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