Kathryn Olmstead to Speak on Maine’s Rural Heritage During Homecoming Weekend

Noted writer and retired UMaine Journalism Professor Kathryn Olmstead will present “Rediscovering Community: Maine’s Rural Heritage as a Path to the Future” on Friday, Oct. 26th at the university’s Bodwell Lounge in Collins Center for the Arts (CCA). The talk will center on the idea that the rural culture that helped build the nation is vanishing, but still present in places like northern Maine. She focuses on the value in remembering our roots as “a source of permanence and direction in the midst of change.”

The event is free and open to the public. It will start with the Dean’s reception at 4:00 p.m. in the CCA’s Hudson Museum, with the lecture to  follow at 5:00 p.m.

Olmstead served 25 years on the journalism faculty at UMaine, and the last six as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also published Echoes Magazine, a quarterly journal of rural culture based in Caribou, Maine, and wrote a biweekly column for the Bangor Daily News.