Communication and Media Studies Department


Media Studies alum Billy Libby will be performing at the CD release party for the Multicultural Program at the Center for Grieving Children's release party for their CD, Inner Strength. Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 6:00 PM at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine.
Naomi Chiba photo
Dr. Matthew Killmeier and Naomi Chiba presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference in Boston on 4/13/2012.
Photo of TV COPS by Jonathan Nichols-Pethick
Dr. Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication & Theatre at DePauw University and a graduate of USM's Communication department, has dedicated his new book, TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama, to his mentor, Dr. Kathryn Lasky. Dr. Lasky developed a Media Arts concentration in the Communication department that later evolved into the Media Studies major.
You are cordially invited to the University of Southern Maine Advanced Production student short film showcase. From documentaries to narrative films, we've got it covered. Come out and support student filmmakers! The event takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. at the Gerald Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland campus.
Allexandra West, Outstanding Graduating Senior in Media Studies
Congratulations to communication and media studies students recently honored at the College of Arts, Humanties, and Social Sciences Awards Ceremony. The Maine Association of Broadcasters Award was presented to media studies major, David Lafortune. Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards went to Angelina Simmons for communication and Alexandra West for media studies. Sarah Baker received the Outstanding Scholar in Communication Award.
Media Studies senior Sam Rapaport was recently named a finalist at the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival (Region1). Rapaport was honored for his sound design for the USM Student Performing Artists’ presentation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, re-dressed to capture the flare and swagger of Prohibition-era New Orleans.
Dr. David Pierson's book, The Fugitive
Dr. David Pierson's new book, The Fugitive, is now published by Wayne State University Press. In The Fugitive, Pierson discusses the context of the series’ creation at a time when federal regulators were forcing the three major television networks to broadcast adult programs with less physical violence. Pierson also offers a unique analysis of the major themes represented in The Fugitive’s episodes, such as individualism, love and marriage, the culture of professionalism, modern science and technology, and social justice and authority, along with how these themes connected to ongoing social and cultural struggles taking place in American society in the 1960s.
Bluestocking film logo
Kate Kaminski, communication and media studies instructor, has conceived the Bluestocking Film Series. Kate is collaborating with Whitney McDorr and the St. Lawrence Arts Center to bring the premier showing on October 30, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Teaching, Learning and the Net Generation: Concepts and Tools for Reaching Digit
Professors Maureen Ebben, Russell Kivatisky and Daniel Panici have recently published the chapter Critical insights: Net generation, wikis, and group collaboration in Sharmilla Pixy Ferris's book, Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation: Concepts and Tools for Reaching Digital Learners. The book is published by IGI Global and is due for release in September 2011.
Professors Daniel Panici and David Pierson served as panel presenters on the Entertainment Studies and Religion and Media Interest Groups’ co-sponsored panel, “Amusing Ourselves to Death?: The Merging of Information and Entertainment in the Age of Infotainment” on August 10, 2011 at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in St. Louis, Missouri.


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