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Higgins and Marcroft, Juniors in Media Studies
Patrick Higgins and Cody Marcroft, both juniors in the media studies major, served on a panel on millenials' media usage at the Maine Association of Broadcasters' 2014 Convention on September 27 in Portland. Higgins and Marcroft, along with two other area college students, discussed how they and their peers use media with fellow millenial Madison Zinsenheim, a Client Service Executive at Nielsen, Inc., in New York, and fielded questions from Maine broadcasters.
ARRT!
Geoffrey Leighton, CMS Instructor, was one of nine winners of the Maine Film and Video Association's 2014 Maine Short Film Competition. Leighton's short documentary, This Is ARRT! looks at the the Union of Maine Visual Artist's group, the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!). The film is available on Vimeo ( http://vimeo.com/92197599).
Mind Map
Communication Professor Lenny Shedletsky and Associate Professor of Education Jeffrey Beaudry will present a webinar on the topic of visual literacy to faculty of the University of Maine System. The webinar will introduce faculty to visual literacy and concept mapping and will provide opportunities for collaboration on classroom applications. The event time is Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Professors Shedletsky and Beaudry have recently edited the publication, Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking Through Visual Representation Strategies, with IGI Global. Several contributing authors of this text will participate in the webinar. A tech grant from University College Faculty E-Learning funded this endeavor.
Maureen Ebben
Maureen Ebben, PhD, Communication and Media Studies, is acting as Faculty Research Associate with USM's new Cyber Security Research Cluster where she contributes to research, education, and outreach efforts.
Billy Libby
Marie Sheffield, multicultural coordinator at the Center for Grieving Children and program participants discuss their work with Your Song, Your Story, with 98.9 WCLZ's Ethan Minton. USM media studies alum Billy Libby founded the non-profit, Your Song, Your Story, after working with the Center during his media studies service learning practicum course. The full interview is available on the 98.9 WCLZ website.
Kathryn Lasky Award Winners
Media Studies majors Ayrie Calhoun-Lang, Derek Goodrich, Heather Guaciaro, and Michael Maurice have been selected as the 2014 recipients of the Kathryn Lasky Award for Public Service.
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University of Southern Maine (USM) media students will present next month a public showing of their best digital shorts, video character studies and dramatic scenes in the “2014 Academic Film Showcase.”
Heath Bouffard with Camera
Heath Bouffard, senior media studies major and 2014 Maine Association of Broadcasters Award recipient is working with Portland artist Marty Pottenge on a project with funding from National Endowment for the Arts. The project, “All the Way Home: Veterans Story Exchange”, seeks to tell the story of 100 active duty military personnel and veterans. Read about it on the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
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David Pierson, associate professor of media studies and editor of Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series, will respond to a lecture by Jason Read, associate professor of philosophy. Why We Love Breaking Bad: Work, Austerity and Autonomy will take place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 2:30-4:00 PM in the Glickman Library 7th floor events room on the Portland Campus.
Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 by Thomas Doherty
Ariel Rogers, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, will introduce Brandeis University Professor of Film Studies Thomas Doherty in a talk about his highly acclaimed book, Hollywood and Hitler, 1933 -1939. The talk takes place Friday, March 25, 6:00 PM at the Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon in Portland. The talk is part of the Maine Jewish Film Festival's 2014 offerings.

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