Active Caring: Life Stories of Helping in a Challenging Environment Conference

Posted April 09, 2012, at 9:35 a.m.
Last modified April 17, 2012, at 11:41 a.m.
Kristen Renwick Monroe
Kristen Renwick Monroe

Thursday, April 26 to Friday, April 27, 2012; 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus, 34 Bedford Street, Portland, ME

Contact: USM Professional Development Center; 780-4150


The New England Consortium on Life Stories

Active Caring: Life Stories of Helping in a Challenging Environment Conference

April 26: Keynote Address, 7:00 p.m.

April 27: Conference, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

USM Portland Campus

Sponsored by the USM School of Education and Human Development and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the first biennial New England Consortium on Life Stories will focus on active caring and feature, among others:

–Keynote speaker Kristen Renwick Monroe, author of Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Heart of Altruism: Perceptions of a Common Humanity; professor of politics at the University of California at Irvine; director of the University of California’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality

–Eliott Cherry, Portland musician/composer, who will perform A Finished Heart, a dramatic combination of story, poetry, and music centered on the themes of caregiving, forgiveness, and the loss of a loved one

–Michele Jean-Pierre, community educator and advocate; first director of the Marsalis Performance Center for The Musicians’ Village in New Orleans, an initiative founded to celebrate and rejuvenate the artistic legacy of the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

–Ulrick Jean-Pierre, leading Haitian historical artist whose work focuses on Haiti’s history, scenes from contemporary daily life, vèvè, and portraits

–Artist Rob Shetterly, whose post- 9/11 work has included a series of portraits focusing on Americans who have spoken out against perceived injustices and exploring themes of courage, honesty, tolerance, wisdom, and compassion

Conference sessions will also include artist and poster showcases, presentations on the Moral Courage Project, and stories of active caring.

There is no cost to attend the April 26 keynote address by Kristen Renwick Monroe; to participate in conference activities on April 27, attendees may register here:

Registration or payment questions? Contact: USM Professional Development Center, 207-780-5055,