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COA Resumes Coffee & Conversation Series July 10

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Hester Hill Schnipper in front of her home on Mount Desert Island. She will join COA's Lynn Boulger at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10 for the first of College of the Atlantic's summer Coffee & Conversation series.

Hester Schnipper to discuss architecture, space, and healing

BAR HARBOR—College of the Atlantic launches its summer weekly Tuesday morning Coffee & Conversation series on July 10 at 9 a.m. when it offers a conversation between Hester Schnipper, chief of oncology social work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and COA Dean of Development Lynn Boulger.

In a discussion that might well be titled, “Inspired by Dreams,” the two will talk about how Schnipper transformed a dark Pretty Marsh cabin into a family sanctuary. Schnipper is the author of the 2003 book, “After Breast Cancer: A Common-Sense Guide to Life After Treatment,” and the 1999 “Woman to Woman: A Handbook for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer,” both written from personal experience. She also writes a blog on the hospital website, Living With Breast Cancer. She told a New York Times reporter last year that she bought the house after a dream that involved the house, her year-old granddaughter, and a sense of a solid, happy family place. She and Boulger will explore architecture, space, and healing.

The July conversations are as follows:

Tuesday, July 17 at 9 am
Frank Archuleta, Exotic Plant Management Program director at Acadia National Park will join Barbara Meyers ’89, COA’s head gardener to talk about managing non-native plants at the park. They will share insights into good landscaping management practices for the home. Deering Common Community Center.

Tuesday, July 24 at 9 am
John Anderson, PhD, COA’s Drury Chair in Evolution, Ecology & Natural History, speaks with local naturalist and COA life trustee William V.P. Newlin, author of The Lakes & Ponds of Mt. Desert. George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History.

Tuesday, July 31 at 9 am
COA trustee Hank Schmelzer welcomes Neva Goodwin, PhD, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. They will discuss the need for alternatives to current economic theory, and question whether corporate goals create materialistic desires to respond to immaterial needs, trapping society in a culture of “no such thing as enough.” Straus Seminar Room, The Turrets.

For more information on this summer series, contact Laura Johnson, 207-801-5621,, or Kim Childs, 207-288-5015,

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. Intentionally small, COA is a leader in environmental stewardship and experiential education. It has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers who can lead all sectors of society to promote sustainable ecosystems while meeting compelling and growing human needs.