The summer of 2021 features conversations with authors, scientists, activists, artists, researchers, ambassadors, and renowned leaders at COA.

Coffee & Conversation

The Coffee and Conversation series features discussions between a guest and a COA faculty member or trustee. They are held every Tuesday morning in July and August. Past speakers have included Senator George Mitchell, the poet Charles Simic, religion scholar Marie Griffith, filmmaker Olympia Stone, landscape architect Patrick Chasse, historian David Hacket Fischer, New editor Nick Thompson, and former CEO of Sears, Arthur Martinez, among many others. The 2021 Coffee and Conversation schedule will be released in late April. 

2021 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.

The Summer Institute is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please visit the Summer Institute page  for more information. 

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A Note on Summer Events

College of the Atlantic is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and CDC recommendations for large gatherings. We are hopeful that we will be able to have events in person this upcoming summer, but recognize that there are many unknowns. Regardless of whether we are able to welcome an in-person audience to campus, we will be livestreaming the sessions and are committed to providing a rich virtual experience for the institute. We will communicate details regarding the format as they become available via email and on our website.

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