Iceland and Maine share many geographic, religious, economic, and social conditions and concepts–despite the much longer written history and literature of Iceland. A fruitful comparison can be made by studying issues across two periods of Iceland and across the relatively shorter history of Europeans in Maine and Northern New England.
This Honors Travel course gives students an ideal opportunity to experience firsthand the geographic substrata of the similarities and differences between these two northern place-bound, and yet seafaring, cultures, whose main sources of sustenance are agricultural, oceanic, trade, and now tourism. This course allows students to dig into the mythological, historical roots of many issues that concern us today. As witnessed by the quotations and adages that come to the lips of both Icelanders and Mainers, our history, literature and religious underpinnings still influence current policy and understandings.
Taught by: Drs. Assunta Kent and Mark Mullane
Learn more: usmhonorsabroad.wordpress.com/meet-the-team
More details coming soon!
Welcome, incoming Honors Freshmen and greetings to our blog readers! We have some exciting news: we will soon be announcing our 2018 short term travel class topics and details. Check back soon to learn more about the class and application process.
In the meantime, be sure to check out some of our student posts from June 2017 to see some photos and first hand student accounts of our adventures in Iceland.
Stay tuned! USM Honors Abroad is counting down to take-off! We leave for Iceland Saturday evening and will be posting daily updates from our adventures.
Note: The application period for this internship has closed.
Continue reading “Internship Opportunity: Iceland Beer Box”
This article was co-written by USM’s Dr. Stacy Stewart, Coordinator of Career Services for Community Engagement and Career Development (CECD) and Erin Kane, Project Coordinator for the USM Honors – Iceland travel program. Stacy has worked as USM’s career counselor for 3 years and coordinates the annual university job fair. Erin has served on multiple search committees for entry to executive level job openings at the university.
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Fun Fact: In the time it takes for you to read this sentence, an employer has already decided if they are going to continue to read or simply reject your resume. Continue reading “How to Incorporate Study Abroad Into Your Resume”
If you’ve visited the yogurt section of your grocery store, lately, you may have seen an unfamiliar item snuggled in with the vast selection of Greek yogurt cups – Icelandic Skyr.
This item has actually been around for centuries and has finally found its way into US grocery stores. What, exactly, is this newcomer all about?
Skyr (pronounced skeer) is a traditional Icelandic Continue reading “A Crash Course on Skyr”
“Over billions of years, the landscape has evolved to create some of Iceland’s greatest natural treasures. Volcanoes, glaciers, powerful rivers, spectacular waterfalls, colorful hot springs, vast lava fields and expanses of black sand, along with pockets of vibrant, but vulnerable, vegetation are all uniquely adapted to the local conditions.
As it’s never been settled by humans, it’s eco-system is unlike anything else on the planet.
Now, this wilderness and eco-system is under threat from industry. Energy companies are lining up to build dams, hydro-electric power stations and to erect high-voltage pylons in this stunning area.”
Watch this video and consider sharing or signing the petition to show your support to keep big business out of the highlands.
Cover Photo: Erin Kane (email@example.com)
♦1915: Women Gain Right to Vote
“Iceland was not the first country to give women the right to vote, but it was well ahead of the curve.” 
Continue reading “International Women’s Day: Important Dates in Icelandic History”
Q: What do the movies Rogue One, Prometheus, and Fast and Furious 8 all have in common? Continue reading “Video | Filmed in Iceland: Hollywood Movie Scenes”
Deadline to apply: March 13th at 5:00PM
Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is accepting applications for their Summer 2017 internship program, Future Global Leaders, based in their Portland office. Continue reading “Internship Opportunity | MITC: Future Global Leaders”