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UMF President Foster and Senator George J. Mitchell Honor UMF Mitchell Scholars

FARMINGTON, ME (April 18, 2014)—University of Maine at Farmington President Kathryn A. Foster was recently joined by Senator George J. Mitchell, Mitchell Institute Scholarship Director Jared Cash and current and alumni UMF recipients of the Senator’s Mitchell Institute Scholarship at a dinner held in their honor on the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

Since Senator George J. Mitchell founded the Mitchell Scholarship Program in 1995, over $8.5 million has been awarded in scholarship assistance to more than 1,900 Maine students. UMF has 36 Mitchell Scholars currently enrolled, and over 120 Mitchell Scholar alumni—giving UMF the highest number of student Scholars, per capita, of any Maine school, according to Cash.

RP134-059Mitchell Scholars are selected for their academic promise, history of community service and financial need. These students demonstrate a remarkable college persistence rate of 95%.

In addition to supporting the educational aspirations of Maine’s young people, the Mitchell Institute supports Scholars by providing regular communication and exchange of ideas, involvement in community service activities, leadership development, summer fellowships and interaction with career professionals. Mitchell Scholars and alumni together report devoting a total of 30,188 hours to community service during the academic year.

The University of Maine at Farmington and the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute share a goal to increase the number of Mitchell Scholars participating in an international experience during their college career. To accomplish this, a one-time $2,500 scholarship is available to UMF’s Mitchell Scholars in their junior or senior year. It may be applied to any UMF-based international experience, including short courses in January, May, or summer terms and semester-long study abroad experiences.

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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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/04/RP134-059.jpg

Photo Credit: UMF photo

Photo Caption: UMF President Foster (back row, far left) joins Senator George J. Mitchell (back row, center) and Mitchell Institute Scholarship Director Jared Cash (back row, far right) as they honor UMF Mitchell Scholars at recent dinner on the UMF campus.

UMF Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival Kicks off Arts Celebration—April 28, 29

FARMINGTON, ME (April 18, 2014)—For the seventh year in a row, a competitive selection of original student video and animation will be one of the highlights of the University of Maine at Farmington’s annual spring arts celebration. UMF’s Pixel Hunter Festival provides students with an opportunity to design creative storytelling through video and animation and to exhibit their work to a wider audience.

Pixel Hunter starts at 8 p.m., Monday, April 28, in the Performance Space in the Emery Community Arts Center. All arts celebration events are free and open to the public.
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A mix of student projects from UMF video and animation classes, Pixel Hunter presents a one-and-a-half to two-hour long showcase of animated and video shorts. These foundational classes provide students with the tools they need to pursue their interests in new media and to help them promote their skills in the real world.

“A number of students who have gone through the new media classes at UMF have the Pixel Hunter Festival as their first professional experience on their resume,” said Dawn Nye, UMF associate professor of art. “There are so many business and artistic directions that our media savvy students can take their skills in today’s world. Exhibits like this give them the experience and feedback that helps make that connection.”

According to Nye, many of UMF’s new media students go on to show their work at other exhibitions and find creative opportunities in the field. Markeith Chavous, a UMF art major and 2011 graduate, is finishing his master’s in fine arts in film and video at California Institute of the Arts and has been invited to submit one of his works to the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab.

Following the Pixel Hunter Festival, UMF Arts Night will offer a rich collection of creative events on Tuesday, April 29, as an exciting prelude to UMF’s University-wide Symposium.

“Project III Arts Night” features back-to-back artistic, musical, cultural and theatrical presentations throughout the Emery Community Arts Center beginning at 4 p.m., and continuing into the evening.

Mallory Smith, a senior arts administration major from South Berwick, will give an artist talk at 6:10 p.m., in the UMF Art Gallery on “Objects of Consumption” an exhibit she curated for her senior thesis project. Smith received works for the show on display from artists across Maine and the northeast. In addition, senior art students are presenting their senior thesis projects entitled “Pardon My Tartle!” at the UMF Art Gallery and the Emery Center.

Daniel Dempsey, visual and performing arts major and senior from Gray, will share a performance entitled “Fear of Decisions or Decisions in Fear” in Alumni Theater at 6:10 p.m.

“Cranes of Wishes,” an art installation by Erin Zuidema, UMF senior and visual and performing arts major from Oxford, Mass., will be presented at the Mantor Library lobby beginning at 6:10 p.m.  Based on a Japanese legend, the display features over 1,000 carefully crafted cranes, each containing a wish Zuidema has received from members of the campus and Farmington community.

All spring arts celebration events are 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: Dawn Nye, UMF associate professor of art, 207-778-7515, or dawn.nye@maine.edu

EDITOR’S NOTE: Image can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/04/RP134-058.jpg
Photo Credit: UMF image

UMF Presents Annual Student-directed One-act Play Festival, April 24-27

FARMINGTON, ME (April 15, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present its annual student-directed, one-act play festival Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27, at the UMF Alumni Theater. This creative collection of comedic and dramatic works features student casts and crews from UMF Theatre classes and majors throughout campus.

Performances are open to the public. Tickets prices are $7 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for seniors and are available at the time of the performance. Box office opens one hour before performance.

Performance schedule:

“The Author’s Voice” by Richard Greenberg
Directed by UMF sophomore Jagger Trouant, of Gardiner
7:30 p.m., April 24 & 26

“Variations on the Death of Trotsky” by David Ives
Directed by UMF junior John Levenseller, of Dedham
7:30 p.m., April 24 & 26

“Arlecchino’s Surprise” by Goldwyn of Britain
Directed by  UMF senior Cassidy Small, of North Monmouth
7:30 p.m., April 24 & 26

“The Death of the Hired Hand” by Jay Reid Gould
Directed by UMF junior Amy Mahar, of Rumford
7:30 p.m., April 25 and 2 p.m., April 27

“Coffee with God “ by Kal Wagenheim
Directed by UMF sophomore Amanda Estes, of Livermore Falls
7:30 p.m., April 25 and 2 p.m., April 27

“Write me a Love Scene” by Florence Ryerson and Colin Clements
Directed by UMF junior Christina Hallowell, of Farmington
7:30 p.m., April 25 and 2 p.m., April 27

These productions are sponsored by Theatre UMF—the on campus theater organization— and the UMF Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry.  Stan Spilecki, UMF scenic and lighting designer, is the lighting designer and technical director for the productions.

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: Peter Simmel, UMF professor of theater, at 207-778-7461, or simmel@maine.edu

Spring UMF Community Orchestra Concert Premieres New Composition by Composer and Faculty Member Philip Carlsen, April 26

Celebrated musician and faculty member Stephen Pane featured as piano soloist

FARMINGTON, ME (April 15, 2014)—The University of Maine at Farmington’s spring Community Orchestra concert features the premiere of “Phantastische Sonate,” a new composition by Philip Carlsen, composer and UMF professor of music, with piano soloist Steven Pane, pianist and UMF professor of music. The performance, conducted by Carlsen, begins at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 26, in Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and free for children and UMF students with I.D.

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Philip Carlsen

Carlsen’s one-movement piece is a musical collage, which places Beethoven’s last piano sonata in a dream landscape of excerpts from orchestral works by Beethoven and other composers. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 99, Debussy’s “Children’s Corner Suite” and Copland’s “Quiet City.”

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Steven Pane

In a special event at 6:30 p.m., preceding the UMF Community Orchestra concert, Pane introduces and performs the piece at the core of Carlsen’s composition, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32, Opus 111. This performance is included in the concert admission.

Carlsen’s music has been performed by a variety of ensembles in Maine and around the country.  Highlights include “Evening’s Sabres” for the Manhattan Marimba Quartet; “Maine Traveler’s Advisory” for the Kennedy Center; “A Dark Pine’s Hand” and “Rowing in Eden”  for the Portland Symphony Orchestra; “The Garden” and “Night Thoughts” for the UMF chorus and “Holly and Ivy,” a full-length Christmas ballet written for the Bossov Ballet Theater.

At UMF, Carlsen has written works for the chorus and orchestra, incidental music and songs for Theatre UMF productions of Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest,” and “Distance” and “Proximity” for brass quintet for the inauguration of UMF president Foster in October. Carlsen is also known for his automobile orchestra pieces, which have become an annual tradition at UMF.

Carlsen has received fellowships from the Maine Arts Commission, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a residency at the MacDowell Colony.

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized 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 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: Philip Carlsen, UMF professor of music, at carlsen@maine.edu or 207-778-7290

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:
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Photo Credit: UMF photos

UMF Sustainability Series Celebrates Commitment to Environmental Stewardship, April 21-22

FARMINGTON, ME (April 14, 2014)—In concert with its 150th Anniversary commemoration, the University of Maine at Farmington celebrates its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship with a series of events highlighting contemporary sustainability issues, April 21-22.

This engaging, two-day series features events that explore the challenging topics of climate change and UMF’s energy future. It also invites the community to tour UMF’s green facilities and participate in a festive Earth Day celebration. The events are free and open to the public.

“For nearly 15 years, UMF’s Sustainable Campus Coalition has played a pivotal role in understanding and addressing the complex environmental challenges we face as a community and a planet,” said Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator. “We have the unique opportunity to begin UMF’s next 150 years with a new understanding of our environment and a new dedication to promoting the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources.”

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Talk: “Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming”
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium, Roberts Learning Center
Amy Seidl, author of two popular books on climate change, takes the uniquely positive, yet realistic, position that we can adapt and persist despite the inevitable effects of climate change. Seidl is an ecologist and author of of “Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming” and “Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World.” She teaches at the University of Vermont.

Monday, April 21
Panel Discussion: UMF’s Energy Future – Natural Gas?
7-8:30 p.m., North Dining Hall, Olsen Student Center
UMF recently announced the decision to largely replace the use of heating oil with natural gas. The panel will discuss the background, the costs and benefits, and the likely results for carbon emissions and energy savings of this decision.  Panel: Richard Davis, Farmington town manager; Tom Saviello, State Senator; Mike Duguay, Summit Natural Gas; Kate Foster, UMF president; Laurie Gardner, UMF executive director for finance and administration; Doug Reusch, UMF associate professor of geology; Drew Barton, UMF professor of biology and co-coordinator of Sustainable Campus Coalition. Moderator: Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator.

Tuesday, April 22
Tours of UMF’s Green Facilities
3-5 p.m., Meet in Education Center lobby

Explore UMF’s green buildings with a tour guide, who will point out and discuss their many features that promote sustainability. Tours approximately one hour long, but stay as long as you’d like.

Tuesday, April 22
Earth Day Celebration
5-7:30 p.m., UMF Amphitheater

Come celebrate sustainability at UMF with students, faculty, staff, and community members.  Enjoy food, music, games, and other activities.

This Sustainability Series is sponsored by the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, Division of Natural Sciences, and UMF 150th Anniversary Committee. More information can be seen at http://150.umf.maine.edu/.

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 Contacts: Drew Barton, UMF professor of Biology, at barton@maine.edu or 860-6347; Luke Kellett, UMF sustainability coordinator at luke.kellett@maine.edu or 207-778-7096

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

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Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/04/RP134-054.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

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.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/04/RP134-052.jpg
Photo Credit: Submitted photo
Photo Caption: “Kiwi,” digital print by Brian Gadberry

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

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http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/03/RP134-051Brooks.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photos

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

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo can be found at http://inside.umf.maine.edu/files/2014/03/RP134-050.jpg

Photo Credit: Submitted photo