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Maine Educational Equity Roundtable
This video was sponsored by the American Association of University Women. In this video national and state educators discuss the inequalities between boys and girls and address ways to deal with specific issues that pertain to girls and boys in Maine schools. (60 min. 1992)

Maine Women’s Studies Conference
The 21st Annual Maine Women’s Studies Conference: Globalization, Immigration and Borderlands was held at the University of Maine on November 18, 2006. The Plenary Speaker was Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Director of Women’s Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College, Atlanta. Her talk was entitled “Global Black Feminisms.” Mazie Hough, Nasra Mohamed, Safia Nur, and Carol Toner of The University of Maine Somali Narrative Project also presented “Telling Somali Women’s Stories: A Reader’s Theatre.” AM and PM sessions of the conference are available in both DVD and VHS format.

The Making of a Lesbian Encyclopedia
Part of the WIC Lunch Series. The speaker was Prof. Bonnie Zimmerman from San Diego State University. (1998)

The Making of Tres Vidas: A Play About Three Latina Women (WIC Lunch 2003)
The author, Marjorie Agosin, is a well-known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of people in Latin American countries. She talks about the inspiration for and development of her play, which features three legendary Latin American women.

Male Faculty in the Women’s Studies Classroom:
Why Integrate Feminism into the Curriculum?
Stephen Marks, Professor of Sociology, Eric Peterson, Professor of Communication & Journalism, Marwin Spiller, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Nathan Stormer, Associate Professor of Communication & Journalism. Part of the Fall 2007 Women in the Curriculum Lunch Series. November 27, 2007. DVD and VHS format.

Mann Ke Manjeere: An Album of Women’s Dreams
This story of a woman’s journey from a battered wife to truck driver is portrayed by well-known actor, Mita Vashist. Shot in Pushkar, the story was inspired by the life of Shamim Pathan from Ahmedabad who left an abusive marriage to become a matador taxi driver. The video raises important issues of violence against women, women in non-traditional occupations and their access to public space.

Marjorie Agosin Reads From Her Work: New Writers Series
Agosin is the author of nearly 20 books that include poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. She has received numerous literary awards including the Letras de Oro Prize for Poetry and the Latino Literature Prize. (2003)

Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremonies
Each year, the Women in the Curriculum Program honors Maine women of distinction with the Maryann Hartman Awards. Named for the late Dr. Maryann Hartman, an Associate Professor of Speech Communication, a distinguished educator, feminist scholar and humanist, the awards are given to recognize those Maine women whose achievements in the arts, politics, business, education and community service provide inspiration for women.

1987 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Doris Twitchell Allen, for her work as a psychologist and peace activist; Eileen Farrell, for her accomplishments as a singer, and Lenore Thomas Straus, for her work in sculpting.

1988 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were JoAnn Fritsche, educator and policy maker; Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic Gold Medal winner, and Dorothy Clarke Wilson, playwright and biographer.

1991 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Gilda Nardone, for her work with the Displaced Homemakers Program; Lillianne Labbe, for her accomplishments in helping to preserve the Franco-American heritage in Maine; and Margaret Chase Smith, for her role in national politics.

1992 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Glenna Atwood, for her work in community health education; Constance Carlson, for her accomplishments in higher education, and Harriet Henry, for her work in the legal system.

1993 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Joan Brooks, for her accomplishments in scientific research; Mary “Winnie” MacDonald, for her work as an activist for women with AIDS, and Mary Philbrook, a spokesperson for the Micmac Nation.

1994 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Mary Mitchell Gabriel, for her contributions to the craft of basket making; Emily L. Muir, for her accomplishments in architecture and visual arts; and Alice Stewart, for her contributions to the field of Canadian Studies.

1995 — Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Gladys Hasty Carroll, for her distinguished career as an author and preservationist of Maine traditions; Kay Gardner, for her nationally known accomplishments as a flutist, composer and conductor; and Katherine Musgrave, for her distinguished career in service to the community through nutrition education for women, children and the elderly.

1996– Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Judy Guay for her welfare rights activism; Patricia Riley for her activities on behalf of the elderly; and Clarice Yentsch for her scientific achievements and her work for gender equity in science.

1997– Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Madeleine Giguere for her work in preserving and promoting Franco-American culture in Maine; Constance Hunting for her achievements as an educator, poet, and publisher; and Dale McCormick for her political leadership and her training of women for nontraditional careers.

1998– Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Eleanor Humes Haney, a feminist theologian and community activist; Lucy Poulin, the president and cofounder of H.O.M.E., Inc., a cooperative community dedicated to economic and social reconstruction for individuals and families in transition from homelessness to independence; Eleanor Sargent, a practicing nurse who has raised more than $2,000,000 in hospital- equipment and supplies for hospitals in Guatemala and El Salvador and has arranged for Feed the Children to deliver food to Aroostook County’s temporary shelter for the homeless and the Diocesan Human Relations of Caribou; and Barbara Cooney Porter, the author illustrator of over 100 children’s books for which she has received two Caldecott Medals and one American Book Award.

1999–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Donna Loring, Glenna Smith, and Esperanza Stancioff.

2000–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Theodora Kalikow, Ruth Lockhart, and Jude Spacks.

2001–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Phyllis Austin, senior reporter for the Maine Times and pioneer of environmental journalism; Laura Fortman, executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Women’s Development Institute; Tabitha King, author, philanthropist, and fundraiser. Also included is Lindsay Richardson, the first recipient of our Young Women’s Social Justice Award, who is a senior at Edward Little High, who identifies herself as a socially conscious, liberal, and outspoken activist for equal rights and reproductive rights and is involved in many groups.

2002–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Elizabeth (Libby) Mitchell for her political leadership in the Maine Legislature and beyond; Valerie Osborne for her innovative library work and her advocacy for girls; Jan Symonds for her wide ranging leadership in areas from women’s health to the Maine lobstering community, and Alicia McConkey, recipient of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award, a 2002 graduate of Oxford Hills High School.

2003–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The Recipients were Dahlov Ipcar for her artistic creativity, both visual and literary; Joyce Longcore for her path-braking work in the natural sciences; Lillian O’Brien for her wide-ranging leadership both in her own community and in the state legislature, and Mallory Cyr, recipient of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award.

2004–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Denise Altvater for her integration of traditional cultural practices into her work with and on behalf of Wabanaki youth; Vivianne Holmes for her support and celebration of women farmers, combined with humor and environmental ethics; Leigh Saufley for bringing a focus on families to her position as Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court; and Safia Nur, recipient of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award.

2005–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Judith Isaacson for her critically acclaimed writing and public speaking lectures on her Holocaust experience and that of others; Jean Lavigne for her HIV/AIDS activism and leadership in making benefits available to same-sex partners in the UM system; Dorothy Schwartz for making the Maine Humanities Council a major cultural institution in the state and a model for the nation; Brooke Hayne, recipient of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award, for initiating Gay/Straight activities in her high school, despite opposition.

2006–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Mary Cathcart for her political advocacy for women in the Maine legislature and beyond; Lee Sharkey for her poetry and her ability to connect her community with the issues women face in the Middle East and Central America; Sarah Hudson for creating and improving emergency medical care systems on shore and on the high seas; Amelia Butman and Hazel Stark – recipients of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award. DVD and VHS format.

2007–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Alicia Anstead for her nationally recognized career in journalism; Sally Jacobs for her dedication to the preservation and enjoyment of Maine’s great outdoors; Harriet H. Price as an activist and writer promoting peace, social justice and diversity; Hannah Hudson, recipient of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award. DVD and VHS format.

2008–Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony
The recipients were Catherine Beller-McKenna for her work using both music and language to promote social change; Ilze Petersons for her commitment to peace and social justice in eastern Maine and beyond; Kirsten Walter as a leader in community gardens, sustainable agriculture, and food security; Codi Booher, recipient of the Young Women’s Social Justice Award. DVD format.

Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girl’s Development
An on-campus lecture by Dr. Lyn Mikel Brown, Assistant Professor of Human Development at Colby College. Brown discusses how adolescence is a watershed period in women’s psychological development; a point in time at which many women experience a drop in self-esteem and a rise in depression. (75 min. 1994)

The Member of the Wedding
Based on the book and play by Carson McCullers, this film follows a young girl through her brother’s wedding and beyond. (91 min. 1992)

Men and Violence: Why the Denial and Anger?
Myriam Medzian, Visiting Libra Professor in Peace Studies. Co-sponsored by Peace Studies, the UM Safe Campus Project, and Cooperative Extension. Part of the 2003 WIC Lunch Series.

A Midwife’s Tale
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Laurel Ulrich, A Midwife’s Tale unfolds like a detective story – true tale of two women, 200 years apart, linked by the massive yet cryptic diary one of them left behind. A Midwife’s Tale takes place in a small Maine town during the turbulent decades following the American Revolution time when social change and religious conflict are rife, and survival is a full-time job. (88 min. 1997)

Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks struck the match that lit the fire of the Civil Rights Movement. Hardly an old lady too tired to give up her bus seat, she was a 42-year-old NAACP activist committed to social change. The 50,000 foot soldiers of this second American Revolution were her neighbors. Their stories are told with sparkling humor and rich detail, against a backdrop of archival footage and “faux doc” reenactments using vintage cameras. (40 min. 2002)

Military Sexual Trauma (NOW – PBS Home Video)
Roughly one in seven of America’s active duty military soldiers is a woman, but a NOW investigation found that sexual assault and rape is widespread. One study of National Guard and reserve forces found that almost one in four women had been assaulted or raped. Last year alone, almost 3,000 soldiers reported sexual assault and rape by other soldiers. In one of the only national television broadcasts of the issue, NOW features women who speak out for the first time about what happened. One woman recounts her ordeal of rape by her superior officer. Many more don’t report the incidents for fear of how it will affect their careers. The shocking phenomenon has a label: military sexual trauma, or MST. NOW meets women courageously battling to overcome their MST, bringing light to an issue that’s putting the Army in shame. (30 minutes, 2007, DVD)

Miss Representation
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors. Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective. (90 Minutes, 2011, DVD)

Modern Heroes, Modern Slaves
Each day, thousands of women leave underdeveloped countries like the Philippines to seek work as domestics in more prosperous places. What little money they earn they send home to their families. This crucial source of revenue to their country’s economy has prompted the Philippine government to call these contract workers “modern day heroes.” Starting from the case of Flor Contemplacion, the Philippine maid hanged in Singapore for the killing of her abusive employer, this film shows the human and sometimes tragic side of this organized labor trade: failed marriages, family break ups, and exploitation and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous employers. The film also takes us to a shelter in Saudi Arabia where abused domestics seek refuge. These women will ultimately return home penniless. The Philippine government sponsors training courses for young women to become nightclub dancers abroad, and facilitates their transportation. When it comes to human rights violations, however, the government is reluctant to pressure foreign governments for fear of losing revenue. This leaves women migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation. (1997, 45 minutes, DVD & VHS)

Modern Women in Crisis: Dramatic Scenes by Women Playwrights Performed by UMaine Acting Students
Part of the WIC Lunch Series. Sandra Hardy, Associate Professor of Theatre, directed the scenes and addressed questions. (1998)

The Modest Maiden Transformed, or Sexuality, Family Lives and the Construction of Race in Colonial New England: A Study of European and Algonquin Cultural Exchange
Algonquin women, described by 17th-century English explorers as “maidenly modest”: became by the 18th century, the most frequent targets of infanticide prosecution. Ann Plane, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, describes the process of inter-cultural encounter in Southern New England which led to this transformation and shows that differing sexual mores lay behind a shift from a grudging respect for cultural differences. Part of Women’s History Celebration. (90 min. 1996)

The Motherhood Manifesto
Did you know that…only four countries in the world – Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and the United States – fail to provide paid maternity leave to all workers? Canada now guarantees a full year of paid parental leave and California recently became the first state in the U.S. to provide such paid leave? Businesses that create flexible work environments find that productivity goes up, they attract more talent, turnover is reduced and their bottom line is improved? Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and hilarious old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and families in America. See how enlightened employees and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal healthcare, excellent childcare, after school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families. (57 Minutes, DVD)

Motherhood, Politics and the Environment
Part of the 2005 WIC/WST Fall Luncheon Series with guest speaker Winona LaDuke. 12/06/05 

Mountain Wolf Woman: 1884-1960
Narrated by Mountain Wolf Woman’s granddaughter, Naomi Russell; based on the autobiography edited by Nancy Oestrich Lurie (Univ. of Michigan Press). An authentic Winnebago wedding song is sung by Irene Thundercloud, baskets, beads, ribbon appliquŽ, cranberry marshes, moccasins, wigwams, frybread, and scenes from a powwow. (17 min. 1990)

Moving the Unmovable: Strategies for Institutional Change
Dr. Bernice Sandler, Senior Scholar in Residence for the National Association for Women in Education and published author, discusses strategies to improve women’s education and the classroom climate for women, as well as the history of gender equity (or lack thereof) at universities. (75 min. 1997)

Multiplying Options and Subtracting Bias: Eliminating Sex Bias from Math Education
Narrated by actress Marlo Thomas, this short film examines how women are socialized to avoid the study of math. The mistake of believing that math is not necessary for further education or a career is emphasized. Also provided are suggestions for overcoming math bias. While the material and format may seem somewhat dated, the message and intent are still relevant. (30 min. 1979)

My Girlfriend Did It
A documentary about domestic violence in lesbian relationships. (42 min. 1995)

My Land Zion
The controversial follow-up to Yulie Cohen Gerstel’s award-winning 2002 release MY TERRORIST, kicks off a national tour with its US Premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival and a screening at NYC’s Makor.Gerstel, a powerful voice for peace who has engaged audiences all over the world, will continue on with screenings and speaking engagements at such prestigious venues as Harvard University and The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Often screening as a double bill with MY TERRORIST, the program is a courageous and provocative examination of the Middle East conflict, a challenge to Zionist myths and a personal essay on Gerstel’s own decision to raise her family in war-torn Israel. (2004, 57 minutes, VHS)

My Terrorist
In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen was wounded in a terrorist attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A stewardess for the Israeli airline El Al, she was attacked along with other crewmembers when getting off the bus to the hotel in London. In a remarkable twist of faith, twenty-three years later Cohen began questioning the causes of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and started to consider helping release the man who almost killed her, Fahad Mihyi.From the time she was a young girl, Cohen considered herself a staunch Israeli nationalist. Growing up in an upper middle class neighborhood in Israel (where her neighbors included future Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Arik Sharon, and military hero Moshe Dayan), she patriotically served in the military. After working as an Israel coordinator on a film shoot and visiting the occupied territories, Cohen came to realize that both Israelis and Palestinians played a role in perpetuating the cycle of hostility and bloodshed. It was her goal to stand up as a survivor and call for reconciliation on each side. An inspiring story of forgiveness, Cohen’s poignant documentary is a moving testimony of human compassion and a call for peace. (2002, Color, 58 Minutes, DVD & VHS)


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