Calendar of Events

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

March 3, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Aresty Photography Suite/Digital Media Lab (115)

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. 

Cities at Sea will run from Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 29, 2015 in the Edwards Center Main Gallery. There will be a reception and artist talk following opening day in the Edwards Digital Media Lab at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 3. 

This event is sponsored by the Departments of Visual Art and Environmental Studies and is free and open to the public.

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

March 3, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

A leading Swiss industrialist on a business trip to Tunisia is invited to spend the week with the daughter of a local gangster. He accompanies her to the wedding of two London city traders at a desert luxury resort and, with the wedding party in full swing and the bride riding up the aisle on a camel, the global financial system stands on the brink of collapse. The British pound has depreciated tenfold, and their world begins to crumble around them. 

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. 

Born in Switzerland, Lüscher lives in Munich. After training as a primary school teacher in Bern and a few years in the German film industry, he studied at the School of Philosophy in Munich. He is currently a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy at the ETH Zurich.

For more information, please contact Jens Klenner (

Sponsored by the Departments of German, English and Economics.  Supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. 

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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Brendan Nyhan: "Why do Journalists Fact-Check? The Role of Demand- and Supply-side Factors"

April 7, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

Politicians in the United States are coming under increasing scrutiny from fact-checkers like PolitiFact,, and the Washington Post Fact Checker, who examine the accuracy of public statements that are often reported without challenge by traditional news organizations. However, we know little about the effects of this practice, especially on public officials. One possibility is that fact checking might help to deter the dissemination of misinformation, especially for candidates and legislators at lower levels of government who receive relatively little scrutiny and are sensitive to potential threats to re-election. 

In his presentation, Brendan Nyhan explores new data on the spread of fact-checking and estimates the influence of changes in practice by professional peers, audience demand, and journalistic values on its prevalence in political journalism. 
Nyhan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on political scandal and misperceptions about politics and health care.

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Economics Seminar: Training Program Impacts and the Onset of the Great Recession

April 23, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

Join the Economics Department for a talk by Peter Mueser, Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri. Mueser will present "Training Program Impacts and the Onset of the Great Recession," a paper coauthored with Carolyn J. Heinrich, Professor Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. In the context of the Great Recession, we examine how the impacts of training shifted during a period when theory suggests they might have the greatest potential to improve individual and societal well-being. Using particularly rich data from the state of Missouri for participants in the WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker and the Trade Adjustment Assistance programs over the period 2007-2010, we estimate program impacts, comparing outcomes for participants receiving training in one of these programs with a comparison group of individuals seeking job search services through job offices, or those receiving Unemployment Insurance payments. Individuals who have the same demographic characteristics, prior employment and earnings histories, and local labor markets are matched to maximize the likelihood that the estimates reflect causal training impacts. Making comparisons of impacts before and after the onset of the recession allows us to test the claim that the net benefits of training increase during recessionary periods.

Supported by The F. Thomas O'Halloran '77, P '13 Family Fund.

Maine Economics Conference

May 2, 2015 8:00 AM  – 8:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

May 2, 2015
Hosted by Bowdoin College
Funded by Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and the University of Maine

Organizing Committee:
James McConnon, University of Maine
Stephen Morris, Bowdoin
Paul Shea, Bates
James Siodla, Colby
Daniel Stone, Bowdoin

The 2015 Maine Economics Conference will take place in Bowdoin's Moulton Union. 

Conference Program

8:30-9:00 Coffee, light breakfast

Session 1: Environmental 1
9:00-9:30 Erik Nelson (Bowdoin): Identifying the Opportunity Cost of Critical Habitat Designation under the U.S. Endangered Species Act
9:30-10:00 Sahan Dissanayake (Colby): Public incentives for conservation easements on private land

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

Session 2: Macro
10:15-10:45 Emily Marshall (Bates): Endogenous growth and household leverage
10:45-11:15 Robert Lester (Colby): Optimality of inflation and nominal output targeting
11:15-11:45 Daniel Riera-Crichton (Bates): How do economic shocks affect democracy?
11:45-12:30 Student poster session

12:30-1:15 Lunch

Session 3: Environmental 2
1:15-1:45 Keith Evans (University of Maine): Impact of pollution closures on commercial harvest of soft-shell clams in Machias Bay, Maine
1:45-2:15 Nathan Chan (Colby): The rebound effect in equilibrium: market structure and welfare
2:15-2:45 Caroline Noblet (University of Maine): Public preferences for investments in renewable energy production and energy efficiency

2:45-3:00 Coffee break

Session 4: Applied micro
3:00-3:30 Xuan Chen (University of Maine): An empirical study of off-farm employment choices by rural households in China
3:30-4:00 Leshui He (Bates): Subsidiaries vs. Divisions in a Property-Rights Theory of the Firm
4:00-4:30 Matthew Botsch (Bowdoin): The Welfare Consequences of Experienced Inflation on Residential Mortgage Choice

4:30-4:45 Coffee break

Keynote Speaker 4:45-5:45
Stuart Rosenthal '80, Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics, Syracuse University: Change and Persistence in the Economic Status of Neighborhoods and Cities and Q&A on experiences as JUE Editor