College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


Reviews of Daniel Sonenberg's "The Summer King"

"IT IS NOT SURPRISING that Christopher Hahn, general director of Pittsburgh Opera, sees similarities between fans of opera and fans of baseball. His company is about to present the world premiere of The Summer King, Daniel Sonenberg’s opera about the great Negro League slugger Josh Gibson." (Opera News)
Michael Hillard, Food Studies Program executive director

USM celebrated new Food Studies Program with well-attended launch event

On Tuesday, March 21, USM's new Food Studies Program celebrated with an official program launch event at the Glickman Family Library.

Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts hosts bookbinding lecture presented by Bodley’s Librarian at University of Oxford

On Wednesday, April 5 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts will present the lecture “Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press,” presented by Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian at the University of Oxford, England. The lecture will take place in the University Events Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.
USM Chamber Singers

USM Chamber Singers, music students, faculty selected to present and perform at 2017 Eastern Division Conference

The USM School of Music will be well-represented at this year’s Eastern Division Conference. The USM Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Nicolás Dosman, have been selected to perform at the 55th National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference from April 5-8 in Atlantic City, NJ. School of Music faculty Dr. Michele Kaschub has also been selected to present eight workshops at the conference, three of which will prominently feature undergraduate students at USM.
Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page

USM School of Music and Department of Theatre's fully staged opera, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," praised by the Portland Press Herald

On March 12, the USM Department of Theatre and School of Music wrapped their two-week run of Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” selling out all six shows on the Main Stage at Russell Hall in Gorham.

'Molded by the Flow' - a collaborative performance with USM School of Music and Departments of Theatre and Art opens April 14

The world premiere of “Molded by the Flow,” a multimedia, interdisciplinary performance collaboration from the Libra Professorship at USM, School of Music and departments of Theatre and Art, will open April 14-15 in Lewiston at the Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts; and will appear in Gorham April 21-29 at the Main Stage, Russell Hall at USM.

USM Art Department and galleries presents USM Student Juried Exhibition through April 2

On Thursday, March 16, the USM Art Department and galleries celebrated the opening of the USM Student Juried Exhibition and awards at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham. The exhibition features the artwork of USM students, whether or not they have chosen to pursue a degree in art.
Marshall and Wheatley

USM Faculty Concert Series presents ‘Scenes from New England: Music and Texts by New England Poets and Composers’ March 17

Set against a backdrop of New England landscapes and subjects, the School of Music’s March faculty concert program will feature the texts and music of the people from the rich history and culture of our nation’s birthplace, with all of its beauty, struggle, heartbreak and triumph.
Student singer Rachel Shukan

USM’s 'Merry Wives of Windsor' draws praise from Portland Press Herald reviewer

The USM-produced opera, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," drew praise in a March 5 review by the Portland Press Herald's Allan Kozinn.

Equeer: Human-Equine Erotics in Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV

Taking as its starting point the relationship between two celebrated horsemen, Hotspur and Prince Hal in Shakespeare’s second tetralogy, this talk investigates how the conjunction of cognitive theories of embodied mind, the insights of animal studies, and queer theory can illuminate Shakespeare’s depiction of the human-equine partnership’s erotic content.