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Arts & Humanities Grants | December 2017

  $660 for “Art: History & Hands-On“– Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill Area artist and former art teacher Margret Baldwin will run an innovative library program unifying major moments in art history with hands-on projects inspired by famous artists and styles.   $850 for “Burrow, Revisited“– Maine College of Art, Portland “Burrow, Revisited” is a collaborative… Read more

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Call for Submissions: Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is an annual, national reading and writing program organized by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, students in grades 4-12 write a letter to the author (living or dead) of their favorite book, poem, or short story and describe how that book moved or changed them. Each… Read more

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New Mini Grants | Fall 2017

$1,000 for “Changing Landscapes, Shifting Tides: The Story of Falmouth Event Series” – Town of Falmouth Falmouth will offer a year-long series of events, activities, and programs to mark the town’s 300th anniversary. Lectures, discussions, films, community dialogues, and an art show are among the free events being planned around town for all ages “to honor the past,… Read more

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Think & Drink: Biddeford and Lewiston

1. Lewiston: On Traffic Stops This program will take place at Guthries on November 8 at 6:00 pm. We’re doing things a little differently with Think & Drink in Lewiston. Our debut event will be a mix of storytelling, panel discussion, and small-group conversation, focused on our experiences with traffic stops. This is part of a larger theme—”Policing, Protection, Community,… Read more

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Fall 2017 Veterans Book Groups

We are offering several book groups to all Maine Veterans / Former Service Members in the fall of 2017. Groups may focus on one longer text, like the Odyssey, or instead read selected short stories, novels, memoirs, historical texts, essays, or poems related to the experience of military service. Bangor: October 5 – November 9 | Thursdays 6-8pm… Read more

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Screening and Discussion of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”

The Maine Humanities Council will lead a short discussion after the 7pm viewing of the film Neither Wolf Nor Dog on Tuesday, September 19th at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. Panelists Esther Anne and Penthea Burns of Maine­–Wabanaki REACH and Jackie Crow Shoe of the Center for Tribes will share their thoughts on issues raised in the film, followed by general discussion. Tickets are available through… Read more

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Storytelling workshop comes to Rangeley

Originally published on August 16, 2017 in the Daily Bulldog “…events are part of Western Maine Storytelling’s ‘A Community Celebration of Stories!’ – a series of workshops and informal storytelling gatherings in four area towns—Livermore Falls, Wilton, Rangeley, and Farmington. All is made possible by grants from the Maine Humanities Council and United Way of… Read more

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Panel discussion on women’s rights in Maine

Originally published on August 10, 2017 on Seacoast Online “The presentation will include a discussion of Maine women’s rights history and a panel discussion on women’s ongoing equality battle in the state, with three women of varying ages and experiences…the Third Thursday Talks are generously supported by the Maine Humanities Council.” Full article Read more

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New Mini Grants | Summer 2017

$1,000 for “American Studies Lectures” – York County Community College, Kittery Point The grant will help support guest lecture events which enhance the YCCC’s new emphasis on American Studies under their Associate Degree Program in Liberal Studies. A number of accomplished speakers on relevant topics of American culture and history will make presentations during the 2017-18 academic… Read more

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Sculptors Arrive for Maine Coast Stone Symposium

Originally published in The Lincoln County News on August 2, 2017 “At the heart of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium is a 10-day sculpture symposium. The participating artists will be arriving soon and are scheduled to begin work at Boothbay Railway Village on Friday, Aug. 11 and continue daily through Monday, Aug. 21…The Maine Coast… Read more

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Celebrating Maine’s stone foundation

Originally published in the Boothbay Register on July 25, 2017 By Margaret Hoffman, Staff Writer “The Maine Coast Stone Symposium is funded in part by an Arts & Humanities Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Humanities Council” Full article Read more

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“Marguerite Zorach: An Art-Filled Life” at the Farnsworth

Marguerite Zorach—An Art-Filled Life is an exhibition that brings together sixty paintings and textiles by Marguerite Thompson Zorach made between 1910 and 1965. In highlighting her contributions as a modernist who helped changed the course of American art, the Farnsworth presents the full range of her skills and tells the story of her career as a… Read more

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Author to visit library as part of ReadME

Originally published in South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry on July 14, 2017 “Debra Spark, author of “Unknown Caller,” will visit South Portland Public Library’s main location for a book talk on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m….ReadME is made possible through the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library.” Full article   Read more

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Podcast | 20th Anniversary Winter Weekend

In this episode of Humanities on Demand we visit the 20th annual Winter Weekend, held March 10-11, 2017, at Bowdoin College. Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Selects Book for 2017 Route One Reads Initiative

  May 19, 2017—Portland—For the third consecutive year, the Maine Humanities Council will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2017, the theme of the initiative will be memoirs and biographies, and the selected book to represent Maine is Here If… Read more

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New Mini Grants | Spring 2017

$1,000 for “In It Together: Welcoming Diversity with Anne Sibley O’Brien” –Bowdoinham Community School, Bowdoinham Bowdoinham Community School will host author/educator Anne Sibley O’Brien who will facilitate a trio of events in September 2017 related to welcoming diversity — a school author visit, teacher/parent workshop, and community celebration with a shared read. This will kick off a year-long,… Read more

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Sharing the Poetry of Maine’s Unheard Voices

Gary Lawless, who was awarded the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize, has long worked to bring poetry and the creative process to the people of Maine. Over the next months, follow Gary as his shares poetry from Mainers of all backgrounds. The poems will be released monthly in Notes from an Open Book, the MHC’s e-newsletter, and collected… Read more

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Arts & Humanities Grants | Spring 2017

  $1,000 for “Center for Small Town Jewish Life Fall Shabbaton“– Colby College, Waterville The Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College will host its Fall Shabbaton on November 3 -4, 2017. A weekend of art exploration, community building, and Jewish learning, the Shabbaton is an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds… Read more

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Podcast | Portland Street Artist Works with Buckfield Civil Rights Team

In this episode of Humanities on Demand, we visit Buckfield Junior-Senior High School. Supported by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, their Civil Rights Team hosted Portland-based artist Pigeon for a discussion on identity, belonging, and street art. Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Receives $220,000 Grant from NEH

  For More Information: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 April 3, 2017 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has been awarded a grant of $220,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support programming that will create opportunities for Mainers to discuss matters of critical civic importance. Literature & Public Life is… Read more

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2017 Major Grant Awards

  $5,000 for “Compassion, Connection and Community“– Maine Wabanaki-REACH, Stillwater This grant will support Maine Wabanaki-REACH promote Wabanaki self-determination through reconnection with the land and each other through activities that educate, engage and help mobilize intrinsic Wabanaki value systems based on compassion and connection. This project will also examine white-privilege, colonial institutions and find ways to… Read more

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Portland Book Group for Veterans Begins April 19

Combat Veterans of all eras are invited to attend this free reading and discussion group led by Jeannine Uzzi, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine, and Cliff Trott, U.S. Army. Copies of the readings will be provided and include selections from The Iliad and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. Meets April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17,… Read more

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Students create ‘We are Westbrook’ with street artist

Originally published on Keep Me Current on March 16, 2017. By Kate Gardner “The project was set up by the Maine Humanities Council, which awarded grants to eight schools so Pigeon could work with them.” Full article Read more

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What is a Criminal?

Originally published in the Portland Phoenix on March 5, 2017. By Tom Gillis “Titled “What Is a Criminal?”, the event was the first in a four-part series of panel discussions called “Policing, Protection, Community, and Trust in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and moderated by Samaa Abdurraqib of the Maine Coalition… Read more

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Hugh’s Book Registry

Hugh, like any good humanities mascot, loves Maine’s library programming. But he’s seen what it takes from the inside, too, especially with all those books. Each MHC Let’s Talk About It series needs book replacements—for damaged books or out-of-date books (or books that just don’t work with the series for which they were intended). And… Read more

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New Mini Grants | Winter 2017

$1,000 for “Chart of the North Atlantic“– Great Cranberry Historical Society, Great Cranberry Island With design assistance from Willoughby Hastings, Archivist Anne Grulich will research, compose text and mount an exhibition of Great Cranberry Island’s 19th Century maritime history centered around its collection of ten 1855-1877 nautical charts used by Captain Meltiah Richardson and his navigator spouse,… Read more

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Don’t Let Anyone Tell You the Humanities Aren’t Worth the Cost

This Maine Voices op-ed by MHC Executive Director Hayden Anderson appeared in the Portland Press Herald on March 4, 2017.   The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities are again under fire in Washington, reportedly targeted for elimination in the Trump administration’s upcoming budget proposal. Let’s be clear: this move… Read more

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Maine poet to be honored for giving voice to refugees, disabled and homeless

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 15, 2017 By Beth Brogan, Staff Writer “In March, the Maine Humanities Council will honor Lawless, 65, for decades contributing to public humanities — bringing poetry and voice to refugee communities, veterans and developmentally disabled adults, among others — and bestow on him the 2017 Constance… Read more

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Our view: In refugee crisis, turning away is not an option

Originally on February 5, 2017 in the Portland Press Herald “The Camden Conference, an annual gathering of foreign policy experts and concerned citizens, will celebrate its 30th anniversary from Feb. 17-19,with a topic that could not be more relevant: ‘Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.’” Full article Read more

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Looking Back on “Civil Rights Through Art & Law”

Portland’s Knack Factory has produced a series of videos on Civil Rights Through Art & Law, our summer 2016 partnership with the University of Maine School of Law and Portland Museum of Art. As part of  The 14th Amendment in American Life and Imagination, the MHC’s statewide programming that explored concepts of equality, citizenship, and… Read more

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Maine arts groups prepare to fight Trump in case of budget cuts

Originally posted on January 29, 2017 in the Portland Press Herald By Bob Keyes, Staff Writer “The Maine Humanities Council receives about 73 percent of its annual $1.2 million budget from the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Full article Read more

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The Trump administration has released its proposal for the FY2018 federal budget. As expected, the proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other agencies. This marks the beginning of the… Read more

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Podcast | Demystifying Islam in “Palace Walk”

MHC Board Member Reza Jalali discusses the Winter Weekend 2017 text, Palace Walk, at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. A Muslim scholar, educator, and writer, he is the coordinator of multicultural student affairs at the University of Southern Maine and advises Muslim students at Bowdoin College. His most recent work includes the 2013 book Homesick Mosque and Other Stories… Read more

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Bookseller, poet and progressive, Gary Lawless helps others find their voices

Originally posted on January 22, 2017 in the Portland Press Herald. By Bob Keyes, Staff Writer “In March, the Maine Humanities Council awards Lawless its Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize, which recognizes people and organizations who make a difference in the lives of others through the humanities.” Full article Read more

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Portland Seminar 2017

Register for 2017 Portland Seminar

  With Russia’s reemergence as a major actor on the world stage, this year’s Portland Seminar turns to great literature for a wider perspective on Russia’s past and the legacy of its Soviet era on the present. Two nonfiction works by Nobel laureates—Milosz’s The Captive Mind and Alexievitch’s newly translated Secondhand Time—investigate the appeal of… Read more

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Pejepscot exhibit reminds us of our ‘rights’

Originally published on January 6, 2016 in the Times Record. By Ben Goodridge, Staff Writer “This exhibit came to our attention through the Maine Humanities Council, which was working in partnership with the National Archive to make these kiosks available to libraries, historical societies and other nonprofits around the state.” Full article Read more

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Winslow Public Library to show off new display of historical artifacts

Originally published on December 21, 2017 in the Morning Sentinel. By Madeline St. Amour, Staff Writer “The grant, offered by the Maine Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit that provides humanities programs and grants to Maine communities, helped the library buy two archival-quality exhibit cases it can use to display the rich history of the Kennebec Valley… Read more

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Podcast | Reflecting on 20 Years of Winter Weekend

Listen to Winter Weekend founder and emcee Charles Calhoun reminisce about 20 years of Winter Weekend in our latest Humanities on Demand podcast. Read more

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The Trickle-Down of Winter Weekend

  By Diane Magras, Director of Development Claire Moriarty and Jim Bulteel, members of Orono High School’s English Department (with Erika Dixon, Amanda Johnston, Don Joseph, and Chris Luthin), are among a group of educators who have, in various combinations, attended Winter Weekend for the past 15 years. For years, I’ve heard about these teachers… Read more

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Maine State Music Theatre to Present Children’s Interactive Programs

Originally published on November 28, 2016 on Broadway World. “Maine State Music Theatre will present “Magic Time: A Program of Story and Song” – combining classic fairytale literature with contemporary musical adaptations – on Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10 AM and 3 PM at the Morrell Reading Room at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.”… Read more

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New Arts & Humanities Grants | November 2016

  $1,000 for “Acadian Coloring Book”– Greater Grand Isle Historical Society, Grand Isle The Acadian Coloring Book will focus on the home, family, and food in the daily life of Acadians from the 1930s to today. The Acadian Coloring Book will be approximately 48-52 pages in length. It will include a two-page introduction, forty two pages of… Read more

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“Race and Justice in America” Book Series

Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched A Hundred Years of Federalism  by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, Jr. Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle  The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins by Brenda Stevenson Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by… Read more

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In Longfellow’s Footsteps, Photographer Updates “Evangeline”

Originally published on November 17, 2016 on mainetoday.com  Written by Bob Keyes “The PhoPa exhibition consists of 16 24-by-30-inch and two 32-by-40-inch color prints. He completed the project with grants from the Maine Humanities Council…” Full article Read more

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Maine Humanities Council honors poet Gary Lawless

Maine poet Gary Lawless will receive the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council. A resident of Nobleboro, Lawless owns and operates Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick with his wife Beth Leonard. He is the editor and publisher of Blackberry Books and has had sixteen collections of his poetry published in the… Read more

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Special conversation aims to unify people following divided election

Originally aired November 16, 2016 on Fox ABC Maine. “A big turnout for a special discussion Tuesday night, aiming to not only understand the path of our county, but to unify the citizens following a divided election.” Watch full coverage Read more

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New Mini Grants | November 2016

  $1,000 for “Welcoming and Safe Schools Youth Conference”– GLSEN Southern Maine, Portland The Welcoming and Safe Schools Youth Conference generates a safe and affirming place for middle and high school youth, along with their mentors and educators, to come together and share what they are doing in their schools and communities to increase understanding and… Read more

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On “Think & Drink,” especially in Bangor

  By Meghan Reedy, MHC Program Officer   It’s a simple idea, really, to orchestrate a conversation about some important topic, with a few drinks and some experts. The format is easy to outline. An audience assembles in a friendly, sociable space that serves drinks, and they settle in. A moderator introduces a small panel… Read more

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USM Provost Dr. Uzzi featured in summer 2016 Maine Humanities Council newsletter

Originally published on September 19, 2016 by the University of Southern Maine “USM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeannine Uzzi wrote a feature article for the summer 2016 issue of the Maine Humanities Council newsletter entitled, ‘How I Learned to Read the Odyssey.’” Full article Read more

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Exhibit Explores the 14th Amendment

Originally published on centralmaine.com on September 15, 2016 “The exhibition, opening reception, and other associated programs are free and open to the public which is supported by the Maine Humanities Council through their broad and sure foundation program.” Full article Read more

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USM ready to get students started in Maine’s food scene

Originally published in the Portland Press Herald on September 14, 2016 “Two visiting scholars will jump-start the food studies program next spring. Ardis Cameron, who taught American and New England Studies at USM before the program was eliminated in budget cuts, will collaborate with the Maine Humanities Council on a lecture series bringing nationally known… Read more

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‘The Zany, Majestic Bard’ to be presented at Bailey Public Library

Originally published on centralmaine.com on September 8, 2016 “The event is part of the ongoing Lakes Region Forum held at the Bailey Library and sponsored by the Winthrop Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and Maine State Library.” Full article Read more

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New generation of teens doesn’t remember 9/11

Originally published on September 11, 2016 in the Portland Press Herald By Edward D. Murphy, Staff Writer “Anne Schlitt, assistant director of the Maine Humanities Council, said it’s important for people to recognize that 9/11 isn’t really a static event, that the perception of it and its relevance to today has shifted and will continue… Read more

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Voices of the Kennebec to begin Sept. 13

Originally published on centralmaine.com on September 9, 2016 “This program is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes.” Full article  Read more

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How I Learned to Read the Odyssey

A colleague of mine once claimed that an epic poem is best understood as an extended meditation on a theme. I liked the idea and immediately tried to identify the themes of my favorites. Homer’s Iliad was easy: it’s an extended meditation on war. Virgil’s Aeneid can be read as an extended meditation on empire…. Read more

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New Mini Grants | August 2016

  $1,000 for “Third Thursday Talks Lecture Series”– Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk The Brick Store Museum’s Third Thursday Talks series features monthly lectures (on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm) given by area scholars on a variety of humanities subjects, year-round.   $1,000 for “2016 Annual Meeting ‘Into the Woods’ with Kate Braestrup”– Mahoosuc Land… Read more

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Announcing 14th Amendment Arts & Humanities Grants | 2016

$1,000 for “Anything Helps God Bless”- Snowlion Repertory Company “Anything Helps God Bless” will explore the panhandler/median-strip controversy in Portland through actual interviews with sign-bearers, research into court rulings, documented public reaction to the controversy, and the ‘due process’ aspect of the 14th Amendment, woven together into a theater piece.   $1,000 for “Created Equal”- University of Maine at… Read more

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Civil Rights Team Project

Students discuss, celebrate civil rights

On Monday, May 23, 2016, over 500 students and teachers gathered at the Augusta Civic Center for the Civil Rights Team Project State Conference. Hosted by the Office of the Maine Attorney General, the conference was the first event of its kind since 2010. In addition to schools attending from across the state, the event… Read more

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Unpacking Beyonce’s Lemonade

From Melissa Harris-Perry to bell hooks, scholars, activists, and critics are weighing in on Beyonce’s Lemonade. Shay Stewart-Bouley (blogger at Black Girl In Maine) and Brittany Lewis (professor at Bowdoin College) will lead us in an analysis and discussion of the video album and its artistic, cultural, and political significance. Although video clips will screen… Read more

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The 14th Amendment on MPBN Maine Calling

Originally aired on May 17, 2016 Join guests Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University, and Patrick Rael, Professor of History at Bowdoin College, as they discuss the historical and contemporary significance of the 14th Amendment on MPBN Maine Calling. Passed 150 years ago, the 14th Amendment ensures… Read more

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The conversation about equality in Maine is just getting started

Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 15, 2016 By Hayden Anderson “Equality is a bedrock American value, yet somehow it feels like we’re not very good at it. From the founding to the present day, we have always talked pretty well about equality while falling well short of the ideal. It’s worth… Read more

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Speaking of Maine, a new speaker series for libraries

Discuss issues of local importance in your community with Speaking of Maine, a single-session speaker program that brings experts to your library. We select a roster of speakers with expertise in a variety of local issues (such as education, immigration, jobs, or the environment), and you choose the one that fits your community needs. Here’s… Read more

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Arts & Humanities Grants | April 2016

  $850 for “Art in Exodus at MECA”- Maine College of Art  MECA plans to hold its second annual Art in Exodus exhibition in its flagship Porteous Building June 1-24, 2016, in recognition of World Refugee Day, which takes place every year on June 20 and will be celebrated this year in Portland at King Middle School… Read more

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Sites announced for “The Zany, Majestic Bard”

In 2016, the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library will join forces to offer a touring program aimed at turning the most quarrelsome Shakespeare hater into a bold-faced fan! “The Zany, Majestic Bard” is a one-hour performance-lecture created and performed by David Greenham. This lively, fun, and educational performance will delight and surprise audiences of all… Read more

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The 14th Amendment: A Living Document

This event is now full. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list, please contact Karen at info@mainehumanities.org or 773-5051. Join the Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine School of Law for a conversation about the Fourteenth Amendment between Kenneth Mack (Harvard) and David Blight (Yale), moderated by Danielle… Read more

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Video | Matthew Pettway | 100 Years of Solitude: Reading Through the Invisibility of Race

Matthew Pettway, Bates College, deconstructs the classic Latin American novel “100 Years of Solitude” through the lens of race at Winter Weekend on March 12, 2016. Matthew Pettway completed his doctorate in Hispanic Cultural Studies at Michigan State University in June 2010.  Dr. Pettway joined the faculty at Bates College in August of the same… Read more

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Video | Ilan Stavans | 100 Years of Solitude: The Bible of Latin America

Professor Ilan Stavans, Amherst College, gave the keynote talk at our Winter Weekend program on March 11, 2016. Ilan Stavans, Amherst College, has taught courses on a wide array of topics such as Spanglish, Jorge Luis Borges, modern American poetry, Latin music,Don Quixote, Gabriel García Márquez, Modernismo, popular culture in Hispanic America, world Jewish writers,… Read more

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Dinner in Macondo: Winter Weekend Recipes

One of the highlights of each year’s Winter Weekend is the Friday night meal evoking the culinary traditions of that year’s book. In 2016, we visited the mythical Colombian town of Macondo from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Bowdoin College’s Dining Services put together a delicious feast of Colombian specialties, the recipes for which… Read more

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Maine National History Day 2016 Call For Judges

Do you love history? Do you support dynamic hands-on projects for students? Then we are looking for you! Sign up now to be a judge for the 2016 Maine National History Day competition, to be held at the University of Maine, Orono, on Saturday, April 9. Whether you’ve been a judge for several years running… Read more

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What a Piece of Work is a Man-a-tee

The Hugh Manatees are back! Last year, we sent Hugh, our manatee mascot, to libraries all over the state (more than 40!), where he joined book groups, did some knitting, got up to hijinks in the stacks, and more. Take a look at what Hugh did in 2015. This year, Hugh is all about Shakespeare, in… Read more

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Recalling Home: Writing in Exile

Reza Jalali, a writer and essayist, discusses the challenges that a displaced writer faces in writing about “home,” a place that might have vanished or been lost to wars and mishaps but still occupies a space in the writer’s memory. The short talk includes readings from Jalali’s books New Mainers, about Maine’s immigrants, and Homesick Mosque and Other… Read more

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Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Grant Winners

    $1,250 for “Bangor High School World Geography Symposium”- Bangor High School The Bangor High School World Geography Symposium will be held to create a forum for the exchange of ideas on geographic issues and challenges both within the State of Maine and across the world. Pulitzer crisis reporter Larry Price is invited to share… Read more

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Shakespeare Was a Funny Man: A Program for Libraries

“The Zany, Majestic Bard” is a one-hour performance-lecture created and performed by David Greenham and offered to Maine’s libraries. This lively, fun, and educational performance will delight and surprise audiences of all ages. The program includes history, a brief guide on how to read and understand the text, the opportunity to hear some Shakespeare, and… Read more

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Join Nicole from MHC and Shannon from MSL as they explain the oh-so-intricate process of diving into your 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Programming Manual. Oh, the things you’ll learn! Episode 2: Finding your way through the CSLP manual   Read more

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Seeking Student Humanities Ambassadors

We are looking for creative and energetic high school students interested in community engagement through the humanities.   Through the Student Humanities Ambassador Program, you will work with us (MHC) to identify a topic and, working with a budget of $1,000 given to you by MHC, create, plan, run, and evaluate a humanities-based program or event within your community…. Read more

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Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process

In this contentious election year, the refugee and asylum seeker process has been a hot topic in the news—and prey to plenty of misperceptions. Join us at Seeking Refuge: Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process, a free panel discussion that breaks down the process here in Maine: the screening that determines who can come to the U.S.,… Read more

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The MHC and the Maine State Library have joined forces to promote and support summer reading programs across the state. Shannon Schinagl, Emergent/Family Literacy and Children’s Services Consultant, and Nicole Rancourt, who heads library programing at MHC, are leading the charge. The catalyst for a new endeavor by the MHC and the Maine State Library was… Read more

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Grant supports expansive library programming statewide

PORTLAND — The Maine Humanities Council has received a $25,000 grant from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust to support expansive library programming in 2016. The MHC’s range of new programming includes a civil rights-themed Let’s Talk About It book discussion series, a local-issues speaker series, and a special initiative made possible by the Folger Shakespeare Library…. Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Program Officer, Nicole Rancourt and Maine State Library Early Literacy Consultant, Shannon Schinagl discuss the benefits of summer reading!   Episode 1: Why should I care about summer reading? Read more

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MHC receives $145,000 grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 December 15, 2015 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has been awarded a highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities grant for $145,000 in the new “Humanities in the Public Square” category. The project, A Broad and Sure Foundation: The 14th Amendment… Read more

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Doorsteps and the MHC

Doorsteps…the MHC sees a lot of those. The doorstep is where we wait for a few moments after a long car ride, our ears dulled from the hum of the road, and indulge in a stretch. A doorstep is where we kick off the snow from our boots. It’s the first place we walk before… Read more

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New Infrastructure Grants | October 2015

$8,000 for “Beals Historical Society Lobster Boat Preservation Project”, Beals Historical Society, Beals The Beals Historical Society will construct a cold-storage building to house and display two historic lobster boats. Both boats provide a look into the evolution of lobster boat design, including the transition from oar-powered designs to the introduction of the internal combustion… Read more

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Communicating Climate Change: What Can I Do Next?

We asked the speakers at the 2015 Dorothy Schwartz Forum on Art, Science & the Humanities: Communicating Climate Change to share their thoughts on steps we could all take or resources to help us engage with the topic. Here’s what they said. Andrew Pershing Skeptical Science; a great source for information on the science behind climate… Read more

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Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative

New Grants Available, $500 – $10,000, deadline Nov. 13

The Maine Humanities Council has received a grant of $34,300 from the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative. The award will fund a special grant category for Maine-based organizations seeking to use Pulitzer Prize-winning writing, journalism, photography, drama, or music composition in their 2016 programming. The awards will range from $500 – $10,000. For more information… Read more

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Letters About Literature Winner To Meet Best-Selling Author At National Book Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 WINSLOW—Gabriel Ferris, 14, of Waterville Junior High School, a national winner of the Letters About Literature contest, has been invited to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., an event organized by the Library of Congress, to meet Walter Isaacson, author of the… Read more

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New Community Outreach Grants | August 2015

$1,000 for “Poetry as a Force for Social Dialogue: A Panel Discussion”, Belfast Poetry Festival, Belfast Poet Elizabeth Gordan McKim will design and moderate a panel discussion on “Poetry as a Force for Social Dialogue” at the 2015 festival. McKim will also lead a workshop and participate as a featured reader in the showcase events…. Read more

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New “Mysteries by Maine Authors” Reading Series

The MHC, in collaboration with scholar Jeffrey Aronson and librarian consultants Linda Wohlforth of Shaw Public Library in Greenville and Jeanne Benedict of Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben, has developed a new Let’s Talk About It series! The “Mysteries by Maine Authors” series plunges into the gritty underbelly of Maine as seen through the eyes of its talented… Read more

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Podcast | John Ward | Robert Frost: The Impossibility of Interpretation

In this episode of “Humanities on Demand,” we join John Ward at the McArthur Public Library in Biddeford for “Robert Frost: The Impossibility of Interpretation.” This talk was held on July 15, 2015 as a Taste of the Humanities event. Scholar John Ward, formerly of Centre College and Kenyon College, reads and discusses a selection… Read more

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Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War, 2013-2015

By Janet Lyons, Consulting Project Coordinator, Maine Humanities Council It’s all over except for the paperwork and the reflection. For two years Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War, the National Endowment for the Humanities grant funded program, engaged Maine communities in their Civil War history. Collaborative project teams comprised of libraries, historical organizations,… Read more

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ME Student Wins National Letters About Literature Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051   June 22, 2015 WATERVILLE, Maine- Gabriel Ferris, 13, of Waterville Junior High School, beat 21,713 national submissions to win first place in Level 2 of the national Letters About Literature contest. He will receive $1000 for his letter to Walter Isaacson, author… Read more

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Podcast | Paul Doiron | Murder on the Appalachian Trail

This episode is a recording of a talk held on June 11, 2015 at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. We join Paul Doiron as he discusses the ethics of fiction writing and his newest book, The Precipice, in the talk “Murder on the Appalachian Trail.” The Precipice is the sixth novel in a series following… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Rockland

Hugh’s 45th, and FINAL, mystery site was the Rockland Public Library! From the library: “Hugh made a new friend in the children’s room, did some work at the reference desk, took a selfie to show his love for the library and visited the ornamental grillwork and more.” To submit a guess, please post as a comment on… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Machias

Hugh’s 43rd mystery site was the Machias Memorial High School Library! From the library: “Hugh has been sitting on our “New Books” shelf. Our town’s name is a Wabanaki word and it’s translation (Bad Little Falls) is the title of one of the books in Paul Doiron’s series about game warden Mike Bowditch which takes place here.”… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Windham

Hugh’s 44th mystery site was the Windham Public Library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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Civil War Monologues in Rumford Conclude Local & Legendary Programs

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War. Thanks to Nick Waugh for taking the photos. June 3 was a busy end-of-school-year evening in the Western Foothills Regional School District, yet an appreciative audience of parents, peers, faculty, and community members gathered in the auditorium at Mountain… Read more

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On a Long-Lost American Masterpiece, and Why Public Museums Matter

Grants with legs: the MHC funded an Infrastructure Grant for the initial effort to restore the panorama and make a replica that could be shown to the public. The book described here is the latest step in the project. By Jessica Skwire Routhier, coauthor (with Kevin J. Avery and Thomas Hardiman, Jr.) of The Painters’ Panorama: Narrative, Art, and Faith… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bath

Hugh’s 42nd mystery site was the Patten Free Library in Bath! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatee Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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Local Students Honored by Maine Humanities Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Leah Kuehn, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 May 20, 2015   PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Letters About Literature contest. Elizabeth “Lacey” Brune of the Center for Teaching and Learning won the Level 1 (grades 4 – 6) competition,… Read more

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Filmmakers, authors, historian highlighting speaker series

This coverage of a Maine Humanities Council grant project was published May 21, 2015 on Fosters.com. “ALFRED – The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) and the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society are sponsoring a series of speakers on four Sunday afternoons during the coming tourist season. The guest speakers include two authors, a filmmaker and teacher,… Read more

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Stepping Back in Time with the Washburns of Livermore

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Visitors to the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center may have felt like time travelers when they stepped out of their cars on the beautiful spring evening of Monday, May 18. Young men attired in 1860s garb directed community members… Read more

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Drama and Song Mark Bethel’s Local & Legendary Finale

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium was full on Sunday afternoon, May 17, for the Final Celebration of Local and Legendary: Bethel in the Civil War. The celebration began with the singing of songs of the Civil War performed by… Read more

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Scarborough Students Highlight Local & Legendary Finale

By Larissa Vigue Picard, Director of Education, Maine Historical Society   Twenty students in teacher Jessica Kelly’s Gifted and Talented class at Scarborough Middle School spent the 2014-2015 school year learning about the Civil War–nationally, and at home in Scarborough–through photographs, artifacts, and volunteers at the Scarborough Historical Society; reading a graphic novel about the war… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Rockport

Hugh’s 41st mystery site was the Rockport Public Library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatee Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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“The Civil War in American Memory”: An Evening with David Blight

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Listen to the event podcast here. If historians were rock stars, Civil War scholar David Blight would top the Billboard charts. After three years of reading innumerable books and articles, as well as learning about Civil War history… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Newcastle

Hugh’s 40th mystery site was the Lincoln Academy library in Newcastle! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatee Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Pittsfield

Hugh’s 39th Maine site was the Pittsfield Public Library!   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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New Community Outreach grants | May 2015

  $1,000 to “Micmac Warriors: Duty, Honor, and Culture,” Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Presque Isle Micmac Warriors is a photographic exhibit hosted by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs featuring tribal members who served in the United States military during the 20th and 21st centuries. As representatives of a long and proud warrior tradition within Micmac… Read more

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“Reflections of the Civil War” in Pittsfield Draws 100

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Sunday, May 3, was a beautiful spring day in Pittsfield–a day for yard work and outdoor activities–yet about 100 community members gathered at the First Universalist Church forReflections of the Civil War: A Performative Celebration of Our Civil… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Hartland

Hugh’s 38th mystery site was the Hartland Public Library! Clues from the library: Hugh came to this library so he could work on his ‘tan’ while looking for an extremely large woodland creature in liquid form. Hugh likes a good Maine mystery and this is his favorite author. Don’t let his mild appearance fool you. Hugh… Read more

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New Arts & Humanities grants | May 2015

$1,000 to “A Closer Perspective: Furthering Access to Native Culture,” Mahoosuc Arts Council, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethel The Arts Council, in partnership with the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, will work to deepen community engagement in an on-going project to authenticate local native culture and provide community access to native arts and culture…. Read more

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“The Feminist Project” hits Machias

By Kate Webber Listen to the full event podcast here.  “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” British actor Emma Watson asked this question in a speech she made in September, 2014 as the United Nations Women Global Goodwill Ambassador. Her words inspired many—perhaps no one more so than Machias Memorial High… Read more

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Soldier’s Heart Discussions in Pittsfield

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Jeff Sychterz, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maine Augusta (Bangor campus), facilitated two energetic Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War discussions in Pittsfield this month. Community members, high schoolers at Maine Central Institute,… Read more

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Local & Legendary Book Discussions in Livermore

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Over the course of four weeks students in the “Our Hands on History” class at Spruce Mountain High School have participated in five book discussions. They began with two community wide book discussions at the Washburn-Norlands Living History… Read more

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National History Day Competition

This article was published in the Sun Journal on April 16, 2015. ORONO — More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools in nine counties participated in the Maine National History Day competition at the University of Maine on March 28. The event on campus was made possible by a partnership between UMaine… Read more

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Book explores how Civil War changed ways people thought about death

The Norlands Living History Museum and Spruce Mountain High school hosted a discussion of the book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. This event was part of the MHC’s Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant with Maine Historical Society. This event was covered in the Sun Journal by staff writer Pam Harnden on April… Read more

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MHC Celebrates National Library Week!

April 12-18, 2015 is National Library Week! Our staff just had to celebrate, of course–Maine libraries are some of our best partners! We took a minute to think about what libraries mean in our lives, and we’d love to hear what they mean to you! Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Waterville

Hugh’s 37th Maine mystery site was the Waterville Public Library! “Here’s Hugh posing with our Director, Sarah Sugden next to the building dedication plaque.  Ours is one of the earliest Carnegie Libraries in Maine.” Hints from the library: “In one, Hugh is next to our unofficial library mascot — Dobby. Dobby was rescued from a dusty storeroom… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Portland

Hugh’s 36th mystery location was the Brown Library at Maine Historical Society!   The clue: “It drives me in upon myself and to the fireside gleams. To pleasant books that crowd my shelf, and still more pleasant dreams” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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Busy Local & Legendary Activity in Rumford

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War The old saying “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” did not apply to this year weather-wise, nor did it apply to the Rumford Local & Legendary team. The beginning of the month… Read more

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Senator Angus King recognizes Donald Soctomah’s work

Donald Soctomah is the recipient of the 2015 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize. Mr. Soctomah serves as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township in Maine. In that and other roles, he has worked to steward and protect native culture and lands through resource management, policy-making, teaching, and the promotion and… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Belfast

Hugh’s 35th mystery site was the Belfast Free Library! Here’s their director, Steve Norman, with one of their unpaid staff members.   From the library: “If there wasn’t so much snow out there behind the fairy, you would be able to see our lovely garden area, which is generously maintained by our local garden club.” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram… Read more

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Podcast | William Ferris | Memory and Sense of Place: William Faulkner and the American South

This episode of the Maine Humanities Council’s ‘Humanities on Demand’ podcast series is a recording of William Ferris’s talk, “Memory and Sense of Place: William Faulkner and the American South.” This was recorded at Bowdoin College on March 6, 2015, as part of Winter Weekend 2015 with Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! A widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music,… Read more

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Educating for the Future Through the Past

With schools increasing their focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, it may seem like the humanities have no place in today’s classroom. Kymberli Bryant, head of the Language Arts Department at Spruce Mountain High School, disagrees. Her students are active participants in the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project, jointly… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Winslow

Hugh Manatee’s 34th mystery visit took him to the Winslow Public Library! Fun fact from the library: “Our building was a roller skating rink in its former life.”   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bar Harbor

Hugh’s 33rd mystery visit was to the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor!   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Civil War Comes to Pittsfield

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War Pittsfield kicked off their Local & Legendary: Pittsfield in the Civil War program with back to back programs on March 12. A substantial number of community members and Maine Central Institute students turned out for a book discussion at… Read more

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One Book, One Community–a Weekend in Scarborough

By Janet Lyons, Maine Humanities Council’s Consulting Project Coordinator for Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War The first weekend in March was sunny, with a taste of spring; at the Scarborough Public Library it was also all things Civil War. An author talk, three book discussions, and several fascinating speakers drew community members of… Read more

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New Arts & Humanities, Community Outreach Grants | March 2015

Arts & Humanities    $1,000 to “Arts On The Hill,” Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Camden Arts on the hill celebrates the synergy between art and the natural landscape in the setting of Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s Beech Hill preserve in Rockport, with the goals of inspiring creativity, engaging new audiences and demonstrating the value of… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bridgton

Hugh’s 32nd mystery site was the Bridgton Public library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Falmouth

Hugh’s 30th site was the Falmouth Middle School Library! From the library: “Once upon a time, in a galaxy near to home, Hugh Manatee visited yet another library. He began his visit with a little view on the world of this one-room space – he shared tea and crumpets with Webster the library cat. While… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Carmel

Hugh’s 31st mystery site was the Simpson Memorial Library in Carmel! From the library: “Hugh arrived on a warm sunny day. He visited with Teddy Bo, one of the “locals bears” that live at the library. He enjoyed hanging out with Teddy and peaking out one of the front antique windows at the village. Hugh helped Abby pick out books in the Junior Nonfiction… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Dover-Foxcroft

Hugh’s 29th mystery site was the Muriel Philpot Watson Library at Foxcroft Academy!   From the library: “Hugh arrived, and was so happy to see green with all the snow we had he asked if he could hang out in the plants for a while.  I of course said yes, I do understand. Once Hugh… Read more

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Social Media Highlighted in Bangor Public Humanities Day Presentation

This January, the MHC joined the University of Maine Humanities Center for the Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day. Staff member Kate Webber presented as part of the kickoff event, a Pecha Kucha style presentation with a wide range of humanities professionals and enthusiasts. Kate discussed her role managing the MHC’s social media platforms, posing the question: “How are we interacting with the humanities… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Falmouth

Hugh’s 28th site was the Falmouth Memorial Library! From the library: “The area around our front sign has several feet of snow around it, so Hugh stayed inside during his visit.  He did enjoy the telescope as you can see in the photo.  Then he spent some time in our Teen Area looking at Manga.”… Read more

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Last Days in Vietnam

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place…. Read more

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Committed to His Native Roots: Soctomah to Be Honored for Contributions

Executive Director Hayden Anderson was interviewed for an article in Indian Country Today highlighting Donald Soctomah, 2015 recipient of the Constance H. Carlson Prize. This is the Maine Humanities Council’s highest honor, and is awarded to an individual, institution, or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in Maine. Here is an excerpt from Alysa… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Augusta

Hugh’s 27th mystery site was the Maine State Library in Augusta! Hugh was lucky enough to meet Maine’s new State Librarian, Jamie Ritter! Mr. Ritter showed Hugh the state library’s very busy calendar. Hugh also checked out a Civil War display with Shannon Schinagl!   Some highlights from Hugh’s visit: “Hugh learned how to use the 3-D printer…. Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Acton

Hugh’s 26th mystery site was the Acton Public Library! From the library: “Our little one-room library used to be a one-room school house! We help carry the tradition of the Boston Post Cane, have a large, framed map of York County dated 1856 by J.L. Smith and Co. and George Washington hangs behind our circulation desk…. Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Springvale

Hugh’s 25th mystery site was the Springvale Public Library! From the library:  “Cat In The Hat Winter Reading Program fun with Hugh!” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Bangor

Hugh’s 24th visit was to the Beal College Library in Bangor! From the library: “Hugh has had a wonderful week! He helped students choose their new year resolutions (better late than never), learned about his digital footprint, helped with a new book display and read some books about Mexico in hopes of warming himself up against… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Mechanic Falls

Hugh’s 23rd visit was to the Mechanic Falls Public Library! From the library: “The murals in our children’s section were done by two sisters, Whitney and Hallie Frost who were 14 & 11 at the time in 2012. The inner room is painted like a castle and the outer area is a sort of forest with… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Hampden

Hugh’s 22nd site was the Edythe Dyer Community Library in Hampden! Fun fact: This library was a private home with an indoor swimming pool before it was a library.  The pool has been filled in and is now the Children’s department. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest   Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Paris

Hugh’s 21st site was the Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum in Paris! Fun fact: “Our library and museum is housed in what used to be the county jail for Oxford county. The small model of the jail (our building!) that Hugh is next to in the first picture was a local child’s school project that they donated… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Carrabassett Valley

Hugh’s 19th site was the Carrabassett Valley Public Library!   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Harpswell

Hugh’s 20th site was the Cundy’s Harbor Library in Harpswell! Library hint: Hugh is reading a book that was written about Hoover the Seal, who was rescued here in this town in 1971. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in South Berwick

Hugh’s 18th site was the South Berwick Public Library! From the library: “Hugh Manatee is checking out Easy biographies on Rosie the Riveter and Nelson Mandela, visiting the children’s play area, and being creative with the Get Creative winter display!”   Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Brewer

Hugh’s 17th mystery site was the Brewer Public Library! Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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Maine National History Day 2015 Call For Judges

Do you love history? Do you support dynamic hands-on projects for students? Then we are looking for you! Sign up now to be a judge for the 2015 Maine National History Day competition, to be held at UMaine in Orono, on Saturday, March 28. Whether you’ve been a judge for several years running, or have… Read more

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Maine Humanities Council welcomes three leaders as new Board Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051   February 2, 2015   PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors. New additions include Victoria Bornheimer, a human resource professional; Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, the director of the Abbe Museum; and Reza Jalali, the Coordinator… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Berwick

Hugh’s 16th site was the Berwick Public Library! Notes from the mystery library: “We photographed Hugh by our newly acquired antique clock that was built in Berwick by Abner Rogers, a memorial statue to our former director Sandy’s late husband who started our Friends group, our new 3D printer, our traincar shelving, a castle built and… Read more

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Maine Author’s Civil War Book highlighted in Scarborough program

Maine author Jean Flahive’s Civil War book “Billy Boy: The Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine,” will be featured in the One Book, One Community discussion as part of Scarborough’s Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project. She was interviewed by Kate Irish Collins in KeepMECurrent.com. Read the article here. Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in South Thomaston

Hugh’s 15th mystery site was at the South Thomaston Public Library!  A clue to our location: Hugh visited the local historical society adjacent to our one room schoolhouse library near the ocean. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in North Berwick

Hugh’s 14th location was the D.A. Hurd Library in North Berwick! Fun library fact: “Our children’s librarian said that the first children’s “room” was a 4’round table in the center of the library with books on it. We now have a wonderfully colorful and fun-filled room that holds a collection of 11,645 books, movies, magazines, toys, and audio… Read more

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Donald Soctomah honored at 2015 Public Humanities Prize Luncheon

2015 Prize Luncheon March 30, 2015 | 12:00pm | Richard E. Dyke Center at Husson University,  Bangor. During an awards luncheon on Monday, March 30, 2015, the MHC will present Donald Soctomah, tribal historian for the Passamaquoddy tribe, with the Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize. The Prize honors an individual, institution, or group in recognition… Read more

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Successful launch of “Hooked”

January 22 was the launch of a brand-new MHC program, Hooked: A Critical Look At Shows We Love. About 40 people gathered at Guthries in Lewiston to discuss the theme of work in the show Breaking Bad with University of Southern Maine philosophy professor Jason Read. A group of avid fans led the discussion, all… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Presque Isle

Hugh’s 13th site was the Roland B. Andrews Library-Media Center at Presque Isle High School! Take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Library hint:  “Hugh met some young patrons who showed him our painting by William Thon, then met a friend who took him tree climbing!  Afterward, they rested on our circulation desk. … Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Caribou

Hugh was at the very creative Caribou Public Library! I think we’re all a little jealous of their cardboard cutouts. To submit a guess, please post as a comment on any of MHC’s social media sites. Correct responses will be entered into a raffle drawing for a set of books from MHC! This library got their city… Read more

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New Arts & Humanities, Community Outreach Grants | January 2015

Arts & Humanities   “Emma Lewis Coleman: Maine” $1,000 to Museums of Old York, York The Museums of Old York will present an exhibit of photographs by Emma Lewis Coleman (1853-1942) from the 1880s, including images of local tradespeople and historic buildings and landscapes. Picture Writing: In Island Voices $1,000 to Partners in Island Education,… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Orono

Hugh was at the Orono Public Library! Check out the map of all the participating libraries. Desk Clerk Alexis Dixon and Youth Services Librarian Louise Jolliffe in front of the donor wall. Hints from the library: “Our new library at 39 Pine Street was opened to the public in 9/9/2009.  The community raised funds to replace the prior facility, in… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Lincoln

Hugh’s ninth mystery site was the Lincoln Memorial Library! To see all the sites, check out this map of all the participating libraries. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in New Gloucester

Hugh’s 11th visit was to the New Gloucester Public Library! Check out this map of all the participating libraries. Hugh with Baxter the Maine State Library cat! Here you’ll see Hugh checking out his travel plans, posing by an Ipcar painting, and helping a 4H group test their spaghetti and marshmallow bridges made by our 4Hers.  Everyone had to… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Sanford

Hugh’s 8th mystery location was the Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library in Sanford! Take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Library hint: “The gentleman in the painting (the man our library is named after) believed in play as well as work…Hugh is doing just that…playing hard and reading hard.” Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Deer Isle

Hugh was at the Chase Emerson Memorial Library in Deer Isle! Check out this map of all the participating libraries. Note from the library: “Here is a picture of Hugo bird watching out our window with a view of our fantastic cove. He spent the day searching for our resident great blue heron who has not ventured south… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Sullivan

Hugh was at the Frenchman’s Bay Library in Sullivan! Take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Here is an interesting fact from Sullivan: “After a fire in 1959, this library moved to it’s present location. An old Jeep Cherokee was used to bring books to patrons who lived nearby. We continue this… Read more

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Maine’s Hayden Anderson Blends Practicality and Idealism to Advance the Humanities

Maine Humanities Council’s Executive Director, Hayden Anderson, was recently interviewed by  Edgar Allen Beem for HUMANITIES Magazine, January/February 2015 | Volume 36, Number 1 Click here for the article. Hayden Anderson. Photo by Diane Hudson Read more

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New Major Grants | December 2014

Major Grants Maine is Home Profile Project $7,500 to Welcoming Maine, Portland Through the “Maine Is Home” profile project, Welcoming Maine will create five multimedia profile stories that will highlight positive cross-cultural relationships in the Lewiston/Auburn area. The project will bridge social boundaries between new Mainers and their native-born neighbors through interactive storytelling, thereby creating… Read more

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The Hugh Manatees in Calais

Hugh was at the Washington County Community College Library! We’re going to take a break for the holidays, but look for the next mystery site in January! For a hint on future sites, take a look at this map of all the participating libraries. Facebook Twitter  hashtag #HughManatees Instagram Pinterest Read more

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Actress Tamara Clark in the spring 2014 production at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN.

The Lonely Soldier: Women at War in Iraq

A Documentary play by Helen Benedict, produced by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) and Directed by Jeri Pitcher A Project of the HHRC in partnership with UMA’s Veteran Achievement Project, with support from UMA, The Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Humanities Council, and veteran services organizations and veterans across Maine. The Lonely Soldier: Women… Read more

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Warming denial proves science under siege, much like the 17th century

Originally published in the Portland Press Herald, November 8, 2014. By Hayden Anderson The culture wars are back, and the stakes have never been higher. The front lines have shifted in 20-plus years: from art galleries and hip-hop lyrics to the nation’s textbooks, classrooms and public policy debates. What was once a skirmish about changing… Read more

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Spruce Mountain High School and Washburn-Norlands Partner for Civil War program

A Sun Journal article on October 8. 2014 covered the partnership between Spruce Mountain High School in Jay and the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore in the  Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War grant. Read article here. Read more

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Community unites for Civil War grant

This article by Michael Kelley on the Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough Historical Society and Scarborough Middle School in the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project appeared in the Scarborough Leader on October 3, 2014. Read the article here. Read more

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Echoes of War: A Literature and Medicine Anthology is back in print.

Echoes of War: A Literature and Medicine Anthology Edited by Suzanne Hunter Brown $15.00, Maine Humanities Council Contact Gina Mitchell if you are interested in purchasing copies. The Maine Humanities Council is pleased to announce the publication ofEchoes of War: A Literature and Medicine Anthology, edited by Suzanne Hunter Brown. Created as a reader for health care… Read more

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Let’s Talk Local—Join the conversation!

What’s a current topic of conversation in your town? Let’s Talk Local uses poems, short stories, illustrations or works of art, short films, and/or songs to open conversation about issues within communities. In 10 towns across the state, townspeople are collaborating and choosing a theme that’s important—and perhaps divisive—for their locale, whether it be jobs, zoning, or… Read more

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Maine Civil Rights Calendar: Maine organizations celebrate the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2014 CONTACT: Bill Grubb bgrubb@usm.maine.edu The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 50 Years of Moving Toward Equity & Justice To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a group of Maine and national organizations are partnering to hold a number of events as well as publicize related events… Read more

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Just a few slots left: apply now to bring Maine at Work to YOUR community!

Video clip and article about Maine at Work from the Portland Press Herald. What’s the employment situation in your town? How about statewide? Most importantly, what do YOU think about the prospects for work in Maine? Maine at Work takes this hot topic and turns it into a wide-ranging performance based on historical documents and characters, humor, little-known facts, thought-provoking… Read more

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Maine Humanities Council and Portland Vet Center Host Book Group for Combat Veterans

What does a legendary adventure story created nearly 3,000 years ago have to do with the modern experience of coming home from a war zone? “A lot more than you may think,” says Cliff Trott, an Afghanistan and Iraq Veteran. Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, follows the Greek hero Odysseus as he attempts to return home after fighting in the Trojan War. Read more

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Maine Humanities Council Announces Letters About Literature Winners

The Maine Humanities Council, the state’s partner with the national Letters About Literature competition, announced the 2014 winners today. Katie Larson of Edgecomb won the Level I (grades 4 – 6) competition, Augusta Stockman of Camden won the state’s Level II (grades 7 & 8) competition, and Isabel Crane of Camden won in Level III (grades 9 – 10). There were also several semifinalists. (See below for entire list). Read more

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Truth in a Networked World

Blog post from Alex Steed, Bangor Daily News blogger, May 4, 2014. USM Philosophy Professor Jason Read and I will be panelists at Think + Drink: Truth in a Networked World at SPACE Gallery on Wednesday, May 7th. The event is organized by Maine Humanities Council. We had a long, meandering conversation about the topic at Sonny’s where… Read more

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Maine Humanities Council receives $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Maine Humanities Council receives $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Lizz Sinclair, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051 April 24, 2014 PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has received a grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and offer programming for veterans in Maine and nationwide…. Read more

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