College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


CAHS History Professor Recalls Nixon Resignation, Secret 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.

Portland to Greet July 14 King Tide with Community Party Event

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 Grad Student Discovers Rare Photograph at Maine Author’s Home

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 College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Honors 70 Students with More Than $415,000 in Scholarships

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.

USM Visual and Performing Arts April Calendar of Events

A preview of the visual and performing arts events at USM this April.

USM, PMA to Host Renowned Indie Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt

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.

USM Scholars to Examine “Breaking Bad” Viewer Fascination

Two USM professors – one a philosopher and the other a media expert –will examine next month why we love the crime-drama television series, “Breaking Bad.”

USM to Sponsor “I am Eleven” Film Documentary, International Project

The USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in conjunction with the Portland Children’s Film Festival (PCFF), will present a special public showing on Wednesday, April 2, of the award-winning documentary, “I am Eleven,” depicting children around the world at age 11 and their unique thoughts and feelings.

USM to Present Nine Portland Children’s Film Festival Events

The CAHS-sponsored films include an Australian documentary on being 11 years old, a Japanese sci-fi animation, a Spanish mystery adventure, two French animation films and two Middle Eastern films. In addition, the college is sponsoring the invitation-only PCFF Red Carpet Event, which is the culmination of the Young Filmmakers Competition with award presentations.

“The Little White Rose of Scotland”: USM Professor Honored for Work in Scottish Literature

A USM professor of English who specializes in Scottish poetry, and particularly that of Hugh MacDiarmid, will be honored next month for her research and scholarship in Scottish literature by one of the top literary organizations in that country.