One Book, Many Conversations: UNE participates in seminars as part of national effort to promote democracy through conversation

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October 04, 2017

From October 9 to 15, 2017, people around the United States and the world will gather in person and online to discuss George Orwell’s 1984. The University of New England and the UNE Center for Global Humanities are sponsoring a slate of discussions in southern Maine as part of “One Book, Many Conversations,” a seminar series from the National Humanities Alliance.

The seminars aim to promote public engagement and discussion around central issues grounded in a text; connect the many diverse organizations and institutions that work in the areas of the liberal arts, the humanities and great books; and demonstrate the value of liberal arts in public life. There will be four events held on UNE’s campuses in Biddeford and Portland, and UNE faculty and staff will also moderate discussions at various locations in southern Maine.

1984 was chosen as the text for this inaugural event because of the spontaneous, organic wave of interest that current events have sparked in the novel. The book, like all texts and ideas that endure the test of time, is complex and raises a broad and powerful range of questions. They include the nature of citizenship; the sources of power; and what it takes to be a leader, to be courageous, and to love another human being. These themes are broad, common to the human condition and cross all partisan boundaries.

Seminars with a UNE affiliation include:

Maine Women Writers Collection (inside the library)

716 Stevens Ave, Portland

October 10, 7 p.m.

Moderator: Cathleen Miller, M.A., M.L.S., Maine Women Writers Collection curator

 

Ketchum Library Art Gallery

11 Hills Beach Rd., Biddeford

October 10, 7 p.m.

Moderator: Cadence Atchinson, M.L.I.S., M.S.Ed., UNE online research and teaching librarian

 

York Public Library

15 Long Sands Rd., York

October 10, 7 p.m.

Moderator: Wendy Roberts, Ph.D., UNE Department of Biology

 

UNE Portland Art Gallery

716 Stevens Ave., Portland

October 11, 12 p.m.

Moderator: Amanda Skinner, UNE curator of special collections

 

Ketchum Library Art Gallery

11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford

October 11, 12 p.m.

Moderator: Sonya Durney, M.L.I.S., UNE research and teaching librarian

 

DIRIGO Brewery

28 Pearl St., Biddeford

October 11, 7 p.m.

Moderator: Sonya Durney, M.L.I.S., UNE research and teaching librarian and Barbara Schwartzlander, M.S.Ed., M.L.S., UNE director of reference services

 

ELEMENTS Bookstore

265 Main St., Biddeford

October 12, 12 p.m.

Moderator: Amanda Skinner, UNE curator of special collections

 

Thomas Memorial Library

6 Scott Dyer Rd., Cape Elizabeth

October 12, 12 p.m.

Moderator: Cathrine Frank, Ph.D., UNE Department of English

 

October 12, 6 p.m.

Walker Memorial Library

800 Main St., Westbrook

Moderator: Matthew Anderson, Ph.D., UNE Department of English

 

Maine College of Art Library

522 Congress St., Portland

October 15, 5 p.m.

Moderator: Brian Duff, Ph.D. and Chair, UNE Deptartment of Political Science and Nina Hagel, Ph.D., Deptartment of Political Science, Bates College

 

For more information on discussions being held in Maine, visit http://www.manyconversations.org/events 

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