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Government and Legal Studies

Spring 2013

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Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

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September 11, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

What caused 19th century food panics and how did they lead urban Americans to lose faith in locally harvested foods?

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Resilient America: The Election of 1968

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October 9, 2014 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. He has published more than two dozen books and nearly two hundred articles on the presidency, elections, the bureaucracy, religious affairs, and public policy, including the most-used presidency textbook, The Presidency and the Political System, now in its tenth edition. Nelson's most recent book is Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government (University Press of Kansas, 2014), which will be the topic of his talk. A limited number of copies of Resilient America will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

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The United States and Greece

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October 16, 2014 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

David D. Pearce '72 was nominated by President Obama to be US Ambassador to Greece on June 24, 2013. A 30-year veteran of the Foreign Service with long experience in the Middle East, he has held multiple diplomatic positions, including Senior Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Assistant Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Kabul, and US Ambassador to the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.

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Is War Between The Great Powers Still Possible?

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October 20, 2014 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He was a NATO Fellow in 1981, and served two terms on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute.

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Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

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October 21, 2014 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Professor Brett Rogers, University of Puget Sound, WA, will be joining the many conversations and debates we are having about the "usefulness" of a liberal arts education with his public lecture, "Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens: Classical Greek Perspectives on Freedom and the Liberal Arts."

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Book Release Celebration - David Collings "Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change"

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October 22, 2014 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Join us for a reading and reception celebrating the release of Bowdoin Professor of English David Collings' new book, Stolen Future, Broken Present: The Human Significance of Climate Change, moderated by Collin Roesler, Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin.

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The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

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October 23, 2014 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Professor Laurent 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.

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Christopher Bolton Lecture "Oshii Mamoru's Avalon: Gaming, Graphics, History, and the Future of Japanese Film"

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November 10, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Oshii Mamoru is one of anime's most recognizable directors worldwide. His films and his reputation are currency in the global circulation of Japanese animation.

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Zach Heiden, "From Hamdan to Hobby Lobby: Nine Years of the Roberts Court"

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November 12, 2014 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Zach Heiden is the Legal Director of the ACLU of Maine. He has litigated cases to defend the civil rights and civil liberties of artists, immigrants, journalists, pregnant women, prisoners, protesters, religious minorities, students, and whistleblowers. He received his A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1995, where he majored in English.

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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 documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights.

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