University of Maine sociologist Amy Blackstone spoke with WABI (Channel 5) for the second part of its two-part series “Baby? Maybe?” Blackstone and her husband spoke about their reasoning and decision to not have children. Blackstone said having discussions about choosing whether to have children is important and that “every kid deserves to be wanted.” Blackstone and fellow UMaine sociologist Kim Huisman also discussed motherhood and childfree living for the first part of the series.
In WABI’s (Channel 5) two-part series on parenthood, University of Maine sociologists Kim Huisman and Amy Blackstone discuss motherhood and childfree living. “In some cultures, motherhood is expected and if you’re not a mother then there is a stigma attached to you,” said Huisman, who teaches a course on the social construction of motherhood. Blackstone says while women have more opportunities and choices today, there is still a stigma attached to being childfree. “We definitely have a pretty narrow idea of what the ideal family is in our culture, and if you go outside that 2.5 kids and a dog and a cat and a mom and a dad, you’re probably going to experience a little bit of cultural pushback,” she said. Part II of the series, which is slated to air Tuesday, Feb. 25, features two families. One has five children younger than 7 years old and one has two people — Blackstone and her husband.
The Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry recently published an article co-authored by several University of Maine faculty members who were part of a Community Engaged Research Teaching and Service (CERTS) learning circle. In “Moving Beyond the Single Discipline: Building a Scholarship of Engagement that Permeates Higher Education,” the co-authors, led by Linda Silka, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and a professor in the School of Economics, and Robert Glover, an Honors preceptor of political science, use the example of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with engaged scholarship that is designed to address community problems, according to co-author Amy Blackstone, an associate professor of sociology. Other co-authors include Laura Lindenfeld and Claire Sullivan, associate professors in the Department of Communication and Journalism; Karen Hutchins, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism; Catherine Elliott, an associate extension professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; and Melissa Ladenheim, an adjunct assistant professor in Honors.
The winter 2013 issue of the London-based Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine features an article written by University of Maine sociologist Kyriacos Markides. The article, based on Markides’ work, is titled “Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality.”
Robin Barstow, a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine who also has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Bangor Daily News titled “In Maine, Thanksgiving dinner can be made with completely local ingredients.”
A Morning Sentinel article on immigrants relocating to Maine and a recent influx of Iraqi families moving to Augusta cited research by Kim Huisman, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maine. According to a 2009 study by Huisman, 95 percent of the Somali population in Maine can be classified as secondary immigrants, or refugees who come to Maine after initially settling in other parts of the country.
The Republican Journal previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
The Maine Edge previewed a free two-day conference organized by University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1-2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.
University of Maine sociologist Kim Huisman has organized a free two-day conference to strengthen mother-daughter bonds and create zones where girls can thrive. “Strong Girls: Cultivating Connection, Resilience, and Hardiness in Girls” will be held Nov. 1–2 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, says Huisman, UMaine associate professor of sociology.
SuEllen Hamkins, psychiatrist, co-creator of The Mother-Daughter Project and co-author of “The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence,” will deliver a presentation 5:30–9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Following her talk about challenges and successes of mother-daughter groups, those interested in starting groups will have an opportunity to interact. Refreshments will be provided.
Huisman modeled the Maine Mother-Daughter Project that she created after the book written by Hamkins and Renee Schultz. Both aim to foster understanding of societal forces that affect mothers and daughters and seek to create opportunities for them to strengthen bonds with each other and their respective communities.
Lyn Mikel Brown and Dana Bushee Hernandez will present Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) training about creating empowerment zones for girls from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. They’ll also talk about bringing Adventure Girls — a program for girls to meet female role models who defy gender stereotypes — to midcoast Maine. Brown is a professor of education at Colby College, co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, author of “Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls” and co-author of “Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes.” Bushee Hernandez is the training institute manager at HGHW. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The deadline to register for one or both of the free sessions is Oct. 15. Registration is online. To request a disability accommodation, contact Erica Hughes at 207.338.8034. For more information, visit umaine.edu/mainemotherdaughterproject, hghw.org and themother-daughterproject.com/ourbook.htm.
UMaine sociologist Amy Blackstone was quoted on YouBeauty.com, a website co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, in a story about the TV show “Pan Am” and the importance of image in the work place and to one’s career. Blackstone said research shows more attractive people are likely to receive favorable treatment in the work place.
Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777