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Careers in the Locavore Economy

Careers in the Locavore Economy

September 25, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

There is more to the locavore movement than farmer's markets on the green! Maine is an incubator of entrepreneurial opportunities connected to the food economy, and Bowdoin alumni are playing an active role in its success. Come learn about their work, challenges and areas of growth. Panelists include representatives from the fishing industry, craft beer movement, international tea import start-up, and the role that foundations are playing in supporting local food initiatives. Refreshments will follow.

This will be a moderated discussion with plenty of time for questions and informal conversation over refreshments.The panelists are:

Jay Espy, '79 executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Based in Brunswick, the foundation focuses on the environment, animal welfare, and human well-being, primarily in Maine.

Before joining the Sewall Foundation, Espy served as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization. During his tenure, the Trust accelerated its land protection efforts along Maine's entire coast by conserving more than 125,000 acres and establishing the Maine Land Trust Network, which helps build capacity of local land trusts throughout Maine. Jay has an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin and master's degrees in business and environmental studies from Yale's School of Management and its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Sara Holby, '08 founder Ajiri Tea, Kenya

After graduating from Bowdoin College in May 2008, Sara Holby headed to Kisii, in western Kenya, to volunteer for a health-related non-governmental organization (NGO). When funding ran short for the NGO Sara worked with local women (and her sister and Mom), to found Ajiri tea, a non-profit that directly benefits local women, farmers and aids orphans. Ajiri Tea also supports Ajiri Foundation which together form a sustainable trade cycle to educate orphans in Western Kenya. Sarah was an ES/History major, who went to Kenya after graduation with a Global Citizen Grant from Bowdoin's McKeen Center. In her senior year, Sara was a co-president of the Outing Club.

Sean Sullivan, '08, executive director, Maine Brewers' Guild, and Co-founder, Buoy Local

The Maine Brewers' Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. The guild's mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the craft beer revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer. Buoy Local is a community-minded technology company based in Portland, ME with a mission to help consumers spend locally and grow greater Portland's economy. The company offers a single, community-based, 'open loop' gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent stores and businesses in the Portland region. Sean was an Art History major at Bowdoin.

Lucy Van Hook, '06 Fisheries Program Coordinator, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association

Lucy Van Hook is the Fisheries Program Coordinator at the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association and provides support to the groundfish sector as the Sector Data Analyst. She works on projects that focus on sustaining the inshore groundfish fishermen of Maine. Projects include building a greater constituency and increasing fishermen engagement, fishing gear and monitoring research, business planning for fishermen and expanding communication and outreach efforts to build a strong foundation for the organization.

Though Lucy's fishing experience is limited to trolling for mackeral, she grew up spending time in Penobscot Bay and has spent the last ten years living in Mid-coast Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a focus in biology and environmental studies and spent several years conducting field-based research in a fresh water ecosystem. Most recently, she earned her masters degree in climate science policy with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to building policy.

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Fall 2014 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist: Lisa Bulawsky

Fall 2014 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist: Lisa Bulawsky

September 29, 20144:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Director of Island Press and printmaking professor from Washington University in St. Louis, Lisa Bulawsky will be visiting Bowdoin the week of September 28 and will be working with students in Professor Carrie Scanga's printmaking courses. She will give a public lecture on her work, examples of which can be viewed at lisabulawsky.com. 


This event is sponsored by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project and the Bowdoin College Visual Arts Department and is free and open to the public.

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Lecture: "What is Success to an Artist Today?"

Lecture: "What is Success to an Artist Today?"

October 1, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sharon Louden, artist and editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, will speak about how to navigate the inherent tensions between making time and space for creativity and earning a living.

Now in its 4th printing, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life continues to be widely popular. "Hyperallergic" counted Living and Sustaining a Creative Life as one of their Top Art Books of 2013.

Sharon Louden graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues and is held in major public and private collections. You can find more about Sharon Louden and her work on her website: www.sharonlouden.com.

RSVPs are requestd, but not required.  You may RSVP here: http://sharonloudenbowdoin.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Visual Arts Department, and Career Planning.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Sharon Louden

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Gallery Conversations: "Metamorphosis of a Myth"

Gallery Conversations: "Metamorphosis of a Myth"

October 16, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Roth, '76, P '13, Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum and James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classics on the Henry Johnson Professorship Fund and Classics Associate Curator for the Ancient Collection in the Museum of Art, explore the making and use of tapestries as well as the long history and central themes associated with the myth of Cupid and Psyche. The discussion will examine the making and use of tapestries and representations of this tale over time. Presented in conjunction with Weaving the Myth of Pysche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Psyche at the Temple at Ceres (detail), ca. 1660.  Wool, silk, and gold thread.  Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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Naked Cupcake Event

Naked Cupcake Event

October 23, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, White Box

Meeting for Majors, Minors, and prospective majors and minors in Visual Art. Come partake in a festival of cupcake adornment, meet new Visual Arts professors, and learn about important upcoming events in our department!

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Helena Goscilo, "Seeing Red: Soviet Women in Graphic Form"

Helena Goscilo, "Seeing Red: Soviet Women in Graphic Form"

October 23, 20147:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Helena Goscilo is Professor of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University. Her areas of expertise include Russian culture, esp. 20th and 21st century; visual culture, especially art, graphics, and film; film adaptation; gender; Russian folklore; the Russian novel; Bakhtin; Romanticism; representations of war; and Russian capitals (Petersburg and Moscow).

Lecture topic: The Soviet poster, which addressed the broad masses, was a genre ideally suited to the state's imperative of molding Soviet identity and everyday values while propagating the political ideology that fueled them. Goscilo examines the genre's convergence with official dicta in its assignment of gender roles, focusing primarily on the Soviet era. She takes into account the relationship between women's functions and achievements as urged or claimed by posters, on the one hand, and their everyday reality, on the other.

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Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

October 28, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist's books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine's "Threatened and Endangered Species" lists.
The talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of Goodale's work, on display in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and a related library exhibition, "Envisioning Extinctions," curated by Prof. Susan Wegner (Art History). A reception in the library will follow the talk.

This lecture is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Association of Bowdoin Friends, and the Bowdoin College Library.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts page.

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"Revealing Mediterranean Women": Exhibit Opening and Reception

"Revealing Mediterranean Women": Exhibit Opening and Reception

October 30, 20145:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Join the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies for refreshments in the Pavilion to celebrate the opening of the Becker Gallery exhibition, "Revealing Mediterranean Women". 

This exhibition explores and critiques European visions of Mediterranean women in art as powerful, monstrous, seductive, or exotic from Ancient Greece through Picasso. 

Organized with the collaboration of students, museum staff, and the faculty from the Mediterranean Studies Humanities Initiative at Bowdoin College.

Photo:  J.P. Sebah, Dame Copte.  n.d. vintage albumen print.  Gift of Isaac Lagnado, Class of 1971.

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The Warburg Institute Presents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941): Michael Berkowitz Lecture

The Warburg Institute Presents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941): Michael Berkowitz Lecture

November 5, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Warburg Institute presents British Art in the Mediterranean (1941) with Michael Berkowitz on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00 pm in the Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center at Bowdoin College.

The Warburg relocated from Hamburg to London in 1933. Professor Berkowitza's current research focuses on the practice of photography at the Warburg Institute, and their efforts to bring "Western Civilization" to a broad popular audience--through photographic exhibitions. His talk will focus on German Jewish refugees and how they approached western civilization in a totally different way from the Nazis.

Professor Berkowitz received his PhD in European cultural history under George L. Mosse (University of Wisconsin). He is Professor of modern Jewish history in the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London. He has two forthcoming works - Jews and Photography in Britain: Connections and Developments, 1850-2007 and The Jewish Engagement with Photography, co-edited with Martin Deppner.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Departments of History, German, and Art History, and the Mellon Humanities Intitiative- Studies in the Mediterranean.

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Lecture, Julie McGee: "Home and Away--Africa's Mediterranean"

Lecture, Julie McGee: "Home and Away--Africa's Mediterranean"

November 10, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Julie McGee will speak about the critical engagement of the politics of place and migration through the work of a few contemporary artists for whom the Mediterranean provides a site of aesthetic interchange, cultural fluidity, and creative complexity. Explored here is the agency of visual suggestiveness vis-a-vis the "offshore" and the spatial and pictorial exclusion of migrant and exiled subjects. 

Curator of African American Art, University Museums, University of Delaware and Associate Professor of Black American Studies, McGee has taught at Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates Colleges, Tulane University, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has curated exhibitions, lectured and published extensively, and was Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Folklife Center. She is also the author of David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar (2006). 

Image credit: Berni Searle, Home and Away (2003). Still photograph from two-channel video projection with sound; shot on super 16mm film. Duration: 6 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

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Gallery Conversation with Professor Paul Kaplan

Gallery Conversation with Professor Paul Kaplan

November 12, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Paul Kaplan, Professor of Art History at Purchase College, SUNY, and a specialist in European and American images of people of black African descent, will give a gallery talk focusing on two such images in the Bowdoin Museum: a late Renaissance engraving of the "Adoration of the Magi" by Goltzius, and an early nineteenth-century portrait by one of the first African American fine artists, Joshua Johnson. The talk will explore how each artist -- in very different media -- established an African identity in their subjects, and contrast the sharply different audiences to which these works were addressed.

Prof. Kaplan was a major contributor to several volumes of Harvard University Press's new edition (2010-2014) of "The Image of the Black in Western Art." He is also the son of Sidney Kaplan, the principal scholar behind the groundbreaking 1964 exhibition at the Bowdoin Museum, "The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting."

Sponsored by the Africana Studies Department.
Free and open to the public.

Photo: Paul Kaplan

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