Bicentennial Speaker – Dr. Susan Pinette

Thompson Free Library will host Susan Pinette, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of Franco American Programs at the University of Maine, live via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

Dr. Pinette’s talk “The French People of Maine: Who are they and how did they get here?” will provide an overview of Franco American communities in Maine. She will present the history of their migrations to New England, their settlement, and discuss some of the current issues they face.

This event is free and open to the public. To participate, join the Zoom meeting online at: (Meeting ID: 862 7230 8023) You can also dial in by phone at: 1-646-876-9923.

Susan Pinette

Susan Pinette was born and raised in Maine. She received her doctorate in French at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines contemporary Franco American literature, where she shows its significance to the broader arenas of North American Francophone communities and American studies.

Thompson Free Library’s Maine Bicentennial Speaker Series is supported by a Maine Bicentennial Community Grant and will explore topics and perspectives sometimes overlooked in traditional narratives of our state’s history.