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Maine Edge Previews UMaine Sociologist’s Conference Aimed at Empowering Girls

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The Maine Edge previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.


Huisman Plans Conference Aimed at Empowering Girls

Monday, October 7th, 2013

University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman has organized a free two-day conference to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1–2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, says Huisman, UMaine associate professor of sociology.

SuEllen Hamkins, psychiatrist, co-creator of The Mother-Daughter Project and co-author of “The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence,” will deliver a presentation 5:30–9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Following her talk about challenges and successes of mother-daughter groups, those interested in starting groups will have an opportunity to interact. Refreshments will be provided.

Huisman modeled the Maine Mother-Daughter Project that she created after the book written by Hamkins and Renee Schultz. Both aim to foster understanding of societal forces that affect mothers and daughters and seek to create opportunities for them to strengthen bonds with each other and their respective communities.

Lyn Mikel Brown and Dana Bushee Hernandez will present Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) training about creating empowerment zones for girls from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. They’ll also talk about bringing Adventure Girls — a program for girls to meet female role models who defy gender stereotypes — to midcoast Maine. Brown is a professor of education at Colby College, co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, author of “Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls” and co-author of “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.” Bushee Hernandez is the training institute manager at HGHW. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The deadline to register for one or both of the free sessions is Oct. 15. Registration is online. To request a disability accommodation, contact Erica Hughes at 207.338.8034. For more information, visit, and

Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich Highlights Two-Day Celebration of Jewish Culture

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The North American debut of Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine Oct. 17 will highlight two days of music, lectures and film celebrating Jewish culture and honoring its history.

The two-day event at the Collins Center begins at 7 p.m., Oct. 16 with the documentary, “Defiant Requiem,” honoring the prisoners of Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp. The film by Partisan Pictures focuses on Rafael Schächter, a brilliant young Czech opera-choral conductor sent to Terezín in 1941. In an act of moral courage and defiance, Schächter taught 150 prisoners the Requiem by Verdi, which they performed 16 times. The last and most infamous performance was on June 23, 1944. With only 60 prisoners remaining following massive deportations, Schächter was ordered to perform the Requiem before high-ranking Nazi SS officers and International Red Cross representatives to support the charade that the prisoners were well treated.

Prior to the Oct. 17 concert, there will be a symposium starting at 4:30 p.m., featuring three lectures. Daniel Grossmann, founder and conductor of Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich, will speak on Jewish life in contemporary Germany and the work of composer Erwin Schulhoff, who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

UMaine Professor of History Alex Grab will speak about the artistic life in Terezin concentration camp, where one of his relatives, opera singer Hedda Grab-Kernmayr, helped found Freizeitgestaltung, the organization formed to oversee all aspects of cultural life in the camp. He’ll also talk about composer Gideon Klein, who also died in a concentration camp.

UMaine Professor of Music Phillip Silver will speak on the Nazi’s attempt to undermine and destroy the reputations of Felix Mendelssohn and Gustav Mahler as part of a systematic process to rewrite the historical record and make it conform to the racial dogma espoused by the regime.

The concert by Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich will follow at 7 p.m., featuring Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 12 in G minor, Gideon Klein’s Partita for Strings and Mahler’s Adagio from Symphony No. 10. In addition, saxophone soloist Daniel Gauthier will perform Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot Sonate.

Founded in 2005, Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich, which takes its name from the Jakobsplatz Jewish Cultural Center in Munich, is dedicated to fostering the presence and resurgence of Jewish culture. The ensemble features musicians from more than 20 countries.

Funding for the events comes from the Jewish Community Endowment Associates and the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Maine.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Tickets for “Defiant Requiem are $5; tickets for the Orchester Jakobsplatz Munich concert are $20 and $30. All are available online or by calling the Collins Center box office, 207.581.1755. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the box office.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

Maine Campus Quotes President Ferguson About Communications Summit

Monday, November 12th, 2012

University of Maine President Paul Ferguson was quoted in a Maine Campus article about a new university directory and brand standards introduced by UMaine’s Division of Marketing and Communications.

Bangor Daily News Covers President Ferguson’s Inauguration

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The Bangor Daily News covered the inauguration of Paul Ferguson, University of Maine’s 19th president.

President Ferguson Mentioned in Bangor Daily News Article About Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

University of Maine President Paul Ferguson’s inauguration was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News story about Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Promotion and/or Tenure for 29 UMaine Professors

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 29 University of Maine faculty members. The professors, who represent the broad spectrum of UMaine academic programs, were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson after an extensive process reviewing their work in teaching, research and community service. (more…)

WABI Reports on Ferguson’s Surprise Visit to UMaine Football Team

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

WABI (Channel 5) reported on a surprise visit by President Paul Ferguson to the University of Maine Football team.

UMaine to welcome new first-year students Friday

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Nearly 2,000 new first-year students, members of the Class of 2015, will arrive at the University of Maine on Friday, Aug. 26. to begin Fall Welcome Weekend, a series of events designed to acclimate them to campus life and prepare them for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 29.

Fall Welcome Weekend begins with the Maine Hello, UMaine’s acclaimed move-in activity that begins at 8 a.m. Friday.  Hundreds of volunteers, including UMaine students, faculty members, staff members and alumni will greet the students and their families to lend a helping hand as they move into residence halls. (more…)

WLBZ Posts Interview with President Ferguson

Friday, July 8th, 2011

University of Maine President Paul Ferguson was interviewed by WLBZ (Channel 2) about his first week in office.