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extravaganza 2021
If you have not yet registered for your 2021-2022 membership, first add that to your cart, then go back and add the Summer Extravaganza 2021, since 21-22 membership is required for any offerings that occur from July 1, 2021 on. Thank you!

PVSC Summer Extravaganza 2021

Register once for ten diverse and informative presentations on Zoom scheduled during July, August, and September. 4:00 - 5:00 pm with additional time as needed for Q&A.
Attend any or all for the course price of $30 per attendee. Eight of the events are on Tuesdays, and two are on Mondays. (Requires 2021-2022 PVSC or other Senior College membership.)
Zoom links will be emailed two days prior to each event, and on the day of each event.

List of presenters and topics:

4:00 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2021:
Liam Riordan - The Five Most Important Things to Know About the American Revolution
This illustrated lecture provides a concise overview of the American Revolution that created the United States as an independent nation. This formative era still makes active claims about the US today, and the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence is just around the corner in 2026. What should we know about this important event and its varied legacies in the twenty-first century?
Liam has included a link to a PDF article, you may like to read prior to the presentation. The link will be emailed to you when you register for the summer series. You will do not need to read the article to enjoy the lecture.
 4:00 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2021:
Pam Wells - Capturing Wildlife: Nature Photography Tips
Pam has a Canon camera which has a long lens, small lens, and micro-lens.  She says she has figured out that the sunlight needs to be in the correct direction, and that if she waits in her forest not walking around, some wildlife will figure out that she’s not moving.  That’s when they start walking, which is why she gets photos of them.  She will share some of her wildlife photos and explain how she makes them.
 4:00 pm Monday, July 19, 2021:
 Dr. Susie Arnold, Ph.D. - A Climate of Change: Sea Level Rise
The seas are rising, and every community on the coast of Maine—and coasts elsewhere—should explore ways to adapt. A Climate of Change: Sea Level Rise follows the community of Vinalhaven, Maine, over a two-year period as they have conversations around planning for and responding to sea level rise on the island.  It highlights some of the challenges they face, but more importantly, shows us how a small, yet engaged community can lead the way and plan for change.  The film will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Arnold, a Marine Scientist with the Island Institute.
4:00 pm  Tuesday, July 27, 2021:
Amy McCrea - Understanding Your Rights as a Victim and Working with the Criminal Justice System
The Victim Witness Coordinator provides information and assistance to victims of crimes, including domestic violence, assault, burglary, theft, and other crimes; acts as liaison between victims, witnesses and the District Attorney; and provides trial support to the District Attorney and/or Assistant District Attorneys.  We will learn about the rights of victims when working with the criminal justice system.
 4:00 pm  Monday, August 2, 2021:
Pauleena MacDougal - Bangor Celtic Crossroads, Inc.: Exploring Celtic Culture
Bangor Celtic Crossroads, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that presents programs of traditional music, dance, lectures and demonstrations that relate to Celtic culture.  This will be a lecture/discussion about the organization and how students can be involved in the program if interested.  We will see photos, videos, and hear excerpts of music from some who have presented for Bangor Celtic Crossroads, Inc.
 4:00 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2021: 
Secretary of State Shenna Bellows - Voting Rights: 2021
In 2021 our democracy is at a crossroads. Historically, Maine has always been a leader in voter participation nationally, and American democracy has been a model for the rest of the world.  Some are seeking to restrict voting rights while others are working to make voting more accessible, convenient and secure. This presentation, led by Maine’s Secretary of State, will provide an overview of the national voting rights landscape, reflect on possible federal intervention, and explain Maine’s election laws.
 4:00 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2021:
Meg Weston - Volcanoes: Inspiration and Explanation
Ms. Weston will talk about her lifelong obsession with volcanoes and geologic hot spots around the globe.  (She has recently returned from Iceland.) She’ll share photographs and stories from her travels as well as poetry and prose with volcanic metaphors and themes.
4:00 pm Tuesday, August 24, 2021: 
Ron and Lee Davis—Global Problems Require Global Solutions
Serious challenges to human health and welfare are increasing globally due to (1) growing dependence of national economies on international supply chains of manufactured goods and natural resources, and (2) the fact that we all share the same atmosphere and oceans.  Problems ranging from climate change, threats to biodiversity, and pandemics are most effectively solved by cooperative action among nations.  Increasing human population and technology and associated pressures on global resources make coordination among nations even more important.  As a starter, coordination is most likely to be improved by strengthening of the UN, but in the long run true world governance such as a democratic world federation of nations will be a necessity.  Lee and Ron will explore these issues with a Prezi slide show and hope to stimulate some lively discussion.
 4:00 PM Tuesday, August 31, 2021:
Judy Hakola - “From Sea to Shining Sea”: A Survey of Mysteries from All Corners of the Country
Sometimes good mysteries are so deeply imbedded in their locations that readers learn much more than “who done it” while reading them.  This survey will highlight a number of such books that are set in places ranging from Eastport, Maine to Denali National Park in Alaska.  (That’s the “from sea to shining sea” part.) We will also check out Wyoming and Montana, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee, the swamplands of Florida, cities such as Boston and Atlanta, at least one southwestern Native reservation and many other sites where geographical and cultural factors play a role in the plot and resolution.  Students will be provided with a list of books and will be encouraged to add their own suggestions.
 4:00 pm  Tuesday, September 14, 2021: Bob Duchesne—Identifying Birds in the Wild: What are the Clues the Experts Use?
Ever wonder how the expert identifies birds so quickly? Experts automatically look for certain visual clues that are easy to learn and simple to remember.  This one-hour slide show will demonstrate what to look for.

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