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Come visit the Aleutians with Dave Hobbins!


The Aleutians are a chain of volcanic islands that stretch from the Alaskan Peninsula west some 1,200 miles across the North Pacific to Russia. They are some of the most remote and inaccessible inhabited lands in the world and house the largest wildlife sanctuary in the United States. Residents of its few towns make a living primarily from fishing. Their ancestors, who first inhabited this region over 8,000 years ago, are the least known of northern peoples. Please join us for a brief look at the Aleutian Islands, their people, geography, and history.


Dave Hobbins is a retired Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies from the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He lives in Fort Kent with his wife of 30 years and pursues his interests in hiking, history, backyard astronomy, native bees, and working his woodlot.


The UMASC Winter Lecture Series will begin on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, with this lecture on the Aleutians. These programs are free and open to all, so feel free to invite friends and family members! All lectures will be presented via Zoom. When you select this series, you may attend as many lectures as you please. Each week, prior to the lecture, you will receive an email with your Zoom invitation.


Below, you will find information about the other lectures in the series and information about how to register.


Winter Lecture Schedule


Lectures are offered on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, plus one additional lecture on Thursday, March 2, at 1:00 pm. Click here to see more information about each lecture and the presenters.


Tuesday, Jan. 10 The Aleutian Islands with Dave Hobbins

Tuesday, Jan. 17 Meeting Maine’s Marsh Birds with Danielle D’Auria

Tuesday, Jan. 24 Maine’s Angel of Bataan with Walter MacDougall

Tuesday, Jan. 31 Silas Soule ~ Man of Honor & Courage with Mike Bell

Tuesday, Feb. 7 A Retrospective of Rahsaan Roland Kirk with Frank Johnson

Tuesday, Feb. 14 The Century of the Surgeon with Peter Rosenberg

Tuesday, Feb. 21 Wandering Around Maine with Elizabeth Reinsborough Tuesday, Feb. 28

Tuesday, Feb. 28 Journey to Newfoundland (part 1) with Cheryl & Louis Fontaine

Thursday, March 2 Journey to Newfoundland (part 2) with Cheryl & Louis Fontaine

Tuesday, March 7 Maritime Mascots & Workers Throughout History with Patricia Sulliva


How to register for classes:

Click on the following link to the Winter Lecture Series page.

  • Click on the blue “Add to Cart” button.

  • Next, click on the blue “View Cart” button.

  • Ignore the part about adding membership and go to the bottom of the page. Then, click on the blue “Proceed to Checkout” button.

  • Fill in the required information.

  • You will notice a box under “Additional Information.” Write the name of your senior college here (if you are a senior college member).

  • Click on “Place Order.”

  • You are registered! You will receive an email confirming your registration. Just ignore the page that comes up requesting payment.

For more information, call the UMASC office: 207-621-3551 or email: office@umasc.org. Emails often receive the quickest response because they are instantly distributed to the staff at home.


Photo courtesy of:

Author: D Ramey Logan

The Aleutian Islands 01 Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg from Wikimedia Commons

License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0

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