Media advance social justice series, Ranco presentation

The Free Press promoted a new social justice initiative co-curated by Darren Ranco, a University of Maine professor of anthropology, chair of Native American Programs and member of the Penobscot Nation, which includes a panel discussion sponsored by the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center at UMaine. “Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine,” an exhibition sponsored by the Maine Historical Society, will examine the roots of social justice in our state through a series of live and virtual events offered through December. As part of the series, Ranco will present “Major Episodes of Colonial Racism in Maine State Indian History and Policy at 6 p.m. on July 20. An interview with Ranco and the exhibition co-curators is featured in the spring 2021 edition of CIRCA, the Maine Historical Society’s newsletter. The Humanities Center will sponsor a 6 p.m. panel discussion on July 22, “Nineteenth-Century Black Politics in Maine: Historical Research and Legacies,” featuring Mary Freeman, an assistant professor of New England history at UMaine. The Portland Press Herald and the Sun Journal also reported on the exhibit. More information about the exhibition and the events is online.