The summer of 2021 features conversations with authors, scientists, activists, scholars, artists, researchers, and thought leaders.

Coffee & Conversation

The Coffee & Conversation series features discussions between a guest and a COA faculty member or trustee. They are held every Tuesday morning in July and August. Sessions include conversations with best-selling authors Christina Baker Kline and Margot Lee Shetterly, explorations of art and collections with Ashley Bryan and Michael Diaz-Griffith ’09, reflections on decades of environmental advocacy with Sue Inches ’79, and the intersection of forestry economics, conservation, and decolonization of forest land with Roger Milliken. COA President Darron Collins and former Wellesley College and Duke University President Nan Keohane will discuss the future of higher education, and Dr. Burt Adelman will help us understand how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed at record speed.

Register For Coffee & Conversation

Please note: the link to attend virtually will be provided in your registration confirmation email from Eventbrite under “Additional Information”.

Summer Institute: Good Food and Food Fights 

The College of the Atlantic Summer Institute is a week-long ideas festival that welcomes leaders from around the world to share their expertise and thoughts on the most pressing issues of our time. This year’s theme will be Good Food and Food Fights. During the week, we will explore all aspects of food—production, policy, climate change, food justice, hunger, organics, nutrition, and the joy of eating and cooking.

Please visit the Summer Institute page for more information. 

Register For The Summer Institute


View a Full Schedule of 2021 Summer Events


COVID-19 Precautions

All 2021 summer events feature both in-person and virtual attendance options. We strive to offer an experience that is both safe and engaging. 

Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask while on campus, but are welcome to do so if they choose. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask at all times while on the College of the Atlantic campus except when outdoors and away from others. Unvaccinated individuals must be masked if attending campus events.

All persons on campus are required to follow the following guidelines:

    • Stay at home if you are sick
    • Promote good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene
    • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly

Have questions about any of these events? Contact Wes Norton at 207-801-5627.