College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


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.

Portland Children’s Film Festival Builds Community Relationships through Movie Presentations; USM Sponsors Event

As done previously, the Portland Children’s Film Festival (PCFF), sponsored by USM, this year is bringing a galaxy of international children’s films for showing April 2-6; holding its very-popular children’s filmmaking competition; and presenting special public events focusing on films and filmmakers.

USM Black History Month Event Rescheduled; Speakers to Explore Road to African-American Citizenship

USM's Black History Month event, cancelled in February because of bad weather, has been rescheduled for March 25. The long, hard struggle of African-Americans to achieve full U.S. citizenship – from the Dred Scott case of 1857 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – will be explored by participating speakers and panelists.

Rescheduled -- Capitalism Hits the Fan, April 23-24

The highly anticipated lectures by noted scholars Richard Wolff and Harriet Fraad, set for this week at the University of Southern Maine, have been rescheduled due to the pending bad weather, according to organizers.