Franco-American Collection

Franco-American Collection Spring 2014 Lecture Series

The Collection's 2014 Spring lecture series, coordinated with USM faculty, links the Franco-American past and present.  Events in the series examine Franco-American politics, labor history, and gender roles, as well as Franco-Somali relations in the 21st century.   The series is made possible by the University of Maine System's Diversity Committee.

Download a flyer for the series. Follow the links below to learn more about each event in the series.

Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m. - Christian Potholm: “Franco-Americans & Maine Politics”

Christian Potholm is DeSilva Alexander Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College.  He’ is also the founder of the Potholm Group, a political research and consulting firm.  Potholm was a consultant for the state taskforce on Franco-Americans in 2012, and has been an expert observer of Maine’s politics for decades.

Offered in conjunction with LCC 320: Sustaining Democracy

March 13, 1 p.m. - Rhea Coté Robbins: “Franco-American Gender Roles: Motherhood & More”

Rhea Côté Robbins is a professor of Franco-American Studies at the University of Maine, and is the founder of the Franco-American Women’s Institute, an organization of women who gather together as a force for the specific purpose of promoting Franco-American, ethnic women's voices in a variety of forms.  

Offered in conjunction with HUM/SBS 358: Representations of Motherhood.

March 27, 4 p.m. - Maria Padian “Out of Nowhere”

Maria Padian of Brunwick is the author of the critically-acclaimed “Out of Nowhere”,a novel for young adults which chronicles the blossoming friendhsip between a Franco-American boy, Tom Bouchard, and Saeed, a member of the Somali community which has recently moved to Tom’s home,the fictional town of Enniston, Maine.

Offered in conjunciton with LCC 370: Towards a Global Ethics

May 1, 9 a.m. - “Down by the River’s Edge” 

“Down by the River’s Edge” is a documentary film which details the  French-Canadian immigration to Western Maine, first, in the early 1850's to Farmington, where they first came to work as seasonal farm laborers, and then to Chisholm in the 1880's, to work at the Otis Pape Mill. The movie screening (1 hour) will be followed by a Q & A with the film-maker, Susan Gagnon.


Offered in conjunction with HUM 330: Labor, Literature and the Arts