Endowed Lecture Funds

The regular instruction of the College is supplemented each year by lectures, panel discussions, and other presentations.

Departmental Lectureships

Beecher-Stowe Family Memorial Fund

Lectures that address human rights and/or the social and religious significance of parables.

Contact: The Department of Religion, X3465

Brodie Family Lecture

At the discretion of the President of the College along with the Chair of the Department of Education, the Brodie Family Lecture funds bring to campus a speaker of note in the field of education. The speaker would deliver a message on the subjects of problems and practices of teaching and learning.

Previous Brodie Family Lecturers include:

Melissa Roderick '83, Rising to Meet Obama's Challenge:What the Crisis in Educational Attainment Means for Urban High Schools, December 2009

Diane Ravitch Ph.D., The Perils of School Reform, October 2008

Professor Gregory Michie, We Don't Need Another Hero:Urban Schools and the Promise of Public Education in America, September 2007.

Contact: Department of Education, X3465

Harold and Iris Chandler Lectureship Fund

Funds to be used on lectures on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in the humanities.

Recent Chandler Lecture:

James O'Donnell, Ph.D. Scrolling Through the Classics, April 2009

Contact: Bowdoin College Library, X3155

Lesbian and Gay Lectureship

This lectureship funds at least one lecture annually on campus that is open to the Bowdoin community and the general public. The College shall invite scholars, academic researchers, gay and lesbian cultural figures and leaders of the gay and lesbian community not in residence at Bowdoin. These lectures should address interdisciplinary research, issues of concern to the community, the social, economic, artistic and cultural contributions, and diverse issues of sexual choice in the gay and lesbian community.

Contact: Gay and Lesbian Studies, X3272

Alfred E. Golz Lecture Fund

Established by Ronald A. Golz '56 in memory of his father, this fund is used to support a lecture by an eminent historian or humanitarian to be scheduled cose to the November 21 birthday of Alfred E. Golz.

Recent Golz Lectures:

Professor Lou Perez, an authority on the nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish-speaking Caribbean, especially Cuba, April 2010.

Gary Okihiro, Ph.D. Impounded: Dorothea Lange and Japanese American Internment During World War II, November 2010

Peter Duus, Ph.D. Remembering the Pacific/Anti-Japanese/Great East Asia War, February 2009

Contact: The Department of History, X3291

Robert J. Kemp Lectureship Fund

Established to provide support for the Department of History to sponsor speakers and lecturers, including those in the field of geopolitics.

Contact: Department of History, X3291

John Warren Achorn Lectureship

The Achorn gift is to be used to fund lectures or courses in the field of ornithology (the study of birds) or by the Department of Biology.

Contact: Department of Biology, X3582

Arnold D. Kates Lecture Fund

The Kates Lecture Fund supports periodic lectures, seminars or colloquia at Bowdoin on scientific topics with a preference for topics in the biological sciences or aspects related to the health sciences.

Recent Kates lectures include:

Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D. The Genetic History of Africa: Implications for Human Origins and Disease, November 2010

David Himmelstein, M.D. Why We Need Single-Payer National Health Insurance, December 2009

Joan Ruderman, M.D. Hormonally Active Pollutants: What are they and what can they do?, May 2008

Contact: Dean for Academic Affairs, X3978

Mayhew Lectureship

This lectureship provides funding for lectures on Bird Life and its effects on Forestry.

Contact: The Biology Department, X3582

Kibbe Science Lecture Fund

These funds are to be used for periodic lectures at Bowdoin by visiting scholars on topics deemed to be "on the cutting edge of" or associated with new development or research findings in the fields of Astronomy or Geology.

Previous lectures included:

National Medal of Science Laureate Susan Solomon, A World of Climate Change: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", February 2009

Kibbe Science Symposium Alexandrium in the Gulf of Maine: The Ecology, Detection, and the Management of Harmful Algal Blooms (red tides), April 2007

Contact: The Earth & Oceanographic Science Department, X3628

The Elliott Oceanographic Funds

This fund is to be used in support of oceanographic education in its wide definition, for Bowdoin students.

Contact: The Earth & Oceanographic Science Department, X3628

John C. Donovan Lecture Fund

The Department of Government shall select a John C. Donovan Lecturer in the field of Political Science.

Previous speakers:

Professor Donald L. Horowitz,An Inside Job: Indonesia's Path to Constitutional Democracy April 2010

Williamson Murray, Ph.D. World War II, Was it a Necessary War? April 2009

Contact: The Department of Government, X3295

Special Committee Administration

Charles F. Adams Lectureship

To support a lectureship in political science and education.

Tom Cassidy Lectureship

To support a lectureship in journalism.

Annie Talbot Cole Lectureship

A lectureship that contributes to the ennoblement and enrichment of life by standing for the idea that life is a glad opportunity.

Charles Weston Pickard Lecture

Funds established to support lectures, courses, or research in the fields of journalism, communication or public relations.

Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Fund

Lectures in the arts, humanities and social sciences to present new, novel or nonconventional approaches to the designated category.

Contact: Office of Stewardship Programs, 725-3928.

The Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship in the Humanities

A series of lectures by some distinguished scholarly and gifted interpreter of the Art, Life, Letters, Philosophy, Culture of the Ancient Hebraic World or Ancient Greek World, Roman World, Renaissance in Italy and Europe, Age of Elizabeth I in England or Louis XIV, the Enlightenment in France or of the era of Goethe in Germany.

Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund

This fund is used to enrich and enliven Bowdoin College through artistic expression and performance. The Fund should encourage the creation, performance and appreciation of all forms of art, music and performance existing today and created in the future. The artistic boundaries of the fund are limited only by imagination and creativity.

Edith Lansing Koon Sills Lecture Fund

To sponsor lectures by Eminent Women.

Contact: Office of Stewardship Programs, 725-3928.

The Harry Spindel Memorial Lectureship

To support annual lectures in Judaic studies or contemporary Jewish affairs.

Contact: Co-chairs David Israel, 725-3139 and Robert Morrison, 798-4237.

Senior Staff Administration

Tallman Lecture Fund

This fund is used to support visiting lectures and visiting professors.

Tallman Lectures include:

2010-2011 Tallman Professor Sheila Watt-Cloutier