NHA’s Popular Food for Thought Lecture Series Continues in March

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Food for Thought lecture series will continue on Thursdays in March with a new line-up of weekly speakers. This free community program is presented every Thursday from Noon to 1 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

The spring 2017 Food for Thought lecture series features presenters from Nantucket and beyond. Speakers include local authors, photographers, and representatives of businesses, organizations, and public-interest groups who provide engaging lectures on timely topics that are aligned with Nantucket’s rich culture. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch while listening to these informative lectures at the Whaling Museum.

Food for Thought with Michael HarrisonThe March 2017 Food for Thought speakers are:

Thursday, March 2, 2017: “A Nantucket Voyage to the Arctic on the Ship Constitution, 1847-52” with NHA Robyn and John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison

Join the NHA’s Robyn and John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison as he delves into a lesser-known tale of Nantucket whaling. During this lecture, he will explore the disastrous 1851 whaling season in the Bering Sea aboard the Constitution.

In his position as Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator, Harrison is responsible for the management, care, research, and interpretation of the NHA holdings in the fine and decorative arts and historic and prehistoric artifacts.

Food for Thought Opioid CrisisThursday, March 9: “Community Panel: The Opioid Crisis on Nantucket” moderated by Laura Burnett with Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Dr. Timothy Lepore and Nantucket Chief of Police William Pittman

Join the NHA for a special community panel moderated by Nantucket Rotary Club president Laura Burnett, featuring Dr. Timothy Lepore and Nantucket Chief of Police William Pittman as they address the opioid crisis on Nantucket.

The Nantucket Rotary Club, a branch of Rotary International, is focusing on the island’s need to combat the opiate crisis by raising funds for the therapeutic needs of Dr. Lepore’s Suboxone clinic. For more information, visit www.stopaddictionNantucket.org.

Laura Burnett joined the Nantucket Rotary Club in 2014 and currently serves as the President.

Doctor Timothy Lepore is the Medical Director, Chief of Surgery, and a Primary Care Physician at Nantucket Cottage Hospital. His medical expertise is in primary care, general surgery, and tick-borne diseases. He is the Medical Advisor to Nantucket High School’s athletic department, as well as runs a Suboxone clinic on the island. Dr. Lepore’s life and work was featured in the book Island Practice: Cobblestone Rash, Underground Tom and Other Adventures of a Nantucket Doctor.

William Pittman has been the Chief of Police at the Nantucket Police Department since October 2004. He has thirty-two years of experience in law enforcement, previously serving the Springfield, Illinois Police Department. In addition to pursuing an extensive formal education, receiving his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Illinois-Springfield, Chief Pittman’s has experience in community relations, law enforcement training, domestic violence prevention programs, community policing, patrol deployment strategies and management of criminal investigation units dedicated to specialized functions such as special victims, narcotics, and major cases.

Food For Thought with Christine WhiteThursday, March 16: “Hope and Healing: Coping with Trauma and Finding Personal Well-Being” with Health Activist Christine White

Join the NHA and Fairwinds: Nantucket’s Counseling Center for a talk with health activist Christine White as she discusses the adverse effects of personal trauma, the stigma often associated with mental health, and the importance of managing daily stress in healthy ways to achieve a successful future and well-being.

Christine “Cissy” White is a writer, health activist, trauma survivor, and speaker. She is the founder of Heal Write Now and has been published in The Boston Globe, Ms. Magazine online, Spirituality & Health magazine, Elephant Journal, The Mighty, Psych Central, To Write Love on Her Arms, Role Reboot, Center for Health Journalism, and The Fix. White’s work focuses on adverse childhood experiences, traumatic stress, and the long-term health and well-being of trauma survivors blending research, interviews, and personal experience. She’s co-founder of the #FacesOfPTSD campaign and currently manages the Parenting with ACEs group on the ACEs Connection Network.

Food for Thought with Timothy and Janet WheelerThursday, March 23: “New England Family Farms: A Look at Indian Head Farm (Berlin, MA)” with Co-Operators Timothy and Janet Wheeler

Join Timothy and Janet Wheeler from Indian Head Farm in Berlin, Massachusetts as they discuss the different aspects and challenges of their working farm that has been owned and run by the Wheeler-Hastings family for seven generations.

Food for Thought with John CopenhaverThursday, March 30: Short Film Screening and Presentation: “Everyone Has a Story” with Filmmaker John Copenhaver

Join the NHA and John Copenhaver as he discusses his recent project, Everyone Has A Story, a short film featured in the Nantucket Shorts Festival featuring interviews of Nantucket washashores.

The 2017 Food for Thought lecture series is supported in part by a generous grant from the M.S. Worthington Foundation. Food for Thought media sponsorship is provided by Novation Media.

“Food for Thought provides a fantastic opportunity for Nantucket residents to learn more about the island and one another,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. “It is so rewarding to be able to offer Nantucketers a free, lunch-time community program on a wide range of topics, from history to nature, arts to mental health, right in the heart of downtown.”

For more information on upcoming Food for Thought programs at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Program Information:

2017 Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday through April 13, 2017
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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