The University of Maine Office of Sustainability has been selected to be one of the 100 curators nationwide of the Lexicon of Sustainability pop-up shows — art exhibitions designed to spur community dialogue to help strengthen local food systems.
The next pop-up show will be hosted June 5 at COESPACE, 48 Columbia St., Bangor. The exhibit will be open at noon, and from 5—9 p.m. as part of the Bangor Artwalk.
Collaborating on the exhibit is the Bangor Area Food Council. Members are expected to be on hand to provide information.
The Lexicon of Sustainability, founded in 2009 by farmers and filmmakers Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton, focuses on sharing stories that explain sustainability. Lexicon uses information artworks, pop-up shows, street art, short films series and other formats to educate and engage people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America. Nearly 200 leaders in food and farming from across the country have shared their experiences as part of Lexicon of Sustainability.
Annually, Lexicon offers 100 artwork sets to curators. UMaine and the other 2015 curators each will organize at least five pop-up art shows that involve local communities, then will act as lending libraries to schools and community groups.
At UMaine, the Sustainability Office is collaborating in its shows with the Humanities Center and the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center.
“Man and Superman” will be broadcast on the big screen at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Originally scheduled for May 14, technical difficulties forced the postponement of the broadcast of Simon Godwin’s reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s witty 1903 classic.
Academy Award-nominee Ralph Fiennes played Jack Tanner in the sold-out stage production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London. “Man and Superman” is billed as a romantic comedy, an epic fairytale and a fiery philosophical debate that asks fundamental questions about how we live.
Tanner, a celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor descendant of Don Juan, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to Ann (Indira Varma), an alluring heiress. Despite the love of a poet, Ann decides she will marry and tame Tanner. When Tanner’s chauffeur tips him off to Ann’s plan, Tanner flees to Spain, where he’s captured by bandits and meets The Devil (Tim McMullan). A dream debate of heaven versus hell ensues. When Tanner awakens, Ann is there, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.
Since 2009, NT Live has transmitted the best of British theatre from London to cinemas and venues around the world. The broadcasts are filmed in front of a live audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the theatre to ensure cinema audiences get the best-seat-in-the-house view. Productions are transmitted via satellite to the CCA, then projected onto a 40-foot high-definition screen — one of the largest in the state. To date, more than 3.5 million people have experienced the broadcasts.
Tickets, which are $18 for adults and $8 for students, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.
The University of Maine will host an annual six-day undergraduate student leadership training program for women that aims to educate and empower young leaders.
Maine NEW (National Education for Women) Leadership runs from Thursday, May 28 through Tuesday, June 2 at the Orono campus with trips to Augusta and Skowhegan.
A diverse group of 28 students with a variety of majors and interests from 15 institutions around the state, including all of the University of Maine System campuses, will take part in the seventh annual residential conference that aims to strengthen political skills and build confidence.
Throughout the free conference, students will participate in workshops hosted by women leaders from politics, business and education. They will learn skills including public speaking, networking and how to advocate for a cause and run for public office.
As part of the program, students will develop political action projects on the debate over vaccine choice in the state with guidance from Carol Kim, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at UMaine; Jennifer O’Leary, special assistant to the vice president for innovation and economic development and business and government relations liaison; Ginger Taylor from the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice; and other experts in public policy and research.
On June 1, participants will tour the State House in Augusta and the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.
While in Augusta, the students will be addressed by Attorney General Janet Mills; Muriel Mosher, president of Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Augusta; and Cary Olson-Cartwright, director of community relations at Unum, a workplace insurance provider in Portland, Maine and a sponsor of this year’s Maine NEW Leadership.
Maine NEW Leadership is offered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine with support from local sponsors. The program was developed to address the under-representation of women in politics and is designed to provide students skills to become the next generation of effective civic and political leaders.
More information about Maine NEW Leadership is available online or by calling Mary Cathcart at 944.1411.
The University of Maine is accepting applications for the Maine Summer Transportation Institute.
The free program for area middle school students will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6–17. It is designed to introduce students at an early age to careers in engineering and Maine’s transportation industry.
About 20 accepted students will participate in field trips, leadership activities and workshops with hands-on laboratory experiences on topics including safety, air-flight simulation, biofuels, wind energy, construction materials and computer-aided design.
The majority of the activities will take place at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, engineering labs and various off-campus locations. Students also will participate in recreational activities at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
More information and application forms are online. Application and required documents can be mailed to: MSTI, Dean’s Office, College of Engineering, 213 AMC Building, University of Maine, Orono 04469. Application deadline is May 31.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers a free tick identification service for Maine residents.
The announcement of the service is timely: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and ticks are being reported statewide. In fact, the tick population in Maine has been steadily increasing since the late 1980s, along with the emergence of tick-borne diseases.
In addition to tick identification, UMaine Extension resources include information on the biology and management of 14 tick species in Maine, tick submission instructions, tick removal guidelines, a tick photo gallery, and links to information on tick-borne diseases transmitted in Maine.
More information, including how to submit a tick for identification, is available online or by calling UMaine Extension at 581.3880.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park and the Downeast Fisheries Trail invite the public to “Celebrate the Sea” at a June 1 dedication of eight new interpretive panels installed at Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
The displays describe life and the sea that surround Campobello Island and the lives of the people who have lived, worked and played on Passamaquoddy Bay. An interpretive deck with seven panels erected at Friar’s Bay Beach illustrates the ecology of Passamaquoddy Bay, the Roosevelt family’s love of the sea, regional tribal heritage, the fisheries and aquaculture way of life, the Downeast Fisheries Trail and opportunities for research and education around the Bay. At Mulholland Light, another panel celebrates the life and service of Angus Newman, the light’s last keeper.
The event is free and open to the public. The program begins at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time) and includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, traditional music of Maine and New Brunswick by From Away Downeast, readings by Maine poets and lighthouse stories.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park is on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, just across the international border from Lubec at the easternmost tip of Maine. The park’s focal points are the Franklin D. Roosevelt summer cottage and the surrounding 2,800-acre natural area.
The Downeast Fisheries Trail celebrates the fisheries heritage, past and present, of eastern Maine. It is coordinated by the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine. More information on the Downeast Fisheries Trail is online. For directions to Campobello, visit the park’s website. Passports are required to cross the international border.
The 2015 Top Gun Regional Pitch Competition and Product Showcase will take place 5:30 p.m. May 26 at the University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation.
At least two regional entrepreneurs will be selected by a panel of judges to compete in the statewide Top Gun Showcase in June where they will pitch for a chance to win $10,000.
Participants include Ass Over Teakettle of Skowhegan, Tip Whip of Orono, RockStep Solutions of Bar Harbor, Coursestorm of Orono, L&K Manufacturing of Orono, Zeomatrix of Orono and Whoopie Pie Cafe of Bangor.
The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program.
Registration for the regional competition is online.
Enjoy the taste of summer fruits and vegetables all throughout the year by taking the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 at UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.
The workshop, led by UMaine Extension staff members, includes hands-on, USDA-recommended food preservation methods. Participants will preserve low-sugar strawberry jam and learn basics of hot water bath canning and freezing to preserve pickles, jam and vegetables. Fresh produce, canning jars and other equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a pot holder.
Cost is $20 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register online by June 19. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).
Online registration is available for the University of Maine’s Communicators Summit 2.0, “Beyond the Brand: Integrated Communication.”
Provost Jeffrey E. Hecker will give a welcome and overview at the Wednesday, May 20 event that will be held 9–11:30 a.m. in Wells Conference Center.
The summit will feature a discussion of UMaine’s current communication and branding efforts, as well as emerging initiatives from 9–10:30 a.m., followed by topical breakout sessions.
Sign up online for sessions and to submit questions or comments.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 581.3743.
The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation will host the annual Maine Invention Convention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus.
About 120 students from 12 middle schools will compete in the 2015 statewide competition that promotes innovative problem solving and inventing by Maine middle school students.
Throughout the school year, students work with peers and teachers to identify and solve problems, create inventions, search patents and test ideas. The curriculum is based on UMaine’s Innovation Engineering program. After competing at the school level, top students are invited to the state conference.
More about the Maine Invention Convention is online.