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Holiday Celebration

We’ll be celebrating the holidays and the children in our after-school French program.

December 11, 2015 from 4pm-6pm at the Franco American Centre.

Traditional music, display of work done by students in FAS classes and in the after-school French program, and lots of good food.  We hope you will join us.

Save the date (4/22-4/24/2016) for our annual spring gathering

We will be holding our annual gathering for writers, artists, and creative folks on the weekend of April 22, 2016 at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole Maine.  More information to come soon.  In the meantime, save the date!

Free fiddle concert at the Franco American Centre

Free concert at the Franco American Centre on August 31, 2015 to celebrate and launch our new French after-school program

5pm potluck
6pm first set
7pm second set

Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz Around Town). Lisa Ornstein, Normand Miron, and André Marchand are legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene. Fiddler Lisa and guitarist/singer André first met as bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic trad super group which kickstarted Quebec’s folk music revival. Normand is a marvelous singer and accordionist who grew up surrounded by family musicians in Lanaudière, the epicenter of Quebec’s folk music scene. As a trio, Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville produce a music which is at once deeply-rooted, innovative, nuanced, and spontaneous. André’s meticulous accompaniment and gorgeous vocals compliment Normand’s pulsing accordion, grit-and-polish vocals and irrepressible spirit, while Lisa’s fiddle combines soaring harmonies with fiery tunes until dawn learned over years of kitchen visits with old masters.


Come celebrate with us!

French Language after-school classes

The Franco American Program at the University of Maine plans to provide an after school French language program for elementary aged children for the academic year 2015-2016. In order to create this course, we would like your feedback to gauge interest, time and location.

Please fill out the online survey at the link provided below to help us plan and launch this educational opportunity for your child or children.

Feel free to share this survey with other interested parents or organizations.

For more information, please call 207-581-3789 (Lisa Michaud) or 207-581-3791 (Susan Pinette) or email


Film screening of “Un Rêve Américain” on 3/17/2015

Join us at the Franco American Centre for a screening of the Quebec documentary “Un rêve américain” (An American dream) in French with English subtitles.

We will have a discussion after the screening with the writer, director and actor of the film.

7:00pm in 110 Crossland Hall on March 17, 2015

Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille introduces us to the extraordinary history of the millions of people in the United States of French Canadian heritage. Driving from New York to Los Angeles, winding his way through New England, Michigan, the Midwest and the legendary Far West, he brings the milestone events of their exodus to life. He uncovers a paradoxical, almost imaginary society dissolved into American life but still very much alive. During his travels he meets all kinds of engaging people and visits many places steeped in memory, and we begin to understand a multifaceted diaspora three centuries old and more than 11 million strong – more people of French Canadian descent than in all of Canada.



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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