UMF Health Club Hosts 5K “Tint Sprint” to Promote Healthy Outdoor Activities, April 19

FARMINGTON, ME (April 10, 2014)—Tint Sprint, the first powder-paint run on the University of Maine at Farmington campus, takes place this spring at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19. This 5K walk/run is sponsored by the UMF Health Club to inspire campus and community members to enjoy the fun of exercise and healthy outdoor activities.

Participants start the event in white t-shirts. As they make their way to each kilometer’s “color zone,” volunteers douse the runners with a safe and natural-colored powder that has runners finishing the event with an explosion of color from head to toe.

This spring 5K follows the same route as UMF’s fall Turkey Trot, starting at the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center and looping on High St., Maple Ave., Granite Heights and Main St. through Farmington. The event is open to the public with registration for the race taking place at the FRC the morning of the run from 9-10:30 a.m. Registration for adults is $23; for college, high school and younger students it’s $20.

Proceeds from the walk/run will benefit the UMF Health Club—required to fundraise for a portion of their budget, and Eta Sigma Gamma, the national honor society for professionals in health education.

For more information, contact Tricia Tzikas, race coordinator, at triciatzikas@maine.edu.

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Media Contact: Tricia Tzikas, race coordinator, at triciatzikas@maine.edu

Celebrated UMF Visiting Writers Series Features Award-winning Poet Dan Albergotti, April 17

FARMINGTON, ME (April 7, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington features award-winning poet Dan Albergotti as this year’s final reader in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program. Albergotti will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

RP134-054Albergotti’s first full-length collection of poems, “The Boatloads”, was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. In spring 2008, his poem “What They’re Doing” was selected for a Pushcart Prize.

His limited-edition chapbook, “The Use of the World,” (Unicorn Press 2013) was reviewed in Poets Quarterly saying, “each poem is ripe with energy and world-weary wisdom.” Albergotti’s second full-length collection, “Millennial Teeth” won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2014.

His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Pushcart Prize XXXIII, as well as other journals and anthologies. He has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers conferences and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

A graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and former editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu.

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UMF Senior Art Students Present Capstone Art Exhibit “Pardon My Tartle”—April 10 thru May 7

FARMINGTON, ME (April 4, 2014)—University of Maine at Farmington art students will present their senior thesis projects in an exhibition entitled “Pardon My Tartle!” at the UMF Art Gallery and the Emery Community Arts Center from April 10 through May 17. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will feature an opening reception from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, April 10.

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“Kiwi,” digital print by Brian Gadberry

What happens to you in social situations when you are introduced to someone and suddenly struck with a momentary memory lapse? Why, you simply say, “pardon my tartle,” a common Scottish term often used at that awkward moment.

In this collaborative show, UMF senior art students find awkwardness to be a defining element of their collective work and artistic personalities. Students Samantha Funk, Groton, Vt.; Brian Gadberry, Manchester; Alana Knapp, Kingfield; Ashley Lessner, South China; Gina Spinelli, Wells and Tobey Tozier, Jefferson; present a diverse body of work that engages conversations of labor dynamics, power plays, the male gaze, interpersonal relationships, facets of justice and feminine identity.

Arts Administration senior Mallory Smith’s, South Berwick, curatorial thesis exhibition, “Objects of Consumption,” runs concurrently at the UMF Art Gallery.

The 2014 senior art exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry and the Emery Community Arts Center.

The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main Street in Farmington, behind the Admissions Office.  Gallery hours are Tuesday–Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.  For more information or to make an appointment please contact Sarah Maline, UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062.

The Emery Community Arts Center is located on Academy Street adjacent to UMF Merrill Hall. The Emery Flex Space Gallery is open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

More about the UMF Art Gallery

The UMF Art Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to bringing contemporary art and artists to campus and the regional community. In its focus on innovative and challenging new work, the gallery reinforces the academic vision of the university and the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in celebrating art as a powerful agent of community and cultural identity. The gallery develops compelling interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students and community and works with local schools to integrate art into their curricula.

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Media Contact: Sarah Maline, UMF associate professor of art and UMF Art Gallery director, at maline@maine.edu or 207-778-1062.

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UMF Kicks Off History Forum with Talk by Alan Taylor—Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian From Maine

FARMINGTON, ME (March 24, 2014)—In continued recognition of the University of Maine at Farmington’s vital, 150-year contribution to public higher education in Maine, UMF is proud to present the Farmington Forum Series “History—Why It Matters.”

This final academic focus of the celebratory, year-long forum series explores important milestones in the past and how they help us understand who we are today. These free and open to the public presentations will run from April 7-16 at various UMF venues.

“We’re delighted to be highlighting history as the last of the excellent Farmington Forums in this 150th year of UMF’s life,” said Allison Hepler, UMF professor of history. “The Farmington Forum Series began with Education, the heart and soul of the Farmington State Normal School in 1864. We end with the recognition that UMF’s past—and the contributions of each student, faculty member and community participant—bring a perspective that centers us in this place today.”

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Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, will begin the forum series with the keynote address “Freedom, Slavery and the Civil War of 1812.” A Maine native, Taylor is a historian with expertise in early American history, and has written extensively on colonial America, the Revolution and the Early American Republic. His 1996 book, “William Cooper’s Town: Power and the Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic,” won the Pulitzer, the Beveridge and the Bancroft prizes.

Maine State Archivist David Cheever will be the next presenter in the series with “America’s Civil War: The Most Disruptive and Transformative Event in Maine History.” Cheever has worked in education, government and the media. He has won numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Maine Publishers Association.

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Lisa Brooks

Other notable presenters in this prestigious series include Annette Kolodny, UMF Libra Scholar; Anne Marie Wolf, UMF associate professor of history; Michael Schoeppner, UMF visiting assistant professor of history and Lisa Brooks, former UMF Libra Scholar.

Brooks, associate professor of English and American studies at Amherst College, will be speaking about her research on Farmington Falls Native American history. Her book, “The Common Pot,” is deeply rooted in her Abenaki homeland and has been widely influential in a global network of scholars. Brooks taught at UMF during the spring of 2012 with the Libra Scholar initiative, a program designed to bring scholars of national and international prominence to UMS campuses.

History forum schedule of events:

Monday, April 7
5 p.m., Thomas Auditorium, Preble/Ricker Halls
Keynote address by Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian: “Freedom, Slavery and the Civil War of 1812”

Wednesday, April 9
11:45 a.m., Rm. C23, Roberts Learning Center
Maine State Archivist David Cheever: “America’s Civil War: The Most Disruptive and Transformative Event in Maine History”

Thursday, April 10
7:30 p.m., Thomas Auditorium, Preble/Ricker Halls
UMF Libra scholar Annette Kolodny, Emerita Professor at the University of Arizona: “In Search of First Contact,” on the sources of Viking-Native American encounter in the 10th century and their role in the genesis of an American national identity. Reception following.

Friday, April 11
Noon, North Dining Hall-B, Olsen Student Center
Anne Marie Wolf, UMF Associate Professor of History: “Going Against the Grain: A Medieval Spaniard Dreams of Peace between Muslims and Christians”

Monday, April 14
Noon, North Dining Hall C, Olsen Student Center
Michael Schoeppner, UMF Visiting Assistant Professor: “Moral Contagions and ‘Foreign Emissaries’: Race, Quarantine, and Rights in the Antebellum South”

Wednesday, April 16
11:45 a.m., Thomas Auditorium, Preble/Ricker Halls
Lisa Brooks, associate professor of English and American studies at Amherst College and former UMF Libra scholar: “Finding Namaskonti: Native American History in Farmington Falls”

Throughout the year, UMF’s Farmington Forum Series features a host of special events in the six key academic disciplines of education, psychology, English, biology, mathematics and history. Events include in-depth lectures by visiting scholars, film and research presentations, art exhibits, panel discussions and alumni receptions.

The “History—Why It Matters” Farmington Forum Series is extending a special invitation to social science alumni to “Come Home to UMF” for the rich offering of history events. The series is sponsored by the UMF Department of History.

For additional details and information on student, staff and alumni activities , please visit http://umf.maine.libguides.com/historymatters

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

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 Media Contact: Allison Hepler, UMF professor of history, at ahepler@maine.edu, or 207-778-7415

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Music Pioneer Phill Niblock Brings Minimalist Music to UMF Emery Community Arts Center, March 25

FARMINGTON, ME (March 18, 2014)—Phill Niblock, the seminal figure in “Minimalist Drone” music, is performing at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, at the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus.  The performance is free and open to the public.
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An innovative pioneer in drone music, Niblock crosses the NYC Downtown and Improv scenes. Characteristic of his style is the subtle, gradual alteration of pitch which leads one to lose a sense of time and draws one deeper and deeper into the sound itself. Remarkably, Niblock creates this ambient effect using traditional acoustic instruments, almost exclusively.

A minimalist musical style with its origins in the 1960s, Drone music emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes or tone clusters. It is characterized by lengthy audio programs with slight harmonic variations throughout the piece.

According to a New York Times review of Niblock’s great hour-long piece “Stosspeng,” the audience, “…will hear what’s happening deep inside the sound, through the evolving throb and friction of overtones. It’s great listening.”

Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. Initially trained in the visual arts, he takes inspiration from minimal artists, including Rothko, Judd and Andre. He is the director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation for avant-garde music. His art has been honored at many festivals and retrospectives worldwide.

This performance is sponsored by the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry and the Emery Community Arts Center.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Gustavo Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of experimental performance at gustavo.aguilar@maine.edu or 207-778-7896

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UMF Longfellow Young Writers Workshop Offers New Scholarship for Maine Students

FARMINGTON, ME (March 17, 2014)—For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Maine at Farmington is offering its Longfellow Young Writers Workshop to talented high school writers. The only week-long young writers summer workshop in New England, Longfellow provides high school writers with the opportunity to work with expert UMF faculty and published authors as students immerse themselves in the writing world. The workshop will run from Sunday, July 13, through Saturday, July 19, 2014, on the UMF campus.

In addition to annual scholarship opportunities open to all student applicants, this year, two new scholarships sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance are available to talented student applicants with demonstrated need who are Maine residents. This new fellowship is in honor of Michael Macklin, a Portland poet and poetry educator who was a great supporter of young poets in Maine.

Scholarship application is open to talented high-school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Applications can be made through the UMF website at http://creativewriting.umf.maine.edu/longfellow/ .  In addition to the application, a five-page creative writing sample and 500-word statement of need must be submitted electronically no later than April 15, 2014.

Guest readers and lecturers joining UMF creative writing faculty for this year’s workshop include:

Sarah Braunstein—fiction writer, essayist and author of “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children”

William Giraldi—novelist, senior fiction editor for the journal AGNI at Boston University, recipient of a Pushcart Prize and regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review

Wesley McNair—Maine Poet Laureate and UMF Writer in Residence, recipient of grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous honors for his poetry including the Robert Frost Prize

Students will, as in the past, work with Alice James Books to publish a chapbook of student work, recreate in the beautiful Maine wild and reside in a campus residence hall under the guidance of campus staff and senior creative writing students at UMF. Cost of the weeklong program is $800, which includes tuition, room/board and fees.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media Contact: Shana Youngdahl co-director of Longfellow Young Writers Workshop, 207-778-8024, or shana.youngdahl@maine.edu

UMF Visiting Writers Series Features New York Times Bestselling Author Maria Flook, March 27

FARMINGTON, ME (March 12, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is excited to present author Maria Flook as the upcoming writer in UMF’s 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Flook will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thur., March 27, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

RP134-048A 2007 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award recipient, Flook is the author of the nonfiction books New York Times Bestseller “Invisible Eden: A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod” and “My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister’s Disappearance.” Her newest novel, “Mothers and Lovers,” is due October 2014 from Roundabout Press.

Her fiction includes the novels “Lux,” “Open Water” and “Family Night,” which received a PEN American/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Special Citation, and a collection of stories, “You Have the Wrong Man.” She has also published two collections of poetry, “Sea Room” and “Reckless Wedding,” winner of the Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Series.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, TriQuarterly, and More Magazine, among others. Flook is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working on campus with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house.

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Media Contact: Jeffrey Thomson, UMF associate professor of creative writing, at 207-778-7454, or jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu

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UMF ‘Encounters’ Forum Features Performance by Renowned Anthropologist Renato Rosaldo

FARMINGTON, ME (March 11, 2014)—Renato Rosaldo—renowned cultural anthropologist, poet and editor—will be a featured performer in University of Maine at RP134-047Farmington’s continuing, semester-long  ‘Encounters’ University Forum series.  The forum explores thought-provoking historical, cultural and political experiences and ideas and challenges the way we engage ourselves in the process of learning and becoming.

Rosaldo will be joined by Christian Amigo, composer and performer; Gustavo Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of experimental performance and an ensemble cast in a workshop performance of “Notes on a Balinese Cockfight.”  One of anthropologist Clifford Geertz’s most influential essays, this article uses cock fighting as an insight into Balinese culture.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center on the UMF campus. A brief reception will follow.

One of the world’s leading anthropologists, Rosaldo is the author and editor of many books on anthropology, including a study of the Llongots, headhunters in northern Luzon, Philippines. “Prayer to Spider Woman,” his first book of poetry, received an American Book Award in 2004. His individual poems have won the El Andar and Many Mountains Moving poetry contests.

He is currently a professor of anthropology at New York University and was previously a Lucie Stern Professor in the social sciences at Stanford University.

March ‘Encounters’ events include:

Monday, March 17
Language Politics and Multilingual Poetics in the United States
Mary Louise Pratt, UMF Libra Scholar, will talk about language politics in the U.S. with a focus on the history of Spanish.
7:30 p.m., The Landing, Olsen Student Center

Wednesday, March 19
Reading and Workshop with Mary Louise Pratt

A reading and discussion of several bilingual artistic texts.
11:45 a.m., Merrill 220

Thursday, March 20
“Notes on a Balinese Cockfight” Featuring Renato Rosaldo
A workshop performance with Renato Rosaldo, Christian Amigo, Gustavo Aguilar and ensemble cast using cock fighting as an insight into Balinese culture.
7:30 p.m., Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Wednesday, March 26
The Borders of Identity: The Acadian Experience in the 21st Century

New Brunswick-based singer, songwriter and storyteller Suzanne Léger will perform pieces that explore questions of identity and its borders, followed by a conversation with the artist.
7:30 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

The “Encounters” schedule can be seen in its entirety at: http://umf.maine.libguides.com/encounters.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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Media contact: Gaelyn Aguilar, UMF assistant professor of anthropology, at gaelyn.aguilar@maine.edu, or 207-778-7573

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UMF Celebrates Creative Writing Day with Presentations by Maine Poet Laureate Wes McNair and Notable Alumni, March 22

FARMINGTON, ME (March 10, 2014)—In continued commemoration of its 150th Anniversary, the University of Maine at Farmington is celebrating its highly successful creative writing program with Creative Writing Day.  One of only three Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing programs in New England—the UMF program is bringing notable creative writing alumni and Wes McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine and UMF Professor Emeritus, back to campus to recognize their achievements and share their work.

All events are free and open to the public and will be held on Saturday, March 22, in North Dining Hall in UMF’s Olsen Student Center.

On that day, five creative writing graduates will share their thoughts on their career paths with a panel discussion at 2 p.m.  Participants include: Peter Biello, class of 2005 and producer at Vermont Public Radio; David DiSarro, class of 2003 and director of writing center and faculty member at Endicott College; Patricia Patterson King, class of 2000 and director of marketing and public relations at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; Meg Reid, class of 2008 and assistant director of Hub City Writers Project and Lindsay Tice, class of 1998, reporter for the Sun Journal and 2013 Maine Journalist of the Year.
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Poet Laureate of Maine since 2011 and former director of the UMF Creative Writing Program, McNair will be joined by creative writing graduates as they read from their work at 7:30 p.m. Returning UMF graduates and authors include: Jacques Rancourt, class of 2009 and Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University; Tryfon Tolides, class of 2001 and author of “An Almost Pure Empty Walking”; and Jan Elizabeth Watson, class of 1995 and author of “Asta in the Wings.”

“Two of the strongest skills students take away from the creative writing program are the ability to write well and the ability to work with others in a supportive community,” said Patricia O’Donnell, UMF professor of English and director of the creative writing program. “These skills are highly valued in any profession, as evidenced by the wide range of positions our graduates hold.”

According to a 2013 survey of employer priorities for college learning conducted for the Association of American Colleges and Universities by Hart Research Associates, more than three in four employers surveyed stress the importance of written and oral communication on college students’ ability to succeed in today’s economy.

UMF’s Sesquicentennial Celebration is supported in part by the generous donations of area businesses and organizations including Franklin Savings Bank, at the Doctorate Level; Sunday River, at the Master’s Level; and Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kyes Insurance, Shiretown Insurance Agency, University Credit Union and Unity Foundation at the Bachelor’s Level.

More Information on the UMF Creative Writing Program

As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state of Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the UMF program invites students to work with faculty, who are practicing writers, in workshop-style classes to discover and develop their writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Small classes, an emphasis on individual conferencing, and the development of a writing portfolio allow students to see themselves as artists and refine their writing under the guidance of accomplished and published faculty mentors. Students can pursue internships to gain real-world writing and publishing experience by working with The Beloit Poetry Journal, a distinguished poetry publication since 1950; or Alice James Books, an award-winning poetry publishing house—both affiliated with UMF.

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 Media contact: Patricia O’Donnell, UMF professor of English and director of the creative writing program, podonnell@maine.edu, or 207-778-7419

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UMF Helps Educators Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners with Annual Diversity Conference, March 21

FARMINGTON, ME (March 6, 2014)—Today’s educators are increasingly challenged to respond to the needs of diverse learners. To help them meet this challenge, University of Maine at Farmington is presenting its sixth annual Teaching and Working in A Diverse World Conference—“Expanding Our Understanding.” This half-day conference is free and open to the public and will take place from 11:50 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday, March 21, 2014, at venues around campus.

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Anne Sibley O’Brien

The conference opens with a keynote address entitled “Mirrors and Lenses: Considering Race” by Anne Sibley O’Brien, children’s book creator, writer, illustrator and long-time diversity educator. With this interactive slide-talk, she will briefly explore individual racial histories, share the most recent findings on racial identity formation, and offer ideas on navigating race in America in the 21st century.

“As our society becomes more diverse, it’s important that students feel comfortable, understood and respected in the classroom,” said Linda Gamble, UMF faculty member.  This annual forum offers educators some insight into how to better understand student behaviors in their cultural context.”

O’Brien’s talent for telling stories featuring diverse children and global subjects had its beginnings in her childhood experience of being raised bilingual and bicultural in South Korea. Her presentation will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Lincoln Auditorium in the Roberts Learning Center.

An afternoon of lectures, discussions, instructional strategies, story-telling and activities presented by faculty and professionals in the field will follow the keynote. Presentation topics include multicultural and global education, autism, the use of picture books and song in the classroom and brain-based learning.

In addition, Robert Shetterly, notable artist and activist, and Connie Carter, founder of Operation Breaking Stereotypes, will present “Models of courageous Citizenship” a session to introduce teachers to the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series and offer them ways to challenge and empower their students.

The UMF Diversity Conference is sponsored by the UMF Office of the Associate Provost, Office of the Dean of Education, the UMF Student Education Association of Maine and the UMF Diversity Committee.

For a list of the conference session descriptions, presenters, times and locations, please visit the conference website at http://teachereducation.umf.maine.edu/diversity/diversity-conference/2013-2014-expanding-our-understanding/.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

 A nationally-recognized public liberal arts college, UMF enjoys a 150-year tradition of providing a quality academic experience combined with the personal attention and close student / faculty collaboration that help prepare all students to be successful. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business and pre-professional studies. UMF is located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region and is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.

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 Media Contact: Linda Gamble, UMF coordinator for special projects, at 207-778-7177, or llgamble@maine.edu.

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