Women and Gender Studies Program


WGS Cosponsors the Bluestockings Film Series

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.

WGS Awards Reception on Friday April 12th

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.

Storied Miles with Joan Benoit Samuelson April 3rd

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.

WGS Faculty Member, Jim Messerschmidt to Present at Justice Policy Program Brown Bag Series on Tuesday, April 23

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

WGS Prof. Lorrayne Carroll Delivers Keynote Address for International Women's Day

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.

WGS Prof. Luisa Deprez's Latest OpEd in Bangor Daily News

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.

Danielle Lindemann to lecture on "Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, & Power" at USM March 19th

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)

Girls Rock Weekend at USM: "Building the Global Revolution" presentation by Shelby Knox, April 6

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.

USM Women and Gender Studies Affiliated Scholar, Shelton Waldrep featured in PPH

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.”

USM Women and Gender Studies Professor, Susan Feiner featured in Women's Media Center

If Wilma can teach Fred Debtstone that Bedrock’s national deficit is nothing to fear, could there be hope for the U.S. Congress?