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Summer Wisdom 2013 – Wednesday evenings in June, 7:00 pm

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Midcoast Senior College — in partnership with Curtis Memorial Library — has planned another intellectually intriguing series of lectures for June 2013.

These presentations will be centering on Maine, its unique history and culture, and its intimacy with art, science, and world events.

Each lecture and discussion lasts about 90 minutes

June 5 — “The Evolution of Medical Education and Practice in Maine—From Plasters and Prayers to PET Scans and Prostheses”

Today we can feel assured that competent medicine is available in our area for those who need it. But for centuries no such medicine existed in our state. This presentation will trace the history of its development.

Richard S. Neiman, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was Director of the Division of Hematologic Pathology. A graduate of Harvard College and Tufts Medical School, he has had a long-standing interest in the history of medicine.

June 12 — “Joshua Chamberlain: The Making of a Civil War Hero”

Joshua Chamberlain’s Civil War journey from Brunswick to Appomattox was as eventful as it would prove to be painful. How this gentle man of letters went from his student days at Bowdoin, where he listened to Harriet Beecher Stowe read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, to recognition as one of America’s greatest military heroes is the stuff of legend.

Jane Fenderson Cabot was born in Maine and graduated from Mt. Holyoke College. For eleven years she worked for U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie as a counsel to his subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. From 1976-1981, she was the Appointment Secretary and Director of Scheduling for Rosalynn Carter, where she oversaw the First Lady’s daily schedule and planned her extensive foreign and domestic travel. Now retired, she divides her time between Connecticut and Harpswell, Maine.

June 19 — “The Reverend Jacob Bailey: The Faith of a Loyalist”

Reverend Bailey came to Pownalborough (now Dresden) in the province of Maine as an Anglican missionary preacher. Against a background of 18th century culture and politics, this outspoken Loyalist refused to read the Declaration of Independence from his pulpit and ended up leaving Maine for the safety of Nova Scotia.

James S. Leamon graduated from Bates College and earned his Ph.D. in American Colonial History at Brown University. He taught early American history and historical archaeology at Bates College from 1964 until his retirement in 2000. His book, Revolution Downeast: The War for American Independence in Maine, won the New England Historical Association’s annual book award. His most recent publication is The Reverend Jacob Bailey, Maine Loyalist: The God, King, Country, and for Self.

June 26 — “Abraham Lincoln, Hannibal Hamlin and the Civil War Vice Presidency-A New Look at an Almost Forgotten Figure in American History”

This presentation will discuss the relationship between Lincoln and Hamlin and explain why Hamlin was not re-nominated as Vice President in 1864, thereby not becoming President after Lincoln’s assassination.

Draper Hunt graduated from Harvard College and earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He has taught American history at the University of Southern Maine for over 30 years; and has published books on the Civil War, on Hannibal Hamlin, and on the history of Blaine House, the Governor’s house in Maine. He is now Professor Emeritus at USM

Dates & Times: Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., June 5, 12, 19, & 26

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

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