The summer of 2020 features conversations with authors, scientists, activists, artists, researchers, ambassadors, and renowned leaders at COA.

Click here to download our full 2020 summer calendar of events

A Note on Summer Events

In accordance with Governor Mills’ recent guidelines and the prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people for the summer months, College of the Atlantic will be offering all Coffee & Conversation and Champlain Institute sessions in a virtual environment. We look forward to bringing our intellectual community together in stimulating conversation, but safely for all - whether audience members are in Seal Harbor or Santa Fe

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 Yorker.com editor Nick Thompson, and former CEO of Sears, Arthur Martinez, among many others. Click here to view/download the full schedule of 2020 events , including Coffee & Conversations.

Coffee & Conversation events will take place on the Zoom Webinar platform and will be simulcast on Facebook Live. To participate, please register for the Zoom Webinar. Your registration is good for any and all of the 2020 Coffee & Conversation sessions, so all you need to do is save the confirmation email and use the same link each week.  

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2020 Champlain Institute: November 3 — What’s at Stake? 

The Champlain Institute is a week-long ideas festival which hosts leaders from around the country and the world to share their expertise on pressing issues of our time. The focus of the 2020 Institute will be November 3 — What’s at Stake? During the week of July 27 - 31, we will explore the future of US diplomacy, climate change policy, income inequality, national security, the Second Amendment, the Supreme Court, and other issues that will be critical national topics leading up to the presidential elections in November. The Champlain Institute is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please visit the Champlain Institute Page  for more information. 

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August 18th, 2020

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    Dr. Deborah Bronk

    Coffee & Conversation: Oceanography on a Changing Planet

    9:00am, Virtual Event

    From harmful algal blooms to rising temperatures, changes in our ocean are driving global challenges. Dr. Deborah Bronk, oceanographer and the president and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, highlights the challenges this field of research can help us overcome, and the science that can help shape the future health of our planet and all who live on it. Bronk is joined by marine scientist Abby Barrows MPhil ’18.

August 25th, 2020

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    David Hackett Fischer

    Coffee & Conversation: Africa’s Gift

    9:00am, Virtual Event

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer discusses his forthcoming book, Africa’s Gift, about the African origins of American slaves and their creative roles in helping to shape American values, cultures, institutions, and ideas. Joining Hackett Fischer is COA Trustee Will Thorndike. 

 
Have questions about any of these events? Contact Wes Norton , our Manager of Donor Engagement.