Women and Gender Studies Program


Carolyn Cunningham
When I told people I was majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, they would typically roll their eyes, then ask snidely, “what are you going to do with that?” While there are many responses to this question, as evidenced by the amazing collection of people in this room, I would argue that there are so many things that I continue to “do with that,” from helping girls to express themselves to advocating for media reform and justice.
Wendy Chapkis and Laura Fortman
At the annual Women’s History Month celebration at the University of Southern Maine in March, Laura Fortman of Nobleboro was presented with the 2012 "Friend of USM Women & Gender Studies" Award.
Hannah Schwenk-Sandau
Hannah Schwenk-Sandau, a graduating senior in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology has been named this year's USM Outstanding Student Leader by the Leadership Development Board and the 2012 recipient of the David Fullam Social Justice Award.
“The Poets and the Assassin,” an original play examining the history and contemporary lives of women in Iran, will be showing Friday in the Talbot Lecture Hall on the Portland Campus. Written by University of Southern Maine Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs Reza Jalali, the performance is in celebration of International Women’s History Month. The play begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England is pleased to announce that registration for the Spring Academic Conference of the Maine Women Writers Collection, Maine Women's Studies Consortium, and New England Women's Studies Association on the theme "Identity*Memory*Testimony" is now open. The conference will take place on March 30-31, with a snow date of April 1, 2012.
The Women and Gender Studies program here at USM is by far the most visible, active, and positive communal force I have experienced in my two years at USM.
Eve Raimon
Eve A. Raimon, Professor of English and WGS Council Member, and Lynne Miller, Professor of Educational Leadership and WGS Affiliated Scholar, were keynote speakers at the January 16, 2012 NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration in Portland on the subject of race and education.
"The Women and Gender Studies program is the best interdisciplinary program at USM. And this is the case not only because of the timely and intellectually challenging courses and programming the program offers, but also because it is filled with faculty who are some of the best teachers and scholars on campus. Therefore, I am extremely honored to receive this award from such a distinguished group." from the acceptance remarks by Dr. James Messerschmidt, recipient of the 2010-2011 MacPherson Outstanding Feminist Faculty Award
Conference theme: IDENTITY ● MEMORY ● TESTIMONY March 30-31, 2012 Hosted by the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, Portland, Maine Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Finney Boylan Professor of English, Colby College Author of SHE'S NOT THERE: A LIFE IN TWO GENDERS and I'M LOOKING THROUGH YOU: GROWING UP HAUNTED We invite proposals from a broad range of disciplinary approaches on any aspect of the Conference theme as well as other areas of feminist scholarship involving women and gender.
Diana Long
Diana Long is a graduate of Smith College and Yale, a former USM history and women’s studies professor and now an artist. Diana has a doctorate in the history of science and medicine and has written numerous articles on the history of medicine and gender. She has worked for Boston University, as well as the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and has done a fellowship at the National Library of Medicine in Washington, DC. With such an impressive background full of academic achievements, it’s curious as to why Diana has returned, at age 73, to be a student once more.


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