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University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

Lise M Pelletier

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Director of the Acadian Archives acadiennes • Acadian Archives acadiennes

Ext. 7536 Office: Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes building


M.A. French, University of Maine 2002

B.A., French and English, Université de Moncton, campus d'Edmundston, 1993

Teaching Experience

Adjunct French Literature UMFK 2008, 2009; Adjunct French Literature, Université de Moncton in Edmundston 2007; Adjunct French & French Lit UMFK 2000-2006; Adjunct English, Université de Moncton 1994-1995; Elderhostel UMFK, French & Acadian Poetry 1991-1993; French CHS, Fort Kent, 1994-1999


Acadian Literature; Acadian History; History of Franco-Americans; History of St. John Valley

Honors, Fellowships, & Memberships

Excellence Award: 1st of graduating class, Université de Moncton, 1993

Foreign Language Award for Scholarship, U of Maine 2000-2003; 2004-2007. Summer Research Grant UM, 2006

Governor General of Canada's Award for Volunteerism 2014

Licenses Held

Professional Teaching Certificate French K-12, State of Maine

Research Interests

Contemporary Acadian and Québécois literatures ; Women's writings; The depiction of the "Other" in Acadian Literature; Literature as a form of activism; Teaching French to heritage speakers and teaching French as a second language; Acadian Literature; Acadian History; History of Franco-Americans; History of St. John Valley

Campus & Community Service

UMFK French Heritage Council; UMFK Strategic Planning Committee 2008-2009; Le Club Français; President of Maine Acadian Heritage Council; Board of Directors, Acadian World Congress 2008 - 2015; UMFK Presidential Lecture Series committee; Economic and Social Development Committee of Acadia of the Lands and Forests

Recent Papers, Presentations & Publications

MA thesis "The quest for identity in Antonine Maillet's Le chemin Saint-Jacques and Gérald Leblanc's Moncton Mantra." 2002; Representative of Maine Acadians to UNESCO panel,  to have Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia declared a World Heritage Site 2011. "The Acadians of the St. John Valley" a lecture presented in New Brunswick, Maine, and Québec 2014 - 2015; "The Effects of the 2014 CMA in the St. John Valley" lecture presented in Moncton, NB 2015.

Recent Highlights

2014 Acadian World Congress; participated in the writing and publication of "Acadian Roots - Images of the St. John Valley"; Circuit Map of Acadia of the Lands and Forests; participating member of "St. John Valley Cultural ByWay" 2014; invited Dr. Mark Richard "Loyal But French"; Co-wrote curriculum and taught NEH summer institute "Borderland Acadians of the St. John Valley"; participated in three documentaries about Acadia of the Lands and Forests; 2015: Created and taught week-long teacher institute at UMFK; Creation of "Acadian Treasure Chest" (containing pedagogical tools) and lesson plans for teachers 2014-2016; Thérèse Provenzano "Buckwheat" exhibit; Paul Cyr Photography 2015; 2016: Thoreau's Woods; speaker in Quebec, March 2016 "Acadians of Maine"; planning exhibit of historic maps and international traveling exhibit about Maine Acadians and the Bloodless Aroostook War.

Lise may be contacted by phone at (207) 834-7536 or by email at