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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August 16: Acclaimed presidential historian  Patricia O’Toole 

On Thursday, August 16 at 10 am, Chats with Champions will welcome writer, columnist, biographer, and educator Patricia O’Toole. “Chats” are held in the Porter Meeting Hall and are sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. Please allow time for parking.

Patricia O’Toole’s latest book, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made measures Wilson by his own standards. O’Toole has written about Theodore Roosevelt in the acclaimed When Trumpets Call, and her biography of Henry Adams and his friends, The Five of Hearts, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Now she revisits the presidency as it was a century ago and rethinks many of the standard interpretations of Woodrow Wilson and his legacy.  The result is an emotionally discerning, richly detailed portrait of a president whose ideas and actions had a profound and lasting effect on the United States and the world.

O’Toole is a professor emerita at Columbia University and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. She has served on the nonfiction panel of judges for National Book Awards; has been a judge for PEN Award for the first book of nonfiction; is a member of fellows’ executive committee of MacDowell Colony; and a guest curator at the National Portrait Gallery.

Other Awards and Honors include Front Page Award for distinguished commentary; Emma Award, National Women’s Political Caucus and Radcliffe College and an Excellence in Media Award, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD) for magazine work; Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University, 2004. Patricia O’Toole lives in Camden, Maine.


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.

August 16


Patricia O’Toole: The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made 


August 21


David Yarborough: Blueberry Horticulturist 
August 23


KJ Gormley: Life as a Digital Nomad – A Tale of Two Cities
September 4


Pat O’Brian: Fiore Oils
September 11


Bob Hills: Cuba: Our Next Nearest Neighbor
September 18


Elizabeth Garber and Baron Wormser: Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter
September 25


Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum
October 2


Jonathan Alderfer: Bird Illustrator
October 16


Zip Kellogg: First National White Water Canoe and Kayak Champions   
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


December 6


Myles Felch: Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
April 12 Tuesday Mac Smith: Mainers on the Titanic
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