Fall 2014 Events

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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Common Good Day

Common Good Day

September 20, 2014 11:30 AM  – 4:00 PM
Farley Field House, Infield

Common Good Day is a campus-wide day of service. More than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Friends of Bowdoin volunteer with about 60 different service agencies and take on projects such as gardening, trail maintenance, visiting the elderly, painting, yard work, grant research, and spending time with children. This year's Common Good Day will offer plenty of opportunities to have fun and get involved, with events including a catered lunch, service projects, and a free t-shirt for all participants!

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Careers in the Locavore Economy

Careers in the Locavore Economy

September 25, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

There is more to the locavore movement than farmer's markets on the green! Maine is an incubator of entrepreneurial opportunities connected to the food economy, and Bowdoin alumni are playing an active role in its success. Come learn about their work, challenges and areas of growth. Panelists include representatives from the fishing industry, craft beer movement, international tea import start-up, and the role that foundations are playing in supporting local food initiatives. Refreshments will follow.

This will be a moderated discussion with plenty of time for questions and informal conversation over refreshments.The panelists are:

Jay Espy, '79 executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Based in Brunswick, the foundation focuses on the environment, animal welfare, and human well-being, primarily in Maine.

Before joining the Sewall Foundation, Espy served as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization. During his tenure, the Trust accelerated its land protection efforts along Maine's entire coast by conserving more than 125,000 acres and establishing the Maine Land Trust Network, which helps build capacity of local land trusts throughout Maine. Jay has an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin and master's degrees in business and environmental studies from Yale's School of Management and its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Sara Holby, '08 founder Ajiri Tea, Kenya

After graduating from Bowdoin College in May 2008, Sara Holby headed to Kisii, in western Kenya, to volunteer for a health-related non-governmental organization (NGO). When funding ran short for the NGO Sara worked with local women (and her sister and Mom), to found Ajiri tea, a non-profit that directly benefits local women, farmers and aids orphans. Ajiri Tea also supports Ajiri Foundation which together form a sustainable trade cycle to educate orphans in Western Kenya. Sarah was an ES/History major, who went to Kenya after graduation with a Global Citizen Grant from Bowdoin's McKeen Center. In her senior year, Sara was a co-president of the Outing Club.

Sean Sullivan, '08, executive director, Maine Brewers' Guild, and Co-founder, Buoy Local

The Maine Brewers' Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. The guild's mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the craft beer revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer. Buoy Local is a community-minded technology company based in Portland, ME with a mission to help consumers spend locally and grow greater Portland's economy. The company offers a single, community-based, 'open loop' gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent stores and businesses in the Portland region. Sean was an Art History major at Bowdoin.

Lucy Van Hook, '06 Fisheries Program Coordinator, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association

Lucy Van Hook is the Fisheries Program Coordinator at the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association and provides support to the groundfish sector as the Sector Data Analyst. She works on projects that focus on sustaining the inshore groundfish fishermen of Maine. Projects include building a greater constituency and increasing fishermen engagement, fishing gear and monitoring research, business planning for fishermen and expanding communication and outreach efforts to build a strong foundation for the organization.

Though Lucy's fishing experience is limited to trolling for mackeral, she grew up spending time in Penobscot Bay and has spent the last ten years living in Mid-coast Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a focus in biology and environmental studies and spent several years conducting field-based research in a fresh water ecosystem. Most recently, she earned her masters degree in climate science policy with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to building policy.

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Interested in Marine Sciences? Have lunch with Brown University Professor Jon Witman

Interested in Marine Sciences? Have lunch with Brown University Professor Jon Witman

September 26, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Jon Witman will join students and faculty for an informal pizza lunch and a short video about Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine-- one of the most dynamic hotspots of biodiversity in New England and the entire North Atlantic, and an area where he conducts research and collaborates on conservation efforts. Professor Witman will also share his insight into field-study based marine science programs an area particularly relevant to Bowdoin as it prepares to launch the new Marine Science Semester program next fall.

For more information, see the webpage.

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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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Alonzo Plough: "Building Together a Culture of Health"

Alonzo Plough: "Building Together a Culture of Health"

October 8, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Alonzo L. Plough, Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will discuss the Foundation's new vision for working together to create a culture of health so that everyone in our diverse nation can lead healthy lives now and in future generations. Before joining RWJF, Plough was director of emergency preparedness and response at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he served from 2009-2013. He also served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for the California Endowment from 2005-2009; and as the director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, and professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. Plough earned his PhD and MA at Cornell University and his MPH at Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College, where he earned a BA. Dr. Plough's visit to Bowdoin is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Multiple Stable States: Theory and Evidence

Multiple Stable States: Theory and Evidence

October 9, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

One of the most vexing problems in ecology is how distinctly different communities, such as mussel beds and seaweed stands that occur on rocky shores in Maine, can occur in the same ecosystem. These communities often persist for long periods, yet small, temporary shifts in environmental conditions can cause an unexpected tipping of the system and one type of community may be replaced by another. How can alternative communities be both persistent and yet so susceptible? The theory of these systems, known as multiple stable states, is well understood, but whether multiple stable states actually exist in nature has remained a hotly debated subject and, not surprisingly, definitive examples continue to be elusive. The past decade has seen resurgent interest in the topic because of large-scale changes in the species composition of many ecosystems around the globe and the extent to which anthropogenic activities and climate change may underlie these sudden shifts. The occurrence of multiple stable states has implications for how we manage ecosystems and our basic understanding of the roles of historical and contemporary processes in determining patterns of organismal distribution and abundance. I will present the results from the past 18 years of an ongoing project investigating whether rockweed stands and mussel beds represent alternative community states in sheltered bays of the Gulf of Maine.

Dr. Steve Dungeon is Professor of Biology, at the California State University, Northridge.  He received his PhD from the University of Maine in 1992. His research interests focus on the unique biological features of clonal algae and invertebrates, the evolution of life history and morphological traits and how these traits influence the dynamics of the communities in which they live. The temperate rocky intertidal zone is the experimental system used to explore these concepts.

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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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Nova Southeastern University Graduate Study Information Session

Nova Southeastern University Graduate Study Information Session

October 28, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Join Melissa Dore, Director of Academic Support and Administration at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center to learn more about graduate programs in the marine sciences, and NSU's programs.

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Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

October 28, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist's books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine's "Threatened and Endangered Species" lists.
The talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of Goodale's work, on display in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and a related library exhibition, "Envisioning Extinctions," curated by Prof. Susan Wegner (Art History). A reception in the library will follow the talk.

This lecture is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Association of Bowdoin Friends, and the Bowdoin College Library.

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

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Information Session: Coastal Studies Expands as Bowdoin Adds Marine Science Semester

Information Session: Coastal Studies Expands as Bowdoin Adds Marine Science Semester

November 7, 2014 11:30 AM  – 12:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 110

Big changes are astir at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island, where Coastal Studies director David Carlon is leading an initiative to bring Bowdoin's unique marine offerings to a whole new level by dramatically expanding facilities and programming--with the crowning addition of a Marine Science Semester slated to kick off in the Fall of 2015. 

Join faculty for a pizza lunch discussion about the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester, an immersion semester with four courses taught sequentially in three to four week modules at the Coastal Studies Center. Come to the meeting to find out about the courses, format, field work, lab work, independent research, field trips, and how the program will fit with your major. See the Marine Laboratory Blog for more information.

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Jay Turner: "Unplugged: Toward an Environmental History of Batteries and a Culture of Mobility"

Jay Turner: "Unplugged: Toward an Environmental History of Batteries and a Culture of Mobility"

November 10, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Today, batteries are seen as essential to a new generation of environmentally friendly technologies, such as electric cars and renewable energy systems. But the role of batteries in modern life is not new, nor are such claims of sustainability straightforward. By examining the history of batteries, this project aims to shift discussions of sustainability toward the human and environmental dimensions of industrial materials and material flows. In doing so, this project explores an under-addressed set of social, political, and environmental factors related to the life cycles of metals and chemicals important to batteries and, by extension, the modern consumer economy. Join us as Jay Turner presents "Unplugged: Toward an Environmental History of Batteries and a Culture of Mobility."

Jay Turner is associate professor of environmental studies at Wellesley College and reseacher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including public lands, climate change, and science and technology.

Free and open to the public.

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Bowdoin Marine Science Semester: Information Session

Bowdoin Marine Science Semester: Information Session

November 12, 2014 1:00 PM  – 3:00 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Vendor Station 2

Interested in Marine Sciences? Did you know that Bowdoin will be offering a Marine Science Semester at the Coastal Studies Center in Fall 2015?

Join Dave Carlon, director of the Coastal Studies Center, Sarah Kingston, Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar, and Dash Masland, lab instructor, to learn more about this opportunity.

The semester will be an immersion experience--akin to study abroad--in marine field work, lab work, and independent research. Studies will be geared toward juniors and seniors from Bowdoin and other colleges who are interested in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or environmental studies.

Students will take four courses sequentially in three- to four-week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Coastal Studies Center. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research with lectures and other course work.

Field experience is a central component of the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS), and in addition to all the great local habitats in Harpswell Sound, we will offer a series of three- to four-day trips to other habitats in the Gulf of Maine (Hurricane Island and a Gulf of Maine Oceanography Cruise on the Schooner Bowdoin) as well as a ten-day trip to Baja California Sur which will feature near shore tropical ecosystems (rocky reefs and mangroves) and the off shore pelagic environment.

Students interested in participating in Fall 2015 are encouraged to visit the webpage bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/courses, and to contact Dave Carlon, director of the Coastal Studies Center for more information or with any questions. Dave can be reached by e-mail at dcarlon@bowdoin.edu


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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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Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Dinner Info Session

Bowdoin Marine Science Semester Dinner Info Session

November 13, 2014 6:00 PM  – 7:30 PM
Table by the windows on the Chamberlain side

Bowdoin will be offering a new Marine Science Semester, Fall 2015.  Join Sarah, Dash and Dave Carlon for dinner at Thorne Thursday Nov 13 between 6-7:30 at a table by the windows (Chamberlain Hall side of the dining room).

This will be an immersion experience in marine field work, lab work, and independent research geared toward juniors and seniors- from Bowdoin and other colleges- who are interested in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or environmental studies. Students will take four courses sequentially in three-to-four week modules taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Coastal Studies Center. The module style allows for continuity of laboratory and field research.

Field experience is a central component of the BMSS and in addition to all the great local habitats in Harpswell Sound, we will offer a series of 3-4 day trips to other habitats in the Gulf of Maine (Hurricane Island, and a Gulf of Maine Oceanography Cruise on the Schooner Bowdoin) as well as a 10 day trip to Baja California Sur which will feature near-shore tropical ecosystems (rocky reefs and mangroves) and the off shore pelagic environment.

Students interested in participating Fall 2015 are encouraged see the webpage: bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/courses , and to contact Dave Carlon, Director of the Coastal Studies Center for more information or with any questions. Dave can be reached by e-mail at:dcarlon@bowdoin.edu

The four courses to be offered- all at the Coastal Studies Center will be:

Biological Oceanography– Biology 2501, ES 2231. Instructor TBA.
Benthic Ecology – Biology 2502, ES 2232. David Carlon.
Marine Molecular Ecology & Evolution – Biology 2330, ES 2233. Sarah Kingston..
Writing about the Coastal Environment. ENGL 2XXX. Russ Rymer.

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Independent Summer Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science Information Session

Independent Summer Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science Information Session

November 14, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Interested in applying your science knowledge to issues concerning the Gulf of Maine and the world's oceans? David Fields, Senior Research Scientists and Director of Bigelow's summer research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, will talk about opportunities for Bowdoin students to conduct independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. General areas of research include: marine microbiology, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, bioinformatics, sensory biology and phytoplankton ecology. Students will focus on laboratory-based research with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. Opportunities to participate in seminars, field trips, programs and social events will be provided.

The REU is a 10 week program funded by the National Science Foundation and includes housing in East Boothbay, Maine and a food allowance. For more information about the program and eligibility, go to the website:
https://www.bigelow.org/education/reu

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Nick Caloyianis: "Close Encounters with the Supersharks"

Nick Caloyianis: "Close Encounters with the Supersharks"

November 19, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Award-winning underwater photographer Nick Caloyianis will present a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at some of his groundbreaking film and research projects including the first-ever underwater encounter by man with a free-swimming Greenland shark, first-ever underwater footage of a Great White shark in Atlantic waters, and the first-ever underwater footage of Basking sharks in the Gulf of Maine. To learn more about Nick's work, see his Demo Reel (try Internet Explorer)

Caloyianis' still pictures have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications, including the highly popular summer read, The Shark Handbook, which he co-authored with Greg Skomal, Ph.D. Over a span of 30 years his artistry has been honored with numerous awards, including an Oscar, Primetime Emmys, and a NOGI in the Arts. He has directed and produced films for the National Geographic and Discovery Channels, and has filmed for IMAX and Hollywood screens. He continues to collaborate with marine scientists not only to record their work, but to help them make their remarkable discoveries, and has used his photographs to lobby for the protection of sharks and the creation of undersea parks and sanctuaries. His company has been instrumental in raising funds to help restore marine habitats, and recently his visuals have helped gain awareness for much needed Federal protection of vital natural reefs located in our mid-Atlantic waters offshore.

Caloyianis has been Coastal Studies Scholar David Conover's primary underwater director of photography over the past 15 years. While at Bowdoin, he will work with students in Conover's class, 'Seashore Digital Diaries' at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, kicking off a project on underwater filming.


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Documentary Film: 'Pump'

Documentary Film: 'Pump'

November 22, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Pump is a documentary film that chronicles the story of America's addiction to oil, from Standard Oil's illegal tactics to the monopoly that oil companies enjoy today. The film explains how we can end this monopoly--and win choices at the pump.

Pump explores the roots of America's dependence on oil and considers how that has affected the United States, showing ways that an open fuel market would benefit both the environment and the economy. Watch the film that crtics are calling "entertaining" (Variety), "powerful" (Huffington Post), and "well-reasoned and compelling" (LA Times). Afterward, Mark Rosenblatt from Freedom Fuel Foundation, the organization that produced Pump, will be available via skype for a question and answer session.

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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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