Bringing people together
with expert guides to think expansively about a really big question
2022: What if…?
Really big questions are the questions that all of us find ourselves asking in the course of our lives, and that we have to keep on asking, because there isn’t just one answer. Each year, we find one of these questions and invite a handful of guides with very various expertise and interests to get us all thinking by sharing how they ask and answer it.
In 2022 The Big Question was, and is, What if…? This year’s asynchronous event jump-started our multi-year engagement with Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism. You can see the Guides’ presentations and work through the whole program, ask and keep asking what if…?
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this year's guides
Executive Director, H.O.M.E, Inc.
George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of Religion, Bowdoin College
Professor of History, University of New England
Professor of Literature, University of Maine-Farmington
Coordinator, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition
What if we knew and shared more about shellfish reproduction, with less concern for money?
Founder and Director, Franco-American Women’s Institute
What if we could all really see who we are?
20th and 21st century African American Literature
President, Board of Directors Abyssinian Meeting House
Visiting Scholar, Brown University, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice
Assistant Professor, School of Legal Studies, Husson University
What if we were all valued?
Staff Writer, Sun Journal
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, University of Southern Maine
Professor of History, University of Maine
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education University of Southern Maine
Poet, Writer, Organizer
Scholar of Cultural Narratives
Historian, scholar, independent museum professional
Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Maine
Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Storyteller and oral historian
Professor of Political Science, University of Maine at Farmington
Poet, Writer, Archivist
Community Support Coordinator, Lewiston Public Schools
Associate Professor, Professional Communication and Journalism
What if there were no gender?
Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Colby College
Professor in Philosophy, Social Theory, and Peace Studies, College of the Atlantic
ETEP Coordinator, University of Southern Maine
Chair, Native American Programs and Director of Native American Research, University of Maine
Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Maine College of Art
Executive Director, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Education, Bowdoin College
Occupational Therapist, Writer, Teacher
Cultural Historian, Penobscot Nation
Octavia E. Butler’s life and work
Speculative fiction and multimedia installation art
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Colby College
Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences, Maine Maritime Academy
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Maine
Educator, Community Interpreter
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