In an effort to stay engaged with UMaine alumni and to keep them informed on relevant university-related topics, the University of Maine Alumni Association is proud to offer the Alumni Webinar Series, a special, bi-weekly webinar program to keep Black Bears up to date on students, current events, university initiatives, and more.
“Horror and Humanity” Webinar
As Stephen King fans know, horror stories can be a great escape from the stress of everyday life. But what happens when life starts imitating art?
Watch UMaine professor Caroline Bicks, holder of the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature, as she discussed what scares us and why, and what she learned with the students in her Horror and Humanity class last semester as they all face the unknown—on the page and in real time.
“Summer Gardening Webinar”
Watch UMaine alumni Katherine Garland ’01, ’09G, a horticulturalist with UMaine Cooperative Extension address frequently asked questions about flower and vegetable gardening, suggest things that could still be planted in a vegetable garden in late June, and provide an overview of UMaine Cooperative Extension’s resources to help both experienced and new gardeners.
“George Floyd, Anti-Black Racism and #BlackLivesMatter”
Watch three members of the UMaine Alumni community, share their perspectives and answer questions about their experiences being Black in the U.S. in an important discussion.
“Black Bear Athletics and the Pandemic”
Watch Ken Ralph, the University of Maine’s Director of Athletics, address the future of UMaine sports. Ralph shared his insights regarding Black Bear and NCAA athletics in light of the current pandemic and answered questions from webinar participants.
“Unusual and Unprecedented: The Final Semester of UMaine’s Class of 2020”
Hear from three members of the UMaine Class of 2020 as they reflect on how the pandemic disrupted their final semester on campus—their abrupt departure from campus in March, the shift to online classes, the loss of a traditional graduation ceremony, and much more.
“Journalistic Ethics During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
How well are the news media covering the pandemic? How well are the news media covering media coverage of the pandemic? Dr. Michael J. Socolow, a noted media historian and faculty member of UMaine’s Department of Communication and Journalism, addresses these and other questions posed by participating alumni and friends about media ethics and practices.