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Fall 2011

Ann Kibbie, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Ann Kibbie,

Friday, September 9
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

On the Brink of the Grave: Stories of Transfusion

Ann Kibbie earned her bachelor of arts degree at Boston University, and her doctorate at the University of California–Berkeley. Her area of specialization is Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. She also teaches courses on the poetry and prose of John Milton, the Gothic novel, and Jane Austen. She has published essays on Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders and Roxana, on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela and Clarissa, and on the eighteenth century object narrative. Her current project is On the Brink of the Grave: Transfusion in Literature and Medicine from the Late Seventeenth Century to the End of the Victorian Era.

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Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award winning singer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and founder of the Batonga Foundation

Angelique Kidjo,

Friday, September 23
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

This Grammy Award winning singer crosses musical boundaries and, in doing so, seeks to unite different world cultures through her music. Angélique Kidjo is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and has made that a focus of her UNICEF partnership. She is the founder of the Batonga Foundation which supports both secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa.  Through her music, life and exuberant commitment to advocacy she exemplifies unity, peace and diversity.  Angelique will discuss her advocacy work with children and women in her native land and elsewhere. 

Note:  Angelique Kidjo will be performing in concert on Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater, tickets required. Please visit the Bowdoin College calendar listing for more information.

James Collins, President's Science Symposium

James Collins,

Friday, October 21
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

One Biology, One Science: A Vision for the 21st Century

James P. Collins earned his B.S. at Manhattan College in 1969 and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1975. He then moved to Arizona State University where he is currently Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment in the School of Life Sciences. From 1989 to 2002 he was chairman of the Zoology, then Biology Department. At the National Science Foundation (NSF) Collins was director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology program from 1985 to 1986. He joined NSF’s senior management in 2005 serving as assistant director for Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2009. Collins’s research has centered on the causes of intraspecific variation. A recent research focus is host-pathogen biology as a driver of population dynamics and even species extinctions. The role of pathogens in the global decline of amphibians is the model system for this research.

With support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Student Performances,  Parents Weekend

Student Performances,

Friday, October 28
Morrell Gymnasium

Entertain your parents and join us for dance, poetry, and a capella performances by Bowdoin's very own student groups. Don't miss this popular Common Hour!