Communication and Media Studies Department

Alum Billy Libby Joins the Center For Grieving Children for CD Release Party

Media Studies alum Billy Libby will be performing at the CD release party for the Multicultural Program at the Center for Grieving Children's release party for their CD, Inner Strength.  Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 6:00 PM at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. 

The CD grew from a collaboration between Media Studies service learning practicum students (cms 450 with Dennis Gilbert) including LIbby with the Center for Grieving Children.  Billy Libby continued his work with the Center after the completion of the service project and founded Your Song, Your Story, a non-profit organization that "presents a means for children to express their emotions by giving them the opportunity to form their own personal song. By crafting their own lyrics and melodies in a style that they connect with, children will discover the pride of musical creation, the healing qualities of artistic expression, and in the end, have a recording of their song, and their story." (from the organization's Facebook page ). 

Ralph Blumenthal Talk

Ralph BlumenthalProfessors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala were recently awarded a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant with matching funds from USM Provost Uzzi’s office.  The funds were used to bring Ralph Blumenthal, former New York Times investigative reporter to campus for a lecture and student workshop. Blumenthal and team won a Pulitzer for reporting on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which was the subject of his talk on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pulitzer-winner Ralph Blumenthal's recent talk at USM is now available as an audio file. Blumethal's talk was sponsored by a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant awarded to Professors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala.


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