Upcoming Event: 2018 Maine-North Atlantic & Arctic Collaborative Showcase

2018 Maine-North Atlantic & Arctic Collaborative Showcase
A networking event for businesses, researchers, faculty, and students

April 6, 2018
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus

What is it?
The Collaborative Showcase is our inaugural networking event for businesses, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty.

Presenters include:
Faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of Maine institutions, including: the University of New England, the University of Maine, the University of Southern Maine, Bates, Bowdoin, St. Joseph’s College, the Maine Army National Guard, and the Maine Irish Heritage Center.

This event is Free! Click here to learn more and register.



A Day in the City of Reykjavik at the Local Flea Market

HON195 Student Post: Katie Tewksbury, Linguistics Major; Honors Minor, ASL Minor

Career Goals: Speech Pathologist

A Day in the City of Reykjavik at the Local Flea Market

Giggles leaped from booth to booth as children played tag– ducking under booths and racing through the aisles of the Kolaportid Flea Market in Reykjavik, Iceland. The nostalgic atmosphere reminded me of when I used to accompany my parents to the flea market back home in Rhode Island. Our morning bus ride into down town Reykjavik was filled with exciting whispers and eagerness about what the flea market experience would be like. People shouted from one end of the bus to the other “I can finally get my family all their gifts today”, “I can’t wait to try fermented shark!” (yes really), and many other desires for today’s adventure. This chain reaction of commotion filled the van with an exciting energy that made for a promising start to our day. Continue reading “A Day in the City of Reykjavik at the Local Flea Market”

Water and Fire: A Day on the Westman Islands

HON195 Student Post: Lexi Bartlett, Political Science Major, Economics Major; Honors Minor

Career Goals: Foreign service officer, ambassador

Water and Fire: A Day on the Westman Islands

Thirty minutes. Thirty terrifying, exhilarating minutes is how long it took for the Eimskip ferry to travel from Landeyjahofn, on the southeastern coast of Iceland to the Westman Islands. As we boarded the vessel, my stomach churned as the relentless wind and enormous waves rocked us back and forth–and we hadn’t even left the sheltered bay yet. There had been torrential downpouring and ghastly winds all morning, weather that made us question if the ferry would even make its scheduled run. The film Titanic somehow meandered its way into my thoughts. Was I making a mistake getting on this boat? The captain made an announcement that we were departing, first in Icelandic, and then in English, and off we went. Continue reading “Water and Fire: A Day on the Westman Islands”

Jólabókaflóð Giveaway! Enter to win – ends 12/22/16

*Thanks for playing! The drawing is closed.*

Icelanders have a long tradition of gifting books for Christmas and staying up late into the night to read them on Christmas Eve. This tradition is referred to as the jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood.

In honor of this tradition, we are giving away a book to one lucky winner! The winner will be announced Thursday morning so that we can ship the book to you in time for jólabókaflóð. Continue reading “Jólabókaflóð Giveaway! Enter to win – ends 12/22/16”

RESCHEDULED: Study Abroad Info Sessions

This event has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. We will update this post with  future scheduling details shortly.

Hey! Are you interested in learning more about Iceland? Want to add study abroad to your resume? Join us during an info session to learn more about our new North Atlantic study abroad opportunities available for USM Honors Freshman and how you can get involved!
Continue reading “RESCHEDULED: Study Abroad Info Sessions”