Winter Wisdom 2022

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Six Free Presentations and Discussions

Winter Wisdom 2022 is sponsored by The Highlands, Topsham Maine 

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  1. Pre-recorded Video Presentation — Some events will include a pre-recorded video by the presenter, which will appear on the same day as the scheduled event. (This video will be kept on this website through February)
  2. Zoom Virtual Discussion with the presenter — This will be held on the date next to each presenter’s talk at 1 p.m. If you wish to join, you must register. It is a free event but registration is required. Locate the registration link within the information below. Registration is separate for each discussion and you may register at any time before the event. You will receive a link to the Zoom event on the morning of the event.


George Lopez

January 5: Musical Narrative and the 4 Chopin Ballads

We welcome a return engagement of George Lopez, renowned Beckwith Artist in Residence at Bowdoin College, to open Winter Wisdom with an engaging lecture/performance of the great Polish poet of the piano, Frederik Chopin. Chopin’s 4 Ballades are steeped in 19th century operatic style and can be experienced as literary romance. George will guide us through this extraordinary composer’s storytelling gift. He is a graduate of the Hart School of Music and received his Masters Degree from Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam.

Register for a virtual discussion January 5 at 1 p.m. on Zoom:


January 12: Maine’s First Ship—Reconstruction of the Virginia of Sagadahoc

A project now underway on the Bath waterfront for almost 20 years, the building of the Virginia is nearing completion. The original ship, built in 1608 by the Popham colonists, was the first ocean-going vessel constructed by the English in North America. In his presentation, Jim Parmentier will describe the history of the Popham Colony ship as well as plans for the future of the “new” Virginia. Jim is a retired research scientist with degrees from Princeton and UCSB, a lifetime sailor, and, since moving to Maine in 2012, a volunteer at Maine’s First Ship.

Watch recorded video: CLICK HERE OR PLAY VIDEO BELOW; Register for a virtual discussion the same day at 1 p.m. on Zoom:


January 19: Maritime Maine and Hawaii

Mainers played a pivotal role in the American annexation of Hawaii and shipbuilding families were at the fore of this effort, weaving an intricate web of economic interests, geopolitics, familial ties, and art patronage. Join Interim Executive Director of Maine Maritime Museum Christopher Timm in an exploration of the connections between these states, all told through the lens of the museum’s collections. His education includes a BA in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Archaeology from the University of Minnesota and MA in Archaeology from Queen’s University Belfast.

Watch recorded video:; Register for a virtual discussion on January 19 at 1 p.m. on Zoom:

January 26: Recent Congressional Action and What it Means for Maine Seniors

Passage of the infrastructure legislation includes a multitude of measures targeting roads and bridges, broadband internet, and electric utilities. Senator Angus King, former two-term governor, and, since 2013, Maine’s junior senator, will speak on recent legislation passed in Congress and implications for Maine’s seniors. Senator King is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a JD from the University of Virginia. (Unfortunately, the Senator’s remarks to MSC will be recorded. Due to an unexpected schedule change, Senator King cannot attend our event live. However, if you wish to contact the Senator, you can always do so on his website:

**This event will be a recorded video only. There will not be a Zoom livestream meeting on January 26. At  9 a.m. we will post the video address by Senator King to MSC Winter Wisdom. 

February 2: Microplastic Pollution in Aquatic Environments

This presentation will focus on the pervasive presence of microplastic pollution in every habitat in the world. We will learn about global microplastic distribution, its origins, how it is affecting our marine species, some of its potential environmental impacts, and, most importantly, what we can do about it. Abby Barrows is a native of Stonington, Maine, has traveled the world studying both marine and terrestrial environments, and, since 2013, has directed global microplastic pollution research from her Deer Isle oyster farm. She has a BSc in Zoology from the University of Tasmania and Masters Degree from College of the Atlantic.

**There will not be a recorded video for this event. Register for a virtual discussion the same day at 1 p.m. on  Zoom:


February 9: CRISPR Therapy

In 2020, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, two scientists who pioneered the use of CRISPR/Cas to edit DNA. This session will illustrate the basics of how this technology works and the potential applications to modern medicine. Lucy Liaw is a Faculty Scientist at MaineHealth leading a biomedical research laboratory focused on cardiometabolic disease. She is a Professor at the University of Maine and Tufts University School of Medicine, where she participates in graduate level mentorship and education in biomedical science. She has a BS Degree in Biology from the University of Arizona and a PhD in Biological Structure from the University of Washington.

There will not be a recorded video for this event. Register for a virtual discussion the same day at 1 p.m. on Zoom:


February 16: Longfellow Days

Longfellow Days will be honoring Longfellow’s 215th Birthday with a special tribute to Henry’s college days here at Bowdoin.  The young Longfellow began his second year of college at 15 years old!  And in 1822 letters were the only way he could communicate with family and friends at home in Portland. Brunswick high school sophomore Jaden Nicita will present a one-man Reader’s Theater of some of Longfellow’s college letters.  There are moments of humor, complaints about the March weather, and descriptions of his various accommodations in Brunswick 200 years ago. Each letter reveals the qualities and concerns of the lad who would one day be America’s world-famous poet.

Register for this virtual discussion at 1 p.m. on Zoom: