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Prof. Wendy Chapkis
Wendy Chapkis, Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology was interviewed for a July 16th article in the Forecaster about prostitution in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland.
Eileen Eagan
Prof. Eileen Eagan (History and Women & Gender Studies) is working on a "Digitizing Maine" project over the summer, developing an online Portland Women's History Trail.
Unidentified woman with children on Malaga Island_c1910_Courtesy of Peter Robert
Prof. Eve A. Raimon (English and WGS) received a faculty senate research grant to work on her current book project, "Beyond the Black Heritage Trail: Race, Place, and Public Memory in New England."
Charlotte Rosenthal
An HBO documentary about the arrest, trial and sentencing of Pussy Riot is airing this summer and presents a Western view of the case. I was shocked by what I saw and heard, finding my own reactions quite mixed, as I viewed Pussy Riot from two different sensibilities -- the Russian and the Western.
In The Underworld
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Women and Gender Studies faculty member Meghan Brodie just finished collaborating with translators Annie & Karl Bortnick on the English translation of Germaine Tillion's In the Underworld: A Darkly Comic Operetta, a play Tillion wrote while imprisoned in Ravensbruck, a WWII concentration camp in Germany.
Profs. Jim Messerschmidt and Wendy Chapkis
This summer, USM professors James Messerschmidt (Criminology) and Wendy Chapkis (Sociology and Women & Gender Studies) were invited to be plenary speakers at the Center for Sex, Gender and Sexualities’ summer institute at Durham University in England.
Women and Gender Studies
The Women and Gender Studies Program proudly acknowledges the ten majors who at the end of the spring 2013 semester have achieved the honor of making Dean's List.
Prof. Lucinda Cole
Lucinda Cole is spending the summer finishing her book “Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1640-1700.” It’s about the importance of certain animal populations--rats, birds, fleas, dogs, and foxes--to science and literature during the Little Ice Age when, a drop in temperatures having created food insecurities across Europe, humans were regularly forced to compete with other animals for food.
Nancy Gish, Professor of English and Women & Gender Studies Council member, organized and chaired two sessions on T. S. Eliot at the American Literature Association in May; they included a paper on Djuna Barnes's Nightwood, a brilliant modernist novel that addressed lesbian life, and the sessions included women scholars from Israel and Italy.
Shelton Waldrep
Shelton Waldrep, Professor of English and Women & Gender Studies Affiliated Scholar, is working on a new book for which he has received a contract from Bloomsbury. Entitled "Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie" this study is an attempt at a much-overdue intervention into our understanding of David Bowie and his multifaceted influence on a number of media and art forms.

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