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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 Director Liam Riordan at or 207-581-1913.

Summer 2016

Thursday, June 16
Panel and public discussion (with dinner) about how best to celebrate the bicentennial of Maine statehood in 2019-20.  Hosted by the UMaine Humanities Center at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  To register and for more information, please visit the program page.  For more information, please email Liam Riordan at

Tuesday, July 12
“What did we Celebrate on July 4?: Understanding the Declaration of Independence,” lecture by Liam Riordan (Professor of History and Director, UMHC), Bangor Historical Society, noon.

Thursday, August 4
“The Promise and the Need: Humanities in the 21st Century,” lecture, video presentation, and facilitated discussion by Liam Riordan (Professor of History and Director, UMHC), annual Pulliam Lecture at the Castine Historical Society, 7:00 p.m.

August 11-14
World premiere performances of “Transformer Tales: Stories of the Dawnland,” a collaboration among Wabanaki artists, the Penobscot Theatre Company, and the University of Maine.  Multimedia performances to be held on Indian Island, at the Penobscot Theatre, and at the Blackwoods Amphitheater in Acadia National Park.  For more information, visit or contact English Professor Margo Lukens at

Fall 2016

Dates TBA
“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  Additional support provided by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds for Critical Bibliography.

Spring 2017

Thursday, March 30
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.  For more information, please contact History Professor Joel Anderson at

Saturday, April 8
Statewide Maine National History Day contest for students in grades 6-12.  For more information about NHD in Maine, please visit or contact State Coordinator John Taylor at 207-474-7133 or by email at

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

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