12th Annual Conference

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Ethical and Spiritual Principles
ESTIA 12th Annual Conference

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
8:30am Registration, 9:00am Program
The Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Ave. Rte. 3 Belfast, Maine 04915

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Keynote Speakers

Darren Ranco

Chair of Native American Programs and Coordinator of Native American Research, Darren Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Nation, focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities resist environmental destruction through indigenous diplomacy and protection of cultural resources.

Sherri Mitchell – Wena’gamu’gwasit

An Indigenous rights attorney, writer, and activist who melds traditional life&way teachings into spirit&based movements, Sherri Mitchell will present on the balance between rights and responsibilities in activism.

Maria Girouard

Historian and expert on the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act, Maria Girouard advocates for the preservation of cultural heritage, environmental activism, food sovereignty, and the rights of the Penobscot Nation.

Round Table Discussions:

Poetry and Ecology:   Kathleen Ellis
Penobscot Bay Waterkeeper:   Ron Huber
Organic Gardening and Ecology:   Michael Bahner
Permaculture and Ecology:   Eileen Hagerman
Flute Music and Ecology:   Hawk Henries
Forgiveness and Ecology:   Phyllis Brazee & Barbara Blazej
Nonviolence and Ecology:   Hugh Curran
Therapeutic Music and Plants:   Masanobu Ikemiya
Ecosystem Protection and Ecology:   Carol Kinsey


Price: $35.00 per person, $25.00 for seniors $15.00 for students. Lunch will be provided at a $5.00 cost.

Download the Program

For additional information you may call 207-581-2636 or email Hugh Curran at hugh.curran@umit.

Co0sponsored by the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program


11th Annual Conference

Building Sustainable Communities:
International, National and Local Perspectives

Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
October 24-25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Saturday, October 25, 8.00 am – 5.30 pm

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Program (Download PDF):
Opening Session: Friday, October 24

6.00 pm  Conference Registration and Reception

6.30 pm
Welcome:   Linda Silka, Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Introduction:   Emily Markides, ESTIA President

Moderator:  Jim Settele, Director of School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)

7.00 pm   The Famagusta Ecocity Project as a Model of Ecology and Peace
Vasia Markides, artist & filmaker and Ceren Bogac Asst Prof. of Architecture

8.00 pm The Architecture of EcoPeace: Revitalizing Famagusta from Ghost Town to Ecocity
Jan Wampler, MIT Distinguished Professor of Architecture

8.45 pm Question/Answer Session

Saturday, October 25

8.00 am Conference Registration

8.30 am Welcome
Linda Silka, Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

gkisedtanamoogk, Bundle Keeper of the Wampanoag Nation

Jim Settele, Director of School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA)

9.00 am A New Definition of an Architect
Jan Wampler, MIT Distinguished Professor of Architecture

9.45 am A Systems Approach to Community Development
Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Border

10.30 am Break

10.45 am Islands Foreshadow the Future in Sustainability
Soren Hermansen and Malene Annikki Lunden, Co-Directors of the Samso Energy Academy, Denmark

11.45 am Lunch – Mediterranean Diet Menu based on Seasonal and Organic Food
Music by the Park Street Pickers (guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, washtub bass and vocals)

12.45 pm Bringing it All Home: Creating a Stong Economy for Maine
Chellie Pingree , Congresswoman, 1st Congressional District -Invited

1.30 pm Maine’s Climate & Energy Future
Ivan Fernandez, Distinguished Prof. of School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute, and the School of Food and Agriculture
and Habib Dagher, Prof. of Civil Engineering & Director of the Advanced Structures and Compsites Center.

2.15 pm Break

2.30 pm Panel: Local Action Can Bring Resilience to Maine
David Kelly, Builder & Designer, Bangor EcoHomes
Joline Blais, Assoc. Prof. of New Media, The Belfast Ecovillage
Lisa Fernandes, The Resilience Hub and Portland Maine Permaculture
Eileen Hagerman, The Terrell House Permaculture Living and Learning Center, University of Maine

3.30 pm Panel: Question/Answer Session with all the Presenters

4.45 pm Closing Statements by all the Presenters/Evaluation

Co-Sponsors for ESTIA/UMaine Conference

Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration
Auxiliary Services
Office of Sustainability
College of Engineering
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
School of Policy and International Affairs
Honors College
Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program
Sociology Department
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Climate Change Institute
Advanced Stuctures and Composites Center

2013 Annual Conference : Reclaiming the Water Commons

Water Ethics & Nature Rights in Maine

The 10th Annual ESTIA EcoPeace Conference is October 25, 2013 from 8:30am -5:30pm at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME.

The day-long conference is $35 per person, $25 per student/senior, with a $5 light lunch, or bring your own.

To register, contact Diana McSorley at the Hutchinson Center: 207-338-800
The event program can be found here: EVENT PROGRAM

2013 EcoPeace Conf flyer