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Film Series: April 21, 22, and 23


April 21, 22, and 23, 2014

Franco American Centre, UMaine


Come join us at the Franco American Centre as we prepare for this year’s UMHI Spring Symposium, “In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America” (April 25 & 26), with films based on the works of Annie Proulx and Russell Banks, and a documentary film on French language in the Americas.


Monday, April 21 at 2:00p.m. : Intimités francophones (2012, Anne-Céline Genevois & Alex Lachapelle-Raymond)

Intimités francophones is a 2012 documentary film created by Projet Ose, describing French-language realities in the Americas through interviews conducted in Louisiana, New England, Haiti, the Canadian Maritimes, and elsewhere. For more information about Projet Ose, visit their website here:

Tuesday, April 22 at 12 noon The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Atom Egoyan)

This drama set in small-town British Columbia surrounds a deadly wintertime school bus accident and the family lives in intertwines. This film, directed by Atom Egoyan, is based on the 1991 novel set in upstate New York and written by Russell Banks.

Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00p.m. : Affliction (1998, Paul Schrader)

A suspicious hunting death in upstate New Hampshire forms the background for this deep entry into the pasts that haunt working-class lives on the US border.

Wednesday, April 23 at 12 noon : Intimités francophones (2012, Anne-Céline Genevois & Alex Lachapelle-Raymond)

A second screening of a 2012 documentary film create by Projet Ose. This piece describes French-language realities in the Americas through interviews conducted in Louisiana, New England, Haiti, the Canadian Maritimes, and elsewhere. For more information about Projet Ose, visit their website here:

Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00p.m. : Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee)

This highly acclaimed romantic drama set in the 1960s American West follows the relationship of Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist through the family lives of both men together and apart. Based on the 1997 short story by E. Annie Proulx.

May Gathering 2014

WHAT: Gathering of writers and artists

WHEN: May 16, 17, and 18

WHERE: UMaine Franco American Centre, Orono, ME (

CAMPUS MAP: Click here


This year, we will begin Friday evening at 7PM at the Franco American Centre, Crossland Hall. We’ll have time to reconnect then, enjoy some snacks, and sign up for presentations to take place the following day.

Also on Friday evening, filmmaker Tony Tremblay will join us from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to screen his 2011 documentary film, Last Shift: The Story of a Mill Town. Tony will be on hand to take questions and lead a discussion following the film. You can find a clip from Last Shift online ( together with information about the film’s Dalhousie, New Brunswick community and industry.

Saturday morning we’ll begin at 9:30 with readings and presentations, and continue through the day with breaks for lunch (Noon) and supper (6:00).

For those who stay through Sunday, we’ll connect again at the Centre for breakfast (8:30AM) and a grand sendoff.


-From the South, Exit 193 (Formerly Exit 51):

-From the North, Exit 193 (Formerly Exit 51):


On our campus map, all BLACK LOTS are available to visitors. Here you will find a map with these lots identified: . On campus, there are signs that read, “BLACK,” indicating BLACK lots, as well as other parking spaces designated specifically for visitors.

Parking at UMaine can sometimes be difficult. In order to avoid being ticketed, Friday arrivals can stop in to the Franco American Centre for a parking tag to hang from your rearview mirror. Weekend arrivals will not need a parking tag. If your vehicle happens to be ticketed by Campus Parking, you can give your ticket to us and we will take care of it.


For more information, contact Monique Roy ( or Jacob Albert (

In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America

Advancing research in the humanities, linking scholars to one another and the broader Maine community

Spring Symposium

In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America
April 25-26, 2014






In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America is a symposium sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Initiative and organized by the Franco-American Centre and Franco American Studies program at UMaine.

Keynote speaker Clark Blaise will read from a work-in-progress, “The Kerouac Who Never Was.” Mr. Blaise is past director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, founder of the Creative Writing Program at Concordia University, and author of twenty books, including I Had a Father: A Post-Modern Autobiography and the Pearson Prize-winning Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time.

The symposium features readings from acclaimed New England writers Jane Martin, Ron Currie, Jr., Rhea Côté Robbins, and Steven Riel; panels on “Franco Elections, Activism, and Public Opinion,” “Historical Reflections on Place and Identity,” and “Franco American Archives and Collections in New England”; and a screening of the film Le grand Jack (Jack Kerouac’s Road: A Franco-American Odyssey) directed by Herménégilde Chiasson.

Symposium events begin on Friday, April 25 at 2:00pm and run until 6:00pm on Saturday, April 26. All events are free and on the University of Maine campus in Orono. A full program is forthcoming.

A full program, schedule, and roster of participants is online here.

To register for the symposium and individual events, please complete this registration form.

For more information about In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America, contact Jacob Albert, Research Associate, Franco American Centre, University of Maine (207.581.3795,

For more information about the University of Maine Humanities Initiative, visit .

The University of Maine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Holiday Gathering


Please join us for a “Potluck” Holiday Gathering

Friday, December 13
at 1:00 p.m.
at the Franco-American Centre Franco-Américain
Crossland Hall, University of Maine

In the spirit of the holiday season we ask that you bring a nonperishable food item or an unwrapped toy to be donated to a local charity by our
FAROG student group.

Questions? Call Lisa Michaud at 581-3789 or email:

Down by the River’s Edge: A documentary film by Susan Gagnon

Join us at the Franco American Centre on

FRIDAY, November 22, 2013 at 2pm

 for a screening of


a documentary film by Susan Gagnon

The documentary features the beginning and end of the historic Otis Mill in Chisholm, Maine. Susan Gagnon weaves her family’s stories as a child living in a tenement building overlooking the Otis Mill, where all the men in her family worked.

The documentary includes family stories from retired papermakers from the 1890’s as they sought a better life for their families and made the long ocean voyage from Italy and Eastern Europe. Others left their family farms in the early 1850’s and walked from Quebec, Canada to Farmington, Maine first seeking work as seasonal farm laborers; decades later migrated to Chisholm to work in the paper industry.

These new immigrants worked and built the brick and mortar of a new community in the foothills of Maine.  They were met with cultural and language barriers; but their strength and common creed formulated the trinity of the region; the Otis Mill, the Androscoggin River that powered the paper mill and the St. Rose of Lima Church, where they practiced their Roman Catholic faith.

For more information, please contact Lisa Michaud at 207-581-3789 or

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Kristin Langellier: “Memere, Meme, and Me: Grandmothers Storytelling”

Memere, Meme, and Me: Grandmothers Storytelling

a presentation from

Kristin Langellier, UMaine Professor of Communications

Why do we tell memere stories and how do we tell them?  Come and hear some memere stories, how they “work,” and what they “do” in Franco American families and culture.  “Memere, Meme, and Me” is a multimedia talk about grandmothers storytelling. Kristin M. Langellier is a Midwest Franco who is a new memere.  She has studied and written about Franco American family storytelling in Maine.

Join us at the

Franco American Centre, Crossland Hall


Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:00pm

For more information, contact Lisa Michaud at or 207-581-3789

Acadian History and le Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014

Come join us at the Franco American Centre, UMaine




2:00 PM

as we welcome DON LEVÉSQUE to present on

Acadian history in MAINE and the upcoming CONGRÈS MONDIAL ACADIEN (World Acadian Congress), August 8-24, 2014.

Come hear about the World Acadian Congress’ schedule of events and how you can participate

Former publisher of the St. John Valley Times, Don Levésque is from Grand Isle, Maine. He has been involved with the Congrès Mondial Acadien since 2008, when he was elected president of the Maine Regional Coordinating Committee. Mr. Levesque is the author of “Le Parler de Chez Nous” (1999) and “C’est de même qu’ont parle par che’ nous” (2007), two collections of dictions, patois, expressions, and their meanings in the St. John Valley

for more information, please contact Lisa Michaud at or (207)581-3789

Josée Vachon at the Franco American Centre

Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Josée Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions

Join us on

Saturday, October 12, 2013 @ 2:00PM

at the

Franco-American Centre Franco-Américain

University of Maine, Crossland Hall

(Across from the Alfond Arena)

Contact: Lisa Michaud, 581-3789

or email:

for more information, visit

May Gathering 2013

WHAT: Gathering of Franco American writers and artists

WHEN: May 17, 18, and 19

WHERE: UMaine Darling Marine Center, Walpole, Maine (

May 17 is fast approaching! We are looking forward to seeing you all soon. We are excited for more meals and conversations, to hear what you’ve been up to, to share in all of our creativities.

We have already received responses from many of you who plan to participate in Walpole next month. So far, we will be joined by performers, novelists, researchers, teachers – faces both familiar and new.

Once again, our gathering will take place May 17, 18, and 19 at the UMaine Darling Marine Center in Walpole (

For those who haven’t responded, please let us know by APRIL 15 if you plan to join the gathering. In order to reserve a space for you at the Darling Center, we need to know if you want to reserve a room for the Friday the 17th and/or Saturday the 18th.  We also need to give the Darling Center catering counts; please let us know what meals you will be sharing with us during the weekend (Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner; and Sunday: Breakfast)

We will begin Friday evening at 7PM with conversation and a screening of short films by Louise Bourque ( Friday will also be your time to sign up to read or present your work on Saturday. All day Saturday will be devoted to you and your work.  We will unwind Saturday evening with the music and conversation of a kitchen party, and wrap up Sunday morning with breakfast and a closing discussion.

The program is free for you. We will be paying for room and board for all of you who would like to join us and we will not be asking for money at the event. However, we ask that you consider sending a donation to help make our gathering an annual event. This will be our third consecutive year, but without your donations it may be our final. We hope for many more.

All donations are tax-deductible and can be made through the Franco American Studies program website ( Click on the “give now” button near the top; we can be found under the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Hope to hear from you.


Mardi Gras Pot Luck Party



February 12, 2013

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

FREE!  (Donations Accepted)

Fun ~ Food ~ Music

@ the Alfond Lounge w/ parking at the Alfond

across from the Franco-American Centre

Orono, Maine

For more information:

Lisa Michaud  – (207)581-3789 –


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Franco-American Centre Franco-Américain
110 Crossland Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5719
Phone: (207) 581-3789E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System