April 19, 2012 (5 p.m.)

Hannaford Lecture Hall, Portland

Sponsored by the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
This discussion highlighted the influence of Rachel Carson on the perspectives and lives of five current female environmental leaders in Maine. The event was moderated by Naomi Schalit, Executive Director of Pinetree Watchdog. Naomi is the former Executive Director of Maine Rivers and former reporter and producer for Maine Public Radio. Panelists included:
  • Pattie Aho, DEP Commissioner
  • Michele Dionne, Ph.D., Research Director, Wells National Estuarine Research Preserve
  • Melissa Welsh Innes, Maine State Representative (D-Yarmouth)
  • Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Amanda Sears, Associate Director, Environmental Health Strategy Center

USM alumna Kate Cheney Chappell ’83, co-founder of Tom’s of Maine and an accomplished artist and poet, has developed an art show on the inspirations of Rachel Carson. Ms. Chappell spoke at the panel discussion and shared a DVD she produced regarding her art and connection to Rachel Carson.

This event was part of a special celebration of Rachel Carson's life and her impact on contemporary society. More information can be found at usm.maine.edu/environmental-science/rachel-carson.

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