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Kitchen Party at the Franco-American Centre

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Kitchen Party at the Franco-American Centre

Come join the students of FAS 101: Introduction to Franco American Studies in an old-style kitchen party with fiddler Michele Roy, mandolinist Don Cunningham, and guitarist Will WestCindy Larock, master folk dancer who specializes in traditional French Canadian step dancing (la gigue) and social dancing (contre danse, quadrille, etc.) will call, leading us in a selection of fun and easy contras and other jigs and reels rooted in the old-time kitchen parties of Quebec.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

9:30am, followed by lunch

Crossland Hall, UMaine Orono


Meeting of the Maine State Legislature’s Task Force on Franco-Americans

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Task Force on Franco-Americans

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
9:00 AM
Franco-American Center
University of Maine, Orono
110 Crossland Hall

For more information, please visit:

Concert with Josée Vachon

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

 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 at 2:00 p.m.

on Saturday Nov.3, 2012

At the

Franco-American Centre Franco-Américain

University of Maine, Crossland Hall

(Across from the Alfond Arena)

Chicken Stew & Ployes will be served after

Contact:  Lisa Michaud, 581-3789

or email:

for more information, visit

Book Reading and Signing with Susan Poulin

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Book Reading & Signing

Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida Leclair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life
by Susan Poulin

“Wondering how to live the good life? Well, it turns out, you can really learn a lot about that from a moose. And Ida Leclair. Ida (and Susan Poulin, author of  Finding Your Inner Moose) draws upon her personal experiences and those of the majestic moose to offer down-to-earth, commonsensical advice in her hilarious new self-help book (seriously, it’s wicked funny!). Come say hi!

Franco-American Centre, Crossland Hall, University of Maine, Orono

6PM, October 24th, 2012

Read more about Finding Your Inner Moose at

Susan Poulin’s website:

For more information about this event:

Susan Pinette – (207)581-3791 –

Franco-American Film Series

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Franco-American Centre, University of Maine

Come join us for screenings of two documentary films and one video presentation:

EXPULSION: The Story of Acadia
Tuesday, April 3, 9:30 & 12:30 screenings

  • Drawing from the highly acclaimed series, Canada: A People’s History, this one-hour documentary examines the events leading up to the brutal expulsion. Through dramatic re-enactments and interviews with Acadian descendants, it brings to life a human tragedy, one that changed the course of history and established a legacy and culture that lives on to this day.”

FRANCO AMERICANS and WHITE PRIVILEGE: Can white ethnicities exist?
Thursday, April 5, 9:30 & 12:30 screenings

  • Susan Pinette, director of UMaine’s Franco American Studies program, looks at racialized assumptions of white privilege and questions if a space can exist for diverse ethnicities within white skin. Dr. Pinette examines how French Canadian immigrants to 19th-century New England were racialized as the ‘other’ due to their French language and culture, and how succeeding generations of Franco Americans relate to an American concept of whiteness.”

Tuesday, April 10, 9:30 & 12:30 screenings

  • “Réveil is a powerful documentary film that explores the struggle for cultural survival among the French-Canadian, Franco-American communities of New England. The film traces French heritage from immigration from Québec and Acadia, through persecution of Franco-Americans by the Ku Klux Klan, to language loss, to cultural renaissance and heritage preservation. Through their determined loyalty to the French Catholic faith, language, and cultural values, the French of New England continue to discover new ways of renewal and cultural diversity through heritage language reacquisition.”



Lisa Michaud – 581-3789 –

Paige Mitchell – 581-3832 –


Author talk and Booksigning with Jacques Poitras

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Author Talk and Booksigning

An Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, by Jacques Poitras

Finalist, 2012 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Franco-American Centre, University of Maine, Orono

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12PM – 1:30PM

Bring your own brown bag lunch, or join us for soup, bread, and ployes

Books will be available for purchase. All are welcome.