Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Film: 'For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska'

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This one-hour, award winning documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Like Native Americans in the lower forty-eight states, Alaska Natives struggled to keep their basic human rights, as well as protect their ancient ties to the land. The Bill of Rights did not apply to them.

Elizabeth Peratrovich, a young Tlingit woman and mother of three, testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed their vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the U.S. since the Civil War.&

Free and open to the public.

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

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February 5, 2015 7:00 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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Linda Gradstein, "Do Women Do it Better or Just Differently?: Reflections on 25 Years as a Middle East Journalist

February 19, 2015 4:30 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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Russian Language Table

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April 16, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come enjoy a meal and conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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