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Author Colin Woodard Speaking at USM

The University of Southern Maine and Tufts Alumni Maine are co-sponsoring an event featuring Maine native and Tufts alumni Colin Woodard. Woodard, a journalist and award-winning author, will discuss his latest book “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.” 

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 27th in the University Events Room located on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library on USM’s Portland campus. It is free and open to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged and can be completed online at Tufts Events & Reunions. Parking is free in the USM Parking Garage off Bedford St.

There has never been one America, Woodard argues in this award-winning book, but rather several distinct Americas, each with its own ideals, values, religious and cultural differences which have stood the test of time.  Understanding the real map of the continent and its rival cultures is essential to understanding our history, from the divisions of the American Revolution and Civil War to our current political disjunctions.  Woodard reveals how each region continues to uphold its distinguishing ideals and identities today, with results that can be seen in American’s voting behaviors and attitudes towards the role of government and social issues. 

Woodard is currently state and national affairs writer for the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram where he received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting.  He also writes for Washington Monthly, The Christian Science Monitor and The Chronicle of Higher Education and reviews books for the Washington Post.  A native of Maine, he has reported from more than 50 countries across six continents.  The Washington Post recently named him one of the “Best State Capitol Reporters in America.”

For more information, contact Emily Donahue in the Tufts University Office of Alumni Relations at