Women and Gender Studies Program


Night Sky
Forty faculty, staff and students visited the Southworth Planetarium on the afternoon of October 8th for a panel discussion on women in the sciences. "Women, Science, and the Night Sky" was part of a larger series of events, the next being a performance of "Night Sky." This comedic drama features a female astronomer, an opera singer, and a teen foreign-language learner cooped up in a small New York apartment. Written by Susan Yankowitz and directed by Assunta Kent (USM Theater and Women & Gender Studies), "Night Sky" opens October 10 and runs through October 13. It will be performed in Russell Hall, Gorham Campus. For tickets, go to:http://usm.maine.edu/theatre/night-sky-0
Prof. Luisa Deprez
Sandy Butler is professor of social work and is the graduate program coordinator in the School of Social Work at the University of Maine. Luisa S. Deprez is professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. They are members of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications.
Women, Science and the Night Sky: A Panel Discussion October 8, 2013 2:45- 4:00pm USM Planetarium, 70 Falmouth Street, Portland Campus Panel discussion accompanied by planetarium slide show in the dome.
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.


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