Communication and Media Studies Department


Read the interview with David Pierson in the Pacific Standard
Read the interview with Associate Professor of Media Studies David Pierson in the Pacific Standard. Dr. Pierson's forthcoming book Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series is expected to be available in November 2013.
Dr. Pierson's book, Breaking Bad
Communication and Media Studies Associate Professor David Pierson's book "Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Context, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series," published by Lexington Books, is due out in November, 2013.
Ariel Rogers, Ph.D
With its numerous film festivals, popular movie theaters and creative milieu, the greater Portland area already is known as a vibrant film community. The new Cinema Studies Minor starting this fall at the University of Southern Maine (USM) adds a significant component to the region’s reputation as a thriving and innovative film center.
Dr. Leonard Shedletsky.
Professor Leonard Shedletsky's presentation, The State of Discussion and Critical Thinking, is now available online. This discussion explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of classroom discussions.
Matthew Killmeier with Salmon
Communication and media studies Associate Professor Matthew Killmeier published his article, “More than Monsters: Dark Fantasy, the Mystery-Thriller and Horror’s Heterogeneous History” in the May 2013 issue of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media (Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 165-180).
Professor Lenny Shedletsky
Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of discussions and gain a keener ability to think about your own discussions. All are invited to attend this important presentation and discussion. Wed, 06/26/2013, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Abromson Center, Portland campus, USM.
Students look at camera
The screening of original films from the Advanced Production course will take place on Thursday, May 9th at 7:15 pm in the Talbot Auditorium, USM Portland campus.
Jessica Lockhart's Audio Production II students' work is now available on the website. Visit the producer's showcase archives for April 23rd at
Photo of Emily Shaw, Ph.D.
"Identity, Belief and Rhetoric in the National Gun Debate: What's Changed Since the Passage of the Brady Bill" a talk with Emily Shaw Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM, in Wishcamper 133 on the Portland Campus. Free and open to the public!
Lee Nelson with Broadcast Newswriting students.
CMS 315 Broadcast Newswriting students recently toured the WSCH Channel 6 newsroom in Portland. Lee Nelson (pictured second row, far right) has been morning anchor at WSCH NEWS CENTER since 1990 and teaching newswriting for communication and media studies students since spring 2011.


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