Women and Gender Studies Program
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.
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.
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".
Prof. Raimon said that she thought an exhibit of artifacts of African-American history in New England, depicting slavery and racism, might help people better understand the racial tensions that still plague our country to today.
The Women and Gender Studies Program Alumni Association will host faculty, staff, affiliated scholars, and students on Friday, Dec 12th from 5-7:30PM at Congress Squared, 157 High Street, Portland, ME. Visit: http://www.congresssquared.com/ to join together and celebrate the end of 2014. Please join us!
Kim Stallwood, author of Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate will be speaking on the USM Portland Campus at 7:30PM on November 15, 2014 in Talbot Lecture Hall (first floor of Luther Bonney Hall). The lecture is being sponsored by the Maine Animal Coalition, the Maine Friends of Animals, and USM's Women and Gender Studies Program. The event is free & open to the public.
On August 22, feminist faculty, affiliated scholars, WGS students and alums will gather at the Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St, in Portland to collaborate, celebrate and network.
A city-wide discussion on The Minimum Wage will take place from 5-7 p.m., on Wednesday, August 20, in Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, Congress St., Portland.