BAR HARBOR — Acadia Senior College will host University of Maine Professor of History Liam Riordan at the Food for Thought program at Birch Bay Village in Hulls Cove. The program will be held on Jan. 23. Riordan will speak on the subject “Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River?”
Riordan’s talk embraces three iconic Maine events of the Revolution (the capture of the Margaretta, the burning of Falmouth and British control of Castine) to reflect on how we can best understand the Revolution in Maine.
Riordan received his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine at Orono since 1997. He and his family lived in Scotland in 2012, when he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Glasgow.
Riordan 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 currently is 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.
Riordan 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 actively involved in National History Day, a history contest for students in grades 6-12.
An optional hot buffet lunch costing $11 begins at 11:30 a.m. The lecture is from noon to 1 p.m. Reservations are required for either. Contact the Acadia Senior College office at 288-9500 or by at [email protected].
All Food For Thought events are open to the public.