Communication and Media Studies Department


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.
Dr. Pierson's book, Breaking Bad
Communication and Media Studies Associate Professor David Pierson's book "Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series," published by Lexington Books, is due out in November, 2013.
Ariel Rogers, Ph.D
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.
Dr. Leonard Shedletsky.
Professor Leonard Shedletsky's presentation, The State of Discussion and Critical Thinking, is now available online. This discussion explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of classroom discussions.
Matthew Killmeier with Salmon
Communication and media studies Associate Professor Matthew Killmeier published his article, “More than Monsters: Dark Fantasy, the Mystery-Thriller and Horror’s Heterogeneous History” in the May 2013 issue of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 165-180).
Professor Lenny Shedletsky
Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of discussions and gain a keener ability to think about your own discussions. All are invited to attend this important presentation and discussion. Wed, 06/26/2013, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Abromson Center, Portland campus, USM.


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