Women and Gender Studies Program


Shelby Knox
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.
Shelton Waldrep
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.”
Prof. Susan Feiner
If Wilma can teach Fred Debtstone that Bedrock’s national deficit is nothing to fear, could there be hope for the U.S. Congress?
USM Professor of Sociology and Director of Women and Gender Studies Wendy Chapkis with Family Crisis Executive Director Lois Reckitt on MPBN discussing Kennebunk "zumba prostitution" case and prostitution politics: http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/mpbc/local-mpbc-1020758.mp3
USM Professor of Women and Gender Studies & Communication, Rebecca Lockridge and her daughter, Sarah Lockridge, Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies are credited in the new book, Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures published in June 2012.
Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland.
The USM Women and Gender Studies program will host the “U.S. Senate Candidates’ Forum on Issues Affecting Women and Girls” on Thursday, October 4, in USM’s Hannaford Lecture Hall, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St., Portland. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live by Greater Portland's Community Radio WMPG, 90.9 and 104.1 FM.
Prof. Susan Feiner
Women and Gender Studies Professor Susan Feiner argues that U.S. women's economic rights are in jeopardy, and that the struggle to gain economic rights for women requires a new New Deal.
A rich man's view of what's good for the economy may seem fine when he's looking in a fun house mirror, but he might be far better off in the long run if the door to the American Dream were somewhat bigger than the eye of a needle.
Luisa S. Deprez is professor of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. She is co-director 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.
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.


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