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Weekly Event Highlights

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USM event highlights—week of November 16-23

Here are just a few highlights from the USM Calendar of Events for this week. Please follow the links below for complete event details. 

Thursday, November 16

The Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) will host a One-Year Anniversary Open House Celebration from 3-5:30pm on the top floor of the Sullivan Gym. Meet our students, then enjoy refreshments, tour “The ROCC”, network and celebrate with your community! Please RSVP to

The School of Music will host visiting artists Ken Peplowski, world class jazz clarinetist, and Tom Snow, one of New England's finest pianists for a performance and clinic at Corthell Hall from 3-4:30pm.

Osher ExhibitHelp us celebrate the opening of the Go Where the Map Takes You: The Intersection of Cartography and Creativity exhibition from 5:30-8pm at the Osher Map Library. The artists in this exhibition have used the techniques of mapping and maps themselves, to show the way to the metaphorical and the metaphysical. A panel discussion will take place at 6pm. Free and open to the public. 

The USM Youth Ensembles Fall Instrumental Concert will take place at 7pm at Merrill Auditorium. Portland's outstanding regional youth music performance program will perform their annual fall instrumental concert, featuring the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann; the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by Trae Blanco; the Portland Young People's String Consort, conducted by Deborah Dabczynski; and the Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, conducted by Ferdinand Liva, USM violin artist faculty member.

The Southworth Planetarium will host a science lecture on "Climate Change in Maine: What do we do now?" at 7pm. Admission is by donation. Ivan J. Fernandez will speak about how we can take steps to shape the best future outcomes for ourselves and the generations to come. Fernandez is professor in the School of Forest Resources, Climate Change Institute and School of Food and Agriculture at the University of Maine.

Don't miss one of the final performances of "Twelfth Night (or What You Will)" on the Main Stage at Russell Hall this weekend! Read the Portland Press Herald's praise for the cast here. Remaining shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.

Friday, November 17

Don't forget to check out the Art Department and Galleries' two current exhibitions, Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape and Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion, both running through December 8.

This holiday season, the ROCC will celebrate Giving Thanks for Recovery with a potluck and karaoke. Join us from  5-7pm for food, fun, laughter and community! RSVP to If you bring a dish, please have a list of ingredients for anyone with food allergies.

The Iranian Film Festival continues on the Portland campus with "The Song of Sparrows" at 5:30pm in Wishcamper 133 and "Marooned in Iraq" at 5:45 in Wishcamper 211.

The next event of the Gloria S. Duclos Convocation is "Is the Press Being Fair to President Trump?" at 7pm in Hannaford Hall. The discussion will feature a panel of distinguished journalists moderated by Matthew V. Storin, former executive director of the Boston Globe.

The next faculty concert at the School of Music is the Portland Jazz Orchestra directed by professor Chris Oberholtzer at 8pm in Corthell Hall. This concert will feature original compositions and arrangements by members of the band. The Portland Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit jazz organization dedicated to curating jazz in Portland, Maine and fostering the growth of musical experiences in the New England area.

Saturday, November 18

The School of Music's Opera Workshop will present The New Orient Express—All Aboard for Opera! at 8pm in Corthell Hall. Opera director Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter and the USM Opera Workshop singers invite you to hop on this famous train, making stops at opera houses in lots of big cities!

Sunday, November 19

Join us for this year's “Celestial Sounds” concert at 5pm. This is an uplifting musical experience that is designed to reach a broad audience. Works to be featured include classical composers such as Haydn and Mozart, as well as more contemporary works including a Broadway medley. In addition to diverse programming, this concert will include a diverse range of singers featuring the Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, Southern Maine Youth Chorale and the University Chorale. This concert will be held at State Street Church, 159 State Street, Portland.

Monday, November 20

When you think of the phrase "Painting Democracy," what comes to mind? Social, economic, political issues? Or passion, purpose and community? Come to the Freedom of Expression (FoX) space on the 1st floor of the Glickman Library in the Cohen Center to explore, expand and paint your ideas on canvas. No experience needed. No judgement. Come to this event to paint and have fun! USM students, faculty and staff welcome. Supplies and light refreshments provided.

Tuesday, November 21

Join us for the discussion of "The Fire This Time," an anthology that deals with everything from the Charleston church shooting in 2015, to OutKast's musical influence, to Rachel Dolezal's public and political deceptions. 4-5:30pm in Glickman 325.

Women's Basketball will play Bates College at 5:30pm and the Men's Ice Hockey team will play at 7pm, both at home. See the Huskies Athletics complete schedule here. Go Huskies!

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24

No classes. Enjoy your Thanksgiving recess!

Coming up... 

Planning is underway for the 5th annual Husky Harvest, which will take place on November 29 from 11am-2pm in the Woodbury Campus Center. Sample dishes from around the world and enjoy live music and dance performances, plus henna tattoo and dream catcher making stations, and more!

The Weekly Highlights page is just a brief overview of USM events in the coming week. For a full listing of USM events across all three campuses with complete event details, please visit the USM Events Calendar.