The Maine Edge previewed a March 24 lecture by Bernard Wasserstein, the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish European History at the University of Chicago. Wasserstein will give a free public talk, “The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews in World War II,” in Barrows Hall on the University of Maine campus.
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The New Hampshire Union Leader published a report on the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition that will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire’s computer science department March 14–16. The University of Maine’s Cyber Defense Team is slated to compete in the event. One winner and one alternate will be selected to represent the Northeast region at the national competition in Texas during April.
James Warhola, a political science professor and chair of the the Political Science Department at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article “Russian actions of significant interest to U.S.” Warhola, an expert on Russian, Turkish and Eurasian politics, said Russia and the U.S. have collaborated against terrorist threats, especially from Islamic extremists. He said the U.S. and Russian anti-terrorism cooperation has been broader and more effective than many people realize.
The Weekly published an article on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s role within the community and its current exhibitions — “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection,” Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife” and Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War).” George Kinghorn, the museum’s director and curator, said the museum isn’t just about the building and what it contains, but how it can grow a sense of place and a notion of community. He added, “The museum brings works to Bangor that Maine people otherwise may not have a chance to see.”
Seacoast Online published a report on the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition that will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire’s computer science department March 14–16. The University of Maine’s Cyber Defense Team is slated to compete in the event. One winner and one alternate will be selected to represent the Northeast region at the national competition in Texas during April.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald report about Maine’s race for governor. Brewer said he thinks the gubernatorial race is going to attract more attention from more people earlier than usual. He also predicts the candidates will try to sharpen their campaign message and settle on themes.
The fate of Dutch Jews in World War II will be the focus of a lecture March 24 at the University of Maine by Bernard Wasserstein, the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish European History at the University of Chicago.
The free public lecture, “The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews in World War II,” begins at 3:15 p.m. in Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Professor of History Alex Grab, 207.581.1928.
Wasserstein is the author of 11 books on modern Jewish history, including a volume on Gertrude van Tijn, published earlier this year by Harvard University Press. The book tells the moving story of Gertrude van Tijn, a Jewish German social worker who worked tirelessly on behalf of her fellow Jews as the avenues that might save them were closed off. Between 1933 and 1940, van Tijn helped organize Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany. After the Germans occupied Holland in 1940, she worked for the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council in Amsterdam, helping many Jews escape to safety. In 1943, van Tijn was arrested by the Nazis and sent to the German concentration camp at Bergen Belsen, which she survived. She has since been called a heroine for the choices she made, while others have denounced her as a collaborator.
The lecture is supported by the UMaine History Department, Judaic Studies program and the Cultural Affairs Committee.
An exclusive live stream of the sold-out TED2014: The Next Chapter will be available for public viewing over a 12-hour period March 18 at the University of Maine.
The independently organized TED event at UMaine will run from 11:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. in the Coe Room of the Memorial Union and will provide an opportunity to watch the live event occurring in Vancouver featuring 14 TED2014 speakers, including Melinda and Bill Gates, and Sting.
TEDxUMaineLive is sponsored by the Maine Journal, a student-run, online publication on campus. For more information about the free public event or to request disability accommodations, contact Philip Kolmar, 284.3886.
TED — Technology, Entertainment and Design — is a nonprofit organization that offers leading innovators a platform for “ideas worth spreading.” This year, the organization with its renowned TED Talks is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The five-day Vancouver event focuses on the most significant developments of the last three decades and, according to the TED website, “applying that knowledge to understand what’s ahead.”
The speakers featured during UMaine’s live stream:
11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m., technology designer Bran Ferren, architect Marc Kushner, documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen and music producer and DJ Mark Ronson
2–3:45 p.m., plasma physicist Michel Laberge, urban planner Amanda Burden, cruciverbalist David Kwong and type designer Matthew Carter
9–10:45 p.m., climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, philanthropists Melinda and Bill Gates, peace activist Zak Ebrahim, and composer and activist Sting
WVII (Channel 7) reported on Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s visit to the University of Maine where he was honored as a Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow. Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. Dunlap, a UMaine alumnus and Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, said the university is a home for him in many ways and it’s humbling to be asked to visit as a guest. Mary Cathcart, senior policy associate at UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, said every time a fellow visits campus she learns something new about the university and is proud of her students for asking engaging questions.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014–2015 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship. The $3,500 scholarship is open to undergraduate students of all majors who are conducting research on a topic related to public policy. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a Maine resident or currently enrolled at UMaine and taking at least 12 credits, be an undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have completed 40 credit hours before the current semester. The scholarship will be awarded in two installments of $1,750 per semester. The scholarship program is administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with the assistance of a university selection committee. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 11. More information, including the application, is available online.