College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


USM University of Southern Maine visual and performing arts
USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences offers an array of visual and performing arts activities for September.
University of Southern Maine Minimum Wage Portland
As the city of Portland grapples with the issue of making a citywide mandatory increase in the minimum wage for all workers, faculty from the University of Southern Maine (USM) are contributing their expertise to this important discussion.
USM University of Southern Maine PORTopera School of Music Department of Theatre
More than 80 USM community members affiliated with the university’s School of Music and Department of Theatre, both under the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, have taken part in highly successful PORTopera and Maine State Music Theatre summer productions, plus other notable music and theater companies in the region.
USM University of Southern Maine Shelton Waldrep film Maine Film Center
The professor, who teaches in the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, has been appointed for a three-year term. Waldrep’s appointment is an example of the “Metropolitan University” concept undertaken by USM, in which the university becomes an important resource for local and regional organizations.
USM University of Southern Maine Christopher Beam Richard M. Nixon tapes
Christopher Beam, CAHS adjunct History professor, had a front-row seat to American history when in 1977 he got an internship at the National Archives and listened to hour after hour of the infamous Nixon tapes.
USM University of Southern Maine King Tide
Artists, actors and residents will mark the late-night, early-morning occasion of the “king tide” -- a high tide rising above the flood marker of 11.6 feet -- with street theatre, street sculpture, outdoor cinema featuring flood-movie trailers, puppetry and general bonhomie at one of Portland’s most vulnerable areas for tidal flooding.
USM University of Southern Maine Sarah Orne Jewett Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Robin Whitham Acker of the Portland area, a graduate student in USM’s American and New England Studies (ANES) program, has identified a photographic portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, hanging in the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, as a valuable artifact created by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).
USM University of Southern Maine Warren Foundation Scholarship winners
A total of 70 students was acknowledged for their individual scholarship and academic achievement during the event on Monday, April 28, at Corthell Concert Hall. Scholarships and awards totaling more than $415,000 were awarded, with $257,000 in music talent scholarships and $93,000 in music merit scholarships presented.
A preview of the visual and performing arts events at USM this April.
USM University of  Southern Maine Kelly Reichardt "Meek's Cutoff" film indie
A nationally prominent filmmaker will talk about and show one of her films later this month during a special event presented by USM, the Maine Humanities Council and the Portland Museum of Art (PMA). Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt will show and discuss “Meek’s Cutoff,” starring Michelle Williams, as part of a statewide effort to highlight the roles of women in film, according to Ariel Rogers, USM assistant professor of film studies and event co-organizer.


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