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UMFK added to list of Valley sites on Longfellow speaking tour of epic poem Evangeline

September 5, 2003


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host an open community presentation by a foremost scholar on Acadian deportation on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grindle conference room of Cyr hall.

UMFK has been added to the itinerary of Dr. Layne Longfellow, a descendent of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who wrote the epic poem Evangeline. Dr. Longfellow will speak about the deportation, using excerpts from the written piece as talking points.

In addition to UMFK, Longfellow will speak to students and staff at Wisdom High School on Wednesday, September 10 and at Fort Kent Community High School earlier in the day on Thursday, September 11.

Longfellow Reads Longfellow, a presentation that includes some background history of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the Longfellow genealogy and readings of Longfellow poetry will be an introduction to the 250th anniversary marking the tragedy of the Acadian Deportation that will be coming in 2005, and also serves as an activity on the year-long 125th anniversary calendar of events for UMFK.

Layne Longfellow created Lecture Theatre, presenting keynote lectures throughout North America and abroad.

Elected to the speakers Hall of Fame in 1986, he was an innovator in using live and recorded music, humor, poetry, photographs, and video as context for academic theory and data.

He is a board member of the Friends of Longfellow House, the Longfellow National Historic Site.

His 1983 "Beyond Success" presentation was recently selected among the 12 best of the past 25 years; "The Mountain Waits," a CBC documentary of Longfellow's mountaineering seminar for executives, was awarded the Gold Medal for Outdoor Films at the New York Festival of TV and Film.

He is the author of Imaginary Menagerie, a children's book, Visual Feast, a book of visual puns (both Chronicle Books), several Lecture Theatre audios and videos, and co-creator of "Body Talk" and "Feel Wheel", psychological games released by Psychology Today for professional use.

His most recent work, "The Language of Commerce Interprets Living Systems," is in Discourses in Search of Members (University Press of America, 2002).

His early neuro-psychological research appeared in Science.

Dr. Longfellow received a B.A. (Ohio University) and Ph.D (University of Michigan) in experimental psychology, with fellowships from the National Science and Woodrow Wilson Foundations; an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship supported his two years of work with Dr. Carl Rogers.

He served as director of Executive Seminars at The Menninger Foundation, academic vice president of Prescott College, and on the faculty of Reed College.

Dr. Longfellow also graduated from Jackson High School, Ohio, in the foothills of Appalachia. His great-great-grandfather Michael Longfellow, migrated to southern Ohio from Maine, coincident with Henry Longfellow's leaving Maine for Harvard.

Dr. Longfellow will be available to sign compact discs of his readings that will be available for sale at the time.

For more information on the Longfellow presentation, contact the university relations office at (207) 834-7557.