Women and Gender Studies Program

Events & Programming

USM Women and Gender Studies Fall 2014 Events

Actors’ Lab Staged Reading: The Well of Horniness
A comedic radio play by Holly Hughes
Directed by Meghan Brodie
September 25-28, 2014
Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Women & Gender Studies Post-Show Discussion
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.
What’s a dame to do when the dame she did turns up dead?
It's the naughty side of noir. "Reformed" lesbian Vicki has forsaken the sorority of sin Tridelta Tribades only to be plunged into monogamous monotony with her shag-carpet-pedaling soon-to-be-husband Rod, whose sister Georgette happens to be a tried and true member of the Tribades. After a brief encounter between the two women, a shot rings out and a panicked Vicki scrams. So who is the femme fatale? Could it be Vicki? The hatcheck girl with a grudge? Detective Garnet McClit is on the case in this concert reading of Holly Hughes' farcical radio play.

Student Voices: From Ferguson to Portland
Tuesday, September 30 at 3:00pm
USM Glickman Library, 7th Floor

From Ferguson to Portland: Discussion about Racism in our Classrooms and Community.

This event will include a panel of USM students discussing experiences of microagressions in our classrooms and communities. How safe is USM? How safe is Portland for a person of color?

This event is the first event in a series on Student Voices at the University of Southern Maine.

The Student Voices series is presented by the student coalition Student Voices of Difference and Unity, and is a collaboration of the Gender Studies Student Organization, Multicultural Student Association, ASL Club, Students for #USMfuture and Divest UMaine.

Student Voices: From Ferguson to Portland is sponsored by USM School of Social Work, Maine NAACP, USM Women and Gender Studies Program and the USM Office of Multicultural Affairs. 


WGS Fall Consortium Meeting
Friday, October 3, 2014
Fall Maine Women’s Studies Consortium Meeting
hosted by the University of New England, Portland Campus

WGS Welcome Reception
Monday, October 6th 5-7PM
Univeristy Events Room, Glickman Library, Portland Campus
Please join Women and Gender Studies faculty, students and alumni for a new student and faculty welcome reception. We will unveil fall event programming, serve light refreshments, and entertain you with a series of short theatricals.



Women Hiring Women
A Career Development Event
Ana Maria Castro co-founder of JRS Architects
Julie Goodridge, the CEO of NorthStar Asset Management

Thursday, October 16th
Payson Smith Hall Room 42, Portland CampusRecently, much of the conversation about women in the workplace has revolved around Sheryl Sandberg's concept of "leaning in," or how, by asserting themselves, women can rise to leadership roles in a world largely dominated by men. This session introduces you to two women who have been successful in the male-dominated professions of architecture and finance. Ana Castro and Julie Goodridge share their experiences and answer your questions about what employers really want.



In honor of Ada Lovelace Day—an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math—USM Presents:

Pink Hammers?: What do Lady Scientists Really Need?

A Roundtable Community Discussion


Lucille Benedict, (PhD Analytical Chemistry) USM Chemistry
Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, (PhD Forest Soils) USM Environmental Science
Daniella M. Swenton, (PhD Biology) Hebron Academy
Jessica Violette, (MS Secondary Education & BS Biological Chemistry) Hebron Academy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
423/4 Glickman Library, Portland Campus

Cosponsored by: Women & Gender Studies Program & Academic Affairs for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity


Presented in conjunction with SPACE for Transgender Awareness Week:




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00pm)


SPACE Gallery

538 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

Tickets: $8 ($6 for SPACE Members and Students w/ ID)

Performance artist and writer Kate Bornstein explodes binaries while deconstructing gender—and her own identity. Trans-dyke. Reluctant polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering Scientologist. Pioneering gender outlaw. Sam Feder’s playful and meditative portrait on Bornstein, captures rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor.

Followed by live Skype Q&A with Kate Bornstein.  Kate Bornstein Is A Queer and Pleasant Danger website.

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