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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
The New Commons Film Series: WITHIN OUR GATES

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
The New Commons Film Series: BLACKkKLANSMAN

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
Symposium on BLACKkKLANSMAN

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: LOST BOYS OF SUDAN

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

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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Douglas Rawlings, Poetry Reading

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Farmington Public Library, 117 Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Douglas Rawlings, Poetry Reading

Doug Rawlings, author of Orion Rising and co-founder of Veterans For Peace, shares his poetry. This event is part of the New Commons Project's consideration of Thanhha Lai's INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN, a young adult verse novel that tells the story of a…

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Keynote Event: Tara Weikum, “Editing INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN”

February 27 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Keynote Event: Tara Weikum, “Editing INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN”

Join Tara Weikum (Vice President and Editorial Director at HarperCollins Publishers) as she shares her experiences of working as editor of Thanhha Lai's INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN.

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March 2019

The New Commons Film Series: SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY (with Will Bonsall)

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington, Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
The New Commons Film Series: SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY (with Will Bonsall)

The New Commons Film Series presents SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY, a 2016 award-winning documentary that explores the pressing seed issues of the day, from the loss of global seed diversity to biotech patents and the corporate take-over of seed. Will Bonsall, locally grown, nationally…

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Exhibit of the FEDCO SEED CATALOG (Farmington)

March 15 - June 15
Mantor Library, University of Maine at Farmington, 116 South Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Exhibit of the FEDCO SEED CATALOG (Farmington)

The FEDCO SEED CATALOG, which began as a price list in 1978 and morphed into a work of political, social and agricultural commentary with a dash of humor and graphics, will be on view March 15-June 12 at UMF's Mantor Library as part of…

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Exhibit of the FEDCO SEED CATALOG (Phillips)

March 15 - June 12
Phillips Public Library, 96 Main Street
Phillips, ME 04966 United States
“Exhibit of the FEDCO SEED CATALOG (Phillips)” is locked Exhibit of the FEDCO SEED CATALOG (Phillips)

The FEDCO SEED CATALOG, which began as a price list in 1978 and morphed into a work of political, social and agricultural commentary with a dash of humor and graphics, will be on view March 15-June 12 at the Phillips Public Library. An opening…

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Workshop with Laressa Dickey, “Diligence, Devotion, Common(s)ense: Shopping for Poems in the Fedco Seed Catalog”

March 25 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Merrill Hall (Room 223), University of Maine at Farmington, Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Workshop with Laressa Dickey, “Diligence, Devotion, Common(s)ense: Shopping for Poems in the Fedco Seed Catalog”

Many chart the year by the annual dreaming we do while thumbing through (or scrolling through) a seed catalog. Thoughts and inklings of herbs, vegetables, fruits become places that are walked off, plotted out, tilled, worked over, and seeded with what we wish to…

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Laressa Dickey, “From the Association of Stubborn Folks: All them pretty houses won’t feed them people”

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Farmington Public Library, 117 Academy Street
Farmington, ME 04938 United States
Laressa Dickey, “From the Association of Stubborn Folks: All them pretty houses won’t feed them people”

How do we make a life in a place? How do we become of that place? How, when we leave that place, can it be that it never lets us leave? What is the mark it makes? How do we come to terms with…

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