Maine Humanities Council presents program on East Asia at Centre Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft | Arts & Culture

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Maine Humanities Council presents program on East Asia at Centre Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine – China, Japan and Korea: Perspectives on East Asia, a one-day conference presented by the Maine Humanities Council with Foxcroft Academy, will take place on April 8, 2011, from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm at Centre Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft.

As our society continues to adjust to globalization, diverse cultures come together, enriching families and communities. Recently, many East Asian students have made Maine their home as they pursue their education.  This affords a unique opportunity to Maine’s residents and visitors alike to broaden perspectives and engage with the larger world in a new way.  This conference will introduce these unique and fascinating cultures, as well as providing an opportunity for conversation.

Primary presenters will include Brad Babson, former World Bank employee and expert on contemporary issues in North and South Korea; Jim Millinger, an expert on Chinese history and culture, and a panel of international and local students from Foxcroft Academy discussing their experiences.  The day will also include several break-out sessions to enable deeper conversation about specific topics.

“This is very timely and important, especially in Maine,” noted Martina Duncan, Assistant Director of the Maine Humanities Council.  “Programs such as these give us a deeper understanding of ourselves, our communities and our global cultures.”

The Maine Humanities Council offers several public programs throughout the year.  To register for this, or any of the other programs the Maine Humanities Council offers, please visit http://www.mainehumanities.org/ or call 207.773.5051.

About Foxcroft Academy
Foxcroft Academy is an independent school serving a community of day and boarding students.  The school has embraced the challenge of local population decline as an opportunity to increase the diversity of the student body.  With an international boarding student population now nearing 100 students, many of whom hail from eastern Asian countries, we are excited to work with Maine Humanities Council in this event to gain insight into Asian culture as a school and as a part of our larger, rural community.  Learning from the speakers and from the discussions will help us serve our students even better.

About Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world.  The Council works with adult literacy providers, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.

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