This is the 300th anniversary of the coming of the Scots-Irish to New England and to mark the occasion, there’s a multi-day conference taking place this week at Bowdoin College sponsored by the Maine Ulster Scots Project.
The 2018 Diaspora Conference and Reunion opens tomorrow morning, August 14 at Bowdoin’s Kresge Hall and continues through Thursday, with presentations from scholars on both sides of the Atlantic.
I’m pleased to be giving the opening keynote Tuesday night on the impact of the Scots-Irish migration on both Maine and North America, issues I wrote about in some detail in The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier and American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America respectively. I’m preceded by Norman Houston, director of the Northern Ireland Bureau, the diplomatic mission of that part of the UK to the US and Canada.
Conference information can be found here.
At 1 pm tomorrow I’m also speaking about the political ramifications of American Nations in Maine Public radio’s live interview and call-in program, “Maine Calling.” Tune in if you can.