Lecture by author, poet, activist and journalist John Ross entitled “Killing Hope-Mexico Rejects Indian Rights Law,” detailing the conflict between the Zapatista movement and the Mexican government. 7-8:30 p.m. Woodbury Campus Center rooms A, B, C. For more information contact Professor David Carey Jr. at 780-5062.
Gloria S. Duclos Convocation “Diaspora: Meanings of Home” performance, “Calling Maine Home-Life Stories on Stage, Part II,” featuring Passamaquoddy basket maker Mary Gabriel, Rabbi Harry Sky, and former state legislator and former president of the Maine chapter of the NAACP, Gerald Talbot. 7:30 p.m., Center for Cultural Exchange, 1 Longfellow Square,Portland. Free and open to the public, 228-8367.
Panel discussion, “Gender Diversity and Transgender Identity,” reception at 6 p.m. Woodbury Campus Center Amphitheater. Panel at 7 p.m. in Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland. Free and open to the public. 228-8235.
Ponder the age gap.
Art opening: “Two Painters, Fifty Years Apart.” portrait, landscape & still ife oil paintings by Thomas S. Buechner and James Matthew Miller.. Reception 6-8 p.m., wine tasting 5-8 p.m. Art Gallery at The Clown, 123 Middle Street, Portland. 756-7399. Runs through Dec. 31.
Cross the border
Gloria S. Duclos Convocation “Diaspora: Meanings of Home” senior thesis presentation, “Borders between Forgiveness,” by philosophy major Daryl Morazzini. 7-9:30 p.m, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. Free and open to the public. 228-8367.
See woodchucks chuck.
R&D Seminar, “Genetic Relationships and Social Organization of Woodchucks: Preliminary Results,” by Chris Maher, 3-4 p.m. Room 241, Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland. Free and open to the public. 228-8150.
Local Motives, WMPG’s live music radio show features B3, a funky trio from Orono) Band website: http://www.angryrodent.com or http://www.umaine.edu/wmeb. WMPG 90.9 and 104.1 FM.
Put on the ritz.
Music performance: “Season of Light “Puttin’ On the Ritz”, 11th annual holiday music gala scholarship fundraiser. Features live jazz by the USM Jazz Ensemble Brooks Dining Center. 6:30-10:30 p.m. $75. Call 780-5003.
Women’s Resource Center support group for Student parents meets 12-1:30 in the Women’s Resource Center. Meetings will be held every other week. This group is open to all students that are parents. FMI call the WRC at 780-4996.
Honor the FDNY.
Art opening: “Ladder Company 3 FDNY.” Photos by Maine photograher Jack Montgomery of Ladder Company 3 in the weeks following September 11. Twelve of the company’s 27 members were killed during rescue operations at the World Trade Center.Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. Runs through Dec. 30. For more information call 773-7324.
Southern Maine Children’s Chorus directed by Lise Dunn, 3 p.m. State Street Church, Portland. Free.
“The Huge Quilting Project.” USM bookstores will offer fabric squares for students to create a quilt square depicting their favorite books. Two quilts will be constructed, one for a raffle to benefit the USM daycare centers, the other to be displayed in the bookstores. For information and specifications visit the USM bookstores.
Video contest. Theme: One Person Can Make a Difference. Winning entries will be aired nationwide via the Christopher Closeup television series and cash prizes awarded. Official entry forms are available by writing to: The Christophers, 12 E. 48th St., New York, NY 10017, by calling (212) 759-4050, or by visiting www.christophers.org/contests.html on the web.
Call for entries. Annual juried Photography Exhibit. Photographers are invited to enter up to three works. Works must be turned in by Tuesday, January 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No late entries will be accepted.The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washinton Street, Bath. For more details and entry form call 442-8455.
Exhibit, “Marcia Wislin Carner: In Memorium,” Runa through Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. Free and open to the public. 780-5009/4090.
Be a francophile.
Exhibit, “l’ Architecture vivante,” photographs by Jere DeWaters, with artifacts and memorabilia from USM’s Franco-American Heritage Collection focusing on Lewiston buildings of significance to the Franco-American community, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Runs through Saturday, Dec.15 at theAtrium Gallery, Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. Free and open to the public. 753-6554/753-6500.
Scope the ‘Scape.
Art exhibit, “Collective Memory,” Jerusalemscape VII. Mixed media, watercolor, photomontage, gouache, lithograph and block print works inspired by the artist’s travels in Jerusalem, Prague and Lithunia researching her Jewish heritage. The Hay Gallery, 594 Congress St., Portland. 773-2513.