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Academic Theme Events

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated:


Film: “The Clean Bin Project”

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favorite partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.  Even as Grant and Jen start to garner interest in their project, they struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society”. Described as “An Inconvenient Truth meets Super Size Me”, The Clean Bin Project features laugh out loud moments, stop motion animations, and unforgettable imagery.

Monday, February 13, 1pm

Klahr Center auditorium, Augusta campus

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends!

FMI contact Prof. Peter Milligan (

This event is co-sponsored by the UMA Colloquium, the Klahr Center, and Katz Library



What happens when a group of UMA faculty and staff try zero-waste living for a semester? Read our columns and find out!


Professor Ellen Taylor on sustainable fashion:

Professor Elizabeth Powers on zero-waste children:

Professor Kati Corlew on food shopping:

Professor Lisa Botshon sums up the zero-waste experiment:


FALL 2016 

UMA 2016 Fall Convocation will be held on Friday, September 16th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on the campus green of the UMA Augusta campus. Professor of Biology, Peter Milligan, PhD,  and student Ellen Stoops, Biology ’17, will provide perspectives on the theme of climate change. Our Keynote Address will come from Colin Woodard, State and National Affairs Writer of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram.


Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kati Corlew, PhD, will provide a lecture on the psychology of climate change on Monday, October 3rd, from 10:45 – 11:45 in Eastport Hall, Rm 103 on the UMA Bangor campus.


Exhibit in the Danforth Gallery on the Augusta campus through October 27: 

[stillness], a new media installation by Susan Bickford

Gallery reception September 29, from 4:00 – 6:00.

Combining the natural phenomenon of the reversing falls in Sheepscot Village with a collaborative performance,

Bickford produces five videos for the viewer to experience. The gallery becomes a vast chasm to feel, see and hear the

wonders of this pristine Maine location.


Thursday, October 20, 12-1pm, Art and Climate Change

Danforth Gallery on the Augusta Campus

Featuring the following panelists:

David Fields: Senior Research Scientist Zooplankton Ecologist Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Jan Piribeck: Professor of Digital Art and Foundations University of Southern Maine
Julie Poitras Santos:  Artist, poet, educator
Anna Witholt Abaldo: Co-Director, Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, Gallery Curator Maine Farmland Trust

Climate Change: How Will Maine Cope?

What steps can be taken to slow the advance of climate change?

This and other questions about climate change will be addressed during a University of Maine at Augusta forum.
Sponsored by the UMA College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College and moderated by Chuck Acker, the forum will take place on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. in Jewett Hall on the UMA Augusta campus, 46 University Drive, Augusta. The forum is free and open to the general public.
Featured participants include Ivan Fernandez, Ph.D., a soil scientist and affiliate of the Institute on Climate Change at the University of Maine. Co-author of a report entitled Maine’s Climate Future, he will discuss planet warming, mitigation and adaptation.

Andrew E. Smith, State Toxicologist for Maine’s Center for Disease Control (CDC), will discuss dealing with health threats resulting from climate change. These threats include excessive heat and disease-bearing ticks.

The presenters will explore the challenges associated with climate warming and its potential to impact both Maine’s economy and the health of Mainers.

Thursday, November 10, for a noon lunch and learn with Elizabeth Rush-Mueller, postdoctoral fellow at Bates College, who will present her work on Climate Change and the Stories We Tell.  Her Bates students interviewed longtime Maine residents whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by climate change. You can see an archive of this work at the following website: The talk will be in the Fireplace Lounge on the Augusta campus.
Throughout the Fall semester, UMA students, faculty, staff, administration, friends, and community members are invited to play Climate Madness!! Learn about some of the many, many heroes of climate change. Vote on your favorites in a single-elimination competition. Click here to learn more, or visit Katz Library on the Augusta Campus, or Nottage Library on the Bangor Campus.


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