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NEH Summer Stipends

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Deadline: September 30, 2014 for projects beginning May 2015.

For more information, see here.

Wunderkino 4: Visions of House and Home

Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26, 2014

The 15th Annual Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium, Wunderkino 4: Visions of House and Home, will take place at the Alamo Theater, Northeast Historic Film, 85 Main Street, Bucksport, Maine. The opening reception is at 7:00pm, Thursday, July 24, in the lobby of the Alamo Theater. 

Wunderkino 4: Visions of House and Home focuses on understanding how amateur and non-theatrical films offer insight into daily life, domesticity, and the quotidian activity that has often been dismissed as mise en scène. How does the performance of domesticity size or resize the frame? What activities define house and home on film? How do notions and conventions of home frame regions, communities, and people in amateur films, industrial films, and educational films? This year’s theme is an effort to draw upon the wide range of approaches that scholars, artists, filmmakers, and archivists bring to the study and use of amateur and non-theatrical film.


UMHI Executive Committee in Washington, D.C.

On May 12, 2014 members of the University of Maine Humanities Initiative’s Executive Committee met in Washington, D.C.  Thanks to committee member John Veroneau for hosting us at his law firm, Covington & Burling, LLP.

We also thank Maine Senator Angus King and National Gallery of Art director Earl A. Powell III for delivering remarks about the importance of the arts and humanities to the civic wellbeing of our nation.

Thank you all!

Earl A. Powell III’s prepared remarks: The Humanities and the Role of the Art Museum (PDF)

Image Description: Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Bangor Public Humanities Day

Please join us May 17, 2014 for Bangor Public Humanities Day. All events are free and open to the public!

Maine Humanities Summit

Please join us May 16, 2014 for the Maine Humanities Summit! Open and free to the public.

UMHI in the Bangor Daily News

Gibran Graham and Liam Riordan wrote a wonderful Op-Ed in today’s Bangor Daily News about the humanities and community engagement. You can find it here.

UMHI in D.C.

The UMaine Humanities Initiative had a great night in our nation’s Capitol!

Provost Jeff Hecker, UMHI Director Justin Wolff, Professors of English Steve Evans & Jennifer Moxley, and American Academy of Arts & Sciences Program Director John Tessitore brought the UMHI’s message to Pennsylvania Avenue.

We thank Maine Senator Angus King for joining us to discuss his love of history and reading.

And thanks to John Veroneau, for hosting us at Covington & Burling, and Earl “Rusty” Powell, Director of the National Gallery of Art, for talking about the arts, the humanities, and the common good.

Now our Executive Committee asks for your support. Join us.

Maine. Culture. History. Literature. Thought.

The Humanities Initiative in Phi Beta Kappa’s The Key Reporter

On April 14, 2014, The Key Reporter, a Phi Beta Kappa publication, featured a story on the UMaine Humanities Initiative. Read it here.

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The UMaine Humanities Initiative sponsored and hosted its annual spring symposium on April 25-26, 2014. In and Out Place: Finding Home in Franco America featured scholars and writers of Franco American culture and literature. UMaine’s press release about the symposium can be found here.


The  UMaine Humanities Initiative sponsored and hosted the Maine competition for National History Day on April 12, 2014. More information can be found here.


In January, 2014, the UMaine Humanities Initiative bid farewell to Dr. Christopher Ohge, who served for a year and a half as our superb Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Christopher moved on to become Associate Editor of the Mark Twain Papers & Project at Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. In other news, Christopher recently published an introduction to scholarly edition of Christopher Cranch’s Journal. 1839. It was published by Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing 35 (2014). It can be found here. 


The UMaine Humanities Initiative recently awarded faculty development grants to four UMaine humanities faculty. Sarah Harlan-Haughey, Honors Preceptor in English, received an Open Grant to support her research on Maine hermits; Tina Adcock, Assistant Professor of History, received a Next-Step Grant to support her research of Arctic exploration; Greg Howard, Assistant Professor of English, received a Next-Step Grant to support his work on a novel titled My Assignment; and Elizabeth Neiman, Assistant Professor of English, received a Next-Step Grant to support her book project titled Minerva and the Production of Romantic “Anxiety”: Rethinking Authorial Community in the British Romantic Period. Congratulations to all!


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.


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.

Image Description: Penobscot baskets


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University of Maine Humanities Initiative
100 Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.1954
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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