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For Fall 2019 through Spring 2021 we are offering five special series on Maine’s Bicentennial and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Maine’s Bicentennial: Wabanaki Voices 

Wabanaki communities have lived on the land now called Maine for over 10,000 years.  How have Wabanaki people and communities asked and answered the questions who are we? where are we? how did we get here? and where might we be going? – before ‘Maine’, as ‘Maine’ became a state?  How are Wabanaki people and communities asking and answering these and other questions now, after 200 years of living in ‘Maine’?

Maine’s Bicentennial: Migration & Borders 

Lines between here and there – Maine and Canada; Maine and New Hampshire; Maine-land and the sea; as well as ecological, topographical, political lines within the state – contribute to the shaping of communities.  How clear, fixed, fluid, visible have these borders been?  How are they now?  Where have they been, and where are they now?  How have people made, lived within, crossed and recrossed Maine’s borders?

Maine’s Bicentennial: Race & Ethnicity 

Since the beginning of statehood the national politics of race have influenced Maine politics, and from long before statehood cultural diversity has been a constant, changing feature of life in Maine.  How has the politics of race shaped Maine and the lives of people who live here?  How have people maintained, adapted, shared, and innovated their own ways of life here?  With what helps and hindrances from others?  How have people and communities asked and answered in their own ways the questions where are we? how did we get here? who is we?

Maine’s Bicentennial: Many Maines 

‘There are two Maines’, people sometimes say … but which two? why two?  Divisions in people’s experience of things like economics, education, geography, religion, culture give rise to ‘Maines’ that feel distinct.  How have people and communities thought about their own and other Mainers’ experience as characteristic of life in the state – as ‘Maine’?  And how do versions of ‘Maine’ interrelate, define each other, combine, change?  Where are we, when we are in Maine?  Who is we?

The Right to Vote: 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

The questions around who has the right to vote are paramount in discussions of civics in the United States. In 2020 the United States will recognize the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. In this series, we explore that history and also consider how the issue of voting rights is still very important today. Who struggles to maintain or gain the right to vote today?


If your group would like to do poetry only, we will provide copies of 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers along with supplemental poems that speak to all four of our Maine Bicentennial themes.

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