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The Abbe Museum's Future, Leading from the East

January 22, 2021

12:00 Noon

Free virtual presentation via Zoom


There's an old saying, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation."  In fact, the motto of 200 years of Maine statehood is "Dirigo" or "I lead."  But where does this desire to lead the nation come from?  Chris will discuss the history of Maine's Wabanaki peoples cultural and historical ties to turtle island (the land we now call North America) from Wabanaki homelands in the land of the dawn.  It's from this historical and cultural perspective that Chris envisions the future of the Abbe and its role in leading museums across the nation in decolonizing museum work, building equitable relationships with living Native communities, and changing the museum experience to grow beyond its colonial beginnings to a world-class first-person interpretive learning experience centered around Wabanaki voices.  Join us for Chris's thoughts on the short- and long-term future of the Abbe and what you can expect to see in the future.

There is no charge for this event.

Chris Newell is Executive Director and Sr. Partner to Wabanaki Nations for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.  He is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the New England Museum Association and current member of the Maine Arts Commission.  Chris is a co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative, an educational consultancy working with schools, universities, museums, and all areas of education to incorporate Native perspectives in a culturally competent manner.  

The Abbe Museum's Future, Leading from the East

Our Four Political Parties and Who Can Govern

January 29, 2021

9:00 a.m.

Free - Online discussion via Zoom


Despite the myth of stable democracy, in times of change American politics becomes a raucous brawl.

In 2021, the assumptions of both parties are obsolete. Both are split between centrists and radicals. Resentful identity politics and racism inflame hostility. The rich thrive as workers face poverty. Our creaky old institutions have lost much of their legitimacy, and a whiff of violence is in the air. Is peaceful democratic government still possible, and, if so, what is required to achieve it?

We will look at the political landscape and the possible outcomes, for challenge and discussion.

There is no charge for this event.

Seth Singleton has taught political science and world affairs for half a century in universities in the US and overseas, starting at Yale where he completed his doctorate and most recently at the University of Maine.  He has worked in Tanzania, Russia, Ecuador, Vietnam and Mongolia as well as the US. Seth and Charlotte Singleton live in Hall Quarry and enjoy our vibrant MDI community.

Our Four Political Parties and Who Can Govern