November 25, 2021

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.…

October 15, 2021

‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ Religious Holidays in December Webinar

While Christmas gets a great deal of attention each December, the month is significant to many cultures and religious traditions. In fact, much of what is commonly associated with Christmas comes from interfaith borrowing of practices and customs that have occurred over the centuries. This webinar and Q&A, presented by Derek A. Michaud ’99, a…

October 15, 2021

Interpreting the 2020 Elections: Expert Analysis from Orono

UMaine political science professor and 2020 Distinguished Maine Professor Award recipient Dr. Richard Powell shared his interpretation of this year’s election outcomes in this edition of the Alumni Association’s webinar series. Powell’s research and teaching interests include the U.S. Presidency, Congress, Leadership, Elections, and American Political Thought. He is the author of numerous books, journal…

October 15, 2021

Constellations and the Christmas Star Webcast

Shawn Laatsch, director of the Versant Power Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium shared the stars, constellations, and planets visible in our winter skies. Participants learned how to find these objects in their own backyard, got a special look at a special December planetary conjunction, and looked at what the famed Christmas star might have been.…

October 14, 2021

Horror and Humanity Webinar with Prof. Caroline Bicks

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…

October 14, 2021

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.  

October 12, 2021

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.      

October 10, 2021

Commemorating Maine’s Statehood Webinar with Dr. Liam Riordan

Maine’s path to statehood in 1820 followed years of tensions with the political and economic powers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, of which Maine was a part. Now, 200 years later, remnants of those early political, economic, and cultural issues remain. As Maine celebrates its bicentennial as a state, what can we learn by revisiting…

October 7, 2021

Mt Everest Expedition Webinar

UMaine Professor Paul Andrew Mayewski has been to the top of the world—literally. Mayewski was the leader of a 2019 expedition to Mount Everest, which installed the world’s highest weather-monitoring station and extracted the highest-altitude ice core ever collected. The expedition was organized and funded by National Geographic and Rolex. Listen as he tells UMaine…