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Banned in France: Recovering the Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin III Collection
April 20, 2010 - June 13, 2010
John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
Photography by Dennis Griggs, Banned in France: Recovering the Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin III Collection, Becker Gallery

This exhibition, curated by students in conjunction with the community-based course, French 310: Censorship and Enlightenment, tells the stories behind the controversial French Enlightenment books in James Bowdoin III's collection. Bequeathed to Bowdoin in 1802, these books reflected a commitment to propagating the principles of French Enlightenment thought in a small college in New England.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Common Good in conjunction with their Seeking the Common Good Series: Spring 2010 Literature as Lense

 
Gilbert Stuart, American, 1755 - 1828, Portrait of James Bowdoin III, ca. 1806-12, oil on canvas, Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn, 1870.6