FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington visiting Libra Professor and Abenaki scholar Lisa Brooks will collaborate with UMF faculty to present “Living Language,” a semester-long series focused on language exchange. The series will include several events focused on Native American language and culture indigenous to Maine and New England. The events are open to the public and will run through April. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

The following events are set:

* A workshop from the Maine Learning and Technology Initiative, “Supporting Language Acquisition through MacBook and NetBook Applications,” will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., today in room 113, UMF Education Center.

* “Environmental Justice and the Penobscot River,” presented by Barry Dana, Penobscot leader and educator, is set for 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Emery Community Arts Center.

* A movie, “Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center. Film screening and Q and A about the impact of environmental policy on the Native American way of life and discussion with Dana, Penobscot leader and educator.

* “Language, Culture and the Changing Face of Maine,” is planned for 11:45 a.m. Monday, March 19, in Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

* “Living Languages: Language Keepers — an Evening of Native Stories and Language,” will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Emery Community Arts Center. The event will feature Roger Paul, Passamaquoddy/Maliseet language keeper and educator, Jesse Bruchac, Abenaki language keeper and author, and another guest, to be confirmed, from the Wabanaki tribes of Maine.

* Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki storyteller and writer will talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at UMF’s Emery Community Arts Center.

* “Telling Room Students: A Window into the Young Writers and Leaders” program will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Education Center. Screening of works by students who are members of the YWL program, an afterschool program for recent immigrant and refugee students

* “Language Loss and Revival and the Work of Language Keepers,” a discussion with Julia Schulz and Ben Levine, is set for 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Emery Community Arts Center.

* A film by Ben Levine, “Language of America,” will be screened at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, in the Lincoln Auditorium, UMF Roberts Learning Center.

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