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UMPI Social Sciences hosts talk by Jason Grass

The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Social Sciences will host Jason Grass for an evening presentation on Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. Grass’ talk, titled The People of the Hill: Then and Now, will focus on Pagan culture, history and contemporary practice, and is free and open to the public.

During his talk, Grass will discuss the history of the Pagan, or “People of the Hill,” particularly the Celts and Druids. His presentation will cover their belief, their struggle, and how they survived, as well as what they have become in recent years.

“There has been some confusion over the years as to what paganism is, and where it has come from,” Grass said. “Some call it new age, some say it is only about 100 years old, but the truth is that there has been evidence of Pagans dating back to early man, 30,000 BC… I am hoping that this talk may help to alleviate any misconceptions that may be out there.”

Grass’ presentation at UMPI was made possible through a connection with David Putnam, archaeologist/anthropologist and UMPI faculty member. Putnam is sponsoring Grass’ talk to provide a look at this topic through the lens of Social Sciences and Anthropology.

Grass was introduced to the Celtic way of life about 16 years ago. He was ordained as a High Priest in 2013 and recently completed his Doctor of Metaphysics through the Monastery in Seattle, Washington.

For more information about this event, contact the University’s Community and Media Relations Office at 207-768-9452.