Arts & Humanities Speaker Series: On Nature


USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College announces a Monday evening lecture series this fall with various guest speakers. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held from 5:00-6:30pm in Room 170.

The first lecture, entitled “The Nature of a Garden”, will be held Monday, October 1 and will feature Professor Mark Silber. Silber, a documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist, will talk about the patterns in nature and the significance of the aesthetics of gardens. Silber is also an avid gardener, who, for 35 years, owned the well-known Hedgehog Hill Farm in Sumner, Maine. With an AB from Harvard and a PhD from Boston University in Medical Anthropology, his career has been highly unorthodox. Photographing for over fifty-five years, he is an author or co-author of eight books published in Boston, New York, and Maine. His work has been exhibited widely and his photography has been published in national and international magazines. He currently teaches courses in the Social and Behavioral Science program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

Upcoming lectures in the series include: Todd Watts, An Alternate View of Landscape Imagery,  October 15; Jane Costlow, Through a Russian 19th Century Forest, October 29; Joel Babb, Coming into the Country: An Artist Rediscovering Nature. Joel Babb will discuss how an artist’s perception of nature is paradoxically informed by artistic cultural traditions, November 26.

Mark Silber














Professor Mark Silber will present a free lecture entitled “The Nature of a Garden”, on Monday, October 1, at 5:30 pm at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College. It is part of four part lecture series this fall sponsored by the Arts and Humanities program and is open to the public.

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