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Upcoming Events:

  • 09/29/2017: At 6PM Friday 29 September The Happening Series is kicking off its second year with a variety mic night. Bring a poem, a song, a jig, a jive—every kind of genre work welcome. Optionally, sign up for a 5-minute slot in advance by emailing happeningsseries@gmail.com. This kick-off event will happen in the Franco-American Center, located at Crossland Hall, on the northwest corner of the University of Maine campus.The Happenings Series are multi-disciplinary, genre-fluid, and collaborative creative events, curated and facilitated by students at UMaine and sponsored by the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine. It is  a space for fluidly creative performances: writers, dancers, visual artists, musicians, actors, workshop leaders, community engagers, scholars and everything outside and in-between. Events are as dynamic as the content presented – one night might consist of a poetry reading in tandem with a print installation piece, another might look like an integrated music/drama performance, and yet another might explore a social engagement workshop. For more info, check out https://www.facebook.com/happeningsseries/ .

Weekly Events:

  • Community French Group Meeting – every Tuesday at 2:00 unless otherwise noted – open to the public! – for more information, contact Lisa Michaud (207-581-3789 or lisa_michaud@umit.maine.edu).

Past Events:

  • 09/23/2017: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Anah Shrine Temple, 1404 Broadway, Bangor. Join the Bangor Knights of Columbus and the UMaine Centre Franco-Américan at their 2nd Acadian Soiree. Proceeds  benefit All Saints Catholic School and Knights of Columbus charities.
  • 09/18/2017: 6:00 PM Franco-American Centre University of Maine Book Reading & Signing with Susan Poulin, author of The Sweet Life.
  • 08/13/2017: 2:00PM. An afternoon soirée with Josée Vachon. Free and open to the public.
  • 6/26/2017:  Maine History and Culture: Franco-American Culture and Experience,  9AM -12 noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine. Presented as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship offered through UMaine’s Institute on Public Management.
  • 05/01/2017: A free workshop by George Findlen, certified genealogist, will be held at the Centre (110 Crossland Hall across from the Alfond Arena), Mon. 01 May, 2-8:15PM. Co-sponsored with the Penobscot County Genealogical Society.
  • 04/28-30/2017: Rassemblement, Franco-American creatives gathering.
  • 04/29/2017: Franco-American film mini-festival, Part II: “Un Américain: Un portrait de Luc Levasseur.” Film showing and Q&A with Pierre Marier, director, and Ray “Luc” Levasseur. Begins at 7PM Sat. 29 April. Free and open to the public.
  • 04/28/2017: Franco-American film mini-festival, Part I: “Les Magasins,” a 48-minute documentary exploring the history of small, family-owned grocery stores located on Sand Hill, Augusta throughout the 1900s. Film showing and Q&A with director Norm Roberge begins at 7PM Fri. 28 April. Free and open to the public.
  • 04/18/2017: Happenings Series co-sponsored event with WMEB, Sat. Mar. 18 from 1PM at the Franco-American Centre. A creative e-zine gathering. For more info, go to https://www.facebook.com/happeningsseries/.
  • 04/12/2017: An evening with author Paul Paré, Wed. 12 April at 7PM at the Franco-American Centre. Free and open to the public. Pizza and soup served at 6:30PM.Paul Paré will present excerpts from his recent writings.
  • 04/03/2017: A reading by author Jane Martin, Mon. Mar. 4 at 7PM at the Franco-American Centre.
  • 03/31/2017: Happenings Series event, Fri. Mar. 31 at 6PM at the Franco-American Centre, featuring Arro, Kellen O’Hara, Nyari Patterson, Kiana Thayer, Micah Valliere.
  • 03/23/2017: Thurs. Mar. 23 at 7PM at the Franco-American Centre, an evening with Abby Paige, performing a reading of “Tous mes cousins / All My Cousins,” a work in progress.
  • 02/23/2017: Happenings Series event, Fri. Feb. 23 at 6PM at the Franco-American Centre. Featuring Emma Barnes, Maia Dendinger, Zach Wood, Paul Eaton, George Church.
  • 02/14/2017: Une soirée dans la salle paroissiale,” Tues. Feb. 14 at 7PM at the Franco-American Centre. An evening of theater, featuring four monologues in French by playwright Grégoire Chabot, performing as his Franco-American character Jean Arrache. Free and open to the public. Soup and pizza served before.
  • 02/03/2017: Happenings Series event, Fri. Mar. 3 at 6PM at the Franco-American Centre. Featuring Tori Hood, Mitchell Dallas Herring, Chris Mares, Prateek Kunwar, Morghen Tidd.
  • 11/08/2016: (7-10PM) Une soirée électorale en français aura lieu le mardi 8 novembre au Franco-American Center de 19h à 22h. Simon-Pier Labelle-Hogue, animateur.
  • 11/15/2016: Happenings Series event, Tues. Nov. 15 at 5:30PM at the Franco-American Centre. Featuring Austin Bragdon, Peter Lowe, and Shannon Scarlett.
  • 11/03-06/2016: Franco-American Programs participated Nov. 3-6 in the American Council for Québec Studies biennial conference, “Échanges / Exchanges : conversations, commerce, communautés / conversations, commerce, communities,” at the Westin Harborview Hotel in Portland, ME. The Franco-American Programs  presented a panel discussion on Thursday, including undergraduate research. More new undergraduate research from Franco-American Studies was also  presented Friday. And Program Director Susan Pinette  both presented her research and conducted a Maine Franco-American writers panel on Saturday. http://www.acqs.org/biennial_conf/.
  • 11/02/2016: Mercredi, le 2 novembre, nous accueillerons Alexandre Couture Gagnon de l’Université du Texas Rio Grande Valley. Elle viendra présenter une conférence intitulée : « Interventions du gouvernement du Québec visant à promouvoir la langue française aux États-Unis depuis les années 1970 ». La conférence sera en français. Elle aura lieu à 12 :30 au Franco-American Center. Des boîtes à lunch seront offertes au public. La présentation est organisée par le Canadian-American Center et le Franco-American Center. Pour plus d’informations : frederic.rondeau@maine.edu.  Wednesday, November 2, at 12:30pm, Professor Alexandre Couture Gagnon will give a talk at the Franco-American Centre on the Quebec government’s efforts to promote French in the US. The talk will be in French. This free event is sponsored by the Canadian-American Center. Lunch is provided. Please join us. For more information, please contact frederic.rondeau@maine.edu.
  • 10/25/2016: Inaugural Happenings Series event, Tues. Oct. 25 at 5PM at the Franco-American Centre, featuring Tessa Hathaway, Kat Dubois, Julie Miller and Reuben Dendinger.
  • 09/28/2016: “The 14th Amendment in Franco-American Life,” noon to 2 p.m. at the Franco American Centre. A panel discussion will explore questions of citizenship and the Franco-American experience with respect to the 14th Amendment  The event is funded by the Maine Humanities Council and Franco American Programs at UMaine.
  • 09/22/2016: MOU Task Force on Maine-New Brunswick Cultural Initiatives/Groupe de travail sur le protocole d’entente entre le Maine et le Nouveau-Brunswick sur les initiatives culturelles, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST), CoeSpace: 48 Columbia St., Bangor, ME.  Susan Pinette, Director of Franco American Programs, will host a Special Guest conversation from 12:15-12:45 for Task Force members and invited guests. Note: From 5-7PM there will be a public reception for the New Brunswick Art Bank exhibit “Contemporary Currents: 9 New Brunswick Artists” at the University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. Bangor, ME.
  • 09/20/2016: “In and Out of War in Franco-American Communities: Soldiers, Veterans, and Their Families,” 5-7 p.m., Franco-American Collection, Room 170, University Southern Maine-Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston. Susan Pinette, Director of Franco American Programs, and Lisa Michaud, Coordinator of Community Engagement of Franco American Programs, will be speaking at the Franco-American Collection as part its “Franco-Americans During Wartime: A Heritage of Service” program.
  • 6/23/2016:  Maine History and Culture: Minority Issues (French and Native American Cultures and Management Policies),  9AM -12 noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine.
  • 6/18/2016: Exploring the Possibility of Publishing Your Family’s Story: Presentation and Discussion, 10 – Noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine.
  • 5/7/2016:  Finding Your Quebec & Acadian Ancestors, 10 AM – Noon, Franco-American Centre – University of Maine, with  genealogist Bob Chenard.
  • 4/22-24/2016: Fifteenth Annual Franco-American Gathering at Walpole.
  • 4/14/2016: Jane Martin: Readings from published work and classroom discussions.
  • 3/25/2016: Greg Chabot: A bilingual lecture on and demonstration of Franco-American and Continental French.
  • 3/16/2016: 2016 Franco-American Day, Capitol Building, Augusta.
  • 2/9/2016: Annual Mardi Gras Potluck Celebration
  • 12/23/2015: Fall 2015 Franco American Programs Fall Newsletter: http://umaine.edu/francoamerican/
  • 12/11/2015: Holiday Potluck Gathering
  • 11/06/2015: Film of the Month: “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants”
  • 10/26/2015: Paré Book Reading
  • 9/15/2015: Dedication ceremony for the Adrien Lanthier Ringuette Library
  • 8/31/2015: Potluck supper & free concert by Le Bruit Court dans la Ville
  • 7/11-15/2015: L’Hermione Visit to Castine and Maine
  • 6/28/2015: La Recolte Band
  • 6/16/2015: Genealogy workshop
  • 4/24 – 26/2015: Franco American Gathering 2015
  • 3/18/2015: Fourteenth Annual Franco-American Day
  • 3/17/2015: Conference: “Francophonie of the Americas”
  • 3/17/2015: A Screening & Discussion of «Un Rêve Américain» (“An American Dream”)
  • 2/17/2015: Mardi Gras Potluck Celebration (See video excerpts and photos.)
  • 1/07/2015: Cathie Pelletier at the Centre
  • 12/12/2014: Holiday Gathering
  • 10/27/2014: Ringuette Collection
  • 10/03/2014: Michaud Reception
  • 5/16-18/2014: Annual Gathering of Writers and Artists, Franco American Centre, Orono, ME
  • 4/25-26/2014: “In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America” : UMHI spring symposium
  • 4/21-23/2014: Film Series
  • 12/13/2013: “Potluck” Holiday Gathering
  • 11/22/2013: FILM: Down by the River’s Edge
  • 11/06/2013: Kristin Langellier: “Memere, Meme, and Me: Grandmothers Storytelling”
  • 10/18/2013: Don Levésque and le Congrès Mondial Acadien
  • 10/12/2013: Josée Vachon Concert
  • 5/17-5/19, 2013: Gathering of Franco American Writers and Artists, Darling Marine Center, Walpole ME
  • 2/12/2013: MARDI GRAS Pot Luck Party
  • 11/29/2012: Kitchen Party at the Franco-American Centre with Cindy Larock and others
  • 11/03/2012: Concert with Josée Vachon
  • 10/24/2012: Book Reading & Signing with Susan Poulin
  • 10/24/2012: Meeting of the Maine State Legislature’s Task Force on Franco-Americans
  • 4/2012: Franco-American Film Series
  • 3/22/2012: Talk and Book Signing with Jacques Poitras
  • 2/21/2012: Mardi Gras Celebration