Executive Director, H.O.M.E., Inc.

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Tracey is the Executive Director of H.O.M.E., Inc., a non-profit organization serving homeless and low-income families where she has worked for the last eighteen years. Homeless for most of her childhood, she was raised by her mother, who was a sex worker with a serious addiction. Tracey came to Maine as a teenager from Australia twenty-seven years ago where she met her spouse. She has spent decades working towards citizenship and advocating for fair treatment for LGTBQ+ couples under immigration law. Now a citizen, Tracey is a member of boards across Maine advising on challenges impacting the daily lives of people in poverty.

Talks

Impossible Choices

The Unites States is peopled by the displaced and divided by belonging. Who it accepts and who it rejects have been basic questions throughout the country’s history—the ramifications reach into our homes and relationships. This talk offers a lived perspective of an LGTBQ+ woman at the intersection of two marginalized communities and shares her two-decade long journey through the family-based immigration system. The talk unpacks a system that presents impossible choices for LGTBQ+ families at every turn and examines what has been done and what work is still needed to achieve immigration equality.


Homelessness and Poverty

Tracey is a survivor of homelessness and an active witness to poverty. This talk offers insight into her experience of homelessness and work as a homeless services provider, covers the homeless response system, and tells her personal journey out of violence and trauma into safe, stable housing.


Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Children

By the time she was 13, Tracey had gone to twenty-three schools—following the domestic violence shelter system up and down the East coast of Australia. This talk focuses on her journey—being raised by a single mother who worked as a sex worker—and covers impacts of domestic violence on children and traumas carried into adulthood. Tracey's talk allows audiences to understand the system of domestic violence from the 1980s until today and highlights the role women and mentors play in this important work.

George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of Religion, Bowdoin College

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Robert Morrison is George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College in the United States. A scholar of science in Islamic societies and Jewish cultures, he is currently finishing a book on cultural exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean. His teaching includes courses on astrology, Islam, Judaism, science and religion, and religion and the environment.

Talks

Decolonizing Nature in Afrofuturism

Nature often seems to be a good thing. Mother nature deserves our respect and natural foods are better than processed foods. Nature can often be a refuge from the crazy world around us. Yet ‘nature’ is not a neutral or universal term.

In the New Testament, homosexual sex is condemned as contrary to nature. In the United States, the history of the national parks is far from pristine. This talk focuses on the Afrofuturist film Space is the Place as a source for an alternative refuge, space, and Octavia Butler’s alternative, challenging presentation of the non-human world in Parable of the Sower.


Religion and Nature in Parable of the Sower

In Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, natured is portrayed as being harsh. While day still follows night and food sometimes comes forth from the ground, precipitation is unpredictable and animals are even more emboldened to attack humans.

This talk explores how a breakdown of natural order coincides with a breakdown of human society and a re-evaluation of morality. We will also investigate how Butler’s protagonist, Lauren Olamina, theorizes a new God for the dystopian world she lives in. Her challenging ideas empower her and her younger, previously marginalized companions.

Professor of History, University of New England

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Elizabeth DeWolfe is Professor of History at the University of New England where she teaches courses in women’s history, archival research, and American culture. Dr. DeWolfe is a historical detective: she hunts archives for the traces of ordinary women, piecing together their all-but-forgotten lives from disparate clues.

Dr. DeWolfe’s book on the short life and tragic death of a textile mill girl, The Murder of Mary Bean, was named the Outstanding Book of 2008 by the New England Historical Association. She has also written on anti-Shaker activists, on textile factory workers, and on an 1890s political scandal involving a US congressman, his mistress, and a spy

Talks

The Great Turn-Out of 1841: Maine Textile Workers on Strike! 


Dangerous Temptations: Textile ‘Factory Girls’ in Fact and Fiction


Tales of the Archive: Inspired Ideas, Careful Planning, and Just Dumb Luck in Research


A Useful Employment for the Fingers: Victorian Hair Jewelry