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In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America
April 25-27, 2014
“…I cannot write my native language and have no native home any more, and am amazed by that horrible homelessness all French-Canadians abroad in America have…. Someday, Madame, I shall write a French-Canadian novel, with the setting in New England, in French.”
– Jack Kerouac to journalist and critic Yvonne Le Maître, 1950
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. The symposium’s keynote speaker is Clark Blaise, a Canadian author, graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, founder of the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia
University, and past director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Blaise is the
author of twenty books.
The symposium will also feature readings from several acclaimed New England writers, discussions
on topics such as “Maine Franco Politics & Public Opinion,” “Cultural & Regional Identity in Historical
Context,” “Franco American Archives & 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 (1987), among other