May 26, 2018
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Canada specialists to share knowledge at UMaine talks

ORONO, Maine — The Canadian-American Center, a national resource center on Canada located at the University of Maine, is helping to sponsor a series of three presentations covering topics ranging from the role of religion and politics to the hydropolitics of Hydro-Quebec. All three events are free and open to the public.

The first presentation will be Nov. 1 by award-winning scholar, international folklore professor and author Dr. Gerald Pocius, whose extensive research into the everyday world of common and uncommon cultural objects and practices has earned him Canada’s highest academic honor.

Presented by the Maine Folklife Center’s Edward D. “Sandy” Ives Memorial Lecture Series on Humanities and Place, Pocius will explore intangible cultural heritage by looking at the sites of commemoration in a Newfoundland community. He will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at the university’s Bangor Lounge in the Memorial Union.

Kevin Christiano, Canadianist, author and sociology professor at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss “Religious Identity and Political Intensity: Federal Campaigns in the United States and Canada,” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, in Room 3, Wells Conference Center.

Christiano, whose research ranges from the sociology of religion to the biographies of former Prime Ministers Trudeau and Chretien, will explore the role of religion and politics in the U.S. and Canada. Advance reservations for a pasta buffet lunch are requested and may be made by calling 581-4220.

Then, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the McIntire Room of Buchanan Alumni House, University of Vermont professor of U.S. and Canadian history David Massell will present “A Question of Power: A Brief History of Hydroelectricity in Quebec.” Massell periodically teaches the course “Discovering Canada by Canoe” and will discuss his extensive research on hydroelectricity in Quebec, which is largely driven by the escalating U.S. demand for energy. A reception will follow his talk. RSVP by calling 581-4220.

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