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Map of the North Atlantic

Maine and North Atlantic Public Events

Over the past few years Maine has developed new and expanded trade, educational, and cultural relationships with several countries in the North Atlantic Region. To learn more about USM's strategic framework to strengthen and expand these relationships, read the USM - North Atlantic Region Strategic Framework.

Please join the University of Southern Maine in celebrating Maine’s relationship with the North Atlantic. All events are free and open to the public.

Parking will be available for free in the parking garage on USM’s Portland campus.

Don’t Miss These Exhibits! September 6-October 31 in Abromson Center and Glickman Family Library

Installations of artwork from the ICELANDx207 project by artist, Photographer and USM Art alumni Justin Levesque are being shown on the Portland campus in conjunction with the 2016 Arctic Council Conference being held in Portland in October. Don’t miss Justin’s exhibits throughout September and October in the Abromson Center Mezzanine and the Tarbox Arcade in the Glickman Family Library and in a Emskip shipping container.

ICELANDx207: Container  October 17 - October 28 on Portland Campus
at the University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus between Masterton and Luther BonneyOn view from October 17 through October 28th, 2016Open Daily, Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm. ICELANDx207: Container is a multimedia installation by Portland photographer Justin Levesque that documents Iceland's recent entry into Maine’s waterfront and economy via the Icelandic steamship company, Eimskip.  

To read more about this exhibition through the eyes of Public Affairs intern Julia Sivakoff, view her blog post here: http://usm.maine.edu/publicaffairs/usm-voices-exploring-usm-art-alumnus-justin-levesques-icelandx207-container-exhibition

 

Upcoming:

October 26th: Leadership, Exploration, and Survival: A Blueprint for Thriving in Our Changing World

Olafur Grimsson

Keynote speaker: Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Former President of Iceland

 

 

Panel with Senator Angus King, Patrick Arnold and Paul Mayewski

          

5:00-7:00 p.m.: Keynote Speaker & Panel Discussion

USM Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center

88 Bedford St., Portland

 

 

 

 

Previous events:

September 19th - October 5th: Lightning Workshops

Explore Maine's role in the North Atlantic and our relationship with Iceland - 30 minutes at a time!
Activities will include: raffles, music, art, food and more!

Monday 9/19: 11:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. at USM Lewiston Auburn Campus Androscoggin Room

Monday 9/26: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus

Tuesday 9/27: 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus

Monday 10/3: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday 10/4: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday 10/5: 11:45 a.m – 12:45 p.m.

At USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus


September 26th: Sustainable Adaptations

Dr. Rannveig ÓlafsdóttirDr. Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir

 

Dr. Rannveig Ólafsdóttir and Dr. Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir of the University of Iceland explore the impact of tourism on the environment and how to remain sustainable in a tourism economy.

 

5:00 p.m.: Reception

 

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Public Lecture/Discussion
Glickman Family Library, 1st Floor, Cohen Center, 314 Forest Ave., Portland

 


September 28th: The New North Atlantic with Historian Dr. John Gillis

John Gillis

 

A new era in the long history of the North Sea is dawning. If the past is any guide to the future, it will be full of opportunities and surprises.

 5:00 p.m.: Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Public Lecture/Discussion
Glickman Family Library, 1st Floor, Cohen Center, 314 Forest Ave., Portland

 
September 29th: Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities

 A history of maps of the Northwest Passage.

5:30 p.m. Opening Reception

The exhibition continues through March 11, 2017.

 Osher Map Library Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.


October 17th: Harnessing Networks to Create Value
Thor Sigfusson

Thor Sigfusson, Founder of the Iceland Ocean Cluster House, will discuss how to bring entrepreneurs together to create value in the maritime economy.

 5:00 p.m.: Reception

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Public Lecture/ Discussion

University Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland

 

 

Lightning Workshops

The Geography of Iceland with Dr. Matthew Bampton
Join us for a quick tour of an interactive digital maps of the landscapes, politics, people and infrastructure of Iceland.
Tuesday 9/27 6:00- 6:30pm at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus

Fire and Ice: mapping Iceland’s landscape from space with Dr. Firooza Pavri
This presentation focuses on the applications of satellite imaging technologies in mapping both anthropogenic and naturally occurring landscape shifts across Iceland.
Tuesday 9/27 6:30-7:00pm at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus
Wednesday 10/5 11:45-12:15pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

Tourism in Maine and Iceland: What we can learn from each other with Dr. Tracy Michaud-Stutzman
This presentation will review the issues and opportunities surrounding tourism in both Maine and
Iceland and discuss approaches, projects and resources from each place that could potentially help both create more sustainable tourism industries. On Monday 9/26 Dr. Rannveig Ólafsdóttir and Dr. Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir of the University of Iceland will be joining in this presentation!
Monday 9/26 11:00am -12:15am at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus
Wednesday 10/5 12:15-12:45pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

ICELANDx207: Sailing The Green Line with Justin Levesque
Levesque describes Eimskip’s Green Line as “the invisible thread that connects our two cities, countries, cultures and economies.” That experience was recorded in a nine-episode podcast that provides a glimpse inside the ship and from the seafarers who spend their lives dedicated to the work found at sea.
Monday 9/19 12:15-12:45pm at USM Lewiston Auburn Campus Androscoggin Room
Monday 9/26 12:15- 12:45pm at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus
Tuesday 10/4 11:45-12:15pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

Experience Iceland with Evelyn Greenlaw, Coordinator of Lewiston Auburn College Library
Evelyn will share her personal traveling experience including tips and tidbits on traveling around Iceland using the network of 35 (very different) Hostelling International hostels.
Monday 9/19 11:45-12:15pm at USM Lewiston Auburn Campus Androscoggin Room
Monday 9/26 12:45-11:15pm at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus
Monday 10/3 12:30-1pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

The Northwest Passage: Navigating Old Beliefs and New Realities with Ian Fowler of the Osher Map Library
This presentation will explore how the idea of the Northwest Passage first began 16th century, a history of major explorations and boondoggles involving the Northwest Passage. The end of the presentation will deal with its eventual discovery in the 19th century and the effects climate change have had on the navigability of the passage.
Tuesday 9/27 7:00-7:30pm at USM Brooks Center, Gorham Campus
Tuesday 10/4 12:45-1:15pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

Learning the Arctic Way; Public Health in Iceland with Master’s in Public Health Students
Students in the Master’s of Public Health program talk about their experience learning in Iceland.

Monday 9/19 11:15 am – 11:45 am at USM Lewiston Auburn Campus Androscoggin Room
Monday 10/3 12:00pm - 12:30pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

The New England Cluster House; innovation in a Maritime Economy with owner, Patrick Arnold
Using the resources and context unique to the state, the New England Ocean Cluster (NEOC) promotes dynamic networks and relationships among businesses and entrepreneurs in the marine industry to collectively drive new ideas forward and surface opportunities for collaboration. Through stronger networks and cooperation, the NEOC aims to increase the cluster’s competitiveness on a global scale.
Monday 10/3 at 11:30 am - 12:00pm at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus

Navigating the Ocean of Regulations: Helping businesses understand the regulatory process in Maine and the North Atlantic with Ross Hickey, Assistant Provost of Research Integrity; and Eric James, Policy Associate, Maine Regulatory Training and Ethic Center
As part of an award from the Maine Economic Investment Fund, USM is developing a pilot project to help companies within the New England Ocean Cluster to navigate the regulatory process that too often hinders their development. Through the pilot, U.S. companies wishing to export goods and North Atlantic companies wishing to import goods to the U.S. receive technical assistance and training relating to the regulations they encounter while expanding their markets. Representatives from MeRTEC will provide an overview of the pilot project as well as other initiatives MeRTEC is building to empower business start-ups to successfully navigate the ocean of regulations.
Tuesday 10/4 at 12:15-12:45 at USM Woodbury Center, Portland Campus