Foster’s Daily Democrat and Union Leader reported the University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program and University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance will premiere a telematic performance based on Albert Camus’ “The Stranger.” The play, called “eStranged,” will be performed simultaneously at both universities and will use video and other technologies to tell one story. The performance runs Nov. 20–24.
The Maine Edge reported on the 2013 William S. Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine featuring former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Simpson and Cohen spoke about the need for Americans to take control of government and demand that elected officials work together in the discussion titled “The State of Our Nation: Hardball vs. Civility.” After the lecture, the pair sat down for a two-part interview which aired on “207,” a WSCH (Channel 6 in Portland) news show.
The University of Maine Office of International Programs announced winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest. The contest is open to UMaine students who have studied abroad or are currently abroad and is usually offered every semester.
The contest started about eight years ago and for the past few years has been run on the UMaine Study Abroad Facebook page where anyone can view the photos and vote for their favorite image by “liking” it.
This year’s winners are:
First place: Katherine Silver (250 votes). Silver, an international affairs major, is currently studying at Bangor University in Wales on a direct exchange program. The photo of herself in the city of Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background was taken while she was traveling in Italy.
Second place: Terri Bastarache (225 votes). Bastarache, a management major, spent a semester at the University College Cork in Ireland after winning the George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship through the University of Maine System. Her photo was taken in Sevilla, Spain while she was skydiving during Easter break in March 2013.
Third place: Kimberly Dao (90 votes). Dao is a biology major, student in the Honors College, and the current student government president. Dao’s photo of herself riding a camel was taken during her summer study abroad program in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Office of International Programs awarded the winners with University Bookstore gift cards.
The winning photos can be seen online.
Fifteen University of Maine Honors College students and 11 members of the Honors College faculty and staff attended the 2013 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference Nov. 6–9 in New Orleans.
The UMaine delegation participated in several presentations and panels on various topics including issues affecting honors curriculum development, community engagement and psychology research.
The Honors College was highlighted twice during the awards ceremony. Minerva, the UMaine Honors College’s annual publication, was awarded second place in the print category, marking the fifth consecutive cycle in which it was awarded either first or second place.
Christine Gilbert, a senior in the Honors College, won the 2013 NCHC Top Student of the Year award in the four-year school category. An international affairs major with a German minor, Gilbert was cited for her strong academics, commitment to NCHC, dedication to service, and engagement with the Honors community.
Lee Jackson, a 19-year-old political science major at the University of Maine, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about becoming the newest member of the Old Town school board. Jackson said he feels he has a “unique perspective” after graduating from the school system two years ago. He said he never felt connected to his school or community until he moved to Old Town and wants to return the favor as part of the Regional School Unit 34 board of directors. The Associated Press also carried a version of the BDN article which was published by WLBZ (Channel 2) and Boston.com.
A Morning Sentinel article on immigrants relocating to Maine and a recent influx of Iraqi families moving to Augusta cited research by Kim Huisman, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maine. According to a 2009 study by Huisman, 95 percent of the Somali population in Maine can be classified as secondary immigrants, or refugees who come to Maine after initially settling in other parts of the country.
Sachiko Akiyama, an artist with work currently on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, will give a gallery talk and answer questions at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the museum.
Akiyama creates sculptures — carved primarily from wood — that are often self-portraits. The artist will discuss the works in her UMMA exhibition “On Finding Home,” her creative process and the inspiration behind her work.
Sachiko Akiyama is a professor of sculpture at Boston University.
The event is free and open to the public.
WVII (Channel 7), WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News covered the 2013 William S. Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine. “The State of Our Nation: Hardball vs. Civility” was the focus of the lecture featuring former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Simpson was joined by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen in the discussion moderated by Mark Woodward, UMaine alumnus and former BDN executive editor. Simpson and Cohen spoke about the need for Americans to take control of government and demand that elected officials work together.
Mark Brewer, an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about Gov. Paul LePage officially launching his re-election campaign. Brewer said LePage faces obstacles in his run but has “a decent chance” at a second term because in a race against Cutler and Michaud, vote-splitting could lead LePage to a narrow victory.
Christina Adcock, a University of Maine professor of Canadian studies and history, has assembled the “Northern Nations, Northern Natures” international workshop Nov. 8–11 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The workshop goal, according to Adcock, is “to explore transnational and comparative approaches to northern environmental history, including the history of boreal, subarctic, arctic and polar regions.” In addition to a series of lectures from senior researchers, Ph.D. students from Canada, Sweden and Finland will present research in progress.
The workshop is made possible by funding from Formas, the Swedish Research Council, and the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). It is co-organized by Adcock and Peder Roberts of the Royal Institute of Technology. The workshop will take place at the Royal Institute of Technology, also known as Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Sweden’s largest, oldest and most international technical university.