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December 2018

The New Commons Film Series: PERSUASION

December 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

The New Commons Film Series presents PERSUASION, a well-loved 1995 adaptation of Austen's novel directed by Roger Michell.

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Dan Gunn, “Some Sentences from PERSUASION”

December 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101 United States

Dr. Dan Gunn, Professor of English at UMF, provides insight into the intricate writing style of Jane Austen's PERSUASION.

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January 2019

Stephen Grandchamp, “‘Ain’t a DAMN. Thing Changed’: Hip Hop’s History of Social Engagement”

January 25 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

In 2018, hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar made history when his album DAMN. was the first work of popular music to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music. In this talk, Dr. Stephen Grandchamp (Postdoctoral Fellow of Digital and Public Humanities at UMF) will provide…

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Keynote Event: Anthony B. Pinn and Stephen Grandchamp, “A Dialogue on DAMN.”

January 30 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Join Dr. Anthony B. Pinn (Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Rice University) and Dr. Stephen Grandchamp (Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital and Public Humanities) for a lively consideration of the religious and cultural context of hip hop, with particular…

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Anthony B. Pinn and Stephen Grandchamp, “A Dialogue on DAMN.”

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jewett Hall Auditorium, University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drrive
Augusta, ME 04330 United States

Join Dr. Anthony B. Pinn (Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Rice University) and Dr. Stephen Grandchamp (Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital and Public Humanities) for a lively consideration of the religious and cultural context of hip hop, with particular…

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Stephen Grandchamp, “Hip Hop 101”

January 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Farmington Public Library, 117 Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Are you interested in attending the Milo concert later in the evening on 1/31 but would like a bit more knowledge about hip hop? Join Dr. Stephen Grandchamp (Postdoctoral Fellow of Digital and Public Humanities at UMF) for an introductory overview of the history,…

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Milo, Hip Hop Concert

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Internationally-acclaimed hip hop recording artist Milo visits the campus of UMF for a special musical performance co-sponsored with Arts Farmington and WUMF! Known for his intellectual and passionate lyrics, the Biddeford, Maine-based rapper most recently released a well-received new album (budding ornithologists are weary…

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February 2019

The New Commons Film Series: WITHIN OUR GATES

February 4 @ 3:10 pm - 4:45 pm
Roberts Learning Center (C-23), University of Maine at Farmington, 224 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Oscar Micheaux was one of first African American film directors, and, like Spike Lee in BlacKkKlansman, uses Within Our Gates (1920) to engage in a critical dialogue with D. W. Griffith's epic The Birth of a Nation (1915), a pro-Ku Klux Klan film that both Micheaux and…

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The New Commons Film Series: BLACKkKLANSMAN

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Spike Lee's 2018 film provocatively explores the true story of an African-American detective who tries to infiltrate a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Following the screening, Dr. Delphine Letort (author of The Spike Lee Brand: A Study of Documentary Filmmaking and Associate Professor…

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Symposium on BLACKkKLANSMAN

February 9 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Education Center (Room 103), University of Maine at Farmington, 186 High Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Join Dr. Delphine Letort (author of The Spike Lee Brand: A Study of Documentary Filmmaking  and Associate Professor in English at the University of Le Mans), Dr. Eliane Elmaleh (Professor of American Culture at the University of Le Mans), Dr. Charles Nero (Professor of Rhetoric,…

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The New Commons Film Series: LOST BOYS OF SUDAN

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

The New Commons Film Series presents LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, a 2003 documentary directed by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk that explores the lives of young Sudanese boys who immigrate to the United States in the wake of civil war in their native country.

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Clarissa Thompson, “Reading and the Public Good: Why YA Matters”

February 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Mantor Library (second floor), University of Maine at Farmington, 116 South Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States

Dr. Clarissa Thompson, Associate Professor of Secondary Education and English Education at UMF, explores the ways in which young adult literature encourages lifelong reading and engagement with important social issues.

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