Communication and Media Studies Department


Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 by Thomas Doherty
Ariel Rogers, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, will introduce Brandeis University Professor of Film Studies Thomas Doherty in a talk about his highly acclaimed book, Hollywood and Hitler, 1933 -1939. The talk takes place Friday, March 25, 6:00 PM at the Patriot Cinemas Nickelodeon in Portland. The talk is part of the Maine Jewish Film Festival's 2014 offerings.
Learning, Media and Technology
Drs. Maureen Ebben and Julien S. Murphy have published "Unpacking MOOC Scholarly Discourse: a Review of Nascent MOOC Scholarship" in Learning Media and Technology published by Taylor & Francis. The article can be viewed on the Taylor & Francis Online site.
Heath Bouffard with Camera
Reception for Heath Bouffard, the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award recipient: Monday, December 16, 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Communication & Media Studies Production Center 21 Durham Street, Portland Campus Faculty and Students are welcome!
Cinematic Appeals by Ariel Rogers
Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ariel Rogers' book, Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies, is now available from Columbia University Press. The book examines how the experience of cinema has been conceptualized in conjunction with new technologies, including widescreen and 3D in the 1950s, digital cinema in the 1990s, and digital 3D since 2005.
Heath Bouffard with Camera
Heath Bouffard has been granted the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award for the 2013-2014 academic year. Heath was chosen as a result of nomination from the communication and media studies faculty.
Ariel Rogers, PhD.
A University of Southern Maine (USM) assistant professor of film studies will be one of the participants in a panel discussion later this week during the Portland Maine Film Festival.
Associate Professor David Pierson
Read about Associate Professor David Pierson's forthcoming book, Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series ​in USM's Free Press.
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.


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Communication & Media Studies Spring 2016

The Communication and Media Studies preliminary list of courses for Spring 2016 is available. New courses for spring include a senior seminar course in communication-Argumentation and Advocacy, and a new production topic course on Film Directing.

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