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Replay: 'The USM Update,' October 2019

The USM Update taping October 2019

In the October 2019 episode of "The USM Update," USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests from a variety of disciplines to highlight the university's commitments to diversity, research and workforce development. Watch the full show.

First, Cummings talks with Sara Valentine, chair and professor of the Department of Theatre, and Theatre Lecturer Rachel Price Cooper to discuss the 2019-2020 Theatre season, "Celebrating, Honoring & Empowering Women's Voices." The season features an all-woman array of playwrights and directors with seven events over the course of the academic year. Check out the interview.

Also, read more about the 2019-2020 Theatre season, and buy tickets now.

Next up, we meet with Matthew Bampton, professor of Geography-Anthropology, and Jan Piribeck, professor of Digital Art and Foundations, to discuss their recent journey to Southern Greenland with more than a dozen other researchers from USM and the University of Maine System. The trip's goal: to experience first-hand the challenges the region faces in the wake of a changing climate and socioeconomic landscape, then address those issues and relate them to similar ones facing Maine. Read more about the trip, and watch the segment now.

We close the show with a discussion about USM's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, which teaches students from around the globe the academic and professional English skills they need to reach their educational and career-related goals. ESOL Instructor and Program Coordinator, Michelle Perry, outlines the program, while students Sudip Rijal and Jefersson Ruiz sit down with President Cummings to talk about their experience. Don't miss it.

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 About "The USM Update"

"The USM Update" is a monthly, half-hour program covering all things about the University of Southern Maine — from groundbreaking research to workforce development initiatives and more — hosted by University President Glenn Cummings during the academic year.

The "Update" is produced by the USM Office of Public Affairs in partnership with the University's Communication and Media Studies Department and several media partners in Southern, Central and Coastal Maine covering more than 40 communities with a combined population of over 400,000 people. 

New episodes air on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 p.m. on the Portland-based Portland Media Center (formerly Community Television Network/CTN5) channel 5. Viewers outside the Portland area should check their local listings.