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Academy Member Dighton Spooner Talks Racism in Hollywood

In the wake of a field of Oscar nominations containing no people of color, we sit down with Dighton Spooner, senior associate director of Bowdoin Career Planning, who is also a member of both the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, to hear his observations gleaned from 30 years in the entertainment industry.

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New Electron Microscope at Bowdoin Opens Up Research Possibilities

The new electron scanning microscope, which was purchased with a grant from the National Science Foundation, replaces an older one bought in 1999, which was growing less reliable as the years wore on. The new microscope not only can do what the old one did more quickly, it also has additional capabilities.

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"Why African-American [Blank] Matters" Series Launches with Talk on Voting Rights

Kicking off the first of a series of talks this month called, "Why African-American _____ Matters in America," Professor of History Patrick Rael gave a lecture on voting and why reducing obstacles to voting is important to protect minority rights.

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Bowdoin's Irfan Reacts to Mark Rothko Art Forgery Trial

"Once I learned that it duped the chairman of Sotheby's, I was intrigued."

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Artist Elise Ansel: Drawing Workshop at the Museum

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February 11, 2016 7:00 P.M.  – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Artist Elise Ansel's paintings are currently showcased in the exhibition, 'Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors' at the Museum. She will lead a drawing workshop where participants sketch historic works of art, learning how to analyze and interpret artistic compositions in their own visual responses.

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Gallery Conversation - Historian David Gordon

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February 16, 2016 12:00 P.M.  – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

David Gordon, Bowdoin College professor of history, will discusses the significance of selected objects from central Africa.

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David Driskell, Johnetta Cole, and Karen Milbourne Discussion: African Art and the Exhibition 'Earth Matters'

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February 17, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Johnnetta Cole, director, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, artist and educator David Driskell H'89, and curator Karen Milbourne, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution discuss the exhibition 'Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa'

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Bradley Borthwick Artist Talk and Reception: The Entablature and the Nave Sculpture Exhibition

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February 18, 2016 4:15 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Artist Talk by Bradley Borthwick, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Colby College.

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Deborah Steinberger: "Real Time with Donneau de Vise: The Mercure Galant and the Origins of Modern Journalism"

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February 22, 2016 7:30 P.M.  – 9:30 P.M.
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Le Mercure Galant (1672-1710), one of France's first newspapers, was part People magazine, part tabloid, part propaganda vehicle. Its innovations persist in today's journalism: its encouragement of reader participation has inspired comparisons to blogging and to Facebook, and its blending of hard and soft news, to the phenomenon of "infotainment."

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A Reading by Poet and Novelist Paul Beatty - English Department Visiting Writers Series

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February 23, 2016 7:00 P.M.  – 9:00 P.M.
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Poet and novelist Paul Beatty will read from a selection of his works. Beatty's recognition as the Grand Poetry Slam Champion of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in 1990 led to the publication of his first volume of poetry, followed later by the publication of a number of novels. His most recent novel 'The Sellout,' was released in 2015.

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Aimee and Mark Bessire: "Africa Schoolhouse: Shaping Education Literally and Metaphorically in Tanzania"

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February 24, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

A discussion of the founding of Africa Schoolhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to rural villages in Northern Tanzania, and the impact of African art in the United States.

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Gallery Conversation - Historian Jen Scanlon: ''Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson"

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February 25, 2016 4:30 P.M.  – 5:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of the humanities in gender and women's studies leads a discussion in the exhibition 'Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson.'

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Francophone Film Festival: 'Bande de filles' ('Girlhood')

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February 26, 2016 7:00 P.M.  – 10:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Set in the impoverished banlieues that ring Paris and are home to many of its French-African denizens, 'Girlhood' focuses on Marieme (Karidja Toure), a sixteen-year-old who assumes responsibility for her two younger sisters while their mother works the night shift; the teenager must also frequently absorb the wrath of her tyrannical slightly older brother.

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Francophone Film Festival: 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

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February 27, 2016 7:00 P.M.  – 10:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Olivier Assayas's magnificent film, 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' explores the unstable boundaries between performing and being, as the ingeniously cast performers refract and reflect their own off-screen personae, creating a hall-of-mirrors experience that is never less than exhilarating.

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Shelley Thorstensen Artist Talk: "Like a Radio"

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February 29, 2016 4:15 P.M.  – 6:00 P.M.
Edwards Arts Center, Room 116 [Gallery]

Spring 2016 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist Shelley Thorstensen will explain why she describes her work to be "much like a radio, a result of the confluence of inner and outer stimuli: receiving and transmitting".

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Gallery Conversation with scholar Lindsay Ceballos and curator Ellen Tani

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March 1, 2016 12:00 P.M.  – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

How do artists both honor and critique national histories? Ceballos and Tani discuss two works on view at the Museum.

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