Join Midcoast Senior College for free, one-hour lectures on Wednesday afternoons in June.
The Summer Wisdom lecture series is sponsored by
June 2: HOW THE U.S. NAVY ORDERS NEW SHIPS AT BATH IRON WORKS
Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a private shipyard that has built commercial and military vessels since its founding in 1884. As part of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command, a Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP Bath) installation is co-located with BIW, providing on-site technical, contractual, and business authority on behalf of the Navy, ensuring the highest quality ships are delivered to the Naval fleet. Captain Joseph Tuite will share an overview of their work in support of national security. Since May 2017, Captain Tuite, has served as the Commanding Officer of SUPSHIP Bath. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School and a professional engineer’s license in mechanical engineering.
June 9: A TALE OF TWO PANDEMICS
Our current experience with the Covid-19 virus inevitably invites comparison with the great influenza pandemic of 1918. This presentation will discuss the parallels between the two pandemics and their offending viruses, compare and contrast society’s experiences with each, and discuss what the future may hold in the struggle between microbe and man. Richard Neiman, MD has had a lifetime interest in the history of medicine. He is an emeritus professor of pathology, laboratory medicine and internal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has held numerous
positions with MSC since 2004.
June 16: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARCTIC
The Arctic is experiencing rapid environmental and cultural changes. This illustrated talk will examine some of the ramifications of those changes, how they are being felt, and ways residents of the North American Arctic are responding to them. Susan A. Kaplan is an Arctic anthropologist and archaeologist who has conducted fieldwork in northern Labrador (Nunatsiavut), Canada, for over thirty-five years. Currently she is Director of Bowdoin College’s Peary-MacMillan Artic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, and a professor of anthropology. She holds a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.
June 23: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE OLD NAVY BASE IN BRUNSWICK
The presentation will provide a historical journey of the redevelopment effort of the former Naval Air Station, Brunswick. It will start with the BRAC decision to close the Navy base and take the audience through the current state of activity on the former base. It will focus on the original planning effort and associated environmental studies, property conveyance structures, governance, land use development, target business sectors, resource management and future initiatives. Steven Levesque is the Executive Director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority which is charged with the responsibility of redeveloping the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB), which was closed in 2011. He was previously the Executive Director of the Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority, where he was charged with overseeing the successful completion of the reuse master plan for NASB.