SAGE at USM OLLI is an eight-week lecture series, held each fall and spring, exploring new dimensions in the arts, sciences, history, culture, business, recreation, and current events. Lectures are presented by experts in their fields.
FIRE — Our Past, Present, and Future — How We Can Adapt and Learn to Live WITH Fire and Smoke
Kelly Martin: Retired Chief of Fire and Aviation for Yosemite National Park and the National Park Service.
Kelly will discuss her up close and personal experiences with forest fires as well as fire behavior, causes, climate change, and steps that should be taken to manage fires.
ID Theft: How Can We Protect Ourselves?
Ed Myslik, Principal Investigator, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
Ed will bring his long experience with ID theft victims right here in Maine to help us be proactive in protecting ourselves and teaching us what we can do if it happens.
Role of Neurobiology in Creative Decision-making
Richard Bilodeau, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship, USM School of Business
Richard will share research and practices that enhance creativity and learning through the optimization of our neurobiology.
Shifting Landscapes in the Arctic: Observations About Climate Change from Greenland & Iceland
Dr. Firooza Pavri, Director of Muskie School for Public Service, Professor of Geography, USM
Firooza will discuss recent environmental and societal shifts in Iceland and Greenland as well as the implications of climate trends for the region’s future.
Right Principles for Maine Climate Crisis Mitigation Decisions
Anthony W. Buxton, Chair, Energy & Utilities Practice Group, Preti Flaherty
Tony will discuss how a democracy such as the State of Maine might most rapidly and effectively decrease carbon emissions.
The Benefits of Music Education
Dr. Jean Murachanian, Executive Director, Portland Conservatory of Music
Jean will talk about how Portland Conservatory of Music, now in its 24th season, engages 300+ students of
all ages and abilities.
The Science of Vaccines: Learning from the Past to Protect our Future
Stephen Pelsue, Science Director, BBI Solutions
Stephen will examine the history of vaccines and the advances that have built the foundation for those currently being used to fight COVID-19.
May 4 |
New Challenges and New Opportunities at the Portland Symphony Orchestra
Carolyn Nishon, Executive Director and
Eckart Preu, Artistic Director, Portland Symphony Orchestra
This presentation will focus on the work that the PSO has done to adapt to COVID-19 challenges and what lies in store for the organization as it looks to its 100th season and beyond.
COST OF LECTURES:
The cost for each individual lecture is $10.
OLLI Membership is not required for individual lectures; however, you must register four days in advance to receive an access link.
How to sign up for OLLI SAGE lectures: