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On January 13, 2014, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article by Kristen Case, Assistant Professor of English at UMaine Farmington. Titled “The Other Public Humanities,” Dr. Cases’s article has received many positive comments. Dr. Case presented an earlier version of this article as a paper at the 2013 Maine Humanities Summit, which was organized and sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Initiative.


The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to cosponsor the Spring 2014 New Writing Series. For more information about the spring events and the New Writing Series, please click here.


The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to announce that his awarded two Public Humanities Grants in support of collaborations between UMaine humanities faculty and off-campus partners.

One grant supports a project titled “Historic Franz von Papen Correspondence.” Awarded to Anette Ruppel Rodrigues, Instructor in German, Richard Blanke, Professor of History, and William Cooke, Special Collections Librarian at Bangor Public Library, the grant will fund the team’s work to translate a collection of letters in the Bangor Public Library. Written in German by Franz von Papen, a German diplomat and politician, one group of letters were written during World War I and another were written between 1933-1944. The translated letters will be of interest to historians of 20th-century military history. In addition to translating the letters, the team will place the letters in historical context during a public presentation at Bangor Public Library. More information will be forthcoming.

The second grant supports a project titled “One Language, Many Voices: Indigenous Language Revitalization.” Awarded to Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs at UMaine, and James Francis, Director of the Penobscot Nation’s Cultural and Historic Preservation Department, the grant will support their bringing together of indigenous language activists from Wabenaki (and related) Eastern Algonquian language communities from New England and Eastern Canada to plan a two-day language revitalization symposium in the Spring of 2015. More information will be forthcoming.


Penobscot baskets

The Maine Folklife Center at UMaine has received a three year grant of $339,411 (Award PD-50027-13) from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work in collaboration with the Penobscot Indian Nation and the American Philosophical Society to complete and publish the Penobscot Language Dictionary.


Penobscot Language Dictionary (Word)
Penobscot Language Dictionary Sample (PDF)


The University of Maine Humanities Initiative is pleased to announce that it has awarded $500 in support of eight graduate students in the Department of History. The grant will help offset the expenses of their travel to and participation in the upcoming Association for Canadian Studies in the United States biennial conference. The conference, November 19-23, 2013 in Tampa, Florida, is the primary venue for current research about Canadian-US relations, culture, and history. Four doctoral students (Joe Miller, Ann Morrisette, Michael Perry, and Rebecca White), along with a recent PhD graduate (Stefano Tijerina), will present a roundtable panel on current trends in Canadian-American history at the University of Maine. The panel will highlight the innovative thematic and interdisciplinary approaches currently practiced in the department. In addition, three students will present their research on other panels: PhD student Gabriel Levesque will present his work on racial identity in pre-confederation Atlantic Canada, PhD student Ian Jesse will speak on folksongs in the Canadian-American lumbering tradition, and doctoral candidate Rachel Snell will present her research on a panel devoted to gendered histories of Canadian-American culture.