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

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2024 Schedule

Mindfulness and the Creative Process: From the Oval Office to the Inner Life with Hope Hall

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join Hope Hall for an inspiring journey through 25 years of documentary filmmaking and cinematography. From political arenas to personal narratives, discover the power of mindfulness in the creative process. Explore the implications for artists across all mediums and learn to navigate challenges with wisdom and purpose.

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There Between: Consciousness, Landscape and Forgetting with Jon Tobiasz

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

In this presentation, photographer Jon Tobiasz will be discussing the development of his practice through the evolution of content and the abiding nature of process.

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Field of Vision: The Cinematographer’s Creative Process A Conversation with Natalie Kingston

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Emmy®-winning cinematographer Natalie Kingston will discuss her creative process, sharing insights drawn from a diverse body of work that spans feature films, streaming series, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and more.

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31 Years: The Creative, Collaborative Practice of Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Shana and Robert ParkeHarrison will discuss their 31 years of collaborative practice, in conversation with Photography Program Chair Kari Wehrs. This discussion will take a look back at the ParkeHarrison’s career, while giving insight into what’s next for this dynamic duo.

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Art, Family, Teaching with Betsy Schneider

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

“Through looking at bodies of work I have created over the past three decades I will explore the inextricability of these three dimensions of my life and how they influence each other and have shaped my career.” – Betsy Schneider

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Following the Threads of a Daily Creative Practice with Elizabeth Greenberg

Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Daily creative practice can provide an outlet for expression, offer opportunities for personal growth, and lead to discovering your authentic creative voice. Join photographer Elizabeth Greenberg for this illustrated conversation as she shares work from her seven + years of photographing Imaginary Places. Hosted by Kari Wehrs.

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Story Genre & the Writer: Make the Writing Fun with Jule Selbo

Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Knowing story genres means that you’re thinking about your audience: is that important? Writer Jule Selbo will examine how understanding story genres in screenplays, novels, plays and short stories can not only be empowering and make the writing fun, but helps you see where your work lives in the marketplace. Jule is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter, a playwright, and a professor whose books on character and genre are used in universities throughout the world. Hosted by Wayne Beach.

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Writing for the Ear: Crafting Podcasts with Hans Buetow

Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Podcasts and radio need lots of writing, but what works in writing for audio might not work in other media and vice versa. So how do you write well for the ear? How do you build and maintain the movie in peoples’ heads? Veteran podcast and radio producer Hans Buetow will outline several guiding ideas that help writing pop in an audio-only context.

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Animating a Life Journeys in Handmade Animation with Emily Hubley

Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Emily Hubley has been making animated shorts for over forty years. Her hand-drawn films visit the world of dreams and distant memories and explore the turbulence of emotional life.  A daughter of legendary pioneer animators, John and Faith Hubley, Emily’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has played major international festivals. She has created music videos, series for Nickelodeon and Lifetime, and has contributed sequences to documentaries, plays, as well as creating the animated sequences for John Cameron Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” In this presentation, Emily will explore making handmade animation for herself and others.

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Making Risk Visible with Sean Kernan & Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Thursday, January 18, 2024, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Arno and Sean surmise and pontificate as they attempt to sort out all the terrors, risks, and pleasures of their journeys through photography.

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Fall 2023 Series

Pictures and Stories with Brenton Hamilton

Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join our final Alumni Lecture of the season with beloved friend and photography star Brenton Hamilton. More details coming soon!

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Alumni Lecture with Craig Easton

Monday, November 13, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join this Alumni Lecture with Craig Easton, 2023 Arnold Newman Prize Winner. More details coming soon!

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Finishing Touches: Hand-Engraved Finishing Tools with Brien Beidler

Monday, November 6, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join bookbinder and toolmaker Brien Beidler for a brief tour of his studio before sharing his process of making and using finishing tools.

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1930’s Hollywood: Women in the Sun & Shadows with Imogen Sara Smith

Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join this lecture exploring women in 1930s Hollywood, guided by film critic, historian, and Criterion Channel regular Imogen Sara Smith.

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Alumni Lecture with Lydia Marks

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

This Alumni Lecture features award-winning set decorator Lydia Marks (The Devil Wears Prada, Sex and the City). 

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Unfolding Universe: Cycles of Creation & Destruction with Granville Carroll

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join artist, Afrofuturist, and educator Granville Carroll as he shares his project In the Finite, Infinitely.

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On Photography and Other Matters… with Richard Renaldi

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Photographer Richard Renaldi will talk about his newest series and contextualize the work in relation to the recurring themes throughout his career.

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Visual Narratives, Layer by Layer with Diana Bloomfield

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 1-2 PM ET (Online)

Join artist Diana Bloomfield as she discusses her work in antique printing and photographic techniques.

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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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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.

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