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UPCOMING EVENTS

Title: The Ecology of Games
Speaker: Dr. Alenda Chang
Date: September 24, 2014
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Hill Auditorium

The UMHI is pleased to co-sponsor a lecture about the ecology of video games by Dr. Alenda Chang. Dr. Chang is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut. For more information about Dr. Chang’s visit to UMaine, please contact Nancy Ogle, Professor of Music (nancy.ogle@umit.maine.edu).

 

Title: Maine Humanities Summit
Date: May 15, 2015
Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta, Maine

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative will host the third annual Maine Humanities Summit on Friday, May 15, 2015. Please check back here for updates. For more information, please contact Associate Professor of History Liam Riordan (liam.riordan@umit.maine.edu).

 

Title: Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day
Date: May 16, 2015
Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Downtown Bangor

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to cosponsor the second annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day. Various events will feature conversations and demonstrations involving UMaine faculty and staff of Bangor cultural organizations. Please check back here for updates. For more information, please contact Associate Professor of History Liam Riordan (liam.riordan@umit.maine.edu).

 

2013-2014 EVENTS

Title: Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day
Date: May 17, 2014
Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Downtown Bangor

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to cosponsor the second annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day. Various events will feature conversations and demonstrations involving UMaine faculty and staff of Bangor cultural organizations. For more information, please contact Associate Professor of History Liam Riordan (liam.riordan@umit.maine.edu). More Information.

 

Title: Maine Humanities Summit: The Humanities and Public Policy
Date: May 16, 2014
Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Location: Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta, Maine

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative and the Maine Humanities Council will host the second annual Maine Humanities Summit at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta on Friday, May 16, 2014. The topic of this year’s Summit is “The Humanities and Public Policy.” More information and details forthcoming. Please contact Justin Wolff, Director UMaine Humanities Initiative, with questions (justin.wolff@maine.edu). More information.

 

Title: How to Shrink the World: Using Virtual Technologies to Bring the World Together
Date: May 1, 2014
Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Location: CoeSpace, 48 Columbia Street, Bangor, Maine

Please join UMHI graduate assistant Amy Cross for a presentation about using Virtual Technologies to bring the world together. Free and open to the public. More information.

 

Title: In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America
Date: April 25-26, 2014
Time: TBA
Location: University of Maine, Orono

In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America is a symposium sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Initiative and organized by the Franco-American Centre and Franco American Studies program at UMaine. Keynote speaker Clark Blaise will read from a work-in-progress, “The Kerouac Who Never Was.” The symposium will feature readings from acclaimed New England writers; panels on “Franco Elections, Activism, and Public Opinion,” “Historical Reflections on Place and Identity,” and “Franco American Archives and Collections in New England”; and a screening of the film Le grand Jack (Jack Kerouac’s Road: A Franco-American Odyssey), directed by Herménégilde Chiasson. More information.

 

Title: Bridging the Gap: Knowledge Production in the Humanities and the Sciences
Date: April 22, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:00PM
Location: Wells Conference Center

“Bridging the Gap: Knowledge Production in the Humanities and the Sciences” is the Spring UMHI Faculty Seminar. The seminar co-leaders are Elizabeth Neiman, Assistant Professor of English, and Jacquelyn Gill, Assistant Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology. Seminar readings include excerpts from Ann Fausto-Sterling’s Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality. For more information contact Elizabeth Neiman (elizabeth.neiman@umit.maine.edu). To register for the seminar, please email UMHI Graduate Assistant Amy Cross (Amy.Cross@umit.maine.edu). More information.

 

Title: Francophone Film Series
Date: January 23-April 17, 2014
Time: Thursdays 7:00PM
Location: Black Box Performance Space, IMRC Center, UMaine

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is a cosponsor of the Francophone Film Series. Films include January 23, Les 400 coups de François Truffaut (France, 1959); February 13, Les amours imaginaires de Xavier Dolan (Québec, 2010); February 20, Entre les murs de Laurent Cantet (France, 2008); February 27, Incendies de Denis Villeneuve (Québec, 2010); March 20, Milou en mai de Louis Malle (France, 1990); April 10, Monsieur Lazhar de Philippe Falardeau (Québec, 2011); and April 17, Après Mai, d’Olivier Assayas (France, 2012). For more information, please contact Frédéric Rondeau, Assistant Professor of French (frederic.rondeau@maine.edu).

 

Title: The Age of Discovery from Spain to Space
Name: Mary Doria Russell
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00PM
Location: Hauck Auditorium

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to cosponsor the 2014 John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics. Critically acclaimed author Mary Doria Russell will give a lecture entitled “The Age of Discovery from Spain to Space.” Her talk will focus on the ethics of discovery and other ethical issues brought up in her novel and this year’s Honors College Read The SparrowMore information.

 

Title: Working and Belonging in Indian Country
Name: Brian C. Hosmer
Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 3:15PM
Location: Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to cosponsor a lecture by Professor Brian C. Hosmer, H.G. Barnard Associate Professor of Western American History, University of Tulsa. As a leading scholar on American Indians in the marketplace, Professor Brian C. Hosmer will visit three Native communities in Maine where he will meet key tribal officials. On Monday, April 14, he will have a discussion with history graduate students about conducting research in Native American communities. In the afternoon, Professor Hosmer will deliver his talk entitled, “Working and Belonging in Indian Country.” The term “work” has a complex history in Indian Country. If Americans are familiar with anything about Native communities it is the (genuine and supposed) high rate of unemployment in Indian country. At the same time, federal Indian policies, from mission work to boarding schools and allotment, reorganization, termination and self-determination, all revolve around assumptions about Indian laboring. Policies are enacted to instruct Indians in how to work (as if they didn’t know already), and in some cases governments design and implement work programs. The lecture is part of the Department of History’s symposium series. For more information contact Micah A. Pawling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Native American Studies at (207) 581-1424. More information.

 

Title: Maine National History Day Competition
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM
Location: TBA

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to be a cosponsor of the Maine National History Day Competition. For more information about Maine National History Day, please visit the UMHI’s Maine National Day History siteMore information.

 

Title: The Juvenile Work of World-Class Artists: Can We Tell from their Work that these Children are Bound for Glory?
Name: Dr. David Pariser
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 6:00PM
Location: Lord Hall 100

Dr. David Pariser, Professor of Art Education, Concordia University, Montreal, will present his current research on children’s graphic development, specifically using artifacts and interviews gathered from Jaime Wyeth, with respect to juvenilia from Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Dr. Pariser is one of the few scholars publishing in English on aspects of giftedness in the visual arts and in children’s graphic development. Additional details are forthcoming. For more information, please contact Associate Professor of Art Education Connie Albertson (constant.albertson@umit.maine.edu). Please click here for a PDF poster announcing the event.

 

Title: On Being Cute, On Being Prey: Exploring the Two Poles of Animal/Human Interaction
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 4:00PM-6:00PM
Location: Wells Conference Room 3

“On Being Cute, On Being Prey: Exploring the Two Poles of Animal/Human Interaction” is the Fall UMHI Faculty Seminar. The seminar co-leaders are Gregory Howard, Assistant Professor of English, and Sarah Harlan-Haughey, CLAS-Honors Preceptor in English. Please click here for the seminar description and registration instructions.

 

Title: National History Day Teacher Institute
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 9:00AM-2:00PM
Location: Wells Conference Room 3

For more information about Maine National History Day and the Teacher Institute, please visit the UMHI’s Maine National Day History site.

 

Title: Surfacing: Digital Humanities Week
Date: October 7-10, 2013
Location: University of Maine campus

The UMHI is pleased to co-sponsor Surfacing: Digital Humanities Week and THATCamp Maine 2013. A THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. See below for featured events. For up-to-date information, complete schedule, and registration guidelines, see THATCamp Maine 2013.

 

Title: Nineteenth-Century Books and the Challenges to a Global Digital Library
Name: Andrew Stauffer (University of Virginia)
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 11:00AM
Location: Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall

For more information about this lecture and Digital Humanities Week, see THATCamp Maine 2013.

 

Title: Affordances of the Digital: Mapping, Geotagging Texts, and Early Modern Digital Methodologies
Name: Mary Erica Zimmer (Boston University)
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 4:00PM
Location: IMRC 112

For more information about this workshop and Digital Humanities Week, see THATCamp Maine 2013.

 

Title: Putting the Public Back in Publication
Name: Anne Goodyear (Bowdoin College Museum of Art)
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Time: 10:00AM
Location: IMRC 104

For more information about this lecture and Digital Humanities Week, see THATCamp Maine 2013.

 

Title: The Assignable Nothingness of All Swerve and the Work of Adjacency
Name: Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: 4:00PM
Location: Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall

For more information about this lecture and Digital Humanities Week, see THATCamp Maine 2013.

 

Title: Surface and Infrastructure: Mapping the Hidden Worlds of Undersea Cables
Name: Nicole Starosielski (New York University)
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Time: 11:00AM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union

For more information about this talk and Digital Humanities Week, see THATCamp Maine 2013.

 

Title: National History Day Information Session
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: 5:00PM
Location: Bangor Public Library

To learn more about Maine National History Day, please join us for a Pizza & Information Session at Bangor Public Library. This will be an informal discussion and presentation for teachers, students, and parents. Also visit the UMHI’s Maine National History Day site.

 

2012-2013 Events

Title: Maine Humanities Summit
Date: May 17, 2013
Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Location: Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta, Maine

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative announces a daylong Maine Humanities Summit, to be held at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta, Maine, on Friday, May 17, 2013. For more information, please visit http://umaine.edu/umhi/maine-humanities-summit/.

 

Title: Faculty Development Seminar
Date: May 13-16, 2013

The UMHI Faculty Development Seminar is scheduled for May 13-16, 2013. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from a number of campus units are participating in the seminar and we strongly encourage you to attend the panels to support your colleagues.  For more information and a program, please visit http://umaine.edu/umhi/faculty-development-program/. A highlight of the week is a day of programs in downtown Bangor on Wednesday, May 15. For more information about the day’s events, please click here.

 

Title: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Date: April 12, 2013
Time: 7:00PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union

The UMaine Humanities Initiative is pleased to co-sponsor a screening of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), a film directed by Jacques Demy. This event, free and open to the public, is part of the International Film Festival: “Movie-ing through Cultures,” also co-sponsored by Department of Modern Languages and Classics and the German Club. For more information, please contact Nora Gortcheva, Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Film Studies (nora.gortcheva@maine.edu).

 

Title: Maine History from the Archive to the Digital Humanities
Name: Kevin Murphy
Date: April 8, 2013
Time: 12:00 – 1:30PM
Location: Bumps Room, Memorial Union

A free public lecture, “Maine History from the Archive to the Digital Humanities,” by Kevin Murphy, professor of architecture and art history at the CUNY Graduate Center, will take place from 12–1:30 p.m., April 8, Bumps Room, University of Maine Memorial Union. Professor Murphy is being brought to UMaine by the university’s Department of History in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Humanities Initiative, in support of its exhibit on Jonathan Fisher’s Scripture Animals. For more information about the presentations or to request disability accommodations, please contact Liam Riordan (riordan@umit.maine.edu).

 

Title: Jonathan Fisher’s Paper: The World of Print on the Eastern Frontier
Name: Kevin Murphy
Date: April 8, 2013
Time: 3:15 – 4:45PM
Location: Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall

A free public lecture, “Jonathan Fisher’s Paper: The World of Print on the Eastern Frontier,” by Kevin Murphy, professor of architecture and art history at the CUNY Graduate Center, will take place from 3:15–4:45 p.m., April 8, Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall, University of Maine. Professor Murphy is being brought to UMaine by the university’s Department of History in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Humanities Initiative, in support of its exhibit on Jonathan Fisher’s Scripture Animals. For more information about the presentations or to request disability accommodations, please contact Liam Riordan (riordan@umit.maine.edu).

 

Title: Ballads in Maine Workshop
Date: April 9, 2013
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM
Location: University Club, Fogler Library

The Maine Folklife Center will present a “Ballads in Maine” workshop. The program will feature scholarly discussion and performances relating to the British Ballads tradition. The panel will include Honors Preceptor Sarah Harlan-Haughey, who will discuss ballads as a form of literature, and Maine Folklife Center director Pauleena MacDougall, who will discuss the history of ballad collecting in New England. Julia Lane, a harpist, singer of ballads, and a member of Castlebay will perform Scottish, Irish, and English ballads, and Jeff McKeen, a folk musician who performs with Old Grey Goose, will perform ballads from the Maine woods. Both Julia Lane and Jeff McKeen have collected ballads in Maine as well. We invite the audience to bring their favorite ballads and questions about ballads for an informal discussion about ballad scholarship and ballad performance.

Related Events:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 6:30-8:30PM, Belfast Community Library.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30-8:30PM, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library.

 

Title: Bibliopoetics: The Art and Future of the Book
Date: April 5-6, 2013

Bibliopoetics: The Art and Future of the Book was the UMHI spring symposium. Organized by UMHI Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, Christopher M. Ohge, Bibliopoetics featured clusters of scholars, from UMaine and beyond, in seminars and workshops on topics including “The Book as Object,” “Editing and Publishing in the Digital Age,” “Digital History and the Future of the Critical Edition,” and “Poets on Books: A Reading and Discussion.” Click here for more information.

 

Title: 21st-Century Libraries: A Virtual Renaissance
Date: March 27, 2013
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Bangor Public Library

Please join UMHI Graduate Assistant Amy Cross for a presentation on virtual libraries and Second Life. This event, co-sponsored by the Bangor Public Library, is a satellite program of the UMHI’s spring symposium Bibliopoetics: The Art and Future of the Book, which will be held at UMaine on April 5-6, 2013. Free and open to the public, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street.

 

Title: Angie Abdou: “Skating Against a Ghost”: Anxiety of Influence, Women’s Hockey, and Cara Hedley’s Twenty Miles
Date: February 21, 2013
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Soderberg Lecture Hall

Angie Abdou teaches English and Creative Writing at the College of the Rockies in British Columbia. She is a scholar of Canadian Literature and Middle English, and a celebrated novelist. She has published three books: Anything Boys Can Do (a collection of short stories); The Bone Cage (a novel); and The Canterbury Trail (a novel). She also researches and writes about athletics in higher education. During her visit, Ms. Abdou will visit classes at UMaine and lecture on gender and athletics in higher education. She will also read from her fiction.

 

Title: Digital Humanities Camp
Date: November 14, 2012
Time: 3:00 – 5:00PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union

An open informational session and forum intended for all faculty and students interested in the digital humanities. No prior experience with digital humanities required. Free refreshments served.

 

Title: UMaine Humanities Initiative Orientation
Date: November 1, 2012
Time: 4:30 – 6:00PM
Location: University Club, Fogler Library

An informal orientation session at which the UMHI introduced its Sponsorship Grants program, the Faculty Development seminar to be held May 13-16, 2013, and other projects.

 

Title: Voltaire and Frederick: A Life in Letters
Date: October 30, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Location: Collins Center for the Arts

A new play commissioned by the Geothe-Institut Boston in partnership with the Consulate General de France. The play was commissioned in honor of Frederick II’s 300th birthday and is an overview of the pen-pal friendship between these two great thinkers that spanned almost half a century. Their intensive correspondence covers everything from questions of torture and human rights, effective and ineffective forms of governance and global finances.

 

Title: “The Enlightenment Then and Now”
Date: October 30, 2012
Time: 5:00 – 6:00PM
Location: Bumps Room, Memorial Union

A panel discussion with Guy Ben-Aharon, Israeli State and Goethe Institute; Alexander Grab, Department of History; David Gross, Honors College; and Raymond Pelletier, Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

 

Past Events:

Connecting Our Worlds: The Contemporary Role of the Humanities

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Christopher Newfield (UC – Santa Barbara)

Title: “Humanities in the 21st Century and the Land-Grant University”
Date: February 21, 2012
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM
Location: Leonard and Renee Minsky Music Recital Hall, the Class of 1944 Hall

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series.

 

UMHI Seminars:

UMHI Seminars bring together campus scholars for discussion of humanities readings on a topic of broad interest. Each seminar is proposed and facilitated by a team of scholars.

Seminar I

Topic: “The Meaning of Death and End of Life Care”

Date: February 13, 2012
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM
Location: University Club, Fogler Library

Seminar Organizers:
Jessica Miller, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Kirsten Jacobson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Despite important advances in caring for patients at the end of life, such as the Hospice movement and the Palliative Care movement, Americans still struggle in many ways at life’s end and in considering issues pertaining to their dying prior to this point. As philosophers, we feel that a still under-explored dimension of end of life care involves the meaning of death. We propose exploring the end of life from phenomenological, narrative and ethical perspectives. These perspectives are often underexamined owing to the contemporary emphasis on reducing pain, minimizing suffering, understanding the patients’ wishes, and even, from a societal viewpoint, cost savings. We are particularly interested in discussing the existential significance of dying with the goal of suggesting further innovations and possible correctives to contemporary practices in end of life care.

Seminar I Readings:
“Death in the First Person” by “Anonymous”
“Being – toward – death” by Martin Heidegger
“Body Medical Ethics” by David Schenck
“Seeing the Difference” by Christina Marsden Gillis

Seminar II

Topic: “Critical Theory and the Humanities”

Date: March 26, 2012
Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM
Location: 3 Wells Conference Center

Seminar Organizers:
Steven Evans, Associate Professor of English
Justin Wolff, Assistant Professor of Art History
Michael Lang, Assistant Professor of History

This seminar will consider the role of critical theory in the humanities today.  It is open to UMaine faculty, post-docs, and graduate students who are interested in discussing the function of critical theory in their research, collaborations with colleagues, and teaching.  The readings are intended to stimulate discussion among participants about the state of critical theory and the humanities, about the uses of critical theory in pedagogy, and about ways to increase interdisciplinary research and teaching collaborations at UMaine.  The hope is that the seminar will initiate a “critical theory” group on campus that will continue to meet formally and informally to discuss these issues.  The session organizers would like to emphasize that this is intended to be a collaborative discussion that could potentially lead in many directions. The organizers are pleased to facilitate the discussion but do not intend to “lecture” on the selected readings — they hope, rather, that participants will use the readings to make connections across disciplinary boundaries and between research and teaching.

Seminar 2 Readings:
Adorno, Theodor W.  “Why Still Philosophy”
Derrida, Jacques. “The Future of the Profession or the Unconditional University (Thanks to the ‘Humanities,’ What Could Take Place Tomorrow)”

 

Co-Sponsored Events:

Fall 2011

  • School of Performing Arts:  Performance:  “America in the Poetic Imagination,” with John Burns, Narrator, Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano, and Ginger Yang Hwalek, pianist (co-sponsored with the University of Maine School of Performing Arts, the departments of Foreign Languages and Classics, English, History, and the Honors College.)
  • Digital Humanities Week – 2011:  Lecture:  “Many to Many Engagement in Digital Humanities,” Professor Craig Dietrich, Institute of Multimedia Literacy, University of Southern California; Lecture:  “Taking History to Cyberspace: Maine Memory Network and Public History,”  Dr. Candace Kanes, Maine Historical Society (co-sponsored with the Departments of English, History, New Media and Sociology, and the University of Maine Digital Curation Program.)
  • Maine Heritage Lecture:  Lecture:  “Saving Second Nature:  The Environmental Movement in New England,”  McBride Professor of History  Richard Judd, Department of History, University of Maine (co-sponsored with College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.)

Spring 2011

  • Women in Curriculum/Women’s Studies:  Lecture: “Therapeutic Amnesias: Medical Rhetoric about Abortion from the 1930s to the 1960s”; Nathan Stormer, Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism, University of Maine
  • Canadian-American Center  [with Maine Folklife Center and numerous contributors]:  Public Presentation: “Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century”; Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and World Leader on Global Climate Change and Human Rights; Visiting Professor, Bowdoin College
  • Department of English: Public talk and screening of documentary film: Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and “To Kill a Mockingbird”; Mary McDonagh Murphy, Independent film and television writer/producer
  • Department of Modern Languages and Classics [also Anthropology and Project Opportunity]: Public showing and forum discussion of The Linguists; Jane Smith, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Classics, University of Maine; Cynthia Fox, University of Albany
  • Department of Philosophy: Lecture: “Paranoia and Policy: Reading Popular Fiction as Bioethics”; Catherine Belling, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Department of History: Lecture: “Military History at American Universities and Colleges”; John Lynn, PhD, Professor of History, Northwestern University

 

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