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Maine Women Writers Collection

Donna M. Loring Lecture Series

The Donna M. Loring Lecture Series, sponsored by the Maine Women Writers Collection, addresses current or historic Native American or aboriginal issues, indigenous rights, as well as women’s issues, civil rights, and issues of fairness and equality as they overlap with the concerns of tribal peoples. More information.

Past Lectures


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bunny McBride

"Listening with Fifteen Hearts: Life Stories of Women across Cultures"
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Multipurpose Rooms, Campus Center, Biddeford Campus

In this talk, McBride will reflect on how gathering women's stories over the past four decades has impacted her work and life. Giving special focus to Wabanakis in Maine, she'll touch on recurrent themes she's explored with women around the world—such as work and motherhood, love and loss, strength and resilience.



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Winona LaDuke

Author, orator and activist

"Winona LaDuke: Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective"
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Hannaford Hall, Abromsom Center, University of Southern Maine, Bedford Street, Portland, Off Campus

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. She is the Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. 



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Denise Altvater, Esther Attean and Martha Proulx

Members of the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission Convening Group

"Truth and Reconciliation in Maine: a Model of Collaboration and Process of Decolonization"
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Saint Francis Room, Biddeford Campus

Meet three members of the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission Convening Group, the organizing force behind the first in the nation TRC process created between indigenous nations and state government.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Isabelle Knockwood


"Out of the Depths: A personal account of a residential school experience and the effects of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology many years later"
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, St. Francis Room, Jack Ketchum Library, Biddeford Campus

This year’s Donna M. Loring lecture will be delivered by Isabelle Knockwood, and is entitled “Out of the Depths: A personal account of a residential school experience and the effects of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology many years later.”  



Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rebecca Sockbeson

Ph.D. candidate

"Weaving Waponahki Policy toward Decolonization"
12:52 PM - 12:00 PM, St. Francis Room, Library, Biddeford Campus

Rebecca Sockbeson opens the inaugural year of the Donna M. Loring Lecture Series


Donna Loring

dloringAuthor and legislator Donna Loring grew up on Indian Island and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.A. in political science. Loring is a Vietnam veteran. Her professional background is in law enforcement, and she is a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

She was the first woman police academy graduate to become police chief in the state of Maine and served as the police chief for the Penobscot Nation during the 1980s. Loring was appointed aide de camp to then-governor Angus King and was advisor to the governor on women veterans' affairs.

She was also Penobscot Tribal Representative to the Maine State Legislature. Among her legislative accomplishments, Loring authored and sponsored LD 291 “An Act to Require Teaching Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine’s Schools.” Governor Angus King signed the Act into law on June 14th 2001. The law is changing the way Maine views its history. Loring’s book, In the Shadow of the Eagle, Tilbury House, 2008, chronicles her experiences as the tribal representative to the State Legislature.

The University of New England’s Maine Women Writers Collection in 2009 announced the acquisition of the Loring's personal and literary papers.

This acquisition is the first given by a Native American woman to the University’s collections. It enriches the women’s literary collections preserved in the MWWC facility for research and study, and it signals a new direction in the acquisition of papers of women authors from very significant yet underrepresented groups. These papers shed light on the enormously varied life experiences of Loring.