Workshops & Training

MTCCA's Athenian Dialogue: The Zookeeper’s Wife sponsored by Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association – 8/3/22 and 8/4/22

Dates: Two 3.5-hour sessions – Wednesday, August 3rd and Thursday, August 4th
Location: Interactive ZOOM Meeting
Time:  9:00am-12:30pm
Cost:  MTCCA Member: $60; Non-Member: $80 (Does not include the price of the book; book must be purchased independently)
Facilitator: Dawn Michanowicz, MMC, CMMC

Course Information:

What is an Athenian Dialogue? Athenian Dialogues explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read. Dialogues are conversations in which clerks share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership.

About our book: After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.  [excerpt from]

About our Facilitator, Dawn Michanowicz, MMC, CMMC: Dawn was a candidate for the US Foreign Service, owned an import/export business in Manhattan pre-children. While working full time as Town Clerk in Massachusetts she also started a dance studio. She allegedly ‘retired’ from municipal government but you may meet her teaching a stress management seminar. She is a Certified Practitioner of Energy MedicineTM and Reiki as well as a popular facilitator who brings creativity, joy and humor. Bookmark your favorite passages and be prepared to get to know people from all across our great country!





Cancellation notification must be provided in writing at least 3 business days before the session begins (Jully 29th)  in order to avoid a financial penalty. Cancellations received within that 3 day window will be charged a $15 cancellation fee. Please visit or email to cancel. If you have any questions please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428.


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