LEWISTON — The University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American Collection will be hosting a lecture by Prof. Christian Potholm on the topic of Franco-Americans and Maine politics at 3:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 27, at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Potholm is DeSilva Alexander Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. He is also the founder of the Potholm Group, a political research and consulting firm. Potholm was a consultant for the State Taskforce on Franco-Americans in 2012, and has been an expert observer of Maine’s politics for decades.

His books on Maine politics include “This Splendid Game,” “The Delights of Democracy,” “An Insider’s Guide to Maine Politics” and most recently, “Maine: An Annotated Bibliography.” All are available from Amazon.com

“This is an unprecedented year for Franco-Americans in terms of Maine’s political scene,” said Collection Coordinator James Myall. “For the first time in Maine, and perhaps anywhere in the United States, there are two Franco-American candidates vying for the governorship. We’re pleased to welcome Professor Potholm to share his insights on both the political history of Maine’s Franco-Americans and what the upcoming year has in store.”

The event is part of the Franco-American Collection’s Spring Lecture series, organized in partnership with USM LAC faculty and made possible by support from the University of Maine System’s Diversity Committee. For more information on the other events in the series, visit www.usm.maine.edu/franco.

For more information, call 207-753-6545 or email [email protected]

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