Northeastern Americas: Humanities Research and Education

Ranco speaks to Food Tank about impacts of ICWA on food sovereignty

Food Tank interviewed Darren Ranco, associate professor of anthropology and chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine, about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) on the wellbeing of Native children and communities, tribal sovereignty and Indigenous food sovereignty. Ranco told FoodTank […]

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Four UMaine Ph.D. students win top awards in 2023 BioME showcase

Four University of Maine Ph.D. students won the top awards in the college division of the 2023 Bioscience Association of Maine (BioME) Student Showcase on May 3.  The annual competition tasks college and high school students, who participate in separate divisions, with presenting life-science focused research projects to win cash and academic prizes. According to […]

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Longtime UMaine French professor passes away

Raymond Pelletier, longtime University of Maine French professor and former associate director of the Canadian-American Center, passed away on May 15 at the age of 80.  Pelletier joined UMaine in 1979 as an assistant professor of education and Canadian studies and cooperating assistant professor of French. For more than 30 years, he taught many courses […]

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Ranco speaks to Maine Public about CODE RED exhibit

Darren Ranco, professor of anthropology and chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine, spoke with Maine Public about the new CODE RED exhibit at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. The exhibit, which Ranco co-curated, explores Indigenous knowledge and environmental stewardship, how humans have previously shaped the environment and the ramifications of […]

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Times Record boosts May 13 panel of Wabanki leaders moderated by Ranco

The Times Record noted that Darren J. Ranco, associate professor of anthropology and chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine, will moderate a panel on Saturday, May 13 at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, during which six Wabanaki leaders will discuss a growing movement to center Indigenous knowledge and leadership in conservation […]

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UMaine Franco American Programs receives $350K from National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $350,000 to the University of Maine Franco American Programs for a project to digitize historic materials and make them openly available online. UMaine will conduct the project on behalf of the Franco American Collections Consortium, a collaboration of university archives that maintain collections of books, documents, photos, […]

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BDN features UMaine student trying to recontextualize the housing crisis

The Bangor Daily News featured Brenna Jones, a University of Maine junior and McGillicuddy Humanities Center undergraduate research fellow, who is studying the housing crisis in the greater Bangor area and possible solutions. In addition to finding policy solutions to address the problem, Jones, who spent her high school years both unhoused and precariously housed, […]

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