One sun rose on us today[….]
All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming [....]
---Richard Blanco, “One Today” (2013)
In his inaugural poem for President Obama’s second term, Maine poet Richard Blanco sought to identify and unify the diverse peoples of our nation. With a project originally created to mark the state’s bicentennial, we heed his call to illuminate the plurality of our citizenry with a conference that focuses on some of the peoples that have constituted the state of Maine in the 20th century and beyond.
A collaborative effort between UMA and USM, this half-day conference will feature sessions on Wabanakis, Maine Jewish culture, and queer Maine histories, followed by a keynote address by noted Maine author Monica Wood. We hope to articulate not only how we want to understand Maine's past and present, but also how we want to configure our future.
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission.