Small immigrant communities

3:30 pm, Diamond 145

  • Cambodians of Southern Maine: Pirun Sen, Cambodian Temple
  • Armenians of Maine: Paul Proudian, Armenian Cultural Association of Maine
  • Lebanese of Waterville: Sara Poirier, St. Joseph’s College Class of ’15
  • German Jews of Bangor, 1849-1856: Jocelyn Thomas, Colby College Class of ’16
  • moderator: Lydia Moland, Colby College Philosophy Department

ProudianPaul Proudian is the son of Armenian immigrants who arrived in Maine in 1956. His father was a Genocide survivor, and his family remains deeply involved in Armenian culture and the Genocide recognition movement. Paul is a computer consultant and political activist currently living in Gray.

PoirierSara Poirier is a senior at Saint Joseph’s College where she majors in Political Science. She was born and raised in greater Waterville and is one-quarter Lebanese.

ThomasJocelyn Thomas is a junior at Colby College majoring in biology and minoring in religious studies.  Her aim is to attend medical school and become a doctor. Jocelyn was born in Bangor and grew up in Passadumkeag, Maine.

MolandLydia Moland is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College.  Her research specialization is the philosopher G.W.F. Hegel; her teaching interests at Colby include moral and political philosophy as well as the philosophy of art.  Her course “Philosophical Approaches to Global Justice” includes topics related to immigration and to justice for the native peoples of Maine.

[additional bios coming soon]

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