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Annual Franco American Rassemblement

This year, the annual gathering of Franco American creatives will be held at the Franco American Centre in Orono the weekend of April 28 and 29, 2017.  We’ll post more details soon.  In the meantime, you can sign up to join us here.

“Interventions du gouvernement du Québec visant à promouvoir la langue française aux États-Unis depuis les années 1970”

Alexandre Couture Gagnon (Université du Texas, Rio Grande Valley) will present a talk in French exploring the Quebec government’s efforts in the United States to support and encourage French.  The talk will be at the Franco American Centre from 12:30pm-2pm on Wednesday November 2, 2016.  Box lunches will be available.  This event is co-sponsored by the Canadian American Center. 

The 14th Amendment in Franco American Life

In 1938, Claudia Breton Emond was arrested in Biddeford, Maine and deported to Thetford Mines, Canada, the town she had left in 1927. Her daughter, Thérèse, born in Thetford Mines during a two-week vacation there, was deported when she was nine in 1939.

Following the passage of the 14th Amendment, the United States increasingly made distinctions between citizens and non-citizens, between those who had a right to be here and those who, without that right, could be deported.

This panel of scholars will explore questions of citizenship and the Franco American experience providing a local example from which to think about current issues in American life.

Patrick Lacroix, Dissertation Fellow at University of New Hampshire

James Myall, Co-author of “The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn” and blogger on Parlez-Vous Franco-American

David Vermette, Independent researcher, writer and blogger on French North America

28, September 2016

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. • Franco American Centre

A light lunch provided

Funded by the Maine Humanities Council and Franco American Programs

Annual Gathering, 2016

Calling all Franco American writers, artists and creators

We will be holding our annual gathering on the weekend of April 22-24 at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME.

Our weekend will begin at 7pm on Friday evening; we will have a potluck dinner before for those who care to join us and spend our evening discussing a short story by Elizabeth Kadetsky. On Saturday, each attendee will have a chance to present their own work and get feedback from others.  Sunday we will break after breakfast.

This year, thanks to the generosity of many donors, our weekend is free to attend.

Please help us get the word out.

Sign up here

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Franco American Studies
5742 Little Hall, Room 213
Orono, Maine 04469-5742
Phone: (207) 581-3791 | Fax: (207) 581- 1832E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469