Maine teachers chosen for summer humanities institute

PORTLAND– Five Maine teachers have been selected as National Endowment for the Humanities (NEW) Summer Scholars from a national applicant pool to attend an Acadian culture summer institute.

Anne Bardaglio (Coastal Studies for Girls, Freeport), Robert Daigle (Community High School, Fort Kent), Carolyn Horth (Center Drive School, Orrington), Cindy Matthews (Sacopee Valley High School, Hiram) and Lynda Millar (Conners-Emerson School, Bar Harbor) will participate in an institute entitled Borders and Borderlands: The Acadian Experience in Maine, which focuses on the history and culture of the French Acadian peoples of the St. John Valley in northern Maine. They will be joined by 20 of their peers in K-12 education from around the country.

The institute, managed by Maine Humanities Council, will take place from July 20 – August 10 , at the University of Maine, Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick and the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Key project partners include the Canadian-American Center, the Maine Folklife Center, and the Franco-American Centre at University of Maine and the Acadian Archives at University of Maine in Fort Kent.

The five teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $2700 to cover their travel, study and living expenses for the three-week program.