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Metadivers: Worlds beneath the Waves
How we respond to the influence of our environment, specifically the sea-level rise threatening the Maine coast, is the subject of a new and timely art installation by Jan Piribeck, University of Southern Maine (USM) professor of digital art and foundations, in the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Eve Raimon
Eve Raimon, USM professor of English, will discuss the paradox of how public recovery projects of such memorials, while rightfully extolling black achievements, often omit other uncomfortable facts about our American past.
David Carey Jr.
A new, sophisticated historiography by a University of Southern Maine (USM) professor reveals how Maya women and men living under two brutal dictatorships in the early 20th century used the criminal justice system in Guatemala to improve their lives and fight for their civil rights.
Justin Tussing
A successful writer and accomplished academic has been appointed to lead the University of Southern Maine’s graduate creative-writing program. Justin Tussing, USM associate professor of English, has been appointed as interim director of the USM Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, according to USM officials. He will serve in that capacity for two years.
Persian Visions
A preview of the visual and performing arts events at USM this October.
"Breaking Bad" book cover
Devoted fans of the popular AMC TV series “Breaking Bad” will find out on Sunday, Sept. 29, how the series concludes and what ultimately happens to its beleaguered main character Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Just in time, USM Professor David Pierson's new book on the TV show, “Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series,” will be published in November by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.
Two prominent Maine scholars, Luisa Deprez (pictured) and Sandra Butler are set to debut a series titled “The People Next Door,” on Saturday, Sept. 28, in the new Maine Review section of the Bangor Daily News (BDN).
School of Music Maine-ly British Brass
A preview of the Visual and Performing Arts events at USM this September
PORTLAND, Maine – With its numerous film festivals, popular movie theaters and creative milieu, the greater Portland area already is known as a vibrant film community. The new Cinema Studies Minor starting this fall at the University of Southern Maine (USM) adds a significant component to the region’s reputation as a thriving and innovative film center.
The performances have ended, and the reviews were unanimous – PORTopera’s “La Boheme” was “boffo.” What few audience members might realize, though, is the number of students, faculty and alumni from the University of Southern Maine who helped make the stunning and innovative once-a-year production so successful.

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