Northeastern Americas: Humanities Research and Education

Calais Advertiser covers Newsom’s research on POW camp on Passamaquoddy land

The Calais Advertiser announced that Bonnie Newsom will conduct archeological research on a World War II German prisoner-of-war camp located on Passamaquoddy land in Eastern Maine. Newsom, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Maine, will collaborate with Donald Soctomah, a Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation officer. The American Association of University Women recognized […]

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Mitchell talks with WVII about encounter with ‘one who eats a lot’

John Bear Mitchell shared his encounter with a creature for a WVII (Channel 7) piece titled “Some say Bigfoot seen in Maine.” “I never expected it, I never wanted it, never thought it would ever happen, but this happened,” said Mitchell, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation and the University of Maine Wabanaki Center outreach […]

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Newsom awarded AAUW American Fellowship

Archaeological research focused on the World War II German prisoner of war (POW) camp that was located on Passamaquoddy land in eastern Maine has been recognized with a 2019–20 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The fellowship provides a $6,000 grant to support the work of UMaine assistant professor of anthropology […]

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Bilingual signage — English and Penobscot — now at UMaine

New University of Maine building and road signage on campus is now bilingual — English and Penobscot. Signs for Memorial Gym and New Balance Student Recreation Center note the names in Penobscot — αttali-milahəyαwələtimək — translated as “place where you play a variety of games.” At Fogler Library, awihkhikaní-wikəwαm means “book house”; at Wells Conference […]

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Ranco talks with News Center Maine about Penobscot signage on campus

Darren Ranco, associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of Native American research, talked with News Center Maine about Penobscot language being added to signage on campus. The University of Maine is on Marsh Island, which Ranco says was the most important residential island, especially before the 19th century, for Penobscot people. “That sense of recognition, […]

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Bangor Daily News highlights Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

The Bangor Daily News featured the University of Maine-owned 2,460-acre Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town. The nonprofit organization Hirundo maintains the refuge and conducts its public programming, including full moon paddles. The refuge is the site of a former Red Paint Indian fishing village, according to the article. The refuge is open, free of […]

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If you missed these achievements the first time, here’s a recap

During the first six months of 2019, University of Maine faculty and students have contributed to knowledge and solutions — locally and worldwide. Here’s a review of some highlights, including dog biscuits made of green crabs and a comprehensive scientific expedition on Mount Everest. January Food science majors to engage in active learning to prepare […]

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Watch Bicentennial Conference talks by Pulitzer Prize-winners

To commemorate Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood in 2020, the University of Maine recently hosted a three-day Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference that included a variety of events, panels, exhibits and concerts. Pulitzer Prize-winners Alan Taylor and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich delivered keynotes May 31. Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair at the University of […]

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