Northeastern Americas: Humanities Research and Education

‘The Maine Question’ asks how Indigenous and western knowledge can help preserve the planet

Darren Ranco has spent his life determining how to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous people protect the land they inhabit. Through his work as an anthropologist and chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine, Ranco has studied tribal sovereignty, cultural resource protection, environmental justice and ways Native American communities can resist environmental destruction. […]

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Novelist Suzette Mayr to present reading and Q&A March 30

Award-winning Canadian novelist Suzette Mayr will give a creative reading at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in the IMRC Fernald APPE space, sponsored by the University of Maine Department of English and UMaine Canadian-American Center. Mayr’s reading will be introduced by Hollie Adams, assistant professor of literature and creative writing at UMaine. The event […]

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Mitchell featured on Indian Country Today

John Bear Mitchell, lecturer of Wabanaki studies and outreach and student development coordinator at the University of Maine Wabanaki Center, was featured on Indian Country Today discussing new initiatives aimed at better preparing teachers to teach Wabanaki studies. Red Lake Nation News shared the ICT report.

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UMaine supports teaching of Wabanaki Studies in K–12 schools 

Last fall, Grace Bermeo was in her last semester as an elementary education major at the University of Maine, doing her student teaching at Portland’s East End Community School. The school was piloting Portland Public Schools’ Wabanaki Studies curriculum, which weaves lessons about the history, culture, language and more of Maine’s original inhabitants — the […]

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News Center Maine, PenBay Pilot reports on UMaine Penobscot signs website

News Center Maine and the Penobscot Bay Pilot shared that the University of Maine Native American Programs, in partnership with the Penobscot Nation, has launched a website to accompany bilingual English and Penobscot signage on campus. The new website includes audio recordings of the Penobscot language translations by language master Gabe Paul, a Penobscot pronunciation […]

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Mitchell Center researchers explore how community-university partnerships can strengthen democratic decision-making

Researchers from the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions have found that community-university collaborations focused on local concerns can help communities make decisions and take actions to resolve them, even when complete agreement isn’t possible. In their recent essay for the journal Issues in Science and Technology, Mitchell Center Director […]

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Ranco awarded $50K for project to develop climate resilience with Wabanaki communities

The University of Maine Office of Sponsored Research has been awarded $50,000 from Jane’s Trust Foundation for a project to develop adaptive resilience to climate change with Wabanaki communities, led by Darren Ranco, professor of anthropology and chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. Jane’s Trust Foundation is a family foundation dedicated […]

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Sun Journal reports on UMaine role in Franco newspaper digitization project

The Sun Journal reported on the University of Maine’s role in a Maine State Library project to digitize French language newspapers published in Maine. The article noted that the Franco-American Collection of the University of Maine also has extensive holdings of the newspaper Le Messager, which was published between 1880 and 1968. Jacob Albert, a […]

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