Gustavus Stadler is associate professor of English at Haverford CollegeGustavus Stadler
Sound, Recording, and the Warhol Sensorium

Friday, February 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Visual Arts Center - Beam Classoom
Free and open to the public

Gustavus Stadler is associate professor of English at Haverford College. He is the author of Troubling Minds:The Cultural Politics of Genius in the US, 1840-1890 and is, with Karen Tongson, the editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. One of the strongest emerging voices in the fields of queer and sound studies, Professor Stadler will speak on Andy Warhol and his interest in recording, sound, and technologies of aural reproduction.

Michael PaternitiMichael Paterniti
The Hero, the Giant, and the Case of Einstein's Missing Brain: The Writer's Search for Truth and Meaning in an Upside-down World
Monday, April 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Lancaster Lounge-Moulton Union

Visiting writer Michael Paterniti is the author of Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain, and co-founder of The Telling Room, a community storytelling center in Portland, Maine, which reaches over 1,000 students a year. Writing for publications like The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Rolling Stone, and CG, he's traveled to over 30 countries in order to report on topics ranging from war and famine to architecture and cuisine. He'll read selected works from his literary nonfiction and discuss the power of stories to build communities and change perspectives.
Sponsored by the English Department

aaron-kitch Aaron Kitch
Political Economy and the States of Literature in Early Modern England, Ashgate Publishing, 2009
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall 
The English Department cordially invites you to a book release celebration and discussion with Aaron Kitch, Associate Professor of English.

Crossing the disciplinary borders between political, religious, and economic history, Aaron Kitch's innovative new study demonstrates how sixteenth-century treatises and debates about trade invluenced early modern English literature by shaping key formal and aesthetic concerns of authors between 1580 and 1630. Kitch also invites us to ask whether we can speak of the distinct economic values of particular genres like comedy or epyllion.--Blair Hoxby, author of Mammon's Music: Literature and Economics in the Age of Milton
Sponsored by the English Department

Joseph A. BooneJoseph Boone
Beautiful Boys, Sodomy, Hammams, and other Tropes
Monday, November 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm
Visual Arts Center-Beam Classroom
Open to the public

Joseph A. Boone is Professor of English, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California and is currently a research fellow at the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC. He is the author of four books, including Queer Frontiers: Millennial Geographies, Genders, Go West and Generations, Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism, and Engendering Men: The Question of Male Feminist Criticism. Professor Boone is currently researching representations of Homosexuality in the Middle East.
Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, Art Museum/Art History, the English Department, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Africana Studies

David Collings
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall
Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c.1780-1848The English Department cordially invites you to a book release celebration and discussion with David Collings, Bowdoin College Professor of English.

In Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c.1780-1848 (Bucknell University Press, 2009) Professor of English David Collings examines the war between state power and the counter-power of popular collective action in England during the decades surrounding 1800. Collings argues that public protest against the reigning political body was an accepted part of everyday practice in the years leading up to the French Revolution.

 Michael Drout
Fantastic Language: Tolkien and Philology  

Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Michael DroutVisual Arts Center - Kresge Auditorium
Open to the public
Please join us as Prentice Professor of English at Wheaton College, Michael Drout, examines how J.R.R. Tolkien made worlds out of words such as Hobbit, Entmoot, mathom, coomb, Mordor, eyot, Woodwose, mithril, pipeweed -- some of these words had been in English for centuries; others Tolkien invented. 


Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, Africana Studies, and the Departments of English and Romance Languages

 Monday, February 18, 2008
"Total War, Modernism and Encyclopedic Form"
Saint-AmourMain Lounge, Moulton Union
4:45 - 6:00 p.m.
Open to the public

Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania,  Paul K. Saint-Amour's work demonstrates some of the best interdisciplinary approaches in the literary field.  This talk will offer an account of modernist masterpieces: that they drew less on the epic tradition than on the encyclopedia, a multi-voiced genre long imagined as conserving human knowledge against the possibility of its catastrophic loss.

Billy Bean "Going the Other Way"
Tuesday, February 12, 2008billy bean
7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Reception to follow

Billy Bean played major league baseball from 1987 to 1995. After years of living secretly, he came out publicly in 1999. His story was front-page news in The New York Times, and subsequently on a nationally televised feature with Diane Sawyer. He is the only living former major league baseball player to acknowledge his homosexuality. He has been working actively to try and dispel the myth and stereotypes that follow people of diversity. 

Sponsored by the departments of English, Gay and Lesbian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Athletics; Health Services; Counseling Service; Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance; and the Queer-Trans Resource Center.

Open to the public and free of charge.

Bowdoin Alumnus,Jason Brown
Jason Brown Reading
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
4:00 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Jason Brown grew up in Maine and is a 1991 graduate of Bowdoin College.  His first book of short stories, Driving the Heart and Other Stories, was published in 1999.  His second collection of short stories, Why the Devil Chose New England For His Work, will be published in November of 2007 by Open City/Grove Atlantic.

This event is sponsored by the English Department.

October 24, 2007
7:30 p.m., Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall
Tom Shippey - "Filming the Lord of the Rings: How Peter Jackson Coped with J.R.R. Tolkien."Tom Shippey -

Professor Tom Shippey says he started writing on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien out of "piety and annoyance." Piety, because Shippey's teaching career brought him to Oxford in the 1970s, where he taught Old and Middle English using the syllabus that Tolkien had set down, and then to Leeds to the Chair of English Language and Medieval English Literature that Tolkien had once held. Annoyance, because his familiarity with Tolkien's scholarly and intellectual background allowed him to see the shortcomings of much of the work on Tolkien coming out in the 1970s -- the authors didn't have the training to understand the philological and literary traditions that were such strong influences on Tolkien's work. Shippey's academic background and his long interest in fantasy and science fiction uniquely prepared him to write the first first-rate study of Tolkien's work, and he has led the field of Tolkien Studies since.

Shippey's book The Road to Middle Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology has been in print since 1982 and is now out in a revised and expanded edition. In 2000, he published J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, and he is the author of a long list of articles on Tolkien. Besides his work on Tolkien, Shippey has published widely on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English Literature as well as on modern fantasy and science fiction. He has held the Walter J. Ong Chair of the Humanities at St. Louis University in Missouri since 1993.

Open to the public and free of charge

Wednesday, October 10, 2007Zakes Mda
7:30 p.m. Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge
Reception to follow
Zakes Mda - CION: A Novel

"South Africa's young writers admire enormously those who helped dismantle apartheid. For many, the godfather of that generation is Zakes Mda, who at 58 is one of the most prominent black novelists in South African history. A celebrated playwright during the struggle years, Mda has published five novels since 1995 and won every literary prize offered in South Africa. . . . Mda may have a more central place in South Africa’s literary and political spheres than any other novelist today." (Rachel Donadio, New York Times)

Zakes Mda - CION: A NovelZakes Mda will speak at Bowdoin as part of his nation-wide book tour. Mda’s first novel, Ways of Dying (1997) about a "professional mourner" named Toloki in post-apartheid South Africa, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Mda’s talk will focus on his latest release Cion, the sequel to Ways of Dying, which follows Toloki on his journey to the United States. Mda’s other acclaimed novels include The Whale Caller, The Madonna of Excelsior, and The Heart of Redness.

Sponsored by the English Department and Africana Studies.

Open to the public and free of charge

Monday, September 29, 2008
The House on Fortune StreetMargot Livesey, reads from her recent novel, The House on Fortune Street
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
4:45 p.m.
Reception to foillow
Open to the public

Please join us as Writer in Residence at Bowdoin College, Margot Livesey, reads from her recent novel, The House on Fortune Street, published by Harper Collins in March of this year. Margot Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and is the acclaimed author of six novels and a collection of stories.
“Moving, gruffly tender and piercingly truthful.”
- Kirkus Reviews

Hand Held: a reading by lê thi diem thúy
le Thursday, April 12, 2007
4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Kanbar Hall, Room 107, Bowdoin College
Reception to follow

lê thi diem thúy is a Vietnamese-American writer, poet, and performance artist. Born in Phan Thiet, southern Vietnam, she left her native country in 1978, by boat, and eventually settled in southern California. Her first novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, is a lyrical exploration of the experience of displacement, of a life that moves between categories of refugee, exile, and immigrant. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Harpers Magazine, and Muae, and her solo performance works have been presented at, among other venues, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, the International Women Playwrights Festival in Galway, Ireland, the New World Theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Marfa Theater Company in Texas. lê is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in western Massachusetts.

Sponsored by the Luce Project Fund, the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts, the Asian Student Association, and the departments of English and Gender and Women's Studies.

Open to the public and free of charge

Margot LiveseyMargot Livesey reading from her novel, Banishing Verona
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

4:30 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Reception to follow
Margot Livesey grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and is the acclaimed author of a collection of stories and five novels. She has taught at a number of colleges and universities including Boston University, Brandeis University, the University of Iowa, the University of California at Irvine and Williams College. She is currently Writer in Residence at Bowdoin College. Her new novel will be published by Harper Collins in March 2008.

An author "noted for her penetrating knowledge of the human heart coupled with respect for all its essential mysteries." (Kirkus Reviews)

Sponsored by the English Department
Open and Free to the Public

"Aesthetics and Desire: A Renaissance Meditation"
Leonard Barkin
Friday, April 20, 2007

12:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union Reception to follow

Leonard Barkan, the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, is a leading American scholar of Renaissance literature and visual arts. A fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Council for Learned Societies, Professor Barkan has also received a Guggenheim fellowship (2005), the PEN Architectural Digest Prize for Literary Writing in the Visual Arts (2001), and the Morton Dauwen Zabel award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters given triennially for criticism (2004). Two of his books have also received the prestigious Christian Gauss prize. A wide-ranging scholar who possesses the layered learning of a comparativist, his works explore many complementary subjects, including Italian Renaissance Art, the relations between Literature and the Visual Arts, the survival of antiquity in the Renaissance, the history of Archaeology, Medieval and Renaissance drama, and Renaissance cultures of food and wine.

One of Professor Barkan's special interests is sexuality and eroticism in the European Renaissance, and he has written several groundbreaking articles on the topic, including "Diana and Actaeon: The Myth as Synthesis," The Gods Made Flesh: Metamorphosis and the Pursuit of Paganism (Yale 1986), and Transuming Passion: Ganymede and the Erotics of Humanism (Stanford 1991).

Sponsored by the Jacob Stahl Lectureship and the English Department
Open and Free to the Public

Maud Ellman Lecture
Thursday, March 29, 2007

7 – 9 p.m., Visual Arts Center - Beam Classroom
Reception to follow

Maud Ellmann is the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and Endowed Professor of English, at the University of Notre Dame. In 2004, she won several prizes and was nominated for the British Academy Book Prize for her monograph on the Irish writer, Elizabeth Bowen. Her talk derives from her current project, "The Ghosts of Animals," which responds to the current considerations of the "post-human."

Sponsored by the English Department, Residential Life and Lectures and Concerts
Open and free to the public

John WilksonPoetry Reading by John Wilkinson
Friday, March 30, 2007

4 – 5 p.m., Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
Reception to follow

John Wilkinson is a British poet is currently the Writer in Residence at the Keough Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His poetry reflects his diverse intellectual backgrounds, bringing them experimentally into play. He has won several awards for his poetry, including the Chancellor’s Medal of Poetry, at Cambridge University, the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard and the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry in 2006.

Sponsored by the English Department, Residential Life, the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund and a Mellon Grant
Open and free to the public

Sunday, April 9th, 2006 4:00 p.m.
Ladd House, Bowdoin College
Please join us as Peter Makuck reads from his new volume of verse, Off-Season in the Promised Land.  These are poems that speak to the various ways we exile ourselves from a paradise that is available at any given moment.  His short lyrics and long narratives vary from comic to elegiac, often finding their locus in the landscapes of coastal North Carolina.

Distinguished Off SeasonProfessor of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University, Peter Makuck has published five collections of poetry, a collection of short stories and a book of essays on the Welsh poet Leslie Norris.  The recipient of the 1993 Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, and editor of “Tar River Poetry”, he is the author of three earlier collections of poetry including Where We Live, Sunken Lightship, and Against Distance.  His most recent book of short stories, Costly Habits, was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner award.

March 31, 2006
"Buddha and the Brain: Investigating the Mind in the 21st Century"
Evan Thompson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
What does Buddhism have to teach Western science about the mind? What have Western scientists found out about the effects of meditation on the brain? This lecture will discuss recent scientific findings and philosophical issues at the heart of the dialogue between Buddhism and Western mind science.

Please join us for this talk by Professor Thompson on Friday March 31, 4:00-5:30 in the Asian Studies Conference Room.

Evan Thompson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He works in the areas of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, and comparative philosophy. He received his B.A. in Asian Studies from Amherst College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He is the co-author (with Francisco Varela and Eleanor Rosch) of the groundbreaking book The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (MIT Press 1991), one of the first books to explore systematically the relationship between Buddhist philosophy and cognitive science and to argue for the "embodied" approach in cognitive science. His new book, Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2007. He is also the co-editor, with Philip David Zelazo and Morris Moscovitch, of the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness .

Sponsored by the Departments of English, Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Asian Studies

April 3rd
The English Department and Residential Life are pleased to present a reading by Bowdoin Alumnus and Chair of the English Department at Carleton College, Gregory Blake Smith. The reading will be held at Ladd House, 4:00 p.m., April 3rd, with a reception to follow.

Gregory Blake Smith holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has earned numerous awards, including a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board.Gregory Blake Smith is the author of three novels, The Devil in the Dooryard, The Divine Comedy of John Venner, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and the recently released The Madonna of Las Vegas.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

April 12th
"To Those Born After" -- Please join us for a film and discussion by Christopher Pavsek, to be held Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 p.m., in Room 315, Searles Science Building. A reception will follow at Ladd House.

The film presents an image of a world fallen into darkness but populated by prophets who declare that the world is full of light, that it is possessed of a moral design bestowed upon it by a divine creator. It is a film about a world possessed, however, of no real moral design other than that of rapacious greed and indifference toward the future.

Christopher Pavsek, Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Haverford College, received his B.A from Cornell and his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. His films include the documentary "Welcome to the New World Order, AIDS in Vietnam" as well as "To Those Born After."

Sponsored by the English Department and Residential Life.
Open to the Public and Free of Charge

November 18, 2004
Lecture by Author Rick Moody

Hawthorne Longfellow Hall, Nixon Lounge.
2:30 PM

Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm (1994), is regarded as one of the most acclaimed American novelists of his generation.  A graduate of Brown University and the Master of Fine Arts program at Columbia University, he published his first novel Garden State in 1992.  Since then, his writings have included Demonology (2000), Purple America (1997), The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, and his latest novel, The Black Veil.  His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Paris Review, and Harper's.

Set in New Canaan, Connecticut, The Ice Storm is a novel about the disintegration of a suburban American family that takes place during the course of a single Thanksgiving weekend in the early 1970s.  Chicago Tribune's Adam Begley in 1994 wrote, "a bitter and loving and damning tribute to the American family, belongs to a subgenre I think of as suburban Gothic-tidy lawns and two-car garages, all the vulgar complacencies of affluence, mixed with brooding horror, melodramatic violence, extreme psychological states."

            "This is a blackly funny, beautifully written novel.  It is also remarkably mature, containing far more insights about family life and far more wisdom than any 29-year-old author should reasonably possess." - The London Sunday Times

Moody's most recent book is The Black Veil:  A Memoir with Digressions (2002).  The Black Veil takes its title from a Hawthorne story, which, Moody contends, was based on a colonial ancestor of his who wore a black veil as penance for accidentally killing a friend.

            "a profound meditation on madness, shame and history, and it's also a rigorous and generous contemplation of heart, land and family.Its timeless exploration of issues that are essential to what it means to be an American makes it likely that 'The Black Veil' will take its place among classic American memoirs." - Jeffrey Smith, The Washington Post Book World on The Black Veil.

Rick Moody has been awarded a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award, an Addison Metcalf Award, an Aga Khan Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work.  He is also an art critic who has contributed text to several contemporary art and photography books, including Roy Lichtenstein: Times Square Mural (2003), Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewdson (2002), Fred Tomaselli: Ten Year Survey (2001), and Hover: Artist Monographs with Fiction (1998).  He resides in Brooklyn.

Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke about his book Brothers In Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes, Wednesday, October 6, in Morrell Gymnasium, on the Bowdoin College campus.

A powerful wartime saga, Brothers in Arms recounts the extraordinary story of the 761st Black Panthers, the first all-black armored unit to see combat in World War II. Abdul-Jabbar first learned about the battalion from family friend Leonard "Smitty" Smith, a veteran of the battalion.

Working with acclaimed writer and Bowdoin College faculty member Anthony Walton, Abdul-Jabbar interviewed some of the surviving members of the battalion and their descendants to weave together a page-turning narrative based on their memories and stories, from basic training through the horrors on the battlefield to their postwar experiences in a racially divided America. ( archive event link » )