Colloquy Downeast to sponsor two discussion topics

ELLSWORTH — Two Colloquy Downeast discussions are scheduled for late October and November. Each colloquy is a facilitated discussion of no more than 15 participants and consists of four two-hour weekly discussions. These colloquies will be virtual, with participants engaging in a Zoom meeting format.

“Seaweeds,” which starts on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m., will be facilitated by David Porter, a Brooklin resident and emeritus professor of plant biology at the University of Georgia.

This colloquy will delve into questions surrounding the place of seaweeds in our lives. What are seaweeds in a biological sense? What are the commercial uses of seaweeds — now and in the future? How have seaweeds affected our ecological ethos? And how have artists viewed seaweeds?

“Dis-Ease: Literature of Pain and Redemption,” which starts on Monday, Nov. 16, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., will be facilitated by Mary Tyler Knowles, a Blue Hill resident, retired English teacher and George Stevens Academy board member.

The focus of this colloquy will be two novels that resonate powerfully today. Albert Camus’ “The Plague” (1947) is set in the little town of Oran during a bubonic outbreak and José Saramago’s “Blindness” (1995) takes place in a sudden epidemic of blindness in a nameless country. Participants will consider the questions the authors pose about the nature of humanity, morality and redemption.

To learn more about Colloquy Downeast and to register for these colloquies, go to

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