"Food for Thought"


December - no program


January 23, 2015 - Dr. Liam Riordan- "Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River?"


Date: Friday, January 23, 2015

Location: Birch Bay Village Inn

Time: Lunch 11:30, $11 each // Lecture noon - 1:00
Reservations required - call the ASC office 288-9500, or email: learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org


University of Maine Professor of History, Dr. Liam Riordan will speak on Maine in the American Revolution: "Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River?"

His talk embraces three iconic Maine events of the Revolution (the capture of the Margaretta, the burning of Falmouth (Portland) and British control of Castine) to reflect on how we can best understand the Revolution in Maine.

Liam received his undergraduate BA at the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at UMaine, Orono since the fall of 1997.

He is a specialist on the American Revolution, having published one book about religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830. He also edited a collection of essays that adopts a transnational perspective to better understand loyalists who opposed the American Revolution. He is currently working on a comparative biography of five loyalists who lived throughout the British Atlantic World due to their rejection of the outcome of the colonial rebellion in the thirteen colonies that became the United States.

Liam is the current Director of the University of Maine Humanities Center, and he is on the Board of Directors of the Maine Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also actively involved in National History Day, a history contest for students in grades 6-12.

Liam’s wife is co-chair of the English Department at Bangor High School, and they have two sons. He and his family lived in Scotland in 2012, when he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Glasgow.