In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America

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Spring Symposium

In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America
April 25-26, 2014

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.” Mr. Blaise is past director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, founder of the Creative Writing Program at Concordia University, and author of twenty books, including I Had a Father: A Post-Modern Autobiography and the Pearson Prize-winning Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time.

The symposium features readings from acclaimed New England writers Jane Martin, Ron Currie, Jr., Rhea Côté Robbins, and Steven Riel; 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.

Symposium events begin on Friday, April 25 at 2:00pm and run until 6:00pm on Saturday, April 26. All events are free and on the University of Maine campus in Orono. A full program is forthcoming.

For more information about In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America, contact Jacob Albert, Research Associate, Franco American Centre, University of Maine (207.581.3795,

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