Humanities

March 11, 2021

Three distinguished alumnae to be honored this month

You are invited to an online event on March 25 at 5:00 pm, when the UMaine Alumni Association will co-host the Maryann Hartman Awards with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.  The three awardees to be honored are UMaine alumnae Sharon Barker ’71, ’87G, retired director of UMaine’s Women’s Resource Center; Maulian Dana ’06,…

March 11, 2021

You won’t believe this alum’s legacy

Bernard Lown ’42 (right, with Mikhail Gorbachev), one of the University of Maine’s most accomplished and influential alumni, died on February 16, 2021 at age 99. The pioneering cardiologist, author, and peace activist cofounded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and received the Nobel Peace prize in 1985. In 1962 he invented the…

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January 14, 2021

Alumni Association Announces Civil Rights Speaker Series

This fall, the Alumni Association will launch the Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series as part of a campus and community collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area Branch of the NAACP.    The Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series is intended to “promote dialogue and engagement that advances the political, social, educational, and economic equality of…

December 10, 2020

Upcoming Webinar Explores Religious Holidays in December

Join the UMaine Alumni Association on Wednesday, December 16 for a Zoom webinar “‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’: Religious Holidays in December.” The webinar and Q&A, scheduled for 5-6:00 PM, will be presented by Derek A. Michaud ’99, lecturer in UMaine’s Department of Philosophy and the coordinator of its Religious Studies and Judaic Studies…

August 12, 2020

Di Giovanni ’83 Sheds Light on Experiences Writing about People in War-Torn Countries

Janine di Giovanni ’83, recipient of the Alumni Association’s Bernard Lown ’42 Humanitarian Award, has spent more than three decades writing about the lives of people in war-torn regions, from the Balkans to the Middle East and African nations.  Watch her interview with Ric Tyler ’87, recorded during isolation caused by the pandemic: https://vimeo.com/447293283.  

August 4, 2020

A Voice for the Voiceless

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Photo by quetions123 / Shutterstock.com JANINE DI GIOVANNI HAS RISKED her life to tell the stories of ordinary people who have seen their families, homes, and countries ripped apart by war. So, as people…

March 13, 2020

Three Alumnae Honored with 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards

Three UMaine alumnae have been selected as recipients of the 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards. Left to right: Sharon Barker ’71, ‘87G, retired director of UMaine’s Women’s Resource Center; Maulian Dana ’06, Penobscot Nation Ambassador; and Kandyce Powell ’69, executive director of Maine Hospice Council are recipients of the awards, which recognize Maine women whose achievements in…

January 23, 2020

An Enduring Fight

  PENOBSCOT AMBASSADOR Maulian Dana ’06 learned early on to speak her truth. Dana feels the voices of her ancestors running through her blood and bones. Appointed in 2017 as ambassador to the Penobscot Nation, she endeavors to honor the past and address present-day tribal issues — all while keeping her eyes focused on the…

December 13, 2019

Alumni Travel Program Tours Italy

More than a dozen Black Bears toured Italy in early November as part of the Alumni Association’s annual travel program. Pictured at the ancient Pompeii Forum site with Mount Vesuvius in the background are Judy Files Stevens ’71; Mark Crasnick ’71; Pat Brilling Rathbun ’69; John Diamond ’77, ’89G; Alden Rathbun ’67; Linda Ellis Bennett…

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November 18, 2019

Alumnus Chosen to Lead Vet Advocacy Organization

Retired Army Col. William “Bill” Smullen ’62 has a new position as CEO of advancement and strategy at Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit organization near Syracuse, NY, that serves veterans and their families. Clear Path for Veterans addresses the occupational, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of area veterans through a variety of programs and…

November 18, 2019

Six Alumni Receive Harris Award

The UMaine Foundation recently recognized six alumni with the President Abram W. Harris Award. The recipients, one from each of UMaine’s academic colleges, received the award for exemplary and extraordinary leadership, contributions to their communities, and/or service to the university. The Harris Award is named for UMaine’s third president, who led the university from 1893-1901.…