Maine at 200: How should life be?

Liberty Library is one in a cohort of organizations and individuals throughout the state hosting a Maine Humanities Council Discussion Project this summer. The Discussion Project is a new, flexible text-based discussion program that meets the needs of Maine communities. Liberty Library was selected as one of many organizations who applied to the  Maine Humanities Council to host the discussion.
Maine at 200: How should life be? is the theme for the Liberty Library. We will meet for three sessions throughout the summer via Zoom. Our facilitator is Eve A. Raimon, Professor, Dept. of English, Women and Gender Studies Program, University of Southern Maine. Readings will be provided beforehand via website links and pdf downloads. If you are unable to access the downloads, the library will provide printed copies, if requested. Registration is required and then you will be sent the readings and the Zoom link.

  1. Wed., July 8 @ 6:30 – Many Maines –  Register by July 4 (extended).
  2. Wed., July 22 @ 6:30 – Wabanaki Voices – Register by  July 10.
  3. Wed., August 12 @ 6:30 – Race & Ethnicity – Register by August 1.

We view our state’s bicentennial year, 2020, as an invitation to take stock, to look back with new eyes at what’s already happened, to look around with renewed care at what’s happening now, and to grapple with big questions, like who are we? where are we? how did we get here? and where might we be going?  The three  topics – Many Maines, Wabanaki Voices, and Race & Ethnicity – engage with these questions and invite Book Group participants to discuss and reflect on key issues and important but lesser known chapters in the history of Maine. While you may not see your own field directly reflected here, these texts address issues of power, inequality, childhood and aging, health and resilience, home, work, and loss that can resonate with readers of varied professional backgrounds. I hope you will join the discussion.

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