Chats with Champions

This popular program brings outstanding members of the literary world, arts, and sciences to Skidompha to present programs that are free and open to the public. While the series’ emphasis is on top-notch authors, programs often appeal to a much wider audience.  

The widely diverse roster of exceptional programs has included bestselling, prize-winning authors, chefs, mystery writers, scientists, wildlife experts, artists, historians, criminologists, musicians and much more!

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Raymond D. Boisvert – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Truth Behind the Monster

October 23, 2018 at 10 am

Frankenstein’s 200th birthday is here (1818 – 2018)! He’s been in films, on cereal boxes, on tv, in cartoons, songs and advertisements. Quite an achievement for his creator, 19-year-old Mary Shelley. This presentation is a reflection on themes explored in the novel that don’t always carry through when adapted for stage or screen: trying to create life without women, friendship, family responsibilities, the importance of touch, ugliness/strangeness, fear of death.


Check this page and our calendar for the schedule of presentations and for more information about each speaker. Unless noted otherwise, all programs begin at 10 am.


October 23


Raymond D. Boisvert: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – The Truth Behind the Monster
October 29

Monday at 3 pm

Francois Gauthron: WW2 Battlefields Expert Guide
October 31


Adria Horn: Director of Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services


November 14


Dr. Rhian Waller: Diving Down Deep: Deep Sea Coral and Other Critters


November 20


Dr. Jeremy Jackson: Coastal Communities and Climate Change
December 6


Myles Felch: Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
April 16


Mac Smith: Mainers on the Titanic
July 18


Dean Rock: 3-D Prosthetic Devices
July 18


Mark Peterson: Health Care in America
September 5


Bob Hills: Iceland

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