February 14, 2012
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will play a major role in the organization of the scientific and intellectual conferences to be held during the Congrès Mondial Acadien/World Acadian Congress, which will be hosted by Acadia of the Lands and Forests throughout August 2014.
The international collaborative will unite the UMFK with the Université de Moncton, campus d'Edmundston (UMCE) and the L'Université du Québec à Rimouski campus (UQAR). Professors and researchers from the three institutions met in December 2012 with Léo-Paul Charest, executive director of the Congrès Mondial Acadien (CMA) 2014, and the director of the National Society of Acadia (SNA), Éric Mathieu Doucet.
“The first meeting's objective was to create a partnership in order to lay the foundation of the intellectual conferences. Discussion focused on establishing themes, the format, and the sequence of events” stated Jacques Paul Couturier, UMCE's academic vice-president.
“I'm delighted with the results of our meeting. There is an excellent spirit of collaboration amongst the researchers of the three universities and the project is eliciting much enthusiasm, which is a great predictor of the success of our joint venture. The next step involves presenting a detailed program to the COCMA for approval,” Couturier added.
UMFK's Assistant Professor of French, Nicole Boudreau, for her part, states: “I'm very happy to be part of the 2014 CMA conference organization committee. I've participated in past congresses as a presenter, but it will be interesting to see behind the scenes and play a part in shaping the themes and questions to be explored in 2014.”
Lise Pelletier, director of UMFK's Acadian Archives acadiennes added: “Conferences are an essential part of every Acadian Congress. They have two important components: the academic conferences and the community-based conferences. Speakers from all over the world will address issues such as: the economic future of Acadia of the Lands and Forests; sustainability; the forest industry; shared governance; education; culture and heritage. These conferences will be free and the public is invited to attend any and all.”