'down the Plains'

Faculty Books Display, 2013

'down the Plains'
by Rhea Côté Robbins, faculty
Franco American Studies listed/displayed.

Faculty members at the University of Maine publish numerous monographs each year. These works provide a snapshot of the creative output of our colleagues, and highlight the scope of research taking place at the university. Fogler Library purchases faculty book publications in various formats, in order to support learning and teaching at the university. Throughout the month of December, we will be showcasing these works in the 1st floor exhibit case in Fogler Library, in the hallway between the front entrance and the Information Commons.

In addition to the physical display, below you will find a selection of 2013 UMaine-Orono faculty book publications from fields as diverse as Communication & Journalism; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Marine Sciences; Education & Human Development; English Language & Literature; Biology & Ecology; and Mathematics & Statistics. Let us know if we've missed your book, and we'll gladly add it to the display.

http://www.library.umaine.edu/displays/FacBooks2013.htm


Wednesday's Child 

Canuck and Other Stories


Readings & Presentations/Exhibitions

"Maman Disait" Collage Exhibit

Seeking publication for her work, 'down the Plains,' second in the trilogy, 
new writing project, "If These Walls Could Talk."

Author available for presentations, contact author 

Poetry included in:
French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets
published by Louisiana Literature Press
 

Essays included in
Voyages A Maine Franco-American and Acadian Reader
published by Tillbury House

Portland Magazine



2016

Fall Semester

Wednesday’s Child

to be taught at

Bates College

AC/Fre240I “French in Maine”



 

2016 Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine

October 6-7, 2016

invited to

Maine Cultural Equity Conversation

Auburn Public Library on October 6



 

Maine Archives and Museums

2016 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting

Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine Orono

Maine Archives and Museums

Oct 14th, 2016

His Story, Her Story, Our Story: Making Meaning of Your Collections

"Franco-American Women: 20 Years and Counting, Franco-American Women’s Institute"



 

L'American Council for Québec Studies, ACQS

Portland, Maine on November 3-6

Échanges / Exchanges

conversations, commerce, communautés / conversations, commerce, communities

SATURDAY, 5 November 2016

Longfellow, Plenary IV:

Franco Voices, Here and Now

“Exploring the diversity and complexity of
Franco-American literary production today.”




University of Southern Maine/Lewiston-Auburn

Franco-American Collection

A Monthly Workshop of Memories

November 15

5:30-7:00 PM

Room 170

Westminster St., Lewiston, Maine

Heliotrope--French Heritage Women Create

Rhea Cote Robbins presenting along with Susann Pelletier,

Florence Rose Martin, Mary Rice-Defosse,

Maureen Perry, and Nanci Breau




'down the Plains,'
to be taught Spring semester in
Franco -Americans: Cultural Identity in Context
University of Maine at Augusta
Augusta, ME
class presentation March 4, 2016
1-3:45 PM
followed by a reading from
'down the Plains,'
Fireside Lounge, 3:45-4:45 PM
Open to the public



Wednesday’s Child
taught Spring semester at
Smith College
in the
France in America course
and at
University of Southern Maine
in the
LSH 340 Topics in Humanities
Maine History through Art, Literature & Film



2015

Celebrating Scholarship
We are excited to inform you that we will be honoring the creative accomplishment of your publication, 
'down the Plains,' at our upcoming event 
Celebrating Scholarship on Tuesday April 21st from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Collins Center for the Arts. 
Honoring the creative accomplishments of faculty at the University of Maine
Tuesday, April 21, 5-7 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts
University of Maine
Featuring displays highlighting works from the past four years by nearly 90 faculty members

Reception with remarks by
University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research


Maine Migrations, Past and Present
Maine Migrations, Past and Present will bring together folks who study, work with, care about, or are themselves members of minority communities that immigrated to Maine, both recently and many generations ago. We will explore common dynamics across diverse immigrant communities as well as the similarities and differences among their experiences in Maine.
Presenting
The children of new Mainers (Diamond 153)
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Colby College, Waterville, ME


2014

Exploring Women's Testimonies from an Historic Landscape of the Holocaust, War, Revolution and Human Rights
This conference is a collaboration between the 
Holocaust and Human Rights Center, University of Maine at Augusta and Colby College
October 8-9th, 2014 
Locations, UMA, Augusta, ME
and 
Colby College, Waterville, ME
on subsequent days
Presentation on Franco-American Women



Due to lack of resources, this event has been cancelled.
University of Maine
Hutchinson Center 
Belfast, ME.
"Mosaic Maine: Exploring the Cultural Diversity of our Communities"
Presenting/Reading on 'down the Plains'
July 14th, 2014
6:30 PM



F.A.W.I. will be at the Franco-American Collection
Franco-American History Fair
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
USM, Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170
Lewiston, Maine


Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick
May 7, at 7 PM
Curtis Memorial Library
Brunswick, ME
History of Maine Women: Where are the Franco-American Women?


"In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America"
A symposium sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Initiative 
and organized by the 
Franco-American Centre and Franco American Studies program
April 25 - 27, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Maine
Orono, ME
Presentation/Reading
from
'down the Plains'


Northeast Modern Language Association’s 45th Annual Convention
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA
April 3-6
Roundtable:
French Heritage Women and Their ’Hidden’ Contributions
Readings with Rhea Cote Robbins & Jeri Theriault


Franco -Americans: Cultural Identity in Context
University of Maine at Augusta
Augusta, ME
March 14, 2014
1-3:30 PM
followed by a reading from
'down the Plains'
Fireside Lounge, 3:45-5:00 PM
Open to the public


University of Maine/Lewiston Auburn
Lewiston , ME.
April 17, 2014
2:30-3:30 PM
Representations of Motherhood
Course Presentation/Open to the Public


Dirigo Pines
Orono, ME.
March 11, 2014
7:15 PM
Speaker Series
'down the Plains' Presenation/Reading


Auburn Public Library
Auburn, ME.
February 6, 2014
2:00 PM
Speaker Series
'down the Plains' Presenation/Reading
&
"Franco-American Women Discovered by a Franco-American Woman"
 


2013

Winter Book Discussion Series
December 19, 2-3 p.m.
Franco-American Collection
Lewiston, Me.
Reading from 
'down the Plains'


Waterville High School Media Center
Mid-Maine Regional Adult Community Education
NOVEMBER 20TH - PANEL OF WRITERS
Time: 4:00-6:30
Rhea Cote Robbins
Ron Currie, Jr.
Amy Calder


Belfast Free Library
July 9th
6:30 PM
Belfast, Maine
Maine Writers Talk About...
"The Franco-American Writer in Maine"

MLA Special Session Roundtable 
MLA Conference, Boston, MA, January 2013
Franco-American Literature of New England: Readings & Discussion with Contemporary Authors 
Presider: Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Salem State University
Presenters
Raymond Beauchemin, author, Everything I Own
Norman Beaupré, author, The Little Eater of Bleeding Hearts, Professor Emeritus, University of New England, Maine
Rhea Côté-Robbins, author, Wednesday's Child, University of Maine, Orono
Respondent: Elizabeth Blood, Salem State University

This public reading roundtable will introduce MLA members to the richness of the recent  Franco-American literary renaissance in New England. Authors Norman Norman Beaupré, Rhea Côté-Robbins, and Raymond Beauchemin will read excerpts from their works which explore themes of identity, place, language politics, memory and (re)defining what it means to be Franco-American in the 21st century. An open discussion with the audience will follow. 


2012
Wednesday's Child taught at
Bates College
Colby College
University of Maine

"Fête du printemps"
North Dam Mill, Biddeford
Readings and Showing Collages from Maman Disait
Session #1 Saturday, March 24 - 2:00 or 2:30 p.m.
Session #2 Sunday, March 25 7:00 p.m.

Maine Women Writers Collection
Maine Women's Studies Consortium
New England Women's Studies Association
Spring Academic Conference
Identity--Memory--Testimony
SATURDAY, MARCH 30th & 31st, 2012
The Spatial Politics of Borders & Movement
Rhea Côté Robbins, 
"Franco-American Women's Project: Borders and Beyond"
The Maine Women Writers Collection is located in the 
Josephine S. Abplanalp Library on the Portland Campus of the University of New England in Portland, Maine.



2011

Bates College
Lewiston, Maine
Second International Poetry Festival
"Translations 2011:  Cross-Cultural Awareness through Poetry"
Supported by the Languages and Cultures Faculty
October 25-29, 2011

Maine Genealogical Society
2011 Annual Conference
September 24, 2011
Spectacular Events Center, Bangor, Maine

Wednesday's Child 
taught at
Colby College, Education
Spring 2011

Maine Studies Featured Faculty
http://dll.umaine.edu/mainestudy/feature_fac.html

Franco-American Studies Identity Course 
March 24
University of Maine, Orono, Maine



2010

American Council for Québec Studies, ACQS
Burlington, VT: 
Franco-American Roundtable: Silence and Suffering, 
Author panel presentation. November 4-7, 2010

WERU
August 12th

7th Genealogy Fair
June 19, 2010
former Lithgow Library
Winslow, Maine

Les Canadiens aux États-Unis : culture, Économie et Canadians in the United States: 
American Dreamers in their Social and Economic Context, Université de Montréal, 12-13 mai 2010, 
Congrès de l'ACFAS--l'Association francophone pour le savoir
Panel: "Ceux qui choisirent": Les Franco-américains aux États-Unis/"Those who chose": Franco-Americans in the US. 
Presentation: "The Franco-American Women's Project: Borders and Beyond." May, 2010

Maine Festival of the Book
April 9-11,  2010
Portland, Maine
to listen:
http://mainehumanities.org/podcast/archives/category/literature/maine-writers

University of Maine at Augusta
HUMANITIES 350 FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURE
Workshop/presentation
March 3, 2010

Women in the Curriculum and
Women's Studies Program
Spring 2010 Lunch Series
Bangor Room, University of Maine
Feb. 24, Wednesday
Franco-American Women's Project, Borders and Beyond: Report From the Classroom 
Rhea Côté Robbins, Author and Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies
with graduate students from the course.
http://dll.umaine.edu/mainestudy/feature.html


2009

Now participating with Made in Maine in Washington, D.C.!
Congressman Michael Michaud's Washington office
displays a sample of products made by Mainers. 
This is a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their products 
to Mainers visiting Washington, DC and Washingtonians that will be visiting Maine.

Maine History Camp
Maine Humanities Council
Lewiston, ME
Summer 2009
July 30

Community Readers
Glenburn School
Glenburn, Maine
March 26

Engaging Dialogues; Diversity in Waterville and Beyond
Diamond / 130 Atrium
Colby College
Waterville, Maine
Burst the Bubble
Feb. 25


2008

Libra Professorship, Writing Workshop
UMFK
Oct. 12-16
Fort Kent, Maine

ECHOES Celebration
July 20
Presque Isle, ME

Waterville Public Library
May 1
7:00 PM
Waterville, ME

Women's History Celebration
Publication Celebration
March 28
12:30 to 2:00 PM
101 Fernald Hall
University of Maine

University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, Me
Honors Course
4-5:30 PM
March 31

Franco-American Heritage Center
Lewsiton, Maine
Rencontre
March 7

Voyages A Maine Franco-American and Acadian Reader
&
French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets
Book Launch
Franco-American Center
University of Maine, Orono
Feb. 14



2007

L'A.A.T.F. du Maine
COMMENT ENSEIGNER L'HÉRITAGE FRANCO-AMÉRICAIN?
Bates College
Saturday, October 13

Kennebec Chaudière Corridor: A Cultural Heritage Tour October 5-8, 2007
Maine Humanities Council
October 8, Monday: 1:00 pm
Artist Talk

The Bangor Book Festival, Bangor Maine
October 5-7, 2007 

 First Year Seminar
Romance Languages and Literatures, Bates College, September 19
 

WERU 89.9FM, Writers Forum, 10:00 AM
Producers/hosts: Dr. Betty Duff and Joan Clemons, August 9 

The National Women's Studies Association conference 
"Past Debates, Present Possibilities, Future Feminisms" 
June 28-July 1, 2007 
at Pheasant Run, St. Charles, Illinois
 "Franco-American Women's Literary Tradition: Canuck and Other Stories"
 

Launch of Canuck, Lewiston Public Library, May 22

Presentation, French Club, UMF, Farmington, April 26

Launch of Project Maine-France, Calumet Club in Augusta, April 10

Maine Humanities Council Literature and Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare©
"Close to Home," Sebasticook Valley Hospital, March 27, 2007

FAHC, Lewiston, Maine, Maine Franco-American Writers, March 25, 2007

Bangor Public Library, "Fathers & Daughters: The Franco-American Way," January 2007


2006

University of Maine, Book Launch, Canuck and Other Stories, December 7, 2006

Colby College, Waterville's Franco-American Heritage:  A Series of Events, December 4, 2006

Women's Studies Conference, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, November 2006

Franco-American Women's Voices, Keene State College, Keene, NH, October 2006

Burst the Bubble, Colby College, Keynote, October 2006

Ethics, University College of Bangor, Bangor, Maine, October 2006

Gender, Race and Class, Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine, October 2006

LIB 500, Exploring Interdisciplinarity, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, September 2006

July 28-29, The Maine Social Forum,  Bates Mill, Kennedy Park, Marsden Hartley Cultural Center
 Lewiston,  Maine

July 25, Multiculturalism and Diversity for ESL/EFL, University of Maine, Orono

July 20, Kiwanis Club of Bangor-Breakfast, Geaghan's Restaurant, Bangor

July 16, Peoples Poetry Project, CENTURIES OF POETRIES: FROM HERE & AWAY
Four Women's Voices from Old & New Maine, reading with Sherri L. Mitchell--Penobscot Nation, Edinburg;
Patricia Smith Ranzoni--Mixed-blood Yankee, Bucksport;
Rhea Cote Robbins--Franco-American, Brewer;
Jenni Lyn Cooper--Subtropical Transplant, Rockport; Camden Public Library Picker Room

June 17, Good Old Fashioned Franco-American Soirée, K of C Hall, Old Town, ME

May 18, Faculty Institute, University College/University of Maine at Augusta Campus, Augusta, ME

May 15, Bates College, "French in Maine" course presentation

May 5, La Rencontre, Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston, ME

May 3, Westbrook Historical Society, Westbrook, ME

April 26, Colby Presents "Burst the Bubble, Build a Bridge" Week
The Colby South End Coalition (CSEC) presents the second-annual 
week-long program dedicated to strengthening bonds between Colby and Waterville.
The schedule includes a talk about growing up in Waterville by Rhea Cote, author of Wednesday's Child, at Jorgensen's
Oral History Coffee Hour and Colby Volunteer Center Presentation
Rhea Cote, author of Wednesday's Child, will meet with students at 4 pm at Jorgensen's to discuss growing up in Waterville.

April 20, Great Falls Forum, Lewiston Public Library's Marsden Hartley Cultural Center, Lewiston, Maine
The Great Falls Forum is sponsored by the Sun Journal, Lewiston Public Library, 
Bates College and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.

April 6-9, 2006, The Third International Women in French Conference, Closing Banquet
Performances and Roundtable Discussion:  Franco-American Arts in New England, 
University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

March 23, History of Women in Maine, 
"History of Maine Women: where are the Franco-American Women?" 
Talk and discussion by Rhea Cote Robbins, 
founder and director of the Franco-American Women's Institute 
and author of "Wednesday's Child." USM Department of Women's Studies
4:15 p.m. Bailey 313, Gorham campus, University of Southern Maine 

February 12-18, Maine Women, WST201, Online course forum, University of Maine, Orono, Maine



2005

October 27, Intro to Cultural Studies, Bates College, Lewiston
October 12, WIC Brown Bag Luncheon Series, FAWI's 10th Anniversary,
University of Maine, Orono
October 8, 2005 Annual Conference
of the Maine Genealogical Society, "Roots to Success," Oakland, Maine
October 4, Intro to Women's Studies, University of Maine, Orono
September 22, Intro to Women's Studies, University of Maine, Orono
July 12, Writers of Maine, University of Maine, Orono
May 14, WERU, 102.9FM/89.9FM, Writers's Forum, Maine Writers Reading On-Air, 
April 10, Fourth New England Regional Minority Health Conference 
"Eliminating Health Disparities by 2010: Assessing our Impact and Meeting the Challenge."--Portland
April 14, University of Maine @ Farmington, Franco-American Culture
April 7, Blaine House, Maine Poetry Month
April 7, Burst the Bubble, Colby College, Panel
A week to explore Waterville and the Colby-Waterville relationship.
March 29, University of Maine, Franco-American Autobiography course
March 15, Bangor Theological Seminary, Gender, Race, and Class, Bangor
March 9, Welcome Center, Maine State House, Augusta
as part of
Women's History Celebration
Feb 14, Colby College, Waterville, Multicultural Forum



2004
October 19, Cultural Diversity Speaker Series, University of Maine at Machias
October 17, Maine Libraries Conference, Augusta, What's New: Nonfiction Potpourri
September 14, University of Maine, Orono, Women in the Curriculum and Women's Studies Luncheon Series
September 11, Franco-American Kennebec Valley Heritage Society, Waterville, Franco-American Conference
August 7, Terre pis Ciel Franco-American Festival, Jay, Presenter
July 20, University of Maine, Orono, Writers of Maine

May 15, University of Maine at Farmington, Farmington, To be awarded an 
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Speaker at Commencement
Commencement Speech given by Rhea Cote Robbins

March 3, UNE, Biddeford, Core Connections Lecture Series, Women's History Month
Feb 12, Colby College, Waterville, Freshman English Course


2003
November 19, U.M.F.K., Writing Workshop
October 31, "Franco Americans and the politics of language," 
Teaching History in Maine, University of Maine, Orono, Me
October 25, Appleton Library, Maine Author's Day, Appleton, Me
Also, included in the Maine Authors Quilt, Appleton Library, Appleton, Me
October 23, Maine Women Writer's Collection, UNE, Portland, Me
Setpember 28, Franco-American Festival, Head of Falls, Waterville, Maine
September 16, Problematics of Assimilation, Colby College, Waterville, Me
August 9, Franco-American Festival, Jay, Me
August 1-3, Festival de Joie, Lewiston, Me
July 26, Poets & Painters--A Garden Party, Lewiston, Me
July 13, Maine International Film Festival, Waterville, Me
June 28, Kermesse, Franco-American Authors' Kiosk, Biddeford, Me
June 23, BDS--Diversity Conference, Lewiston, Me
April 17, Franco-American Centre, University of Maine, Book Launching, Orono, Me
April 14, Sidore Lecture, Keene State College, Keene, NH
March 19, Penobscot County Genealogical Society. Bangor Public Library, Bangor
March 17, "An Evening With Maine Women Writers," Girls Talk and Teen Voices, 
in Olsen Student Center, University of Maine @ Farmington
March 13, University of Maine @ Farmington, Franco-American Culture, in Richer Hall
March 12., Bangor Theological Seminary,Gender, Race, and Class, Bangor
Feb. 17, Colby College, Autobiography, Education, and Human Development, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Feb. 13, University of Maine, Orono, Franco American Literature in English


2002
BRACC, ArtShare, Bangor Public Libary, December 2002
WIC, Brown Bag Lunch, U/Maine, Orono, November 2002
Maine Council of English/Language Arts Teachers Annual Conference, USM, November 2002
Waterville Public Library, October 2002
Maine Public Humanities Scholar, Blaine House, September 2002
National Folk Festival, August 2002
May 13, 2002, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, "French in Maine"
May 5-7th, 2002, Maine Libraries Conference, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine,
"Proud of Our Heritage, Prepared for the Future," 
April 26, 2002, Jackman High School, Jackman, Maine
April 13, 2002, Semi-annual meeting. Fr. Leo Begin Library, Lewiston, Maine
April 11, 2002, University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent, Maine, "Contemporary Women in French Identity"
March 7th, 2002, Lewiston-Auburn College, University of Southern Maine, 
Rêves et réalités de la Franco-Amérique/Dreams and Realities of Franco-America, Panel on Franco-American Literature
February 18, 2002 University of Maine, Orono, Reading recent works, Soderberg Hall, Jenness Hall; 12pm
Feb. 19, 2002 Colby College, Autobiography, Education, and Human Development, 7:00 PM
On display, January 14, 2002-March 8 2002, Governor's Mansion, Blaine House, Kiosk, Maine Arts Commission, 
Made in Maine Products, "The Student's View" 


2001
November 14, 2001 Culture and Community Course, USM
November 7, 2001 Linda Tatelbaum's "Many Maines" English Course, Colby College
October 31, 2001 Les Francophonies des Amériques, Senior Seminar, Colby College, Waterville, Maine
October 11, 2001, Waterville Public Library, Franco-American Women's Literary Traditions, Waterville, Maine
August 16, 2001, Creative Writing, Beal College, Bangor, Maine
May 8, Culture/Autobiography, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
March 26, The Atrium at Cedars, Retirement Community, Portland, Maine, 2:00 PM 
March 12, University of Southern Maine @ Lewiston/Auburn, Introduction to Women's Studies, 1-3:30 PM, LAC
March 8, University of Maine @ Farmington, Franco-American Culture, Thursday, 3:30-6 p.m. in Richer Hall
Feb. 27, Colby College, Autobiography, Education, and Human Development, 7:00 to 9:30 PM
Feb. 23, U/Maine, Franco-American Brown Bag, 12:15-1:15pm, FFA room, Memorial Union


other previous presentations:
Bangor Public Library, January
B.M.H.I. Library, Bangor, February
A.A.U.W. Reading Group, Penobscot Chapter, Orono, February
Friends of the Library, Tech Day, EMTC, Bangor, Maine, May 3, 2000



Courses that read Wednesday's Child:
French Identity in Maine
Culture and Identity in Contemporary American Writing, English, Orono
Social Work, Orono, ME
Maine Studies, Orono, ME
Women's Studies, Orono
Seminar on Women's Narratives, Colby College
Autobiography, Education, and Human Development, Colby College
Gender, Race and Class, Bangor Theological Seminary
Great Issues Course, Unity College


Universities which teach Wednesday's Child:
Smith College, Northampton, MA
University of Maine, Orono, ME
Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME
University of Southern Maine, Portland/Gorham, ME
University of So. Me. @ Lewiston/Auburn, Lewiston, ME
Colby College, Waterville, ME
Keene State College, Keene, NH
Bates College, Lewiston, ME


Excellent multicultural, literary experience for me:
Author Rhea Côté (Cote) Robbins will also be presenting on her book Wednesday's Child at the University of Wyoming Art Museum's literary series, Writers from Boundary Country, October 13-14, 2000.  Other authors presenting in the series: Junot Diaz, Dominican Republic-American, author of Drown; Dagoberto Gilb, Mexican-American, author of The Author of Blood and The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña; Francisco Goldman, Guatamalan-American, author of The Long Night of White Chickens and The Ordinary Seaman; Anne Landsman, South African-American, author of The Devil's Chimney; and Diana Abu-Jaber, Arab-American, author of Arabian Jazz.

Annie Proulx writes on this event





How to order your copy! 
Ask for it at your local bookstore 
or order by U.S. mail/or email: 
Rheta Press
641 South Main Street 
Brewer, Maine  04412-2516 
207-989-7059 

 



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Date last updated:  January 2016
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