When we talk about immigration to Maine, we start with white settler-colonialism. What has been the impact of immigration on Maine’s land and people from the first French explorers in 1604 to the present? What are the drivers of recent immigration movements, and how does each new wave shift Maine’s economy and culture? What specific challenges do Maine’s environment and population pose for new arrivals; and how do we support Maine’s first peoples? Panelists for this discussion include Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador; journalist Colin Woodard, author of American Nations and The Lobster Coast; Tilly Laskey, curator of Holding Up The Sky and Native art and culture specialist at the Maine Historical Society; and Alain Nahimana, Executive Director of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center. Moderated by Linda Nelson, Deputy Director of Portland Ovations and Bowdoin College graduate in American Studies.
- Tilly Laskey, Curator, Maine Historical Society
- Alain Nahimana, Executive Director, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
- Maulian Dana, Tribal Ambassador, Penobscot Nation
- Colin Woodard, Journalist, Author of American Nations and The Lobster Coast
- Linda Nelson, Deputy Director, Portland Ovations
The panel discussion takes place at the Maine Historical Society.
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