ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education will hold an event to commemorate 50 years of service to the working women and men of Maine on Oct. 27.
Edward C. Schlick, former communications director of the Maine AFL-CIO, friend of labor, activist and artist (1928–2013), will be honored with an unveiling of five new prints from his “Labor Legacy Series” of linocuts.
The prints were donated to the Bureau of Labor Education by Schlick and re-editioned by Edward Porter, former head of the printmaking department at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; and Schlick’s daughter, Karen Schlick, an artist and NSCAD graduate in printmaking. The prints were made at the Mahone Bay print shop in Nova Scotia.
Copies of Charles Scontras’ newly revised book, “Time-line of Selected Highlights of Maine Labor History 1636–2015,” also will be available. Scontras is a historian and research associate at the Bureau of Labor Education.
The event, which will be held 4-6 p.m. in the Buchanan Alumni House on campus, is open to the public and includes light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is free but RSVPs are appreciated by calling 581-4124 or emailing kristina.cote@umit.
“The Bureau of Labor Education connects working people with the University of Maine’s immense intellectual, artistic and educational resources,” said director Marc Cryer, in a UM press release. “The bureau provides workers with the training and research necessary to make sense of the historical, legal and economic contexts within which they live, and offers university students classes that look at history, economy and law from the perspective of the working class.”
The bureau combines the three functions of the university — research, teaching and public service — to provide an important segment of society with the opportunity for greater involvement in the life and affairs of the community, state and nation.