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ORONO University of Maine graduate students will showcase their research and artistic works during the Graduate Student Government's 2015 Graduate Academic Exposition April 23.

Work will be presented, judged and on display from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center on campus.

WATERVILLE In its seventh year, the Barbara Bush Foundation's Literacy Connections Conference will be held on April 1-2, 2015, at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. This year's conference has expanded to two days and features a Conversation with Authors sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank. News 13 anchor Kim Block will serve as the moderator for the author's event, which features Rizzoli & Isles crime series writer Tess Gerritsen and novelist and screenwriter Richard Russo.

Keynote speakers include American Library Association notable recording artist Nancy Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for TD Bank Group Craig Alexander and founder of the nonprofit Bedtime Bath Laura Overdeck.

BANGOR The City of Bangor's Commission on Cultural Development is excited to present 'ARTober,' (October) a month dedicated to celebrating arts and culture throughout Bangor. The Commission encourages collaboration and participation from artists, musicians, writers, venues, foodies, etc. to showcase all things arts and culture in Bangor. If you or your organization would like to have your event included in the ARTober event listing or if you would like to be contacted with further information about how you can help and participate in an event, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fill out the form online at http://goo.gl/forms/CGDoLI5oau. Submission deadline is May 31, 2015.

ARTober coincides with the National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM), a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage people to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.

Monday, 23 March 2015 09:51

UMaine professor wins national award for poetry book

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ORONO The Poetry Society of America has named Jennifer Moxley, an English professor at the University of Maine, the recipient of the 2015 William Carlos Williams Award for her book, 'The Open Secret.'

The award, named after American poet William Carlos Williams, is presented annually by the PSA for a book of poetry written by an author who is a permanent resident of the United States. The book must be published by a small, nonprofit or university press.

MAINE Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), a basket artist from Indian Township, won the 2015 Best of Show Award at the 57th annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, which draws nearly 15,000 visitors and more than 600 of the nation's most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. David Moses Bridges (Passamaquoddy), a basket artist from Bar Harbor, won first place in Traditional Basketry. Of the 645 artists who participated in the world-acclaimed cultural event, five were Wabanaki artists from the state of Maine.

"This is an exciting time for Wabanaki artists working on a national stage, and these wins tell us that northeastern basketry is the one to watch!' said Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe Museum's president and CEO. 'The competition at juried shows is serious, and to place requires extraordinary talent and execution. Congratulations to all of the Wabanaki artists who participated and placed."

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington is featuring Douglas Whynott, award-winning nonfiction author, as the next reader in its notable Visiting Writers Series. The reading, sponsored by the UMF Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

A narrative and documentary nonfiction writer, Whynott has explored the topics of commercial beekeeping, Cape Cod's tuna fishery, boatmaking and a small town veterinary practice, among others.

ORRINGTON March is Music in Our Schools month and The Gifts of Music is celebrating by offering a terrific 'Grant and Gifts' package to one lucky music teacher in the state.

School music educators are encouraged to submit a grant application, which is available on the organization's website at www.thegiftsofmusic.org.

Monday, 02 March 2015 16:59

March star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center

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ORONO - Public star shows at the Emera Astronomy Center bring the stars and planets to visitors on Friday nights at 7 and Sunday afternoons at 2.

Friday night shows feature 'Undiscovered Worlds,' an exploration of the hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun. Our solar system is not alone in the universe, and with rapidly improving technology and recent endeavors like the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of exoplanets brings us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Are we alone? Come and see 'Undiscovered Worlds' on March 6, 13, 20 and 27.

SEARSPORT A huge walk-in camera is one of the many interactive exhibits planned By Penobscot Marine Museum for this summer's Exploring the Magic of Photography: Painting with Light. This is the first major exhibition to feature the museum's extensive historic photography collection of over 140,000 negatives, prints, slides, postcards and daguerreotypes.

The camera obscura is the precursor of our modern camera. Its principles were used by the ancient Greeks to observe solar eclipses. Inside the museum's camera obscura, light sensitive paper will be available for visitors to take their own 'photographs' from the projected image, and paper and pencils will be available for sketching the image, a technique used Leonardo da Vinci in the Renaissance.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:11

Rescheduled presentation about 1927 lynching

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BANGOR On Thursday, Feb. 26, five Orono High School students will join writer and historian Stephanie Harp for 'The 1927 Project,' a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas. (The presentation, planned for earlier in the month, was rescheduled due to weather.) In 2013, Harp traveled to Arkansas to join descendants and relatives of those connected to the lynching to present historical and personal perspectives on what happened. 'The 1927 Project' will recreate that community discussion at the Orono High School-Middle School library, 6-7:30 p.m. The evening is free and open to the public.

Since this presentation was originally scheduled, the Equal Justice Initiative has published its list of 4,000 lynchings across 12 Southern states, U.S. District Judge Carleton Reeves of Mississippi has sentenced three white men to long prison terms for the murder of a black man and the FBI is investigating a 1946 mass lynching at Moore's Ford Bridge, in Georgia. White violence against African Americans is not new nor is it confined to the pages of history.

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