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November 2019

Keynote Event: Jonathan Gray, “THE SIMPSONS, Parody, and Television Satire”

November 13 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Jonathan Gray

Join Dr. Jonathan Gray (Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) for an analysis of the ways in which THE SIMPSONS changed television history. Dr. Gray, the author of Watching With The Simpsons: Television, Parody, And Intertextuality and several other works…

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The New Commons Film Series: THE PROBLEM WITH APU

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
The Problem With Apu

The New Commons Film Series presents the controversial 2017 documentary THE PROBLEM WITH APU. Written by comedian Hari Kondabolu (alumnus of Bowdoin College), the film explores the problematic cultural stereotypes that characterize Apu (the famous Indian convenience store owner on THE SIMPSONS, voiced by…

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The New Commons Film Series: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
I Am Not Your Negro

The New Commons Film Series presents I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, an Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary highlighting James Baldwin's observations on American history and racism. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is inspired by Baldwin's unfinished 1970s work Remember This House.…

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James Baldwin Symposium

November 22 @ 9:45 am - 5:15 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
James Baldwin Symposium

Join Guy Mark Foster (Baldwin scholar and Associate Professor of English at Bowdoin College), Stefania Heim (poet, scholar, translator, editor and educator), Julian Randall (poet and MFA Candidate at the University of Mississippi), and Ian Davis (scholar of transnational modernisms, race, gender, and sexuality)…

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Poetry Reading with Stefania Heim, Julian Randall, and Kristen Case

November 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Twice Sold Tales, 155 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Stefania Heim, Julian Randall, and Kristen Case

The New Commons Project presents a poetry reading by award-winning authors Stefania Heim (poet, scholar, translator, editor and educator), Julian Randall (poet and MFA Candidate at the University of Mississippi), and Kristen Case (Associate Professor English at UMF).

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December 2019

Keynote Event: Jericho Brown, “The Cultural Import of James Baldwin and The Tradition”

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Jericho Brown

Scholar and poet Jericho Brown (Associate Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University) will discuss his own work, as well as situate James Baldwin's writing within a linage of creative African American cultural criticism. He is is the recipient…

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The New Commons Film Series: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (with Introduction by Shay Stewart Bouley)

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Indigo Arts Alliance, 60 Cove Street
Portland, ME 04101 United States
Shay Stewart Bouley

Shay Stewart Bouley, founder of the celebrated digital platform Black Girl in Maine, will introduce a special screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, an Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary highlighting James Baldwin’s observations on American history and racism. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT…

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