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Upcoming Events 2016-2017
All public programs are on the UMaine campus in Orono unless otherwise noted.
For more information contact UMHC Jennifer Moxley at jennifer.moxley@maine.edu.

UMHC has several ongoing series that it supports.  See below for specific dates.

  • “Saga and Story: An Interdisciplinary Exploration from the Vikings to Our Time,” UMHC Symposium for 2016-17.  Multiple events throughout the year will investigate the importance of medieval narratives in historical context and in contemporary fiction and storytelling. Programs will bring together faculty and students from several UMaine units, regional and national scholars, and the public.  For more information, please contact English-Honors Professor Sarah Harlan-Haughey at sarah.harlan-haughey@umit.maine.edu.
  • Philosophy Across the Ages.  PAA connects a University of Maine philosophy professor and her undergraduate students with Orono High School students through exciting biweekly seminar-style discussions of philosophical texts from ancient to contemporary times. Read more about it in Maine Policy Review, Volume 24, Issue 1, “Humanities and Policy.”
  • UMaine New Writing Series. New Writing Series continually brings up-and-coming, as well as established writers, to the UMaine community. Over the course of almost 17 years, the series has hosted over one hundred readings, shedding light on imminent names in fiction, poetry, prose, translation and new media.

Fall 2016

Thursday September 15 

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series 2016

“Status of Latinos in Higher Education”
Presented by: Ángel Martínez Loredo, Higher Education Specialist, Maine Department of Education.
Location and time: Room 165, Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall, 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.
Sponsors: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, The University of Maine Humanities Center, and CHISPA Centro Hispano.
Contact: Maria Sandweiss, 207.581.2080
Ángel Martínez Loredo Website

Monday September 19

“Truth, Healing and Change in the Land of the Dawn” led by Barbara Kates of Maine-Wabanaki REACH. The discussion will focus on the shared history of Maine and Wabanaki people, and particularly on two key events of 2015: the findings and recommendations of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Penobscot Nation v. Mills case.

Location and time: Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts, 6-8 p.m.

Thursday September 22

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series 2016

Silvestre Guzmán, Director of Multicultural Program, UMaine, “My experience in Maine as a Non-English Speaking Immigrant.”

Location and time: Room 165, Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall, 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Thursday September 22

UMaine New Writing Series

Fiction reading by Amber Sparks

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

Thursday September 29

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series 2016

Dr. Stuart Marrs, Professor of Music, UMaine, “The Pluralism of Latin American Music.”

Location and time: Room 165, Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall, 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

Thursday September 29

UMaine New Writing Series

Poetry reading by Trevor Joyce

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

Thursday October 6

Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series 2016

Juan Carlos Hernandez, State Conservationist, Misha Vargas, Soil Conservationist, and Luis Aponte, Soil Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, “Hispanics Helping People Help the Land Throughout Maine.”

Location and time: Room 165, Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall, 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

October 13

UMaine New Writing Series

Fiction reading by Rion Amilcar Scott

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

October 14, 2016

“Acadia as Eden”: Naomi Jacobs (Professor of English) “Myths of Arcadia”; Justin Wolff (Associate Professor of Art History) “Painting Acadia”; Richard Judd (McBride Professor of History) “Inventing Acadia: Bar Harbor and the Creation of a Tourist Landscape.”

Place and time: Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall. 4-5 p.m.

Monday, October 17

Saga and Story: An Interdisciplinary Exploration from the Vikings to Our Time

Stephen Mitchell, Professor of Scandinavian and Folklore at Harvard University, will speak on “Place and Past in the Sagas: Relique or Blank Slate?” The event will be held at 3:10 pm in Little Hall, 130.

Wednesday, October 19

Saga and Story: An Interdisciplinary Exploration from the Vikings to Our Time

Joseph Harris, Francis Lee Higginson Research Professor of English and Research Professor of Folklore at Harvard University, will speak on “The Poetic Edda as World Literature.” The event will be held at 4 pm in IMRC.

Thursday October 27

UMaine New Writing Series

Poetry reading by Pattie McCarthy & Jenn McCreary

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

Thursday November 3

UMaine New Writing Series

Poetry reading by Joshua Edwards & Lynn Xu

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

Thursday November 10

UMaine New Writing Series

Poetry & fiction reading by Kristen Case & Tessa Mellas

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

Thursday November 17

UMaine New Writing Series

Student-curated reading celebrating The Open Field

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

Thursday December 1

UMaine New Writing Series

Fiction reading by Azareen van der Vliet Oloomi

Location and time: Fernald APPE Space, 104 Stewart Commons 4:30 p.m.

 

Spring 2017

Thursday, March 30

Saga and Story: An Interdisciplinary Exploration from the Vikings to Our Time

Campus lecture by Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir (Research Associate Professor, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland).  Part of the UMHC’s year-long “Saga and Story” symposium.  Additional support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography.  For more information, please contact History Professor Joel Anderson at joel.anderson@maine.edu.

Saturday, April 8
Statewide Maine National History Day contest for students in grades 6-12.  For more information about NHD in Maine, please visit https://umaine.edu/history/national-history-day/ or contact State Coordinator John Taylor at 207-474-7133 or by email at john.m.taylor@maine.edu.

All public programs are on the UMaine campus in Orono unless otherwise noted.

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