College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


portrait of Shelton Waldrep

Teaching and scholarship work hand-in-hand for Distinguished Professor

To Shelton Waldrep — the University of Southern Maine’s newest distinguished professor — scholarship and teaching merge. His classroom discussions with students have led to the creation of entire courses, and those courses have led to several highly regarded books.
A photo of Reid and Dan Crewe presenting UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy with a $2 million check

USM receives $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation to fund Center for the Arts

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation to support construction of a future Center for the Arts on the University’s Portland campus. The gift will benefit a signature program of excellence, the USM School of Music, as well as the visual arts program.
A photo of Lunder Institute Intern Robin Davis

USM student receives prestigious Lunder Institute internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Robin Davis, a junior Art History major at the University of Southern Maine, has received a highly competitive Lunder Institute internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Photo of Justin Levesque

Maine North Atlantic Institute awaking new perspectives with virtual events

Too many people see the Arctic as an icy monolith. For artist Justin Levesque ‘10, it’s a fascinating and dynamic blend of culture, commerce and climate. That blend — of science and the humanities — is at the heart of a series of virtual events he is hosting in cooperation with the University of Southern Maine’s Maine North Atlantic Institute (MNAI).
Boston Museum of fine Arts (left) and Robin Davis (right)

Art History student, Robin Davis, Awarded Lunder Institute Internship at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Robin Davis, a BA major in art with a concentration in Art History and minor in English, has been awarded a Lunder Institute internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for the summer of 2021.
Map of Bath, Maine

OML offers bird's eye look at post-Civil War Maine

The Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education project — "Maine's Bird's Eye Views, 1870-1905" — has gathered 80 aerial renderings of Maine communities published during the era. Each has been digitized and made available to the public online.
Marissa Joly

Graduating BFA student, Marissa Joly, selected for April's Written Expressions: Voices from Native American Communities

April's Written Expressions: Voices from Native American Communities is provided by Graduating BFA student, Marissa Joly
family image from 'We Exist" exhibit

African American Collection unveils exhibit on Maine’s Black families

The University of Southern Maine’s African American Collection has unveiled the first of six new digital exhibitions, highlighting 200 years of families in Maine.
Colorcosm II, Digital Mock-Up by USM ART Student, Carter Shappy

USM ART Students participate in Gulf of Maine ECOARTS project

An ECOARTS installation will be presented September 2021, at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, East Boothbay Maine.
A photo of USM graduate Mary Swanson

Profiles in Persistence: Mary Swanson ’21

For Mary Swanson '21, the path to USM was a winding one.