Women and Gender Studies Program


On August 22 the USM Women and Gender Studies Program partnered with the Maine Women's Lobby to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act.
Prof. Wendy Chapkis
In August, she presented a paper on "Popular Culture and 'Stoner' Stereotyping: Collisions of Race, Class and Gender" at the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and a paper on "Marijuana Legalization and Medicalization " at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association. She was just elected Chair of the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Division of the American Sociological Association.
Prof. Lucinda Cole
To all—concerned, activist, or simply curious—welcome. As the Women and Gender Studies Program nears its fourth decade of “stimulating thought,” we would love for you to be part of the conversation.
Prof. Ariel Rogers
Ariel Rogers, Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Women & Gender Studies Affiliated Scholar, has been completing the preparation of her book for publication. Titled Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies, it is due out this fall from Columbia University Press.
Jenna Mehnert
Jenna Mehnert, MSW, has been hired as executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the statewide advocacy organization for people affected by mental illness. Mehnert brings a diverse background as an advocate, policymaker, administrator, service provider and network builder to the position.
Julia Davidson
The Maine Transgender Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for the transgender community, families, and significant others, and raises awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation for mental health and social service professionals.
Prof. Susan Fineran
Susan Fineran and co-author James Gruber (UMich-Dearborn) will be giving a paper on Gender, Sexual Orientation, and the Impact of Sexual Harassment Experiences on School Outcomes at the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York City, August 9, 2013.
Prof. Kate Wininger
Professor Kate Wininger (Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies) was the guest on MPBN Public Radio's "Maine Calling" with Keith Shortall on the topic "What good is Philosophy?"
Assunta Kent, (Theater and Women & Gender Studies) presented the paper Playing Together Across Racial Divides: Patient Preparation for Respectful Direction, at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Orlando, August 2013.
USM Graduation
Four USM alums with ties to USM Women and Gender Studies pursue graduate degrees at New York University, Northwestern University, Simmons College and the University of Texas


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