LEWISTON — USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College announces a Monday evening lecture series this fall with various guest speakers. The lectures are free and open to the public and will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 170, at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St.

The first lecture, titled “The Nature of a Garden,” will be held Monday, Oct. 1, and will feature Professor Mark Silber. Silber, a documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist, will talk about the patterns in nature and the significance of the aesthetics of gardens.

Silber is also an avid gardener, who, for 35 years, owned the well-known Hedgehog Hill Farm in Sumner. With an AB from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Boston University in medical anthropology, his career has been highly unorthodox. Photographing for more than 55 years, he is an author or co-author of eight books published in Boston, New York and Maine. His work has been exhibited widely and his photography has been published in national and international magazines. He currently teaches courses in the social and behavioral science program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

Upcoming lectures in the series include: Todd Watts, An Alternate View of Landscape Imagery, Oct. 15; Jane Costlow, Through a Russian 19th Century Forest, Oct. 29; and Joel Babb, Coming into the Country: An Artist Rediscovering Nature, Nov. 26. Babb will discuss how an artist’s perception of nature is paradoxically informed by artistic cultural traditions.

For more information about the lecture series, call 753-6500 or visit www.usm.maine.edu/lac.

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