Women and Gender Studies Program
The USM Women and Gender Studies Program conferred its annual awards at a reception on April 12 with 75 people in attendance. Olas, a band of musicians and dancers from Portland, Maine, inspired by traditional and modern flamenco, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, Arabic and Afro-Cuban sounds provided musical entertainment. Four awards were given: the Kathleen I. MacPherson Outstanding Feminist Faculty Award for Excellence in Feminist Scholarship for Teaching and Service to Professor Rebecca Lockridge; the Nancy K. Gish Award for Excellence in Feminist Social, Intellectual, Political, or Cultural Practice to Gabrielle Demaine, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusivity Programming; the Friend of Women and Gender Studies Award to Megan Williams, the President of Hardy Girls Healthy Women; and the Outstanding Graduate of Women and Gender Studies Award to Julia Davidson '08. In addition, the Program honored our four 2013 Women and Gender Studies graduating seniors with ceremonial purple tassels and presented three of the four with honor stoles for achieving their degrees with distinction.
The Bluestockings Film Series celebrates the accomplishments of women directed short films. "This is the biggest, boldest screening yet! Stories run the gamut from the darkest of dark comedies to thoughtful dramas," says series organizer (and USM Communications and Media Studies Professor) Kate Kaminski. On Saturday May 18, some of the filmmakers will be on hand for post screening discussions.
On Friday, April 12th (from 4 to 6 pm in Wishcamper 102), the Women and Gender Studies program will be hosting a special reception to present our annual awards.
Olympic marathon Gold Medal winner and author Joan Benoit Samuelson will be speaking on women, sports, and her experience as a path-breaking athlete. Samuelson is an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and is the author of Running Tide and Running for Women.
Justice Policy Program Brown Bag Series SISSY BOYS, SLUTS, AND THE REST OF US: Confronting Gender Stereotypes and Violence in the Media FREE and OPEN to the public Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (bring your lunch) Lee Community Hall (Rm 133), Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus
Women & Gender Studies and English Professor Lorrayne Carroll delivered the Keynote Address for International Women's Day for the Portland Adult Education's 4th annual International Women's Day Dinner and Fashion Show held on March 8, 2013 at the Irish Heritage Center in Portland Maine.
Thousands of Maine workers have suffered the loss of a job and the frustrations that come with finding the next one. Too often, the skills and experiences workers have accumulated over many years are no longer sought by employers. For some Maine employers, the inability to find workers with the requisite skills and qualifications has led to growing dissatisfaction with Maine’s education and training system.
On Tuesday March 19th Women & Gender Studies will host author Danielle Lindemann talking about her new book Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. She has appeared on Today, the Daily Show, Hardball, and sat down with both Dr. Phil and Al Franken to discuss sex education and youth activism.
When Ben Rybeck signed up for a University of Southern Maine class called "The Phenomenology of Performance: David Bowie," he wasn't quite sure what to expect. Shelton Waldrep has been teaching a seminar on David Bowie at USM for more than 10 years. He became interested in Bowie when he first heard the 1980 album “Scary Monsters.”