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Weekly Event Highlights

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USM event highlights—week of March 1 to 8

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

March 1

All USM students and alumni are encouraged to attend the USM 2018 Job Fair, featuring more than 100 employers. Attendees will get the chance to take a free professional photo and talk with people looking to hire qualified graduates. Among the companies attending will be AAA Northern New England, Central Maine Healthcare, Hussey Seating Company, IDEXX Laboratories, MEMIC, Prudential, Spectrum and Tyler Technologies. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sullivan Gymnasium on the Portland campus.

March 2

At 7:30 p.m. the musical “A Man of No Importance” begins the first of eight performances on the main stage of Russell Hall on the Gorham Campus. The co-production of the School of Music and the Department of Theatre features an extraordinary student cast in telling a story that begins with a Dublin bus conductor’s poems and builds into an ambitious Oscar Wilde production. The book is by Terrence McNally with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Additional performances will be held on March 3, 4, 7, 8, and 9. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 for seniors, faculty, staff and alumni, and $22 for the general public

March 3

The second part in the lecture series “Mapping, Territory and Identity in Colonial America and the Early public” will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education on the Portland Campus. University of Virginia historian S. Max Edelson explores how Great Britain mapped North America and the West Indies in the lecture titled “The New Map of the Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence.” The event is free and open to the public.

March 5 & 6

Iranian classical guitarist Lily Afshar will hold a master class with USM students on March 5, followed by a concert on March 6. Afshar is a tenured professor and head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. She has arranged, published and recorded music for the guitar, and regularly conducts guitar master classes in conjunction with her touring and during summers in Iran. Both of her events take place at Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham campus. The March 5 class is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The March 6 concert is at 7:30 p.m. Her visit to USM is possible through the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series.

March 6

Shauna Shames, an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University, will present a lecture titled, “The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women, Minorities, and Millennials are Underrepresented in Politics.”  The talk begins at 5 p.m. in Room 213 of the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus. The free event — sponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network, League of Women Voters of Maine and the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center — is part of the year-long Gloria S. Duclos Convocation on race and participatory democracy.

Local Girl Scouts will bring cookies and therapy dogs to the Brooks Dining Center on the Gorham campus from 8 to 10 p.m. Hug a doggie and enjoy crafts and board games. Cookies will be for sale at $4 per box.

March 7

The threat of fascism in the United States is the subject of a public lecture led by Christopher Vials, an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut. He wrote the 2014 book, “Haunted By Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism.” The free event takes place at 5 p.m. on the 7th floor of Glickman Library and is part of the year-long Gloria S. Duclos Convocation on race and participatory democracy.

March 8

About 40 student art works will be highlighted in the annual Student Juried Exhibition at the USM Art Gallery on the Gorham Campus. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. with remarks and awards at 6:15 p.m. From April 5 to May 1, selected works will travel to the AREA Gallery in the Portland’s Woodbury Campus Center.

Recognizing International Women’s Day, feminist, activist and scholar Loretta Ross will discuss “Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump.” Ross was a co-founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005-2012. The free lecture is at 7 p.m. in Talbot Hall, located in Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland campus. Online registration is requested. The event is part of the year-long Gloria S. Duclos Convocation on race and participatory democracy.

Our School of Music and the Art Gallery have their Spring seasons posted – so check them out to save the dates! And don’t forget to check out the USM Athletics website to cheer on our terrific Huskies teams!