Featured guests include recent National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William “Bro” Adams, bestselling author Monica Wood, and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument creator Lucas St. Clair. Noted journalist, commentator, scholar, and Constitutional expert Jeffrey Rosen, J.D. hosts the weeklong Champlain Institute: American Democracy.

Artist Roxana Alger Geffen models one of her <em>Dissent Collars</em>.Artist Roxana Alger Geffen models one of her Dissent Collars.“We’re elated to have such a wonderful slate of intellectually stimulating cultural programs to present this summer,” said College of the Atlantic Dean of Institutional Advancement Lynn Boulger.

The series kicks off July 6 with artist Roxana Geffen speaking about her Dissent Collars – inspired by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, followed on July 10 by a presentation by Lucas St. Clair, the president of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., the nonprofit that donated 87,563 acres for Maine’s newest protected area. Adams speaks July 20 on Wicked Problems: The Importance of the Humanities in the Time of STEM.

COA’s hallmark Coffee & Conversations take place every Tuesday, pairing COA faculty and senior leadership with such guests as Muslim scholar Reza Jalali, Maine League of Women Voters past president Ann Luther, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer, and noted author Christina Baker Kline for intimate talks.

This summer’s art exhibit is The Wonders of Tribal Ethiopia. Photographer Clare Stone’s new work depicts life in the Omo Valley, one of the world’s last great tribal regions. The exhibit opens in the Ethel H. Blum Gallery with a reception on July 13.

Clare Stone displays The Wonders of Tribal Ethiopia at COA's Blum Gallery through August 2017.Clare Stone displays The Wonders of Tribal Ethiopia at COA's Blum Gallery through August 2017. Credit: Clare StoneThe weeklong Champlain Institute: American Democracy runs from July 31-August 4 with presentations, conversations, and a special live broadcast of Maine Public Radios Maine Calling show. Curated by Rosen, who is the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, the Institute features The New Yorker Washington Correspondent Ryan Lizza, New York University Law School Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law Kenji Yoshino, J.D., and others.

Other program highlights include the annual Sherry Geyelin Luncheon with popular chef, food blogger and author Serena Wolf speaking on her new book, The Dude Diet, a presentation by Henry Luce Foundation President Michael Gilligan of the role of religion in American life, and the yearly Share the Harvest Farm Dinner on COA’s beautiful Beech Hill Farm. The only event of the series that is not free, the dinner is catered by Havana Restaurant, with all proceeds going directly to COA’s student-led food security program.

College of the Atlantic’s annual summer event series, including Coffee and Conversations, evening lectures, and the inaugural, weeklong Champlain Institute, focuses on the importance of the humanities this year with a program of free presentations, conversations, and art from July through August. The summer series is underwritten by the College of the Atlantic Champlain Society. For the full schedule of cultural and intellectually stimulating programs visit coa.edu/calendar

Reservations are required for some events, and the schedule is subject to change.