Women and Gender Studies Program

Events & Programming

USM Women and Gender Studies Spring 2014

"Memory, Trauma, Resistance"    

 Spring 2014

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FMI: (207) 780-4289

ALL EVENTS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (unless otherwise noted)


The Great Recession’s Hurricane Swath Through Intimate Life: Social andPersonal Transformation in the U.S. Since the 2008 Economic Crisis -- A Lecture by Dr. Harriet Fraad, Psychotherapist, Journalist, and author

March 13, 12:00-1:45PM, 7th Floor, Glickman Library, Portland Campus

We are six years into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Recovery happens only at the top. The impact of lower wages or none, cut benefits, sparse services, poverty and debt is deeply disruptive and even traumatic. While this leads some people into deep, passive, despair, it leads others to dreams and actions of social transformation. 

Co-sponsors: Depts. of Economics, Sociology, Communications and Media Studies, Psychology, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Students of Economic Interest (SEI), Student Sociological Association, Psychology Student Association, International Relations Association


Community Meeting with Dr. Sima Samar, renowned human rights and women's rights advocate March 17, 4:00PM, University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Library, Portland Campus. For more information/RSVP, please call 780-5798 or vist: https://www.facebook.com/events/658998594156888/?ref_dashboard_filter=up...

2014 Justice for Women Lecture Series will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m. It will be held at Hannaford Hall, USM Portland campus. To RSVP please visit: http://goo.gl/0EjOxd or call 207-780-4344

Co-sponsors: Lee International, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Association, Muslim Student Association


Concepts of Kink

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00PM, Talbot Lecture Hall, Portland Campus

Join kink and sexuality educator Wintersong for an informative and lighthearted discussion of what it is that “kinky” people like to do and why they do it. Wintersong will give an overview of various kink subcultures, address issues of gender and sexuality as they apply to common themes within the kink world, and of course, answer your questions. Co-sponsor: Gender Studies Student Organization


Remembering the Holocaust: A Community Discussion & Reception

March 27, 7PM, 7th Floor, Glickman Library, Portland Campus

Speakers: Charles Rotmil, writer, photographer, educator

                  Anna Wrobel, poet, educator, daughter of Holocaust survivors

                  Cast of USM's English-Language World Premiere of In the Underworld

Co-sponsors: USM Dept. of Theatre, Maine Holocaust & Human Rights Center, USM Dept. of History & Political Science


Wadjda Film Screening

April 6, 3:00-5:00PM, SPACE Gallery on Congress St., Portland, ME

The critically acclaimed drama from female director Haifaa Al Mansour has been selected as Saudi Arabia's first official nomination for the best foreign film Oscar.  The film tells the story of a 10-year old girl who enters a Qur'an reading competition to raise money to buy a bicycle. Co-Sponsors: Maine Children's Film Festival, CAHS. TICKETS: $10 Adults / $7 Kids available at the door on the day of the event, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Papal Bulls, Wishful Wonder, and the Many Fictions of the Doctrine of Discovery

A Lecture by Annette Kolodny

April 8, 7:30PM, Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney, Portland Campus

The lecture draws on Penobscot texts, including a tale from oral tradition told to Dr. Kolodny by Penobscot Nation elder James Sappier, to examine legal bases for early European claims about the discovery of North America. Early explorers' narratives assert that they "discovered" lands previously unknown (and unclaimed by) any Christian, but Eastern Algonquian stories of first contact undercut these descriptions of "wonder" and undermine the European assertions. Public reception and book signing to be held prior to the lecture in the 2nd floor Mezzanine, Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland Campus from 6:30-7:30PM. Co-sponsors: USM’s Dept. of English, American and New England Studies Program, Dept. of History & Political Science, Dept. of Geography-Anthropology, University of Maine Libra Professorship


The Ghosts in Our Machine, directed by Liz Marshal, a FREE documentary film screening

April 17, 6:30PM, Hannaford Hall

Illuminates the lives of animals in the modern world; a roundtable discussion engaging in issues of animal rights, civil rights, and environmental justice to follow. Co-sponsor: CAHS


In the Underworld: a darkly comic operetta by Germaine Tillion

Directed by Meghan Brodie

Musical direction by Jonathan Marro -- Musical Arrangement & Composition by Christophe Maudot

Translation by Annie and Karl Bortnick

April 18-27, 2014, Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus

While imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp in WWII, French author Germaine Tillion secretly wrote an operetta that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity. Satirical, searing, and altogether unexpected, In the Underworld is the English-language world premiere of the extraordinary operetta first produced in France in 2007. Generous support provided by the Dimmer-Bergstrom Fund. Co-sponsors: USM Dept. of Theatre, Maine Holocaust & Human Rights Center, USM Dept. of History & Political Science. TICKETS: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=usmt or call the USM Theatre Box Office at (207) 780-5151.

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