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FARMINGTON - What if in addition to the knowledge contained in books, a library offered the knowledge of human experience shared in-person by the people who lived it? That is the idea behind the 'Human Library' project, an event that will be held at the University of Maine at Farmington Mantor Library onApril 7 and 8, 2016. The event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 18:56

UMF Annual Arts and Crafts Show seeking vendors

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington's annual Arts and Crafts Show is seeking artists and crafters from across Maine interested in exhibiting their original and creative work at this open-to-the-public show. This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the UMF Olsen Student Center on South Street in Farmington.

The UMF Arts and Crafts Show serves as a rich opportunity for vendors to sell their handcrafted, one-of-a-kind art and gift items, clothing, hand-sewn crafts, holiday items and much more. For more information, or to book your space for the upcoming event, please call the UMF Conference & Events Office at (207) 778-7344 or email Doris Tutlis at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present award-winning author Margot Livesey as the first writer in UMF's 2013-14 Visiting Writers Series. Livesey will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 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.

Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Her first book was a collection of stories entitled 'Learning by Heart' (Penguin Canada 1986). Her writings since then include: 'Homework,' 'Criminals,' 'The Missing World,' 'Eva Moves the Furniture,' 'Banishing Verona' and 'The House on Fortune Street' winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England award. Her most recent novel, 'The Flight of Gemma Hardy,' won the New England Independent Booksellers' Award in fiction for 2012.

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington, the birthplace of public higher education in Maine, celebrates its 150th anniversary this academic year. This historic milestone marks UMF's passage from humble beginnings as the state's first 'Normal School' to that of a nationally recognized public liberal arts University of nearly 2,000 students.

Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, sees UMF's year-long sesquicentennial celebration as a wonderful opportunity to recognize the University's long history of leadership, scholarship and rich partnership with the community. 'For one and a half centuries UMF has been a landmark for public higher education in the great state of Maine,' said Foster. 'Our continued success is a reflection of UMF's educational excellence, resilience and enduring commitment to the liberal arts tradition. We welcome the community to join us this year as we celebrate the ideals that the University was founded on 150 years ago and that continue today.'

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UMF and Farmington community celebrate local foods

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington and an exciting partnership of community businesses and organizations is pleased to announce the second annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival: Local Food Day to be held on Saturday, May 4, on the UMF campus and throughout downtown Farmington. Parade and information sessions are free and open to the public.

The festival celebrates local foods, both wild and cultivated, and promotes community involvement in enhancing the area's local food system and supporting local farmers. The collaborative effort includes the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition and Partnership for Civic Advancement, the Farmington Downtown Association, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Franklin Savings Bank, Homestead Bakery, University Credit Union and Western Mountains Alliance.

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FARMINGTON - The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is proud to present Maine author Susan Conley as the next writer in the 2012-13 Visiting Writers Series. Conley will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

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FARMINGTON - Many residents in and around Bangor know all too well the events that led to the unfortunate death of 23-year-old Charlie Howard. Now his tragic story will be shared with the University of Maine Farmington community during a one-act play called 'Bridge.'

"This isn't just one town's narrative," said Jayne Decker, the play's writer and director. "Every community should own this story so people can understand that this type of behavior can happen to anyone, anywhere."

In 1984, Howard was beaten by three teenagers for being openly gay. The teens then tossed the Bangor resident over the State Street bridge and into the Kenduskeag stream, where he had an asthma attack and drowned. It's a hate crime that has not only haunted but tarnished the beauty of the Queen city for more than 25 years.

"It's important not to be silent when these things happen and that we learn from these stories," said Decker.

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