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Dr. Paul Buck to present on the history of the St. John Valley

March 2, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes will host a presentation by Dr. Paul Buck II, UMFK assistant professor of history and education, on Béatrice Craig’s book about the history of the Madawaska Territory entitled, The Land in Between – The Upper St. John Valley, Prehistory to World War I.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Buck will discuss the importance, usefulness, and content of Dr. Craig’s book, as well as some general ideas on the role of perspective and purpose in the search for truth in history writing. The presentation will be aimed to a very broad audience, both professional historians and history buffs alike. Also, the presentation is intended to help people enjoy and profit from her book, even further than they perhaps have already. The presentation will be in English, but with many bilingual references, throughout.
Dr. Buck arrived in the St. John Valley in July 2008. He taught French at Wisdom Middle/High School for one year. In the fall of 2009, he began teaching at UMFK as an adjunct professor of history, French, and Spanish. He began teaching full-time in the fall of 2010. 
The study of the French language and culture, as well as the history of French speakers throughout North America has been Dr. Buck’s academic passion since he was a teenager. 
Dr. Buck holds a bachelor’s degree in Canadian Studies/Multilanguage (French, German, and Russian) from Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York and spent two years during that period of his life studying abroad at Université Laval in Québec City and at Voronezh State University in southern Russia. Thereafter, while teaching middle/high school French and Spanish for six years in Maryland, Dr. Buck earned a master’s degree in Spanish at Middlebury College in Vermont. Finally, in May, 2008, he earned his doctorate in American and Canadian history at the University of Maine, where his area of focus was the expression of identity and otherness in Canadian history textbooks used in Québec’s French Catholic secondary schools from 1955 to 1967. 
Dr. Buck completed his dissertation in French. Two of its eight chapters are devoted to analysis of the Acadian deportation from 1755 to 1763 (Le Grand dérangement) and to the mass migrations of French Canadians and Acadians to the United States from 1840 to 1930, respectively.
Dr. Buck was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in French-speaking Dakar, Senegal, West Africa during the 1997-1998 school year and later was named a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2006-2007 to continue his doctoral research again in Québec City at Université Laval and at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. Dr. Buck is proficient in five languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Russian) and is conversant in a sixth language, Wolof, spoken widely in Senegal.
Join us for an informative evening of the history of the Valley and please invite your friends. On se verra au collège le 10 mars à 7 heures du soir!
For more information on the presentation, contact the Acadian Archives at (207) 834-7536.