NHA News Release: October 18, 2016

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

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that the fall 2016 Food for Thought lecture series will continue every Thursday through November 17, 2016, 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 fall 2016 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 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 the arts, music to nutrition, right in the heart of downtown.” 

The Food for Thought lecture series began in the fall of 2006.  At that time, NHA Executive Director Bill Tramposch said, “The mission of the NHA is to infuse a greater appreciation and respect for the important historic role that Nantucket has played in national and world heritage. We also aspire to reach and serve diverse audiences as a year-round organization.” That mission is as central to the NHA today as it was then and the Food For Thought series is an integral part of the fall and spring programming schedule.

The 2016 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.

The November 2016 Food for Thought speakers are:

Thursday, November 3, 2016: “Nutrition, Health, and Enjoyment” with Nutritionist Kathleen Minihan

With an overabundance of nutrition information and opinions surrounding nutrition in relation to health and wellness, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Join Kathleen Minihan, founder of MiniNutrition, as she reviews key principles and tools to help establish nutrition patterns to help set the right path to health.

Kathleen Minihan, MS, RDN, LDN, founded MiniNutrition to share the importance of healthy living and to illustrate that health and nutritional change can be enjoyable and achievable. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a master’s in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons College, Minihan models a non-diet approach to a healthier life. Through her own personal practice, Kathleen accepts that health, much like life, is ever changing and adapting healthy habits is key to securing a happy life.

Thursday, November 10: “Capturing the Moment” with Photographer Katie Kaizer

Join Nantucket Photographer Katie Kaizer as she gives her insight and advice on capturing the special moments with friends and family during this upcoming holiday season.

Katie Kaizer grew up on Nantucket, and after many years of living and traveling to different places, returned to the island to live and work year-round. Specializing in weddings and family portraits, Kaizer is based on Nantucket but has traveled for destination weddings around the world. Her work has been featured in Boston Weddings Magazine, Newport Wedding Magazine, ONLY Nantucket, WellWed Magazine, Island Weddings, N Magazine, and on Huffington Post Weddings and Style Me Pretty. Kaizer was also recently named one of the Top 20 Wedding Photographers for Boston and the Greater Area by The Bride Box, a premier monthly subscription service devoted to newly engaged brides. In addition to weddings and portraits, Kaizer also works with many nonprofit organizations and humanitarian organizations both in Nantucket and elsewhere. Her assignments and projects have taken her to Africa, Belize, Guatemala, and Australia.

Thursday, November 17: “The Status of Humpback and North Atlantic Right Whales in Our Waters” presented by the Center for Coastal Studies

Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) staff present the latest information on humpback and North Atlantic right whales off the coasts of Nantucket and Cape Cod. Humpback whales in this region have been catalogued and studied by CCS since 1976 in a robust study including photo-ID, biopsy genetic work, and satellite tagging. Additionally, nearly half the remaining population of rare, endangered North Atlantic right whales come to the waters of Cape Cod and Nantucket to feed and socialize. CCS has been collecting data on individual right whales and their habitat requirements since 1984, gleaning information critical for the species' survival.

Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist and Director of the North Atlantic Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 1975, Mayo, along with two other scientists, founded the CCS. Since then, he has been studying endangered large whales and directing efforts to understand the interaction between rare whales and the ecosystems that support them.   In recent years, Mayo has directed an investigation of the interaction between food resources and North Atlantic right whales with a particular emphasis on the impact of anthropogenic change, including the impacts of climate change on whale habitat. His technical work has ranged from complex computer modeling of foraging movements of whales, to the development of new techniques for documenting whale behavior and zooplankton distribution. Mayo is also known for his efforts to reduce whale mortality caused by entanglement in fishing gear through the development of new management techniques to rescue entangled whales at sea. He also serves on several federal conservation teams, including the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team, charged with development of strategies to reduce the mortality of whales tangled in fishing gear, as well as the Board of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium. Mayo received his B.A. at Dartmouth College, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in Miami, Florida.

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

Event Information:
2016 Food for Thought Lecture Series
Every Thursday through November 17, 2016
Noon – 1 P.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street