Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Allison Cooper, Crystal Hall, and Ann Kibbie present: "Digital Humanities Projects in the Classroom: Three Case Studies"

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January 28, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Allison Cooper, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Cinema Studies, Crystal Hall, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Digital Humanities, and Ann Kibbie, Associate Professor of English are the featured speakers.  The title of their talk is: "Digital Humanities Projects in the Classroom: Three Case Studies."

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

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James Joyce's Birthday

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February 2, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

“A coincidence is that of birthdays in connection with my books.”(James Joyce in a letter to Harriet Weaver, on Nov 21, 1921.)

Not by coincidence but design, Ulysses was published on 2.2.22, Joyce’s 40th birthday.

Join Professor Marilyn Reizbaum to celebrate James Joyce's birthday (born 2.2.82) in Joycean fashion - reading from Ulysses and from The Dubliners, published in 1914 and whose centenary was observed last year.  

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Professor Reizbaum at mreizbau@bowdoin.edu.
 

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Evening Discussion with Jill Abramson, Former Executive Editor of 'The New York Times'

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February 4, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years inthe most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was thefirst woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor, and ExecutiveEditor. Before joining the Times, she was Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and aninvestigative reporter covering money and politics at The Wall Street Journalfor nine years. She is the author of three books including Strange Justice,which she wrote with Jane Mayer. Before joining Harvard's English Department asa lecturer teaching non-fiction narrative writing, she taught undergraduatewriting seminars at Yale for five years and at Princeton.

She is the author of three books including Strange Justice, which she wrote withJane Mayer. Before joining Harvard's English Department as a lecturer teachingnon-fiction narrative writing, she taught undergraduate writing seminars atYale for five years and at Princeton.

Ticket info: Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and areavailable at the David Saul Smith Union Information desk, 207-725-3375.

Sponsored by: Gender & Women's Studies and the CharlesWeston Pickard Lecture Fund.

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Sherryl Vint: "To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction in a Global Perspective"

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February 5, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Sherryl Vint is professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she co-directs the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. She is the author and/or editor of several books, including Bodies of Tomorrow (2007), Animal Alterity (2010), The Wire (2013), Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed (2014), and The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011, with Mark Bould). She co-edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies.

Her talk will present an overview of science fiction in a global context, exploring the ways common science fiction icons appear differently when embedded in multiple local contexts, and will discuss the significance of the recent explosion of science fiction across the globe. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Arielle Saiber at asaiber@bowdoin.edu.  

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and the Cinema Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Programs.

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Jill Pearlman presents: "The Spies Who Came into the Modernist Fold: The Covert Life of London's Lawn Road Flats, 1934-42"

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February 10, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Jill Pearlman, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies is the featured speaker. The title of her talk is: "The Spies Who Came into the Modernist Fold: The Covert Life of London's Lawn Road Flats, 1934-42."

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

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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture: Raymond Miller on 'Crime and Punishment'

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February 17, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue the Book Lecture Series again this Spring! All members of the community are invited to enjoy a good read then experience an analysis of the story from the perspective of a Bowdoin professor.

For this installment, Raymond Miller will explore and discuss Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic, Crime and Punishment. Renowned as one of the world's greatest novelists and literary psychologists, Dostoyevsky's works grapple with deep political, social, and religious issues while delving into the often tortured psychology of characters whose lives are shaped by these issues.

This is played out in the manner in which the novel addresses crime and punishment; the crime is committed in Part I and the punishment comes hundreds of pages later, in the Epilogue. The real focus is not on those two endpoints but on what lies between them--an in-depth exploration of the psychology of a criminal.

Raymond Miller is a retired associate professor of Russian. There will be opportunity for questions after his lecture.

The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.

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Linda Gradstein, "Do Women Do it Better or Just Differently?: Reflections on 25 Years as a Middle East Journalist

February 19, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Linda Gradstein is a journalist who reports for PRI's The World, AOL News and writes for Slate.  Ms. Gradstein has covered important events in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip such as the intifada, the mass immigration of Soviet immigrants to Israel, the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Hamas in Gaza, the Persian Gulf War, and major elections in Israel.  Ms. Gradstein was the Israel correspondent for NPR News from 1990 until 2009.  She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Persian Gulf War.

Sponsored by Bowdoin Hillel, the Women's Resource Center and Gender and Women's Studies

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Jennifer Scanlon presents: "Art, Craft, or the Space Between? The Folly Cove Women's Printmaking Collective"

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February 24, 201512:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR

Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women's Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty is the featured speaker. The title of her talk is: "Art, Craft, or the Space Between? The Folly Cove Women's Printmaking Collective."

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

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

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March 2, 20156:00 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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Kimberly Juanita Brown Lecture - Afterimages of History: The Poetics of Photography in the Contemporary

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

Dr. Kimberly J. Brown's talk considers the fraught terrain of word and image in the 20th century construction of black identity. Marking painful historical moments that both frame and extend the parameters of racialized existence, Kimberly Juanita Brown seeks to reconcile the import and utility of African American art practices heavily dependent on the visual. Using works from Audre Lorde, Michael S. Harper, and Lucille Clifton alongside photographs by Roy DeCarava and Carrie Mae Weems, "Afterimages of History: The Poetics of Photography in the Contemporary" will engage the layered contingency of imagery within the arena of black subjectivity.

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