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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
Prof Bruce Thompson
Thompson along with a UROP research fellow are working in local preschools assessing children’s development in this area and exploring how it may be influence by different rates of pre-frontal cerebral cortex development—specifically executive function (e.g. impulse control, planning).
Daniel Sonenberg, photo by Will Wohler
Associate Professor of Music and WGS Affiliated Scholar, Daniel Sonenberg was awarded USM's Provost's Research Fellowship and Trustree Professorship for 2013-14 (the first professor to hold both awards concurrently), in order to orchestrate his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball great Josh Gibson.
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.

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