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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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.


          • February 4, 2020 (Tuesday) – Nick Mills: A Brief History of Broadcasting in America

          On Tuesday, February 4 at 10 a.m., Skidompha Library’s Chats with Champions program will welcome Professor Nick Mills to give a talk entitled “A Brief History of Broadcasting in America.” His lecture provides background for this year’s Camden Conference, “The Media Revolution: Changing the World.”

          Professor Mills served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, helping to launch that country’s national educational television system. He then served as an officer in the U.S. Army and led a combat photography team in Vietnam. In Afghanistan he served as an advisor in President Hamid Karzai’s administration, and penned KARZAI – The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan (Wiley & Sons, 2007).

          Professor Mills taught a generation of undergrad and graduate journalism students as a Boston University professor for 26 years. In 2014, he was named the College of Communication Teacher of the Year. He was a broadcast journalist, News Director, reporter and morning news anchor at major Boston stations and at the ABC Radio Network in New York.

          Professor Mills is also the author of Combat Photographer and Senior Writer of The American Experience in Vietnam – Reflections on an Era. He has written for Huffington Post, Foreign Policy and other publications, and dozens of blog posts for under the title, The Virtual Angler. He resides in Cumberland, Maine and spends as much time as possible with a fly rod in his hand.

          Chats with Champions is a free community offering from your national award-winning Skidompha Library at 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine. This program is generously sponsored by Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop. For more information, please call the Library at 207-563-5513.

          • March 10, 2020 (Tuesday) – Sarah Fisher: Head of Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art 
          • March 28, 2020 (Saturday) – Denise Dauphinee: “When You Find My Body: The Story of Geraldine Largay on the Appalachian Trail” 
          • April 30, 2020 (Thursday) – Carol Gardner: Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine
          • May 5, 2020 (Tuesday) – Earle Shettleworth: How Maine Celebrated its Centennial in 1920