Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report and the Portland Press Herald about Nelson Mandela’s influence on UMaine to take actions against apartheid. During the anti-apartheid movement when Mandela’s fight against racial oppression in South Africa was felt around the world, the University of Maine System trustees voted in 1982 to sell all of the system’s investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. Allen, who led the committee that made the case for the system to divest, said UMaine was “one of the first 10 universities in the whole United States to completely divest.”
The Maine Edge advanced the Open Mic Poetry Night to be held Thursday Dec. 5 at the Bear’s Den Cafe and Pub in the University of Maine’s Memorial Union. Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, is hosting the free event that is open to all university and community members who enjoy the written and spoken word.
This month the University of Maine Museum of Art is offering three holiday programs for children and their families, and hosting the popular community event, Weihnachtsmarkt.
All the events at the Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St. in Bangor, are free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kathryn Jovanelli, 561.3350.
In addition, three exhibitions will be on display in the museum galleries: Susan Burnstine and Lynn Saville’s “From the Shadows,” Sachiko Akiyama’s “On Finding Home,” and Gregory Kalliche’s “GPOY.” The exhibitions are on display through Jan. 4.
6th annual Art Factory
11 a.m.–4 p.m., Dec. 7
Create lasting memories this holiday season at this family-fun event. A variety of art-making stations will be set up for participants of all ages to create a card, ornament or gift. Supplies are free and instruction will be given throughout the day. The event is sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.
Weihnachtsmarkt — Christmas Market
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Dec. 15
The University of Maine German Club — Deutscher Verein — annually organizes a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas market. This year’s event will be held at the UMaine Museum of Art. The market will feature holiday treats — including cookies, stollen and Gluhwein — and traditional decorations. Proceeds will benefit UMMA exhibitions and education programs.
Get bedazzled on New Year’s Eve
6-8 p.m., Dec. 31
Welcome the new year with a glittering crown or tiara. For this family-friendly event, all of the supplies are provided. UMMA is a participant in the Downtown Bangor Partnership’s Downtown Countdown to 2014.
The winter 2013 issue of the London-based Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine features an article written by University of Maine sociologist Kyriacos Markides. The article, based on Markides’ work, is titled “Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality.”
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science is hosting the COS 125 Student Game Exhibition 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jenness Hall’s Soderberg Center. There will be 11 teams competing for three cash prizes. Members of the public are invited to attend the free event to view and try the games and vote for their favorite teams.
Allyson Eslin, a first-year political science major at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “We might feel helpless in face of mass violence, but we’re not.”
John Bear Mitchell, a Wabanaki studies lecturer at the University of Maine and associate director of UMaine’s Wabanaki Center, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article “Maine’s own Thanksgiving story: How the Indians saved 18th century shipwreck victims.” Mitchell said people can learn a lot from the stories of positive interactions between Europeans and Indians instead of concentrating on the myths of settlement and conquering.
Christina Adcock, cross-appointed faculty in Canadian studies and history at the University of Maine, was interviewed by CBC North radio Nov. 26 about a rare historical document being shared via tweets. Drawing on her ongoing cultural and environmental research about nonaboriginal trappers in the Arctic and Subarctic, Adcock provided context as she described the historic value of diary entries of Canadian trapper Bud Murphy being distributed through a Twitter account. Adcock communicated with Bud Murphy’s grandson Derryl Murphy about the uniqueness of the diary, which led to providing comments and context to CBC North on its value as a rare and remarkable historic account of the daily life of a trapper in 1929. The interview is slated to air Nov. 27 and will be available online.
The 19th annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration was previewed in articles in the Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge. Passamaquoddy brothers and basketweavers Jeremy Frey and Gabe Frey will be two of the more than 50 artists who will participate in the Dec. 14 event at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum. The free event will feature baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine and the Bangor School Department have finalized an agreement that will allow students in the Bangor STEM Academy to earn college credits before they graduate. The deal will allow students who complete the program’s requirements to use up to 30 credit hours toward an engineering degree at UMaine.