UMaine Lunch Series Spring Semester Schedule

Contact: Joe Carr at (207) 581-3571

ORONO — The University of Maine Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program lunchtime discussion series spring semester schedule begins on Wednesday, Jan. 28 with a presentation by Colby College professor Lyn Mikel Brown. The series will continue through April. 21, with a two-week break during UMaine’s Spring Break.


The series features lectures, panels and performances that reflect current scholarship on women’s issues, providing visiting scholars, university faculty members, staff, students and community members an opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience.


Brown, who is a member of the education and human development faculty at Colby will discuss “Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls” at 12:15 p.m. in Memorial Union’s Bangor Lounge.


The remainder of the semester schedule follows.  Unless otherwise noted, the presentations will take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Bangor Lounge.


Wednesday, Feb. 4

“From Judaism to Christianity: Conversion of Jewish Females in Napoleonic Italy”

*Alexander Grab, UMaine Professor of History


Wednesday, Feb. 11

“History as the Backdrop for Romance: Gender, Race, and Tragedy in Snow Falling on Cedars”

*Kent Ono, Director and Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of Communication, University of Illinois

Co-sponsored by Project Opportunity, and the UMaine Dept. of Communication and Journalism


Wednesday, Feb. 18

“Ella Baker and the Writing of Black Feminist Biography: A Conversation Between Sisters Living and Dead”

*Barbara Ransby, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Part of Black History Month


Tuesday, Feb. 24

“Dressing Up and Doing Gender: Changing Meanings and Practices of Dress Among Bosnian Refugees In Vermont”

*Kim Huisman, UMaine Assistant Professor of Sociology


Wednesday, Feb. 25

7:30 P.M. Minsky Recital Hall


A readers theatre performance of a play by George C. Wolfe, based on the life and writings of Zora Neale Hurston

Directed by Tom Mikotowicz, UMaine Associate Professor of Theatre

Part of Black History Month


Tuesday. March 16

“Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Suffrage in Maine”

*Anne B. Gass, Historian and Independent Consultant


Thursday, March 18

6 p.m.. – Special Collections – Fogler Library

“Women of Mystery”

*Kathy Emerson, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and La Wait, Authors

Sponsored by the University of Maine Bookstore


Tuesday. March 23

“‘Someone’s Got to Pick Eggs’: Women’s Work in Family Storytelling”

(Talk and Book Signing)

*Kristin Langellier, UMaine Professor of Communication and Journalism and Mark and Marcia Bailey Professor

*Eric Peterson, UMaine Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism


Tuesday, March 30

“Still Chilly? Undergraduate Women’s Perceptions of Classroom Environments”

*Elizabeth Allan, UMaine Assistant Professor, Higher Education Leadership

*Mary Madden, Assistant Research Professor, UMaine College of Education and Human Development


Wednesday, April 7

“Consent: What’s It All About?”

*An interactive panel discussion with members of BEAR (Brothers Against Rape),

Peer Educators, and others.

Co-sponsored by the Safe Campus Project.

Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Wednesday, April 14

Reflections on the Writing of Saigon Memories: A Cookbook”

*Kay Retzlaff, Assistant Professor of English, University College of Bangor/UMA

*Bich Nga Burrill, owner of Far East Cuisine

Part of Asian Awareness Week


Wednesday, April 21

“Is That Your Mom?”: A Qualitative Investigation of White Mothers and Nonwhite Children

*Tracy L. Robinson, Professor of Counseling  and Applied Educational Psychology, Northeastern University


More information is available at or by contacting the Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Office at 581-1228 or by e-mailing: