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Racism in Maine: Beyond Black and White 11/12/15

This panel discussion will examine the impact of institutional racism and cultural genocide, with an emphasis on Maine’s Tribal communities, the legacy of slavery in Maine, and the role of faith communities in combating racism today.

Queer People of Color Movements: Art and Activism -- 6/14

Too often, the voices and actions of queer people of color are rendered invisible within mainstream accounts of the LGBTQ movement here in the United States. This panel of activists, artists, and academics will explore the contributions of queer people of color within LGBTQ organizing and empowerment historically and today. Sunday, June 14, 2015 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Talbot Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus

WGS Major Katie Zema is awarded the Women & Gender Studies Program Insight Scholarship

The Women & Gender Studies Program Insight Scholarship recognizes and rewards a Sophomore or Junior major or minor in the USM Women & Gender Studies Program who works for gender equity and justice, either on campus or in larger communities. Its recipient will be continuing academic work at the University of Southern Maine.

USM WGS Announces Four 2015 Award Recipients

The USM WGS "Celebration of Feminist Creativity and Community” Awards Reception in the University Events Room of the Glickman Family Library ​from ​6:30-7:30 PM on evening of April 27, 2015, following the Women & Gender Studies Student Research Symposium 5:00-6:30 PM.

Portland Women's History Trail App Launched

USM's Digital Maine initiative and research cluster in Digital Humanities announces the launch of the Portland Women’s History Trail app. The app is based on longtime research conducted by project leader Eileen Eagan, Associate Professor of History and her colleagues and students.

WGS Major Meaghan LaSala receives Maine Campus Compact Student Heart and Soul Award

Graduating senior in Women & Gender Studies, Meaghan LaSala, was selected to receive the 2015 Maine Campus Compact Student Heart and Soul Award at their 14thannual Awards Ceremony.

USM Women & Gender Studies Announces 2015 Award Recipients

The USM Women and Gender Studies Program (WGS)​ ​will hold our third annual “Celebration of Feminist Creativity and Community” Awards Reception in the University Events Room of the Glickman Family Library ​from ​6:30-7:30 PM on evening of April 27, 2015, following the Women & Gender Studies Student Research Symposium 5:00-6:30 PM. Three awards will be presented.

WGS Alum to Serve on the Board of Victoria Mansion

2007​ ​USM Outstanding Graduate of Women and Gender Studies Award recipient,​ ​Lauren Webster LaFrance will begin serving a three year term on Victoria Mansion’s Board of Trustees on April 22.​ ​After graduating​ ​summa​ ​cum laude from USM in 2002​ ​with a​ ​Women's Studies BA and a Criminology minor, Lauren went on to earn a​n MA​ in American and New England Studies in 2007.

Girlhood: A film Screening on March 8, 2015 in celebration of International Woman's Day at SPACE Gallery

Sunday, March 8, 2015 7:30 PM SPACE Gallery 538 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101 $8.00 $6.00/Free for USM Students with a student ID

WGS/HTY Adjunct Prof. Polly Kaufman Honored by National Women’s History Project

Polly Welts Kaufman is a writer, teacher and above all an activist for equality. Her path to writing women’s lives began with the sound of a door closing, heavy as it was with gendered prejudice. Graduating from Brown University in 1951 with a degree in American Studies, she planned to teach high school in Providence, Rhode Island, only to be asked, “Are you married or going to be married?” Answering “Yes,” she was told to look elsewhere for employment.

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