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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.
photo from breaking bad.
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.
Learning, Media and Technology
Drs. Maureen Ebben and Julien S. Murphy have published "Unpacking MOOC Scholarly Discourse: a Review of Nascent MOOC Scholarship" in Learning Media and Technology published by Taylor & Francis. The article can be viewed on the Taylor & Francis Online site.
Heath Bouffard with Camera
Reception for Heath Bouffard, the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award recipient: Monday, December 16, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Communication & Media Studies Production Center 21 Durham Street, Portland Campus Faculty and Students are welcome!
Cinematic Appeals by Ariel Rogers
Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ariel Rogers' book, Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies, is now available from Columbia University Press. The book examines how the experience of cinema has been conceptualized in conjunction with new technologies, including widescreen and 3D in the 1950s, digital cinema in the 1990s, and digital 3D since 2005.
Heath Bouffard with Camera
Heath Bouffard has been granted the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Heath was chosen as a result of nomination from the communication and media studies faculty.
Ariel Rogers, PhD.
A University of Southern Maine (USM) assistant professor of film studies will be one of the participants in a panel discussion later this week during the Portland Maine Film Festival.
Associate Professor David Pierson
Read about Associate Professor David Pierson's forthcoming book, Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series ​in USM's Free Press.
Read the interview with David Pierson in the Pacific Standard
Read the interview with Associate Professor of Media Studies David Pierson in the Pacific Standard. Dr. Pierson's forthcoming book Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series is expected to be available in November 2013.

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