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Sexuality is Complex

March 4, 2022

12:00 Noon

Virtual presentation via Zoom

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Human beings are sexual for their entire lifespan. This does not necessarily mean that we are sexually active for all those years, just that we have a physical body with chromosomes, organs and hormones, an identity, an orientation and all the feelings associated with these aspects of ourselves. This presentation and discussion will explore the joys and complexity of human sexuality in American culture. You will have an opportunity to hear from an experienced sexuality educator as well as to ask questions and explore some of your own attitudes and values related to sexuality.

Beth Rendeiro, a fifth generation MDI summer resident, has been teaching comprehensive sexuality education for over thirty years. She has experience constructing curriculums and teaching courses for children, teens and adults, and has implemented teaching programs in schools, agencies, churches and private settings. The objectives of her work are to enhance self-worth, provide information, improve communication and understanding and build toward justice, with the ultimate goal of personal health and well-being for all.  She is certified as a sexuality educator by AASECT and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard and a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Pronouns: she/her

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

You will receive the Zoom link the day before the presentation.

Sexuality is Complex

A Climate to Thrive: Working Together to Achieve Energy Independence

March 11, 2022

12:00 Noon

Virtual presentation via Zoom

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A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) was founded in 2015 with the goal of bringing together Mount Desert Island residents, businesses, and towns to achieve energy independence by 2030 and make MDI an inspiring epicenter of citizen engagement, sustainability, and economic vitality. Over the past six years, ACTT has realized substantial impact, including a fivefold increase in solar generation on MDI, establishing an electric vehicle (EV) charging corridor throughout Eastern Maine, supporting MDI high school in building rooftop solar to generate all school energy needs, assisting over 70 local hospitality businesses in reducing single-use plastics, and impactful internship and educational programs.

Founding member and current Interim Executive Director Johannah Blackman and ACTT intern Gaia Daul will speak about ACTT's work and plans for the future while highlighting the specific benefits of community-based, solutions-focused climate action and why that type of action is more important now than ever before.

Johannah Blackman brings together over a decade of experience in nonprofit management, over twelve years of experience in climate action, and a background in education, youth mentorship, and counseling psychology. Johannah’s particular passion is helping anyone and everyone discover their unique contribution to the building climate justice solutions movement. She is an avid writer, explorer, and a mother.

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

Note: Please register no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11th to ensure you receive the Zoom link.

A Climate to Thrive: Working Together to Achieve Energy Independence

Resist-Accept-Direct: A Framework for Resource Management in a Rapidly Changing Climate

March 18, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Virtual discussion

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Acadia National Park is measurably different than it was at its founding 105 years ago. Temperatures have warmed, rainfall has intensified, snowpack has diminished, and sea level has risen. These types of changes are likely to continue or even accelerate and they have dramatic but sometimes difficult to see impacts on the natural and cultural resources of the Park. Management of those resources needs to take into account the changes we have already experienced and those we anticipate in the coming decades. This is a significant shift in the traditional approach to management which sought to preserve the historic conditions. With this shifted focus for resource management, we also need an updated framework for making management decisions. The Resist-Accept-Direct framework, adopted by the National Park Service and Friends of Acadia, forms that framework to help managers understand where resistance to the impacts of climate change makes sense, where accepting those changes is the best alternative, and where directing the change may be an option in helping guide those changes. This discussion will focus on an overview of the changes we’ve seen in the park, changes we anticipate in the near term, the Resist-Accept-Direct framework, and some examples of how that framework is applied.

Abe Miller-Rushing is the Science Coordinator at Acadia National Park, where he has worked for 11 years. In his position he oversees research in the park and helps to lead the park’s work to adapt resource management practices for changing climate conditions. His own research focuses on climate change ecology, phenology, citizen science, and conservation. Abe got his BA in Biology at Grinnell College and his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at Boston University.

Brian Henkel is the Wild Acadia Project Coordinator. The Wild Acadia initiative is a collaboration between Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia that takes a watershed-based approach to improving degraded ecological conditions in and around Acadia National Park. Within this collaboration, Brian works with park staff and area partners such as university faculty, students, local towns, and conservation non-profits to collect data, assess resource conditions, plan and initiate projects, and coordinate efforts of the park and stakeholders. The Wild Acadia initiative strives to improve ecological integrity and resiliency in the face of rapid environmental change within the park and the surrounding communities.  Brian is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BS in Civil Engineering. He has worked as a hydrologist in groundwater and surface water for more than 20 years.

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the presentation.

Resist-Accept-Direct: A Framework for Resource Management in a Rapidly Changing Climate

My America's Cup Experience

March 25, 2022

12:00 Noon

Online presentation

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Tom Duym will present the story of how students at Deer Isle-Stonington High School contributed to their community's unique history and the role it played in the America's Cup at the end of the 19th century. In 1895, and again in 1899, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club travelled to Deer Isle to recruit crews to sail in the America’s Cup. The Deer Isle crews were undefeated in their two defense campaigns. Given from the perspective of one of the teachers involved in the project, the talk will tell not only the story of how this small island community became famous for holding up the US dominance of worldwide yacht racing and technology, but also how the present-day students and teachers reconnected with the significance of that time in history and their own friends, relations, and community reputation today. 

Tom Duym is the Fisheries Education Specialist for Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). His background in public vocational education spans 37 years at both the Community College and secondary school levels. His experience runs the gamut from boat building and repair to construction of fishing gear and skippering commercial fishing and passenger vessels. Tom has an AS from the former Commercial Fishing and Marine Technology Program at the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maine. He taught in the Commercial Fisheries Program at Washington County Community College (WCCC), was Director of WCCC’s Eastport Marine Trade Center campus, and has taught Marine Trades programming at Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Tom was one of the founding visionaries behind the Eastern Maine Skippers Program at MCCF. A Maine native, Tom now resides in Lamoine, Maine

This event is free and open to everyone.


Click to register for this event, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

Note: Please register no later than 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25th to ensure you receive the Zoom link.

My America's Cup Experience