Women and Gender Studies Program

Over 30 years of transformative teaching, scholarship and social change

Happy New Year, WGS!

Women and Gender Studies at USM has always offered students the opportunity to study the lives, ideas, and actions of women throughout history, to explore new ways of thinking about gender, and to participate meaningfully in the Greater Portland community of scholars, writers, artists, health workers, politicians, and activists. A signature program at USM—the first and still the most robust Women’s Studies program in the state—we pride ourselves both on our scholarly excellence and on our contemporary relevance: as a capstone project, students either write a thesis supervised by a team of interdisciplinary scholars, or spend a semester working with one of our many community partners, of which we have over fifty. You can see who these partners are by clicking “WGS ENGAGED,” a link to your right. This year, in line with changing priorities at USM, we will be expanding our already healthy list of internship possibilities. But remain assured that USM WGS students will still have the benefit of a first-rate education by active, publishing scholars with connections to a wide academic network, along with access to regional and statewide businesses and non-profit organizations.

Please come by 94 Bedford Street to talk, study, or get some help on negotiating the red tape. Lauren and I are here to help.

All the best,

Lucinda Cole, Director of Women & Gender Studies

Prof. Lucinda Cole

 

News & Events

Girlhood: A Film by Céline Sciamma
Sunday, March 8, 2015 7:30 PM SPACE Gallery 538 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101 $8.00 $6.00/Free for USM Students with a student ID
Polly Kaufman
Polly Welts Kaufman is a writer, teacher and above all an activist for equality. Her path to writing women’s lives began with the sound of a door closing, heavy as it was with gendered prejudice. Graduating from Brown University in 1951 with a degree in American Studies, she planned to teach high school in Providence, Rhode Island, only to be asked, “Are you married or going to be married?” Answering “Yes,” she was told to look elsewhere for employment.
Alicia Garza
Friday, March 27, 2015 5:30PM — Reception 6:30PM — Lecture Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus
March 27, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus