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Christina Richards: "Exploring Implications of Genome Function in Complex Environments Using Model and Non-Model Plants"

February 26, 20154:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Christina Richards: "Exploring Implications of Genome Function in Complex Environments Using Model and Non-Model Plants"

Christina Richards examines how incorporating genomics and systems biology into robust experimental design and statistical analysis on model and non-model organisms will be a critical component of fleshing out the relationship between genotype and phenotype. Her research integrates several disciplines to explore how plants respond to natural selection in stressful or novel environments.

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Film and Discussion with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

February 26, 20155:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Film and Discussion with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. This award-winning documentary tells the incredible forgotten story of the passenger pigeon, its unlikely extinction, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Discover how and why this anthropogenic extinction foreshadows more recent, rapid, ongoing destruction of species in the wake of the deforestation, rising ocean temperatures, acidification of bodies of water, and melting of polar ice shelves that are of vital concern to the current generation of students.

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Portland Playback Theater: "Letting the World In: Stories of Discovery"

February 26, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Portland Playback Theater: "Letting the World In: Stories of Discovery"

The Portland Playback Theater comes to campus for a wonderful evening of storytelling and improv theater! This troupe of highly-trained, multi-talented actors featuring Erin Curren, visiting lecturer in French, will "playback" audience stories of discovery, difficulty, culture, realization and more.

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Lawrence Principe: "Science Before Science" Symposium and Plenary Lecture

February 26, 20157:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Lawrence Principe: "Science Before Science" Symposium and Plenary Lecture

Lawrence Principe is a professor of the history of science and technology and a professor of chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. His research specialization lies in exploring and understanding early modern (1500-1750) chymistry, a term intended to include both what we call "chemistry" and "alchemy" in a time before there existed any clear distinction between the two.

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Emilie M. Townes, MLK Jr. Keynote Lecture: "The Dancing Mind/Queer Black Bodies"

February 27, 201512:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Emilie M. Townes, MLK Jr. Keynote Lecture: "The Dancing Mind/Queer Black Bodies"

The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a distinguished scholar and leader in theological education, draws on the concept of Toni Morrison's 'dancing mind' to explore queer black bodies, activism, the academy, and religion.

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Theater Performance: 'Light/Dark'

February 27, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Theater Performance: 'Light/Dark'

An immersive journey through small-town America looking at the impact of light (and darkness) on people using poetry, music, science facts and scenes from playwright Will Eno's Middletown.

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Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Jazz! Gospel! Latin!

February 27, 20157:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Cyrus Chestnut Trio: Jazz! Gospel! Latin!

Virtuosic and playful, pianist Cyrus Chestnut's hard swinging, soulful sounds have become a staple in the jazz community. Blending contemporary jazz, traditional jazz and gospel, plus the occasional seasonings of Latin and samba, Chestnut gives himself plenty of freedom to explore different emotions, while keeping his music in recognizable form.

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Dancer and Choreographer Chantal Loïal: 'On t'appelle Venus (They Call You Venus)'

February 28, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Dancer and Choreographer Chantal Loïal: 'On t'appelle Venus (They Call You Venus)'

In this performance piece, choreographer and dancer Chantal Loïal pays tribute to the Black Venus, who had been brought to France in the nineteenth century by a "tamer" who prostituted her and exploited her as a circus freak. Her body, deemed abnormal, fascinated the European imagination. Through this artistic expression of her body, Loïal invites us to think of feminine body and the norms we use to draw laws about both the body and beauty.

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Ryan Balot: "Thucydides on the Perils of Manliness"

March 2, 20155:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Ryan Balot: "Thucydides on the Perils of Manliness"

An examination of the political philosophy of the Greek historian Thucydides by Ryan Balot, Professor of Political Science and Classics at the University of Toronto and a leading scholar of Classical Political thought.

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Hester Blum: "Polar Imprints: The News from the Ends of the Earth"

March 2, 20156:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Hester Blum: "Polar Imprints: The News from the Ends of the Earth"

Many nineteenth-century Arctic expeditions brought a surprising piece of equipment aboard ship: a printing press.In this presentation, Hester Blum, associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, will examine the first printed polar newspapers.

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Film Screening: 'The Man From Oran' with Director, Actor, and Screenwriter Lyes Salem

March 2, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Film Screening: 'The Man From Oran' with Director, Actor, and Screenwriter Lyes Salem

In his film The Man From Oran (L'Oranais), Algerian filmmaker Lyes Salem presents a haunting political drama laced with the agony and angst of men and women who lived through the Algerian Revolution.

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Andrew Robarts '90: "Merchants, Migrants and Microbes: Ottoman-Russian Relations in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries"

March 3, 20154:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Andrew Robarts '90: "Merchants, Migrants and Microbes: Ottoman-Russian Relations in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries"

Andrew Robarts "Merchants, Migrants and Microbes: Ottoman-Russian Relations in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" will show that in response to outbreaks of epidemic diseases and corresponding spikes in population movements, Ottoman and Russian officials--at the imperial, provincial, and local levels--communicated about, cooperated on, and coordinated efforts to control migration and check the spread of epidemic diseases (plague and cholera) across their mutual Black Sea and Balkan borderland.

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David Bruce '13: "Cities at Sea" Artist Talk and Gallery Opening

March 3, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

David Bruce '13: "Cities at Sea" Artist Talk and Gallery Opening

David Bruce was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson fellowship during the 2012 through 2013 academic year. The exhibition Cities at Sea is the visual journal of drawings, paintings, and sketches that document his fellowship experience, during which he traveled to the Netherlands, Argentina, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Singapore to investigate what densely populated coastal cities are doing to adapt to the water-related threats of climate change.

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Award Winning Author Jonas Lüscher: "The Beauty of Crisis": A Reading from the Novella 'Barbarian Spring'

March 3, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Award Winning Author Jonas Lüscher: "The Beauty of Crisis": A Reading from the Novella 'Barbarian Spring'

Swiss-German author Jonas Lüscher, a major emerging voice in European fiction, reads and discusses the English translation of his award-winning novella 'Barbarian Spring', a beautifully written account of the financial crisis in its global dimensions, and a powerful alternative to the dominating discourses of economics and politics.

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Ido Misato: "Creating Gilded Spaces: Kaisho and the Gilded Folding Screens"

March 3, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Ido Misato: "Creating Gilded Spaces: Kaisho and the Gilded Folding Screens"

In her presentation, Ido Misato explores the meaning of spaces defined by gilded folding screens, whose glittering and gorgeous surfaces were suitable for and could create extraordinary spaces for religious rituals, where the space enclosed was transformed into an ideal space, if just for a passing moment.

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Abigail Killeen, Community Lecture: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought"

March 5, 201512:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Abigail Killeen, Community Lecture: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought"

What is it, exactly, that actors do with text in performance? Can their work translate to all kinds of text, even text never meant to be performed? Assistant Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen says yes, and with her Community Lecture, "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought," she exhibits how the actor's process embodies thought in a way that can serve all kinds of fields.

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Kerry Whitaker:"International Relations? Exploring Global Population Structure, Succession, Dispersal in a Marine Diatom Species"

March 5, 20154:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Kerry Whitaker:"International Relations? Exploring Global Population Structure, Succession, Dispersal in a Marine Diatom Species"

Marine diatoms exhibit astounding levels of diversity; the extent and distribution of this diversity over space and time plays an important role in determining their contribution to ocean productivity and potential to adapt to environmental change. Using molecular tools, Kerry Whittaker studies the extent and distribution of diatom diversity across the globe. Exploring the ways in which diatom populations are connected across large spatial scales, and over time, provides important insight into the interactions between diatoms, their evolution, and the marine environment.

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Reception: Nancy Blum, Visiting Artist in Residence

March 5, 20154:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 116 [Gallery]

Reception: Nancy Blum, Visiting Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence Nancy Blum will present her work during a reception hosted by the Bowdoin College Department of Visual Art.

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George Lopez: "Close Encounters with the Alien in Musical Evolution: Sebastian Bach to '2001: A Space Odyssey'"

March 5, 20156:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Rotunda

George Lopez: "Close Encounters with the Alien in Musical Evolution: Sebastian Bach to '2001: A Space Odyssey'"

George Lopez presents an evening of "Futurist music" and close encounters with the "alien" in the history of musical evolution. PLEASE NOTE: SEATING FOR THIS PERFORMANCE IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY. Limited standing room will be available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the concert.

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Kimberly Juanita Brown: "Afterimages of History: The Poetics of Photography in the Contemporary"

March 24, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Kimberly Juanita Brown: "Afterimages of History: The Poetics of Photography in the Contemporary"

Dr. Kimberly Juanita Brown considers the fraught terrain of word and image in the twentieth-century construction of black identity. Marking painful historical moments that both frame and extend the parameters of racialized existence, Brown seeks to reconcile the import and utility of African American art practices heavily dependent on the visual.

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Film Screening: 'The Auschwitz Gateway Film' with Filmmaker David Conover

March 25, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Film Screening: 'The Auschwitz Gateway Film' with Filmmaker David Conover

Filmmaker David Conover will screen his recently-produced eight-minute film created for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum near Krakow,Poland.

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Sarah Schaack: "Understanding Mutational Dynamics Over Short and Long Time Scales"

March 26, 20154:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Sarah Schaack: "Understanding Mutational Dynamics Over Short and Long Time Scales"

Despite the importance of understanding the mechanisms and consequences of mutation, few parameters related to the rate, spectrum, and effects of spontaneous mutation have been estimated. In this talk, Sarah Schaack discusses the dynamics of mutation at small and large scales, within and between lineages, over short and long time periods of time.

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Gabriel Perez-Barreiro: "Latitude 0'08791": Latin American Artists and Science Fiction

March 26, 20154:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Gabriel Perez-Barreiro: "Latitude 0'08791": Latin American Artists and Science Fiction

Gabriel Perez-Barreiro delivers a keynote lecture exploring the ways in which various artists from Latin America used science and space travel as metaphors for expressing present day realities and imagined futures.

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Film Screening: 'Secundaria' with Filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty

March 30, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Film Screening: 'Secundaria' with Filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty

Filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty's documentary 'Secundaria' follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba's world famous National Ballet School. The teenage dancers love to dance...but many of them MUST dance to bring themselves and their families out of poverty.

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Craig Steven Wilder, Russwurm Lecture: 'Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities'

March 31, 20156:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Craig Steven Wilder, Russwurm Lecture: 'Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities'

MIT's Professor Craig Steven Wilder will examine the contrasting figures of "the matriculating Indian" and "the uneducable Negro" to explore the limits on access to higher education in the second half of the 18th century.

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Stacy Vandeveer: "Climate Politics Are Everywhere! Hope and Change in Transnational, National, and Local Spaces"

April 6, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Stacy Vandeveer: "Climate Politics Are Everywhere! Hope and Change in Transnational, National, and Local Spaces"

The world of climate politics is increasingly no longer confined to the activities of national governments and international negotiations. Critical to this transformation of the politics of climate change has been the emergence of new forms of transnational governance that cut across traditional state-based jurisdictions and operate across public and private divides. In this presentation, Stacy Vandeveer will examine the world of climate change governance and the implications for the field of global environmental politics.

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Namiko Kunimoto: "Artist Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"

April 7, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Namiko Kunimoto: "Artist Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"

After Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II, Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation, bringing drastic changes. This was a time that was ambivalent and uncertain, challenging and rousing. To be an avant-garde artist in this context meant that one aimed for lofty ideals: to restructure one's own sense of place in the world, through art and for art.

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Zaheer Ali: "From Malcolm Little to El Hajj Malik Shabazz: A Journey of Faith"

April 7, 20155:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Zaheer Ali: "From Malcolm Little to El Hajj Malik Shabazz: A Journey of Faith"

Most discussions of Malcolm X's life tend to emphasize his politics and downplay the role of religion in his life. This talk examines the ways that religion in general, and Islam in particular, figured very early in his life and provided a passport for his growing internationalist politics.

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Thomas Baumgarte presents: "100 Years of Gravity"March 24, 2015
Thomas Baumgarte presents: "100 Years of Gravity"

Kimberly Juanita Brown: "Afterimages of History: The Poetics of Photography in the Contemporary"March 24, 2015
Kimberly Juanita Brown: "Afterimages of History: The Poetics of Photography in the Contemporary"

Spindel LectureMarch 24, 2015
Spindel Lecture

Film Screening: 'The Auschwitz Gateway Film' with Filmmaker David ConoverMarch 25, 2015
Film Screening: 'The Auschwitz Gateway Film' with Filmmaker David Conover

Sarah Schaack: "Understanding Mutational Dynamics Over Short and Long Time Scales"March 26, 2015
Sarah Schaack: "Understanding Mutational Dynamics Over Short and Long Time Scales"

Gabriel Perez-Barreiro: "Latitude 0'08791": Latin American Artists and Science FictionMarch 26, 2015
Gabriel Perez-Barreiro: "Latitude 0'08791": Latin American Artists and Science Fiction

Russian Language TableMarch 26, 2015
Russian Language Table

Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)March 30, 2015
Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

Film Screening: 'Secundaria' with Filmmaker Mary Jane DohertyMarch 30, 2015
Film Screening: 'Secundaria' with Filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty

Craig Steven Wilder, Russwurm Lecture: 'Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities'March 31, 2015
Craig Steven Wilder, Russwurm Lecture: 'Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities'

Inaugural Lecture - Stephen Perkinson presents: "The Ivory Grin: Humor and the Macabre in Sixteenth-Century Memento Mori Imagery"April 1, 2015
Inaugural Lecture - Stephen Perkinson presents: "The Ivory Grin: Humor and the Macabre in Sixteenth-Century Memento Mori Imagery"

"Afrofuturism as Global Science Fiction”April 1, 2015
"Afrofuturism as Global Science Fiction”

Community Lecture SeriesApril 2, 2015
Community Lecture Series

Ian Davison, Boston UniversityApril 2, 2015
Ian Davison, Boston University

Russian Language TableApril 2, 2015
Russian Language Table

Marshall Iliff, '97 Cornell UniversityApril 2, 2015
Marshall Iliff, '97 Cornell University

Members' Event: "Curators' Perspectives: Bowdoin's Historic Collection in New Installations"April 2, 2015
Members' Event: "Curators' Perspectives: Bowdoin's Historic Collection in New Installations"

Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)April 6, 2015
Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

Stacy Vandeveer: "Climate Politics Are Everywhere! Hope and Change in Transnational, National, and Local Spaces"April 6, 2015
Stacy Vandeveer: "Climate Politics Are Everywhere! Hope and Change in Transnational, National, and Local Spaces"

Inaugural Lecture - Jack Bateman presents: "Here's to the Weird and the Wonderful: Some Adventures in Biology"April 7, 2015
Inaugural Lecture - Jack Bateman presents: "Here's to the Weird and the Wonderful: Some Adventures in Biology"

The Effects of Fact-checking: A Nationally Representative Survey ExperimentApril 7, 2015
The Effects of Fact-checking: A Nationally Representative Survey Experiment

Namiko Kunimoto: "Artist Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"April 7, 2015
Namiko Kunimoto: "Artist Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"

Zaheer Ali: "From Malcolm Little to El Hajj Malik Shabazz: A Journey of Faith"April 7, 2015
Zaheer Ali: "From Malcolm Little to El Hajj Malik Shabazz: A Journey of Faith"

Gallery Conversation: "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas"April 8, 2015
Gallery Conversation: "Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas"

Russian Language TableApril 9, 2015
Russian Language Table

Brian Mello: "The End of the Liberalized Autocracy in the Middle East and North Africa"April 13, 2015
Brian Mello: "The End of the Liberalized Autocracy in the Middle East and North Africa"

Birgit Tautz presents: "Misreadings, Re-Readings, New Readings: On Lessing's Hamburg Tragedy"April 14, 2015
Birgit Tautz presents: "Misreadings, Re-Readings, New Readings: On Lessing's Hamburg Tragedy"

Mark Patterson, Northeastern University "Perforate and imperforate body plans in scleractinian corals: implications for coping with environmental stress"April 16, 2015
Mark Patterson, Northeastern University "Perforate and imperforate body plans in scleractinian corals: implications for coping with environmental stress"

Anne Sarah Rubin: "Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory"April 16, 2015
Anne Sarah Rubin: "Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory"

Russian Language TableApril 16, 2015
Russian Language Table

Thursday Night Salon: "Snapshots of Dust and Time: Astronomy and Visual Art"April 16, 2015
Thursday Night Salon: "Snapshots of Dust and Time: Astronomy and Visual Art"

Spring Dance ConcertApril 16, 2015
Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance ConcertApril 17, 2015
Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance ConcertApril 18, 2015
Spring Dance Concert

Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)April 20, 2015
Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

Gallery Conversation: "Art, Mathematics, and the Legacy of Black Mountain College"April 21, 2015
Gallery Conversation: "Art, Mathematics, and the Legacy of Black Mountain College"

Vineet Shende presents: "Thin Bits of Evidence: a Song-cyle for Mezzo-soprano and String Quartet"April 22, 2015
Vineet Shende presents: "Thin Bits of Evidence: a Song-cyle for Mezzo-soprano and String Quartet"

Ron Peck, Colby CollegeApril 23, 2015
Ron Peck, Colby College

Cristina Malcolmson: 'Studies of Skin Color in the Early Royal Society'April 23, 2015
Cristina Malcolmson: 'Studies of Skin Color in the Early Royal Society'

Russian Language TableApril 23, 2015
Russian Language Table

Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of ArtApril 25, 2015
Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Rachel Sturman presents: "Notes on the History and Politics of Urban Development in Contemporary Mumbai"April 29, 2015
Rachel Sturman presents: "Notes on the History and Politics of Urban Development in Contemporary Mumbai"

French Language TableApril 29, 2015
French Language Table

Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program Dinner & DiscussionApril 29, 2015
Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program Dinner & Discussion

Brad Davidson, Swarthmore College "Mitotic tuning: cell division modulates inductive signals during early heart development"April 30, 2015
Brad Davidson, Swarthmore College "Mitotic tuning: cell division modulates inductive signals during early heart development"

Russian Language TableApril 30, 2015
Russian Language Table

Spring GalaMay 1, 2015
Spring Gala

Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)May 4, 2015
Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

Latin TeaMay 8, 2015
Latin Tea

Music at the Museum: "Composers in the Dark Room of Creativity"May 14, 2015
Music at the Museum: "Composers in the Dark Room of Creativity"