Veterans Program

Book groups and related programs for Veterans.


Jan Bindas-Tenney
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051



War veterans use ancient epics to cope

Originally published on March 14, 2018 by the Associated Press By Wilson Ring “Homer isn’t just for student veterans. Discussion groups are also being offered at veterans centers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The Maine Humanities Council has sponsored sessions for veterans incarcerated at Maine’s Kennebec County jail, as well as for other veterans.” Full… 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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Veterans book club fosters camaraderie

Originally published in the Andrews Gazette on April 8, 2016 By Bobby Jones,  Staff “Originating from the Maine Humanities Council, the Maryland Humanities Council and the Baltimore Public Library, the Veterans Book Group program conducts free reading and discussion series, lectures and poetry readings – which focus on different subject matters.” Full article Read more

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Education, shared missions open up opportunities

Originally posted on on March 17, 2016 By Greg Fahy, University of Maine at Augusta “Individually, I am working with the Maine Humanities Council to bring a veterans’ book discussion group to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. This is similar to veterans’ book groups that the MHC has run throughout the state that encourages… Read more

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Theater year-in-review: A look back at trauma, vibrancy and revelation on the Portland-area stage

Published December 23, 2015 in the Portland Phoenix By Megan Grumbling “The Lonely Soldier was another theater production of 2015 that aimed to observe and process real-life traumas. Playwright and oral historian Helen Benedict interviewed women who had served in Iraq; this play presents the stories of seven soldiers (portrayed by a fine ensemble of Catherine Buxton,… 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 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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