“Living the Good Life,” by Helen and Scott Nearing, is topic of UMF New Commons keynote, April 8

FARMINGTON, ME  (March 30, 2022)—Helen and Scott Nearing’s book, “Living the Good Life,” has influenced generations of individuals moving from urban to rural life and is the subject of an upcoming New Commons keynote presentation by Alissa Hessler at the University of Maine at Farmington. From its publication in 1954 right up to the present moment, people have reached for this text as a source of wisdom and practical advice on “How to Live Sanely and Simply in a Troubled World.”

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Hessler left the corporate creative world in 2012 and moved to the Maine coast to launch Urban Exodus, a website and podcast that documents the inspirational stories of contemporary people leaving the city to craft a meaningful rural life.

Her presentation, is “The Urban Exodus: A movement of people, in response to an uncertain future, pursuing their own interpretation of the ‘Good Life.’” In it, Hessler will feature her photo-documentation, interviews with participants and reflection on the trends that she has intimately observed in back to the land movements. The event is free and open to the public and will take place Friday, April 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the Emery Community Arts Center.

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The UMF New Commons Project provides a rich offering of free events including expert talks, discussions, films, workshops and more, many online, for the education and enjoyment of people in Maine and beyond. Nominated by individuals throughout Maine, the selection of New Commons works have the common thread of representing many of the principles and cultural values that inspire and fascinate Maine residents.

The New Commons Project is a public humanities initiative of the University of Maine at Farmington, Maine’s public liberal arts college, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council. It is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To learn more about the New Commons Project, and to view many of the events for the first 12 topics, visit the website at: https://newcommonsproject.org/

More on University of Maine at Farmington

A nationally-recognized liberal arts college known for its commitment to student success, UMF provides a challenging yet supportive environment to prepare students for both careers and further study. Rooted in a tradition of teacher preparation, UMF offers top quality programs in the arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and pre-professional studies. Located in the heart of Maine’s four-season outdoor recreational region, UMF is a welcoming, close-knit academic community that prepares students for engaged citizenship, enriching professional careers and an enduring love of learning.


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Photo Caption:  Alissa Hessler
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