Our One and Only Ocean

July 25-29, 2022

The Summer Institute is COA’s week-long ideas festival that welcomes experts from around the world to share their perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. The 2022 Summer Institute: Our One and Only Ocean, held in collaboration with The National Geographic Society, explores the beauty, promise, and perils of our greatest commons—the ocean. We dive into the complex and interwoven challenges facing our ocean while spotlighting solutions and leaders that offer us hope. Institute sessions will address climate change, deep sea exploration, fisheries and aquaculture, pollution and resource extraction, conservation, history, art, and inspiration.

Session Recordings

Session schedule & registration

The institute focuses on dialogue, conversation, and frequent interaction between and among our
invited speakers and participants.  At the core of the week are nine speaking sessions, each exploring a different challenge facing our ocean. 

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2022 Sumer Institute speakers

We bring the brightest, most creative thinkers and doers to the College, where some guests
are household names or the most prominent authorities in their field, and others should be
household names or such authorities. 

  • Jill Tiefenthaler
    National Geographic chief executive officer
    Session info:
    07/27/2022 5:00pm
  • Brian Skerry
    National Geographic Explorer and photojournalist
    Session info:
    07/27/2022 5:00pm
  • Tara Roberts
    National Geographic Storytelling Fellow and a Fellow at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab
    Session info:
    07/25/2022 5:00pm
  • Sam Waterston
    Actor and chair of Oceana
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 5:00pm
  • Monica Medina
    Assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
    Session info:
    07/28/2022 9:30am
  • Justin Dunnavant at Garland for Academic Pathways Program and myVU Photos by: Susan Urmy
    Archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer
    Session info:
    07/25/2022 5:00pm
  • Robert Ballard
    President of the Ocean Exploration Trust and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
    Session info:
    07/28/2022 5:00pm
  • Allison Fundis ’03, Nautilus Chief Operating Officer, Ocean Exploration.
    Chief operating officer of the Ocean Exploration Trust and National Geographic Explorer
    Session info:
    07/28/2022 5:00pm
  • Susan Rockefeller
    Filmmaker, artist, and board member of Oceana
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 5:00pm
  • David Rockefeller
    Co-founder of Sailors for the Sea and board member of Oceana
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 5:00pm
  • Jackie Savitz, Chief Policy Officer, Oceana
    Chief policy officer of Oceana
    Session info:
    07/06/2022 9:30am
  • Andy Sharpless
    Chief executive officer of Oceana
    Session info:
    07/27/2022 9:30am
  • Scott Kraus
    North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium chair
    Session info:
    07/26/2022 5:00pm
  • Briana Warner
    President & chief executive officer of Atlantic Sea Farms
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 9:30am
  • Tanasia Swift
    Field station program manager of the Billion Oyster Project
    Session info:
    07/26/2022 9:30am
  • Genevieve McDonald
    Commercial fisherman and former representative of Maine District 134
    Session info:
    07/26/2022 5:00pm
  • Abby Barrows
    Marine research scientist and owner of Long Cove Sea Farm
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 9:30am
  • Fiona de Koning, co-owner of Hollander & de Koning
    Co-owner of Hollander & de Koning
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 9:30am
  • Joanna Fogg
    Owner of Bar Harbor Oyster Company
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 9:30am
  • Natalie Springuel
    Marine Extension Program Leader, Maine Sea Grant
    Session info:
    07/29/2022 9:30am

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