Greeting from the Director,
Welcome to the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine, the longest-standing feminist studies program in Northern New England. In the Fall of 2013, I will be stepping into a role previously occupied by Wendy Chapkis, Susan Feiner, Lorrayne Carrol, Luisa Deprez, Diana Long, and Nancy Gish—a humbling position, to be sure. Each of these women brought to the position a lifetime of connections with people in her respective scholarly and political communities, enriching the program, and forging new relationships with, for example, statewide literacy programs, political action networks, economic centers, and—of course--progressive scholarly institutions. To be affiliated with USM’s Women and Gender Studies Program is to be part of a vast network of people and possibilities. My goal this upcoming year to nurture those, and to create more.