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UMFK French Heritage Council holds spring colloquium

May 7, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent French Heritage Council recently presented their Spring Colloquium, an exposition of ongoing research efforts at UMFK and the University of Maine at Orono relating to Maine's Franco Populations.

One of the three presenters at this year's colloquium was Yvon Labbe, director of the University of Maine Franco American Centre, who spoke about on-going projects on sustainable development and its impact on culture, especially the Franco cultures of Maine.

The second presenter was Mark Richard, assistant professor of social studies education and social sciences at UMFK. Richards discussed his research findings on the aculturalization of the Franco populations in Maine.

Richard read an excerpt from his newly published book which discussed the activity of the Ku Klux Klan in the Lewiston/Auburn area in the 1920's and 30's.

The spring colloquium's third presenter was Dr. Mariella R. Squire, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at UMFK.

Squire discussed the role of culture and identity. Specifically, Squire spoke on how members of the French and Native American populations in New England are often misidentified depending on their social and economic placement in New England society.

"UMFK's French Heritage Council sponsors colloquiums every semester on topics related to the French culture in this region," said Tony Gauvin, chair of the French Heritage Council. "Last year we looked at 'Les champs and Les forest' (the fields and forests), this year we explored ongoing research efforts at UMFK and at UMO."

For more information or to discuss topics relating to the French culture in the St. John Valley for future presentations please contact Gauvin at tonyg@maine.edu.