The Olive Tree
African Culture Celebration
More than 50 guests shared a very special experience on November 14th as the Fogler Friends and the African Student Association sponsored an African Culture Evening in the University Club at the Library.
Guests had the opportunity to learn about African culture and food as they enjoyed a selection of traditional dishes prepared by the Students.
Selected menu items: Nyama Choma (roast meat), Maandezi (sweet pastry), Peanut Butter Soup, Somaliyan Rice, Jofofu Rice, Sambusa (pastry filled with lentils, vegetables, or meat), and Bajiya (deep-fried mung beans served with a spicy dipping sauce)
In addition to plenty of good food, Baba Cham, president of the African Student Association facilitated presentations about the different countries and cultures that make up the African continent. There are students studying here at the University of Maine from a number of different African countries including, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, Sudan, Morocco, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, and Namibia.
The celebration was covered by the Bangor Daily News (see Style, Wednesday, November 17, 2004)
Bring a Friend to Meet the Friends
A joint open house sponsored by the Fogler Library Friends and the Friends of Orono Public Library was held on Sunday, October 3rd, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the University Club on the second floor of Fogler Library.
The primary purpose of the open house was to enable present and potential members of both the Friends of Fogler Library and Friends of the Orono Public Library to learn more about these groups and the libraries they support. As examples of the programming sponsored by the groups, Maine author and former Orono High School teacher Sandy Phippen spoke about the role town and school libraries played in his development as a writer, and Orono documentary film maker Jim Sharkey showed excerpts from his latest film, Hard Work, a documentary on Maine's working women in the 19th century. Jim relied on material from libraries all over the state for some of his historical material.
Refreshments were available, and there was an opportunity for attendees to talk with both presenters, as well as with representatives of the two Friends groups.
Weather Words - Weather Wise
A Celebration of the Winter Season
The weather cooperated and provided an early winter snowfall for Weather Words – Weather Wise: a celebration of the winter season on December 7th. Readers included Sandra Hutchison, Kathryn Olmstead, and a group presentation of John Cage's Lecture on the Weather.
Sandra Hutchison has published a prize-winning book of literary non-fiction, Chinese Brushstrokes (Turnstone Press, 1996) and various poems and stories in literary journals.
Hutchison won the Emily Dickinson Prize for Poetry in 2004. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Modern Poetry and recently came to Orono from Hong Kong, where she taught Creative Writing at the University of Hong Kong. She is currently working on a collection of poetry entitled The Master Gardener Poems and a collection of stories set in rural Ontario atthe turn of the last century, Day of Grace. Her novel about the Tiananmen Incident, Red Rain, is forthcoming.
A native of Michigan, Kathryn Olmstead moved to Maine in 1974 with dreams of growing a garden and restoring an abandoned farmhouse in Westmanland, a suburb of New Sweden. The house and the land surrounding it provided inspiration for much of her writing in the ensuing 30 years, during which she was a newspaper reporter and editor, photographer, U.S. Senate staff member, free-lance writer, magazine editor and publisher, journalism professor and, most recently, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The group presentation of John Cage’s Lecture on the Weather brought together participants Kathleen Ellis, poet and UMaine Instructor in English and Honors; Nancy Ogle, soprano and UMaine Associate Professor of Music; Owen Smith, performance artist and director, New Media Program; and UMaine students Jennifer Allen, Chris Barter, Katy Bristol, Trevor Farrell, Josh Firmin, and Kristin Gilbert.
This event was part of Works in Progress, a series featuring writers reading and discussing their work.
Lunar New Year Celebration
The Fogler Library series of international dinners continued on Sunday, February 6 with a Lunar New Year Celebration from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the University Club. Guests had the opportunity to celebrate the lunar new year and learn about Asian culture as they enjoyed a special dinner prepared by UMaine’s Asian Student Association. The menu included, Ngaum (Cambodian salad - cabbage, carrot, cucumber, vinegar), Nem (Vietnamese spring rolls), Pho dac biet Ha Noi (Vietnamese noodle soup with chicken, green onions, parsley, and fish sauce), Ma Po Tofu (a Chinese dish with tofu, red chili sauce), Stir-fried Boy Choy (Chinese with boy choy and oyster sauce), Banh cuon (Vietnamese rice pancakes - minced pork, mushrooms, prawns, shallots, cilantro and sauce), Sesame Niu Pai (Chinese sesame steak- sesame seeds, steak, pepper, mushroom, spices), Khrop khnorr (Cambodian cakes - yellow bean, egg, coconut milk, sugar), and Pisang Goreng (Malaysian deep-fried bananas - rice flour, bananas, lime)
This event, the sixth in the series, was sponsored by the Fogler Friends.
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