Maine Media hosts stimulating conversations on a wide diversity of topics in photo, film, book arts, and writing.

Our 2023 Alumni Lecture series is brought to you by First National Wealth Management.

The Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of individual donors and our sponsors.

Fall 2023 Schedule

Leading a More Creative Life with David H. Lyman

Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join the founder of The Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media) for a version of his inspirational Monday Morning Creativity lecture.

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The Creative Entrepreneur: Making it Real with Alexis Alexanian

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join pioneering film producer Alexis Alexanian for this inspiring exploration of how to make your visions real.

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Scripting the Truth with Amanda Pisetzner

Monday, September 11, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join Emmy-winning documentary storyteller Amanda Pisetzner to explore the surprises, challenges, and rewards of doc and nonfiction writing.

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Spring 2023 Series

How to Sustain a Career in TV with Emmy nominated writer Michael Sardo

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

How does one navigate a career in the evolving landscape of television – an industry whose present volatility has led to a strike?

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Photography in the Age of the Anthropocene with DM Witman & Jim Nickelson

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Please join artists and educators Jim Nickelson and DM Witman for an alumni artist talk. Jim and DM will share recent works dealing with the local and global climate impacts in this Age of the Anthropocene.

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Richard Tuschman: Making a Life as a Photographic Artist

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join us online as Richard shares an overview of his work, the ups and downs of a labor-intensive process, and what he thinks artists can learn from athletes. View Richard’s upcoming on-campus workshops: Staging the Cinematic Photograph and The Art & Craft of Photoshop Post Production the following week. Learn more about Richard Tuschman here.

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THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW with Adam Harrison Levy hosted by Wayne Beach

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Come learn techniques to help you interview others & the process of navigating the challenges of getting to the core of a subject. View Adam’s 2023 upcoming online workshop: The Art of the Profile and on-campus workshop: Conducting the Interview.

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Past Alumni Lectures

Home of the Brave – Where living is an act of protest, with Photographer Ruddy Roye.

Monday, Dec 12, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Photographer Ruddy Roye tells the stories of living as an act of protest: Emancipation to 2022.

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Lisa Elmaleh: 2022 Arnold Newman Prize Winner

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 @ 1-2pm ET (Online)

Join as Lisa Elmaleh talks about her journey with a big camera, a truck, and a pair of worn out shoes: following this road where it leads. View Lisa’s winning work here.

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From Barbecue to Bebop: The Visual Language of Frank Stewart

Monday, Nov 14, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Frank Stewart’s deep investigation of his African American roots through music, coupled with his intimate back- and on-stage access, offer a rich view of the jazz world via a post-modern vision that is firmly rooted in diverse artistic traditions.

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Jules Allen Photographing

Monday, Nov 7, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Allen discusses his images with Danny Dawson which place subjects drawn from the richness of black life, within the universal paradigms.

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A Passion for Possibilities: Deploying a Choreographic Approach to Art – With Jari Poulin

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join Jari as she discusses a passion for possibilities, pushing settled visual boundaries to reveal or conceal information in her images.

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The Music in the Image – With Gerald Cyrus

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Cyrus speaks on the influence of music in his work: images of musicians, musical environments & daily life in Harlem, N.O., Brazil & Cuba.

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A child of the 1960s Comes of Age – With Jamel Shabazz

Monday, October 17, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Jamel discusses how images of 60’s & 70’s photo publications proivided him with answers that led him to be a photographer with purpose.

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Maureen Cummins

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Maureen Cummins has produced over 25 limited-edition artist’s books and will share highlights from the past three decades of her practice, with an emphasis on how she creates binding structures that reinforce the social activist content of her work.

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YoPho to Pro – With Allison V. Smith

Thu, October 6, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

How a 2-week workshop as a YoPho (Young Photographer) spurred a lifelong dedication to photography.

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Artist’s Books: Small Editions and Big Ideas – With Rebecca Goodale

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 @ 1-2 PM ET (Online)

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Creating a Stock Library as a Viable Part of your Business Model – With Mauricio Handler

Tue, September 20, 2022 @ 1–2 PM ET (Online)

Join Natural History & Underwater Cinematographer Mauricio Handler as he takes us through his creative and business stock library journey.

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Sal Taylor Kydd & Dawn Surratt

Thu, Sep 8, 2022 @ 1–2 PM ET (Online)

Sal & Dawn discuss creative process, the beginning and progression of their collaborative project Touchstones, and their book A Passing Song.

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Retrospective: Spirit of a People – With Collette V. Fournier

Wed, September 14, 2022 @ 1–2:30 PM ET (Online)

Collette V. Fournier’s “Retrospective: Spirit of a People” is a historic embodiment of four decades of her photography archives.

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Enjoy Even More Past Lectures

Alumni of Maine Media enjoy exclusive access to a library of recordings from previous Lectures.

A Maine Media alum is anyone who has taken or taught a workshop and or participated in our college program. As an alum, you are part of a network of 35,000 alumni worldwide. Maine Media alumni are leading lives of purpose as professionals and enthusiasts in photography, filmmaking, book arts, and writing. If you are an alum, you can request your password to view this content by emailing [email protected].

Alumni Lecture Series Sponsors

The Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of individuals and sponsors including First National Bank, First National Wealth Management, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at LawAllen Insurance and FinancialPage GalleryTwo Ponds PressB&H Photo, Video and AudioCedar Crest Inn, and WERU Community Radio.

Interested in sponsoring our lecture series? Email [email protected] for more information.