ANE Announces Fall Speaker Series Line-up

Mount MonadnockAntioch New England’s fall speaker series is an opportunity for the greater community to gather for four evenings of discussion and thoughtful exchange on topics of special interest and current events. This year’s fall line-up includes interdisciplinary panels, faculty members, visiting researchers and honored guests discussing our environment, family issues and collaborative research on Mount Monadnock. Internationally known local author Thomas Moore concludes the series with a talk about building successful relationships using spiritual principles. Antioch University New England speaker series events are free and open to the public. We invite you to attend.

Descriptions, dates, and locations for this fall’s events include:

Our Environment, Our Future
Five panelists gauge the public’s emotional barometer for hope, action, and resilience.
Thursday, October 30, Antioch University New England Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 7 PM

Overwhelmed or hopeful? Energized for action or paralyzed by too much information? What do average citizens and environmentalists feel about climate change, peak petroleum production, and the many environmental problems and issues that bombard us in the news? Can our psychological health in these times enhance or detract from our ability to sustain hope and take action to create a more sustainable world? Antioch New England faculty members Victor Pantesco, EdD, and Carol Saunders, PhD; ANE graduate students John Fraser and Jessica Zane; and visiting professor Gene Myers, PhD, will share their thoughts on these topics and will show Zane’s thought-provoking, short film Eco-Angst: Public Reactions to Climate Change.

Families and Aging: Facing Challenges, Embracing Opportunities
Amy Blanchard, PhD, Walter Lowe, PhD, and Kevin Lyness, PhD
Faculty of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Applied Psychology Department

Thursday, November 13, Antioch University New England Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 7 PM

As the baby boomer generation grows older, more and more families face the challenges associated with aging. This presentation will address these challenges and talk about how families can use their strengths and discover their resilience as they change roles, make ethical decisions, navigate the medical care system, and ultimately finish well. The panelists will give practical advice to both families and practitioners.

What Can Our Mountain Tell Us?
The Monadnock Ecological Research and Education Project

Peter Palmiotto, PhD, Faculty, Department of Environmental Studies
Thursday, November 20, Antioch University New England Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 7 PM

Mount Monadnock’s dramatic presence has impressed and captivated local people for centuries, and beginning in 2007 it has inspired Dr. Peter Palmiotto and Antioch University New England graduate students to study what the mountain can tell us about changes in our local climate. The Mount Monadnock Research and Education (MERE) Project will track the dynamic nature of Mount Monadnock’s ecological and cultural resources and will share that information with visitors. In his presentation, Dr. Palmiotto will describe the results to date of the MERE project and will talk about a new collaboration with Keene High School’s AP science class.

Building Successful Relationships Using Spiritual Principles
Best-selling author Thomas Moore explores new ways of relating to our families.
Thursday, December 4, Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 401 Winchester Street, Keene, NH 7 PM.

Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and eighteen other books, believes the only way to deal effectively with emotional problems is to include intelligent and open-minded explorations of spiritual life. Some aspects of spirituality are eternal and never change; others shift with cultural developments. Today spirituality is different from what it was when most of us were growing up. According to Moore, today we are in serious need of a spiritual intelligence equal to the complexity of life in the new century.
This program is sponsored by Antioch New England’s Applied Psychology Department and MAPS Counseling Services.


More about the ANE speaker series:
Speaker series events are free and the public is welcome. All events will be held at the Antioch University New England Community Room, with the exception of the Thomas Moore event, which will be held at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Keene. (See street address above). Seating may be limited. For more information about these programs contact Jan Fiderio at (603) 283-2107.