2014-03-28 / Community

Symposium to be held in Maine for first time

Maritime and world historians and teachers from the Northeast will showcase their work at a symposium on “Maritime Civilizations in World History” at Southern Maine Community College.

The New England Regional World History Association is expecting more than 60 people at its spring symposium to be held Saturday, April 5 at Southern Maine Community College’s McKernan Center. SMCC President Ron Cantor and association President Michele Louro will deliver welcome remarks. Lincoln Paine, a historian and author from Portland, is the keynote speaker.

The symposium should be of particular interest to students and teachers with an interest in maritime history, said Paine, author of the recently published, “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World.”

SMCC was chosen to be the host site for the symposium in part because of its maritime history. Previous symposia have been held at the University of Vermont, Salem State University and Boston University, but this is the first time it’s been held in Maine.

“Our ties to SMCC’s history department, the department’s offerings in maritime and world history, and the campus’s unparalleled maritime historical resources – including Spring Point Light and Fort Preble – made it an obvious choice for a New England Regional World History Association symposium on the theme of maritime history,” Louro said.

The event is open to the public.

Free registration is available for up to a dozen SMCC students, with advance notification requested. More information is available at www.nerwha.org.

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