Africana Studies Information Session and Open House
– 6:30 PM
Russwurm African-American Center, Multipurpose
For all students contemplating their major or minor:
Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World
– 4:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
Friday, October 4th
9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Friday, "Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics"
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Friday, "Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future"
This two-day symposium examines the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. Participants include leading scholars in Africana studies, anthropology, education, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, Latin American and Latino studies, and sociology who conduct research in the United States, Canada and Latin America. For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to: bowdoin.edu/socanthro/symposia/adolescents-in-the-americas-2013/
SPONSORED BY the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Education and Sociology and Anthropology, and by the Latin American Studies Program.
American Political Economy From the Age of Jackson to the Civil War
– 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room
This symposium is a forum for reexamination of American political
economy from the Age of Jackson to the Civil War during the war's
sesquicentennial. It brings together historians of economics, scholars
of American political development, and historians of antebellum America
and the Civil-War era to debate the originality and continuing relevance
of a neglected set of American economic thinkers.
All panels, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall, on Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 2013. For more information, please see the symposium website »
"The Rest of Us: Stories" with Guy Mark Foster
– 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
Bowdoin College Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster will read from and discuss his newly released collection of short stories, The Rest of Us: Stories (2013).
The Rest of Us has been described as "a remarkable collection of short stories that embrace the breadth and depth of being a gay African-American ... The boys and men in Guy Mark Foster's tales refuse to be bound by the heavy chains of oppressive religion in the family household or racism encountered on campus."
Of Foster's short story collection, Nisi Shawl, co-author of Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction says, ''Love makes us all vulnerable. Guy Mark Foster's exquisitely crafted new collection The Rest of Us cradles that vulnerability in crystal-clear yet cryptic language...The Rest of Us rings true notes, dances surely through complicated steps, and offers intimate, detailed vignettes of heroes who surprise readers and themselves with their despair, determination, and hope.''
Copies of The Rest of Us are available for sale at the Bowdoin Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
– 9:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Professor Steven Topik (History, University of California, Irvine) will be delivering the lecture "Coffee Colonialism: From the Spice Trade to European Colonies to Latin American National Export Crop"
Coffee, along with sugar, has long been considered one of the primary crops of European colonialism. Prof. Topik, one of the foremost authorities on the global history of the coffee market, will argue that European purveyors were “Johnny-come-latelies” and that New World colonies were much more than simply slaves of their colonial masters. In fact, they played an important role in shaping the international market for this commodity. Topik’s lecture will trace the evolution of the coffee market and trace our love affair with a beverage that has become such a mainstay in our lives.
Wednesday, October 30
This lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, with support from the History and Africana Studies Departments.
Slavery, Freedom and the Legacy of the American Revolution
– 6:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Hall, Nixon Lounge
Matthew Spooner ('01), ABD, Columbia University, presents
Slavery, Freedom and the Legacy of the American Revolution.
This nation was born of a contradiction. The American Revolution, considered as an ideological watershed and as a long and bloody military struggle, led directly to both a new birth of freedom and a great expansion of slavery. Beginning with a discussion of the meaning that the War for Independence had for slaves and free citizens, this talk will reevaluate the impact of the Revolution and explore the twinned rise of slavery and freedom in American History, a complex legacy that we continue to carry in our cities, our prisons, and our foreign wars.
Sponsored by the Departments of History and Africana Studies
Winter of Arab Discontent
– 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
As'ad AbuKhalil is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. AbuKhalil is the author of Historical Dictionary of Lebanon (1998), Bin Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism" (2002), and The Battle for Saudi Arabia (2004). He maintains a blog, The Angry Arab News Service. He will be discussing trends in the Middle East in the age of uprising.
"Their Eyes Were Watching God"
– 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge
Revisiting Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God