Women and Gender Studies Program


Portland Women's History Trail
USM's Digital Maine initiative and research cluster in Digital Humanities announces the launch of the Portland Women’s History Trail app. The app is based on longtime research conducted by project leader Eileen Eagan, Associate Professor of History and her colleagues and students.
Meaghan LaSala
Graduating senior in Women & Gender Studies, Meaghan LaSala, was selected to receive the 2015 Maine Campus Compact Student Heart and Soul Award at their 14thannual Awards Ceremony.
Prof. Nancy Gish, Gabriel Demaine,and Prof. Lorrayne Carroll
The USM Women and Gender Studies Program (WGS)​ ​will hold our third annual “Celebration of Feminist Creativity and Community” Awards Reception in the University Events Room of the Glickman Family Library ​from ​6:30-7:30 PM on evening of April 27, 2015, following the Women & Gender Studies Student Research Symposium 5:00-6:30 PM. Three awards will be presented.
Lauren Webster LaFrance
2007​ ​USM Outstanding Graduate of Women and Gender Studies Award recipient,​ ​Lauren Webster LaFrance will begin serving a three year term on Victoria Mansion’s Board of Trustees on April 22.​ ​After graduating​ ​summa​ ​cum laude from USM in 2002​ ​with a​ ​Women's Studies BA and a Criminology minor, Lauren went on to earn a​n MA​ in American and New England Studies in 2007.
Girlhood: A Film by Céline Sciamma
Sunday, March 8, 2015 7:30 PM SPACE Gallery 538 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101 $8.00 $6.00/Free for USM Students with a student ID
Polly Kaufman
Polly Welts Kaufman is a writer, teacher and above all an activist for equality. Her path to writing women’s lives began with the sound of a door closing, heavy as it was with gendered prejudice. Graduating from Brown University in 1951 with a degree in American Studies, she planned to teach high school in Providence, Rhode Island, only to be asked, “Are you married or going to be married?” Answering “Yes,” she was told to look elsewhere for employment.
Alicia Garza
Friday, March 27, 2015 5:30PM — Reception 6:30PM — Lecture Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus
Join us for a screening of award-winning documentary Vessel, followed by a panel discussion. Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.
ANITA is a dramatic look at the consequences to a private citizen acting out of a civic duty to 'speak truth to power.' For the first time on film Anita Hill speaks about her experience in the Senate Hearings, her impact on issues of sexual harassment, workplace rights for women and men, social justice and equality.
Concerning Violence still
Prof. Kathleen Wininger will lead the post-film discussion. of "Concerning Violence." A film about post-colonial struggles for liberation, which explores the mechanism of decolonization using text from Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth".


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