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Upcoming Events


Peskotomuhkatik yut: This is Passamaquoddy Territory

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Presentation by Roger Paul and Newell Lewey
Thu, January 23, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EST
Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford Street, Portland

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020, from 5pm-6:30pm at Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, USM’s Portland Campus, Passamaquoddy language teachers and linguists Roger Paul and Newell Lewey will discuss the relationship between Passamaquoddy lands, language, and worldview in a wide ranging talk that will draw on history, culture, linguistics and stories. Their talk is designed for educators and future educators of all levels (and other interested folks) looking to increase their understanding of Indigenous cultures and communities in Maine. This is a rare opportunity to learn from native speakers, master language teachers, and gifted storytellers.

This talk is co-hosted and co-sponsored by the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine and the Wabanaki Studies Curriculum Initiative of the Portland Public Schools.

This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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Pen & Ink : An Introduction to Calligraphy and Dip-Pen Handwriting

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Workshop led by Abraham Schechter
Saturday, February 1st
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Osher Map Library & SCCE, 314 Forest Ave, Portland

Abraham Schechter will guide attendees through an introduction to the art of calligraphy and pen-dip handwriting. This event is limited to 25 attendees, ages 12 and up.

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Creative Mapmaking Workshop

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Workshop led by Shawn Martel
Saturday, February 29th
12:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Osher Map Library & SCCE, 314 Forest Ave, Portland

Shawn Martel will guide attendees through an introduction to making maps of fictional worlds. This event is limited to 25 attendees, ages 12 and up.

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Exhibition Opening: “Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677-1842”

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman Library, Portland Campus

Please join us for the opening reception and lecture of our Maine Bicentennial exhibit: “Mapping Maine: The Land and Its Peoples, 1677-1842,” curated by OML Faculty Scholar, Dr. Matthew Edney.

Reception will begin at 1:00pm followed by the opening lecture at 2:15pm in the University Events Room, on the seventh floor of the Glickman Family Library, on USM’s Portland campus.

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Past Events


Lecture: “The Color of Law”

Presented by Richard Rothstein
Thursday, December 5th at 5:00pm
Hannaford Hall, Portland

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Please join us Thursday, December 5, 2019, as we welcome historian and author, Richard Rothstein, to speak about his 2017 book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.”

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems – it corrupts our criminal justice system, exacerbates economic inequality, and produces large academic gaps between white and African American schoolchildren. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.

Richard Rothstein is a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.

Reception will begin at 5:00pm, followed but a lecture, remarks, audience Q&A, and book signing starting at 6:00pm.


Exhibition Opening: “Mapping the Classroom: Teaching Geography and History in 19th and 20th Century New England”

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Please join us for the opening reception and lecture for our newest exhibit, “Mapping the Classroom: Teaching Geography and History in 19th and 20th Century New England.”

Reception and exhibition viewing will begin at 12:00pm in the arcade in front of the Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education, followed by a lecture at 2:00pm from curator and Executive Director, Libby Bischof. The lecture will take place in the University Events Room on the seventh floor of the Glickman Family Library.

Image: Medfield Grammar School, 1886. Courtesy of Historic New England


Lecture: “The River to Which I Belong”

Presented by Dr. Lisa Brooks
Saturday, September 28 at 4:00pm
Hannaford Hall, Portland

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Join us on Saturday, September 28th for “The River to which I Belong: Relationships of Reciprocity and Resistance in the Waterways of the Wabanaki,” a lecture by Dr. Lisa Brooks, Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College.

In 1739, the Wabanaki leader Polin traveled from the Presumpscot River down the coast to Boston to protest the dams that blocked the passage of the abundant fish on which his community depended. Wabanaki people had developed and sustained a dynamic, reciprocal relationship with salmon on the Presumpscot River over thousands of years, a relationship which was directly threatened by both colonial wars and colonial development, including intensive deforestation, powered by dams. Polin’s protest was not an exceptional event but part of a long-term, adaptive resistance, arising from a vast and multifaceted community within the Wabanaki homeland, which continues today.

Lisa Brooks is an Abenaki writer and scholar who lives and works in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley. She is Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College and is active in the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, which she chaired from 2013-2017. Along with her many accomplishments, her most recent book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, which begins and ends in Casco Bay, received the Bancroft Award for History and Diplomacy and the New England Society Book Award for Historical Nonfiction in 2019. As a Whiting Public Engagement Fellow, she worked with a team of students and colleagues, to develop a companion website, www.ourbelovedkin.com, which features full color digital maps of Native space. Lisa was honored in 2018 with the Maine Historical Society’s Neal Allen Award for exceptional contributions to Maine history.

The lecture will take place in Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center on USM’s Portland Campus.

Co-Hosted by the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Friends of the Presumpscot River, and USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science.

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Exhibit Opening: “All Aboard: Riding the Rails in New England and Beyond”

Followed by lecture by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
Osher Map Library, Portland

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Please join us at the opening reception for our newest exhibition, “All Aboard:” Riding the Rails in New England and Beyond, 1830s – 1950s.

Gallery opening and reception will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by a lecture by Maine State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., at 6:00 pm. The lecture will take place in the Cohen Center, Glickman Family Library room 103.

Free parking available will be available in the Bedford St. Garage.


Lecture: “Mapmaking in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

Presented by Dr. Tim Wallace
Thursday, March 14 at 6:00pm
Hannaford Hall, Portland

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The 2019 Mattson-New York Times lecture, “Mapmaking in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI),” will be presented by Dr. Tim Wallace, Creative Director at Descartes Labs, and recent graphics editor and geographer for the New York Times.

The art and science of mapmaking are in the midst of a giant leap forward, thanks to machine learning algorithms that are making quick work of once-impossible cartographic efforts. Because of AI, features like buildings, trees, wind turbines and wildfires can all be mapped across vast expanses and at great speed. And, lucky for us, geographers, cartographers, and storytellers are taking note of the new and evolving capabilities–and digging in.

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating lecture.

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Image courtesy of Tim Wallace and The New York Times.