Fall 2014 Events
Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"
– 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.
Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?
– 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
In this talk Matthew Booker will explore how urban Americans lost their faith in local food by investigating the food panics that helped replace locally-harvested shellfish as the Big Macs of the 19th century with industrial beef, pork and chicken as the daily food of the 20th century working poor.
Matthew Booker is an associate professor of History at North Carolina University, and a specialist in Environmental History and Western North American History.
Author Pope Brock: "Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow's Moon"
– 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."
Common Good Day
– 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!
Careers in the Locavore Economy
– 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.
Hosted by Career Planning and the Environmental Studies Program.
The Mima Mound Mystery- Solved?
– 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.
Gabet's research sits at the intersection of geomorphic and biological process to shape landforms. Gabet has previously taught at the University of Montana and the University of California at Riverside, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Crustal Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science.