Join as our neighbors discuss lessons that can be learned from 3 feature length documentary films.
Watch the film at your home, then attend the discussion on date provided below. Register online at https://curtislibrary.libcal.com/ to obtain the film link and reserve your online seat at the discussion.
Discussion of The Reunited States
Tuesday, February 9th, 7-8 PM
hosted by the Working for Justice Group of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick and a distinguished panel of local community members.
At a time when America is ripping apart at the seams, The Reunited States is a powerful and urgent documentary that follows the unsung heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides. Susan Bro, who lost her daughter when a car drove through a group of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who travel to all fifty states in an RV to find out what divides us, are just a few of the characters profiled in the film. Each of these bridge-builders have realized that while our divides run deeper than they ever could have imagined, so does the love and hope to bring our country back together. Based on the book of the same name, the film urges us to consider that everyone has a role to play in reuniting the country.
Register to receive the link to the view the film (a link will be sent to you after February 6th) and join the Zoom link for the discussion here: https://curtislibrary.libcal.com/event/7335599
Discussion of Community First
Tuesday, February 16th, 7-8 PM
hosted with a number of housing organizations and a distinguished panel of local community members
This feature documentary about Community First! Village had its world premiere at SXSW 2019. Community First! Village is an innovative and successful model for mitigating homelessness.
Register to receive the link to the view the film (a link will be sent to you after February 13th) and join the Zoom link for the discussion here: https://curtislibrary.libcal.com/event/7335600
Discussion of Purple Mountains
Tuesday, February 23rd, 7-8 PM
hosted with the Bath-Brunswick Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a distinguished panel of local community members.
Join us for a discussion of the film Purple Mountains (purplemountainsfilm.com) hosted by the Bath-Brunswick Chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Distinguished panelists include:
Mark Battle is a Professor of Physics at Bowdoin College, where he came after working at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and Princeton University. His research addresses questions about the composition of the earth’s atmosphere in the present, future and recent past. An experimentalist, he has travelled to Antarctica, Greenland and the tropical Pacific to collect samples that help us understand the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. His current project involves making measurements at Harvard Forest, in Central Massachusetts.
Chloe Maxmin, hailing from rural Maine, is a Maine State Senator. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and (former) Senate Minority Leader. In 2018, she served in the Maine House of Representatives after becoming the first Democrat to win a rural conservative district. Chloe is about a new politics for rural America. She and her campaign manager, Canyon Woodward, are writing a book for Beacon Press on their work.
David Vail is Professor of Economics emeritus and former director of environmental studies at Bowdoin College. David works with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Economics Policy Network and is a board member of the Solar Energy Association of Maine and the Chewonki Foundation. He was a founding board member of the Maine Center for Economic Policy and previously chaired the Policy Committee at Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Rob Wood is the Director of Government Relations and Climate Policy for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, based in Brunswick, ME. His team develops and advocates for laws and regulations that advance TNC’s conservation priorities at the state and federal level. He specializes in climate change mitigation solutions, building support for climate action through stakeholder engagement, community-based demonstration projects and in the Maine State House. Prior to joining TNC, Rob spent three years on the policy team for a state-based education advocacy organization and worked as a field organizer for two political campaigns. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.
Purple Mountains is a documentary featuring Jeremy Jones, a graduate of Carrabassett Valley Academy (ME), a North Tahoe local, iconic snowboarder, mountaineer, and founder of Protect Our Winters. Jeremy makes a strong case for finding common ground with those we think disagree with us about climate change. Along the way he makes the case for policy, not individual sustainability actions, as the necessary approach to addressing the climate crisis.
Discussion will center around the following questions:
- Why are we as a country so divided on climate change?
- How do we find common ground?
- What effective policies may be acceptable to legislators on both sides?