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UMFK to Welcome Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author, David Hackett Fischer

Posted Sept. 17, 2012, at 2:02 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 17, 2012, at 3:19 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Pulitzer-prize winning author, David Hackett Fischer, will be at the University of Maine at Fort Kent at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, Fox Auditorium, to discuss his book, “Champlain’s Dream.”

Fischer’s appearance is part of the University’s Presidential Lecture Series.  The event is free and open to the public.

“Champlain’s Dream,” published in 2008, is an exploration of Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer and founder of Quebec City, and the settlement by the French of what became Canada. The book was a runner-up in the 2009 The Cundill Prize in History at McGill University, which recognizes and promotes literary and academic achievement in history.

Fischer is a professor and the Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. His major works have tackled everything from large macroeconomic and cultural trends to narrative histories of significant events, to explorations of historiography.

He is well known for two major works: “Washington’s Crossing” (“Pivotal Moments in American History”) and “Albion’s Seed.”

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Washington’s Crossing,” Fischer provides a narrative of George Washington’s leadership of the Continental Army during the winter of 1776–1777 during the American Revolutionary War.

In “Albion’s Seed,” he argued that core aspects of American culture stem from four British folkways and regional cultures and that their interaction and conflict have been decisive factors in U.S. political and historical development.

Fischer received a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He received the 2006 Irving Kristol Award from the American Enterprise Institute. He was admitted as an honorary member of The Society of the Cincinnati in 2006.

The UMFK Presidential Lecture Series was launched in 2010 to provide a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK’s Strategic Plan for Excellence. The Series, which is aimed at fostering an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, brings to campus a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.

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