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Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"

Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"

September 10, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Join Jack Gieseking, Bowdoin’s New Media and Data Visualization Specialist, at the launching of her book “The People, Place, and Space Reader". Edited by Dr. Gieseking and William Mangold, the book brings together the writings of scholars from a variety of fields to make sense of the ways we shape and inhabit our world. An essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, design, sociology, and anyone with an interest in the environment, this volume presents the most dynamic and critical understanding of space and place available.

Professor Matt Klingle will serve as interlocutor, facilitating a discussion of the book.

With a B.A. from Mt Holyoke, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from CUNY, Dr. Gieseking joined the faculty at Bowdoin in Fall 2013.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

September 11, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

In his talk Matthew Booker will explore why urban Americans radically changed their diets in the twentieth century. Tracing the American diet from local oysters to long distance burgers, he will suggest ways we can learn from this history as we rethink today's and tomorrow's food.

Matthew Booker is an associate professor of History at North Carolina State University, and a specialist in Environmental History and Western North American History.

For more information on this event, please see the website.

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Author Pope Brock: "Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow's Moon"

Author Pope Brock:  "Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow's Moon"

September 18, 2014 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Pope Brock will speak on his current book project, Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow's Moon, which imagines what might happen on the moon in the mid-to-late 21st century if the schemes various governments, corporations, and obsessed individuals have for it all come true.

Brock is also the author of Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam (Crown, 2008), an account of the improbable career of John Brinkley, the most successful quack in U.S. history, and Indiana Gothic (Doubleday/Nan Talese). His work has appeared in GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Talk, The New Yorker, London Independent, Life, People, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

Brock received his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from New York University School of the Arts.  He is currently on the faculty of the MFA Program in Writing at the University of Nebraska.

Brock's lecture will be followed by a reception in the Visual Arts Center "Fishbowl."

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The Mima Mounds Mystery- Solved?

The Mima Mounds Mystery- Solved?

October 2, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Professor Emmanuel "Manny" Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State University in California, says prehistoric generations of pocket gophers created the vast fields of Mima mounds found in south Puget Sound, Eastern Washington and in other locations around the world. Local geologists and wildlife researchers aren't so sure.

See the webpage for more about this event.

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Dynamical Models of Locomotion

Dynamical Models of Locomotion

October 3, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Dynamical systems theory uses normal forms as simple models for empirical observations. This lecture focuses upon stable limit cycles as models of animal locomotion. Utilizing motion capture data of running cockroaches and people and flying fruit flies and mosquitoes, we test the anchors and templates hypotheses formulated by Full and collaborators. These hypotheses propose that animals have evolved so that their motion resembles a low dimensional dynamical system, and that control is based upon a small number of quantities. This lecture will introduce these hypotheses and reformulate them as a statement about the motion of a dynamical system near a periodic orbit. It will then describe the strategy we developed to analyze motion capture data from this perspective. We end with new questions about stochastic perturbations and data driven models of dynamical systems.

John Guckenheimer, Abram R. Bullis Professor in Mathematics, Cornell University, will present the Dan E. Christie Mathematics Lecture. Lecture is sponsored by the Mathematics Department and Digital and Computational Studies.

John Guckenheimer started his career in pure mathematics, and is now one of the leaders of applied dynamical systems. Last year, he and co-author Phil Holmes were awarded the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition for their 1983 book, Nonlinear Oscillations, Dynamical Systems, and Bifurcations of Vector Fields (Springer-Verlag). John is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, where he served as president in 1997-98. His research encompasses mathematical biology, systems with multiple time scales, and computational algorithms.

This lecture integrates mathematics, biology, and digital and computational ways of thinking.

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Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

October 6, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Ryan Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University (http://www.viraltexts.org) to demonstrate how computational methods such as text mining, mapping, and network analysis can illuminate nineteenth-century systems of circulation, reprinting, and remediation systemically and at scale. Dr. Cordell’s project focuses on the viral culture that enlivened nineteenth-century periodical production, distribution, and consumption. Though the term “viral culture” is new, many of the practices it describes—especially the sharing, remixing, and repurposing of cultural materials—emerged long before the twenty-first century.

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media.

This lecture is underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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