Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

David Hecht presents: "The Power of the Metaphor: Evolution, Economics, and The Selfish Gene"

David Hecht presents: "The Power of the Metaphor: Evolution, Economics, and The Selfish Gene"

September 16, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

David Hecht
, Assistant Professor of History is the featured speaker. The title of his talk is: "The Power of Metaphor: Evolution, Economics, and The Selfish Gene."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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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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Book reading and signing by Rabbi Simeon Maslin

Book reading and signing by Rabbi Simeon Maslin

September 28, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Bowdoin Hillel will host local author, Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin, the author of the recently published novel, Uncle Sol’s Women, at a reception and reading on Sunday afternoon, September 28, in Moulton Union’s Lancaster Lounge. This debut novel, set largely in Maine, has been described by Kirkus Reviews as comparable to Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks and John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga. Maslin is a resident of both Harpswell and Philadelphia and has served as rabbi for High Holy Day services at Bowdoin College for the past fourteen years. His novel opens and closes in Vilnius, Lithuania, but much of the action takes place around Brunswick, mid-coast Maine and Bowdoin College. We follow the protagonist, Justin Ross, from his birth in Boston, through his academic career at Harvard and the University of Chicago, to Harpswell where he comes under the influence of his wealthy, profligate Uncle Sol and falls in love with the beautiful but forbidden Marie Beaulieu from Presque Isle. From the Kirkus Review: Like Chaim Potok and Philip Roth before him, Maslin – himself a rabbi – focuses on the lives of 20th-century American Jews…. His book is fueled by human relationships, and there’s an intimacy and tenderness in his treatment of his characters…. Rabbi Maslin has served as the president of the Central Conference of American Rabbi and as president of both the Chicago and Philadelphia Boards of Rabbis. He has also served congregations in Curacao, South Africa and Australia. During the summer months, he leads a Torah study group each Saturday morning in Bowdoin’s Kanbar Hall. All are welcome to the reading and discussion in Lancaster Lounge.

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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series (Film): Richard III (1995)

Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series (Film): Richard III (1995)

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Richard III (1995), directed by Richard Loncraine, presented by Aaron Kitch, associate professor and chair of the English department. The film is being presented in conjunction with his talk on October 9, "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain." For more information about this, refer to the second issue of the Bowdoin Bulletin or call 207-725-3253.

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Damnationland: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

Damnationland: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Damnationland, now in its fifth year, presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories.

Especially for the Halloween season, this Damnationland retrospective program will feature six short films produced in Maine by Mainers from 2010 through 2013.

These are dark, surreal, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

Syrup (2013)
What begins as a quaint morning in New England becomes a nightmare over breakfast.
Through The Door Productions
Directed by Caroline O'Connor and Everett Bunker

Penelope: Once Upon A Time In The Woods (2013)
A dark fairy tale set in the Maine woods, where evil twists the imagination of a young girl as her older sister gets pulled to the horrors that lurk within.
Moving Circle Pictures
Directed by Jennifer Widor Smith

Last Call (2010)
The story of an ordinary man who has an epiphany and believes he must perform last rites on zombies because they still have souls. Zombie mayhem in Southern Maine.
Directed by Christian and Sarah Matzke.

Merrow (2012)
A study in the calm terror of the inevitable, "Merrow" tells an otherwordly love story between a man and his mistress of the sea. As their intense relationship winds towards its tragic end, the couple becomes more entwined in a macabre dance of strength, support, and codependence.
Written and directed by Allen Baldwin

Raid of the Vomit-Blood Fiends (2012)
All is well when a husband and wife discuss politics over a candlelit dinner. That is, until the butler misplaces the wine.
Written and directed by R.J. Wilson

Are You The Walkers? (2011) - . This film continues in the spirit of the traditional supernatural folktale. Two men seek to deter a creeping divergence in their friendship by retreating deep into the Maine woods for the weekend. Caught in a sudden and severe blizzard, their relationship unravels as they are visited by a voice that calls to them from the storm. Directed by Derek Kimball

To see more: www.damnationland.com


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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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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series: "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain"

Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series: "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain"

October 9, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program. All members of the community are invited to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture about it. There will be opportunity for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.

Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department Aaron Kitch will present:

"Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain"
Shakespeare's play, Tragedy of Richard III

How did Richard III, whose notorious defeat by the Earl of Richmond at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 initiated the Tudor dynasty, become a dramatic symbol of evil in Shakespeare's day and our own? Why, moreover, have so many readers and viewers found Shakespeare's stage villain strangely likeable over the centuries? To address these fundamental questions, Professor Kitch will situate Shakespeare's Tragedy of Richard III in the context of Elizabethan ideologies of power and in relation to contemporary politics of representation as found in cinematic productions starring Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen, and Al Pacino. Reading Richard as an enduring icon of evil also allows us to find some of Shakespeare's central methods for creating plot and character through complex irony.

Aaron Kitch teaches courses on early modern drama and culture, including "Shakespeare's Afterlives" and "Shakespeare in Theory." He is the author of Political Economy and the States of Literature in Early Modern England, as well as multiple essays on Renaissance literature and culture.




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Jeri DeBrohun, "Love's Allusions: Elegy and Intertextuality"

Jeri DeBrohun, "Love's Allusions: Elegy and Intertextuality"

October 16, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Jeri DeBrohun is associate professor of classics at Brown University. An expert on gender in Latin poetry, her lecture on Roman elegiac love poetry will be of interest to students in Classics and other disciplines such as English and Romance Languages.

Sponsored by the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund and the Classics Department.

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Seth Schein: "'War, What is it Good For?' in Homer's Iliad and Four Receptions"

Seth Schein: "'War, What is it Good For?' in Homer's Iliad and Four Receptions"

October 20, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Seth Schein is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis.  A leading scholar of Homer, his lecture will explore not only the topic of war in the Iliad but also the influence of Homer's poetry on twentieth-century poetry and music.  He will touch on artistic responses to war in both antiquity and the present day.  

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Book Release Celebration - David Collings "Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change"

Book Release Celebration - David Collings "Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change"

October 22, 2014 4:15 PM  – 5:15 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Join us for a discussion and reception celebrating the release of Bowdoin Professor of English David Collings' new book, Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change, moderated by Collin Roesler, Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin.

In Stolen Future, Collings argues that we are virtually out of time to prevent severe, irreversible climate change - with a devastating effect on how we think about the future.

Nearly everything we do, Collings says, is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our present activities, is put into question. A disappearing future leads to a broken present, a strange incoherence in the feel of everyday life.

We thus face the unprecedented challenge of salvaging a basis for our lives today. That basis may be found in our capacity to assume an infinite responsibility for ecological disaster. By owning disaster and accepting our small place within the inhuman forces of the biosphere, we may discover how to live with responsibility and serenity whatever may come.

David Collings teaches courses in British Romanticism, critical theory, sexuality and gender, and environmental studies. He is the author of Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment (1994) and Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780-1848 (2009), among others.

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The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

October 23, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Laurent Dubois is the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University. He is the author of several books on the history and culture of the French Caribbean and Atlantic World, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), and his latest work, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He also has an interest in the relationship between sports and politics. In 2010 he published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the history of the banjo, for which he has received several awards, including a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Dubois also served as head historical consultant for a PBS documentary on the Haitian Revolution, which premiered in 2009.

Professor Dubois's upcoming Golz lecture, "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture," explores three intertwined legacies of the Haitian Revolution on political thought and practice in the country: the largely hostile reaction to it outside the country, the formation of new political institutions and structures, and -- most importantly -- the creation of a new set of cultural, social, and economic structures that Jean Casimir has called the “counter-plantation” system. He identifies both the main currents and critical counter-currents within each of these legacies, calling attention to the aspects of the latter legacies that seem to him to be the most valuable and worth comprehending and nourishing in constructing new Haitian futures.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts page.

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Prof. Sherry Roush, "Haunting Authors, Haunting Us: Writing What the Dead Speak"

Prof. Sherry Roush, "Haunting Authors, Haunting Us: Writing What the Dead Speak"

October 27, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Sherry Roush is associate professor of Italian at Penn State University.  She is author of Hermes' Lyre: Italian Poetic Self-Commentary from Dante to Tommaso Campanella (2002), co-editor of The Medieval Marriage Scene: Prudence, Passion and Policy (2005) and editor and translator of Campanella's Selected Philosophical Poems (2011). Her talk presents parts from her current book project investigating the rhetorical power harnessed by Renaissance authors who feign "speaking" with the spirits of the dead in ghost stories, dream visions, and journeys to the afterlife.  The book is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press under the title Speaking Spirits: Ventriloquizing the Dead in Renaissance Italy.

This event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and by the Lectures and Concerts General Fund.

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"The Gods of Times Square," with Documentary Filmmaker Richard Sandler

"The Gods of Times Square," with Documentary Filmmaker Richard Sandler

November 3, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Filmmaker Richard Sandler shot "The Gods of Times Square" over the course of six years during a radical transformation of the iconic New York City neighborhood. 

Gentrification and the real estate boom squeezed out the mom-and-pop stores, and gone, too, were the colorful characters who made Times Square a "speaker's corner." Only the most strident of religious zealots remained to warn of "eternal sin."

Sandler's film records a time in New York's history when the place most identified with free speech and the soul of New York changed from a democratic, interracial common ground to a corporate-controlled, soulless theme park.

Please join us for a screening of  Sandler's "The Gods of Times Square," followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Generously supported by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the departments of  Visual Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, and Religion, and the Cinema Studies program 

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The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

November 8, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

The Imaginary Invalid - By Molière / Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young / Original music by Paul James Prendergast / Lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergast and Tracy Young / Originally produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Bowdoin professor Abigail Killen of the Department of Theater and Dance.

Argan is a wealthy hypochondriac with a houseful of problems: piles of medical bills, a daughter in love with the wrong man, and a sassy servant all too ready to remind him of his shortcomings. At least his wife is loyal – or is she? This zany Molière mash-up set in 1960s Paris proves once again that laughter is the best medicine.

Free tickets, limited seating. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Oct 17 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Tickets expire 15 minutes before performance begins. Patrons must be seated by 6:45 pm.

With generous support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts 

Presented by the Department of Theater and Dance

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3rd Digital Computational Studies Initiative Hackathon

3rd Digital Computational Studies Initiative Hackathon

November 12, 2014 5:00 PM  – 11:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Room 304 (North)

Hack much? Well, now you can. Come start work on a project, learn a new coding language, visualize data, or how to protect your online privacy. DCSI students and hackers from Code4Maine will be there!

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

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

November 18, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Abigail Killeen
, Assistant Professor of Theater is the featured speaker.  The title of her talk is: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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'Nowhere to Call Home' : Film Screening with Filmmaker Jocelyn Ford

'Nowhere to Call Home' : Film Screening with Filmmaker Jocelyn Ford

November 18, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Room 115 [Digital Media Lab]

Nowhere to Call Home: a Tibetan in Beijing provides a rare glimpse into the world of a widowed Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote village near the epicenter of Tibetan self-immolations, this gripping story of a woman determined to beat the odds puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet. 


Beijing-based award-winning radio correspondent and filmmaker Jocelyn Ford hosts this screening, along with the following panel discussion. Ford has been a journalist in Asia for three decades and has a passion for stories on under-represented social issues. For over a decade, she was bureau chief for U.S. public radio's premier national business show, Marketplace, first in Tokyo, later in Beijing. In Japan, as the first foreigner in the prime minister's press corps, she persistently challenged unspoken taboos. In 2001, Ford became the first foreigner to co-produce and co-host China Radio International's first live drive-time news show.

The screening will begin at 7:00pm.

This event is sponsored by the departments of Visual Art, Cinema Studies,  and Gender and Women's Studies. 

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A Reading by Poet David Roderick

A Reading by Poet David Roderick

November 18, 2014 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Quinby House, Living Room

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Reception: Book Launch Celebration with Jill Smith and Margaret Boyle

Reception: Book Launch Celebration with Jill Smith and Margaret Boyle

November 19, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Join Jill S. Smith, associate professor of German, and Margaret Boyle, assistant professor of Romance Languages, as they celebrate the publication of their books Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890-1933 and Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence and Punishment in Early Modern Spain.  Light refreshments will be served.

During the late nineteenth century the city of Berlin developed such a reputation for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it came to be known as the “Whore of Babylon.” Out of this reputation for debauchery grew an unusually rich discourse around prostitution. In Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890-1933,  Jill Smith shows how this discourse transcended the usual clichés about prostitutes and actually explored complex visions of alternative moralities or sexual countercultures. She highlights in particular the figure of the cocotte (Kokotte), a specific type of prostitute who capitalized on the illusion of respectable or upstanding womanhood and therefore confounded easy categorization. By exploring the semantic connections between the figure of the cocotte and the act of flirtation (of being coquette), Smith’s work presents flirtation as a type of social interaction through which both prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin could express extramarital sexual desire and agency. Published in the series Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library). 

Margaret E. Boyle explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by women both on and off stage in Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain, the first in-depth study of the interconnected relationships among public theatre, custodial institutions, and women in early modern Spain. Pairing historical narratives and archival records with canonical and non-canonical theatrical representations of women’s deviance and rehabilitation, Unruly Women argues that women’s performances of penitence and punishment should be considered a significant factor in early modern Spanish life. Boyle considers both real-life sites of rehabilitation for women in seventeenth-century Madrid--including a jail and a magdalen house--and women onstage, where she identifies three distinct representations of female deviance: the widow, the vixen, and the murderess. Unruly Women explores these archetypal figures to demonstrate the ways a variety of playwrights comment on women’s non-normative relationships to the topics of marriage, sex, and violence. (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

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'Frozen' : Bowdoin Premieres Disney's Family-Favorite Film

'Frozen' : Bowdoin Premieres Disney's Family-Favorite Film

November 22, 2014 10:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"Let it go" all over again with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf! Kids and kids-at-heart are invited for this special Saturday morning sing-along screening of the acclaimed Disney film, Frozen. 

Coffee, juice, and Frosty's famous doughnuts will be served!

Free and open to the public. No tickets required. For more information, contact the Bowdoin Cinema Studies Program at 207-725-3552.

With generous support from the Bowdoin Film Society, Residential Life, and the English Department. 

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Roundtable Discussion of the Animated Disney Film "Frozen"

Roundtable Discussion of the Animated Disney Film "Frozen"

December 1, 2014 7:45 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Allison Cooper (Assistant Professor of Romance Languages), Jennifer Scanlon (Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty), and others discuss the acclaimed 2013 animated Disney film "Frozen."

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

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

March 2, 2015 6:00 PM  – 7:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Narratives of polar voyages enjoyed wide circulation in Anglo-American cultural and political spheres during the long nineteenth century. Yet the familiar travel accounts of adventurous voyage and their fictional counterparts were not the only forms of literary production generated by Arctic and Antarctic exploration. Many expeditions brought a surprising piece of equipment aboard ship: a printing press. With such presses, polar-voyaging sailors wrote and printed newspapers, broadsides, plays, and other reading matter beyond the Arctic and Antarctic Circles; these publications were produced almost exclusively for a reading audience comprised of the mission’s crew members. In this presentation, Hester Blum, associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, will examine the first printed polar newspapers. What does this drive toward what she calls “extreme printing” tell us about the state of print culture and coterie publication in the nineteenth century Anglo-American world? Her talk will be attentive to the rhetorical distance between mass-published voyage accounts, and the coterie publications produced and circulated aboard ship. 'Polar Imprints' is attuned to the tension between the global ambitions of polar voyages, and the remarkably circumscribed conditions of their practice.

Sponsored by Africana Studies, Arctic Studies, and the English Department.

Free and Open to the Public

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