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Weekly Event Highlights

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USM event highlights
— week of October 11 to 18

October 11

On Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the USM Career Hub is hosting its first ever Engineering Hiring Event at the John Mitchell Center on the Gorham Campus. 

Browse items from the USM Theatre costume stock for Halloween at the Halloween Costume Sale, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Russell Hall in the Theatre lobby, open to all USM students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

October 12

Register now to join the Muskie School of Public Service and the USM Foundation Friday, 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., as Chris Matthews (host of "Hardball" on MSNBC) talks with Tony Payne, a member of our Board of Visitors, about his latest book, "Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit" at Hannaford Hall.

The Food for Thought Luncheon Series takes place on the Lewiston Campus Friday, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m., in the LAC Function Room 170, with guest speaker and game designer, Tom Deschenes.

Casino eventOctober 13

Saturday is jam-packed with events in Gorham for Homecoming! After a day full of Huskies Athletics (check out the schedules here, and here) continue the fun at a Las Vegas-themed Festival: Casino Night, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in Lower Brooks. Family, friends, and alumni are invited to enjoy a fun night of entertainment and casino games: craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker.

Earlier Saturday morning, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, piano majors as well as the public are invited to enjoy a Piano Master Class With Inon Barnatan at Corthell Concert Hall, followed by an Old-Fashioned Outdoor Band Concert, at 1:00 p.m., on the green.

October 14

Octoberfest HomecomingIt’s looking like perfect weather for leaf peeping and USM Octoberfest this weekend in Gorham! Top off Homecoming at Hodgden's Field, 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. All students, family, friends, and alumni are welcome for this free afternoon of fun including a petting zoo, food trucks, farmers market, pumpkin painting, caricatures, a balloon artist, and more

October 16

Get to campus early Tuesday for a panel discussion, “Why Diversity is Good For Business,” facilitated by USM Corporate Partners, exploring the opportunities and challenges of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. The event will also include breakout sessions to leave you with specific action items that you can take back to your own workplace. Get all the details and register today!

October 17

Wednesday morning, 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., catch a screening and discussion of the Maine-based documentary film “Dawnland” in Masterton 113. You’ll have another chance to see the film in November as part of Convocation, save the date!

Convocation keynote speakerWednesday evening, USM Convocation events continue at the 3rd Annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture on Race and Democracy: "Why we should promote racial justice (and other good causes) through free speech, not censorship.” Nadine Strossen, the keynote, is a chaired professor at New York Law School, and widely recognized expert on constitutional law and civil liberties. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the lecture at 6:00 p.m., at Hannaford Hall on the USM Portland Campus.

October 18

Thursday evening USM Artist-in-Residence Daniel Minter will moderate a panel discussion about Malaga Island research and projects, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 10 Bailey Hall on the Gorham Campus. A reception will follow at the Art Gallery until 7:00 p.m.

Stay a bit longer at 10 Bailey Hall that night for the “There Is My Home” film screening. Starting at 7:00 p.m., this 30-minute documentary features Hawa Ibrahim and Batula Ismail, two women trying to support their families as farmers in Maine. The film is being shown as part of the statewide collaboration “Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks, and Pathways.”


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10/19: The Department of Theatre has something fun in store with “Tartuffe!” Opening 10/19, check out the dates and get your tickets!

The C-SPAN bus is coming to USM -- more details coming soon but for now, save the date: Friday, October 19, 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.!

11/1: Join the University of Maine School of Law for the 2018 Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law & Public Service featuring John Cruden, President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers-ACOEL, discussing: "A Historical Perspective on Environmental Law and Implications for Today," at Hannaford Hall (Reception 5:30 p.m., Lecture 7:00 p.m.) Registration is required by web, or phone or at 207-780-4344. 

To see ALL events happening at USM, please go to USM's Calendar of Events.

Please make the USM Calendar first on your event to-do list - it’s the go-to place for everyone (even off campus) to find out what is happening on our three busy campuses. Whoever manages your department website, just needs to add your events there, PLUS when posting, also click "cross-post to the USM Event Calendar." More event promotion help can be found on the Public Affairs website, and CMS Training is ongoing monthly, bookmark the schedule.