Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

The Faculty Advisory Board of the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center represents 16 departments and units at UMaine with expertise in the humanities.  In order to make our work better known to the general public, board members would like to share their work in public lectures with organizations throughout the state without a fee.

To the extent that your organization has the capacity to make a donation to the Endowment Fund of the MHC, we request that you consider a tax-free donation ($100-1,000) to support the Speakers Bureau and other Center activities.

For questions about this program, or to inquire about other possible speakers and lecture topics, please contact Center Director Margo Lukens, lukens@maine.edu.

Speakers and Public Lecture Topics

Michael Grillo (Art History)

1) The Rise of Modernity in the Age of Dante
2)  A Millennium of Public Discourse:
The Role of Universities in Participatory Government
3)  Visual Thinking in the Baroque Era
4)  Seventeenth-Century Netherlands Genre Painting and the
Birth of Modern Consumer Society

Sarah Harlan-Haughey (English and Honors College)

1) Why Study Dead Languages?
2) On Robin Hood and Other Medieval Outlaws
3) European Ballad Traditions in Maine
4) The Vikings in North America?

Naomi Jacobs (English)

1) From Scandal to Classic: The Mystery of the Brontes
2) Frankenstein
3) Utopian Studies

Kirsten Jacobson (Philosophy)

1) Adventures in Philosophy and Sailing
(or, Hands-On Learning as Central to a Liberal Arts Education)
2) Waiting to Speak: A Phenomenological Perspective on our Silence around Dying
3) Careful Exposure: The Essential Role of Play in Psychological and Political Health
4) The Living Arena of Medical Ethics: Space, Autonomy, and Embodiment

Michael Lang (History)

1) What is Globalization?  When did it start?
2) What is History?

Pauleena MacDougall (Maine Folklife Center, retired)

1) Fannie Hardy Eckstrom
2) How to do an Oral History Project

Liam Riordan (History and Former Director of The Center)

1) The Five Most Important Things to Know about the American Revolution
2) The American Revolution and the Origins of Multiculturalism in the United States
3) Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River?
4) What are the Humanities, and Why are They Essential for our Future?
(a facilitated discussion based on watching “The Heart of the Matter” video)
5) Maine@200: Past & Present in the Bicentennial of Statehood, 2019-2021

Frédéric Rondeau (French, Modern Languages and Classics)

1) Counterculture. How US hippies changed Quebec culture
2) Artistic and Political Protest in Quebec:
From the Quiet Revolution to the Maple Spring
3) The University in Ruins. Why the book of Bill Reading is still relevant
4) Literature and Politics. The Imaginary Territory of Quebec

Michael Socolow (Communications and Journalism)

1) Maine Media in Transition
2) “The Pine Tree State on the National Airwaves”: Radio in Maine, 1920-1940