The yearly "Rassemblement"

Every year, Franco American Programs organizes a “rassemblement” or gathering of Franco American artists, writers, and creatives.  This annual event aims to create a culturally supportive space in which members of the Franco-American creative community can share their work.

This year’s Rassemblement will happen virtually on April 24 and 25, 2020. 

This year’s theme is legacy. The dictionary definition of legacy is, “Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.”  As Franco Americans, what was handed down to us?  And how does this gift act as both an impetus to create and as a restriction on our creations?  What are we handing down to those who come after us?  What was and is our legacy?

Friday evening initial gathering, April 24, 2020

Group Discussion: This year’s theme is Legacy.  To begin our virtual weekend together, we will lead a group discussion on the role of heritage in our work.  To rephrase Michael Parent’s question, “Why bother?”  Why do we engage our heritage in our work? What does it add and what does it take away? If you have time, we’d also encourage you to read one or two pieces from the recent issue of Résonance.  Where do you see Franco American culture working there and how? 

Friday evening discussion on role of Legacy in our work, 7pm-8:30pm

Time: Apr 24, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://maine.zoom.us/j/98749967383

Or Telephone:

        US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592

    Meeting ID: 987 4996 7383

Saturday morning and afternoon, April 25, 2020

Coffee-Break DiscussionsThese two meetings – one in the morning, one in the afternoon, are like coffee breaks from former Rassemblements. Lisa has been organizing virtual lectures, kitchen table discussions and events, and she will continue to do this through the month of May and maybe June. It has been great to see you there and to hear your recent work. What we have missed, though, is catching up with you all. What are you working on?  How are you? So, these two meetings, scheduled for between 1-2 hours, are a place for us to connect with each other.  And if you want to present your work, get in touch with Lisa (lisam@maine.edu) and she will organize a virtual event for you (or for a couple of us together, if you only have a short presentation). 

Saturday morning check-in and discussion, 10am

Time: Apr 25, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://maine.zoom.us/j/92619779405

Or Telephone:

        US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833

    Meeting ID: 926 1977 9405

Saturday afternoon check-in/discussion, 2pm

Time: Apr 25, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://maine.zoom.us/j/94521505364

Or Telephone:

        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

    Meeting ID: 945 2150 5364

Saturday evening, April 25, 2020

Group Watch Party and Discussion:  We would like to end our weekend virtual gathering by watching together Susan Poulin’s recent Ted Talk after which we will spend time discussing some of the issues she brings up. 

Saturday evening watch Party and discussion: Susan Poulin’s Ted Talk, 7pm

Time: Apr 25, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

https://maine.zoom.us/j/91514018208

Or Telephone:

        US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592

    Meeting ID: 915 1401 8208

Feel free to invite any Franco artist or creative that you think would like to join us in a weekend of Franco creative energy.

Contact Susan or Lisa with questions.