Women and Gender Studies Program


USM Women & Gender Studies Announces 2015 Award Recipients

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.

WGS Alum to Serve on the Board of Victoria Mansion

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 Screening on March 8, 2015 in celebration of International Woman's Day at SPACE Gallery

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

WGS/HTY Adjunct Prof. Polly Kaufman Honored by National Women’s History Project

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.

“Building a World Where Black Lives Matter" 2015 USM Women's History Month Keynote Address by Alicia Garza, Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter

Friday, March 27, 2015 5:30PM — Reception 6:30PM — Lecture Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center, Portland Campus

Vessel: Film Viewing Sponsored by WGS & the Maine Choice Coalition

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.

Professors Eve Raimon & Susan Fineran to Speak at Film Viewing for ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power

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.

WGS/PHI Professor Kathleen Wininger to Lead Post-viewing Discussion of "Concerning Violence" at SPACE Gallery

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".

WGS/ENG Prof. Eve Raimon Coordinates “Slavery and Public History” Exhibition

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.

WGS 2014 Holiday Gathering Planned

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!