Women and Gender Studies Program


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.
Poets Theater of Maine Invites you to WOLF SONG: A mythic journey to explore the Wolf of our psyches and our landscape Please join us for a special workshop preview June 9 and 11 at 8 pm Mayo St Arts Center 10 Mayo St Portland, ME
A special event to benefit the local non profit organization Cultivating Community to be held at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 112 High Street, Portland, Maine from June 20th through the 26th 2011 with a reception from 4-7 pm on Friday, June 24.
USM senior Cole Leighton was awarded the 2011 Maine Campus Compact Student Heart and Soul Award for his outstanding service on and off campus. Leighton, sociology major and Women and Gender Studies minor, plans to graduate from USM this spring. He hopes to work with college students in a campus setting before applying to graduate school for public policy.
At the recent annual Women’s History Month Banquet at the University of Southern Maine Susie Bock of Saco was presented with the 2011 Friend of USM Women & Gender Studies Award. Bock is the director of USM’s Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine and the head of Special Collections in USM’s Glickman Family Library.
At the recent annual Women’s History Month Banquet at the University of Southern Maine alumna Kristin Espey (2004) was named the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Graduate of USM’s Women and Gender Studies Program.


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