Calendar of Events

25 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Pop-up Exhibit

25 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Pop-up Exhibit

November 4, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Blue Room

7:00 P.M.
Blue Room, Smith Union

What do you know about the Berlin Wall? Where were you when the Wall fell? Come and share in an exhibit of memorabilia, research, art, and conversation with students, faculty members, and members of the community. Light refreshments will be available.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of German and the German Information Center.

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The Warburg Institute Presents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941): Michael Berkowitz Lecture

The Warburg Institute Presents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941): Michael Berkowitz Lecture

November 5, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Warburg Institute presents British Art in the Mediterranean (1941) with Michael Berkowitz on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00 pm in the Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center at Bowdoin College.

The Warburg relocated from Hamburg to London in 1933. Professor Berkowitza's current research focuses on the practice of photography at the Warburg Institute, and their efforts to bring "Western Civilization" to a broad popular audience--through photographic exhibitions. His talk will focus on German Jewish refugees and how they approached western civilization in a totally different way from the Nazis.

Professor Berkowitz received his PhD in European cultural history under George L. Mosse (University of Wisconsin). He is Professor of modern Jewish history in the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London. He has two forthcoming works - Jews and Photography in Britain: Connections and Developments, 1850-2007 and The Jewish Engagement with Photography, co-edited with Martin Deppner.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Departments of History, German, and Art History, and the Mellon Humanities Intitiative- Studies in the Mediterranean.

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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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Lecture, Julie McGee: "Home and Away--Africa's Mediterranean"

Lecture, Julie McGee: "Home and Away--Africa's Mediterranean"

November 10, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Julie McGee will speak about the critical engagement of the politics of place and migration through the work of a few contemporary artists for whom the Mediterranean provides a site of aesthetic interchange, cultural fluidity, and creative complexity. Explored here is the agency of visual suggestiveness vis-a-vis the "offshore" and the spatial and pictorial exclusion of migrant and exiled subjects. 

Curator of African American Art, University Museums, University of Delaware and Associate Professor of Black American Studies, McGee has taught at Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates Colleges, Tulane University, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has curated exhibitions, lectured and published extensively, and was Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Folklife Center. She is also the author of David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar (2006). 

Image credit: Berni Searle, Home and Away (2003). Still photograph from two-channel video projection with sound; shot on super 16mm film. Duration: 6 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

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"It is not a crime to kill the infidel": Protestants, Catholics, and Religious Violence in Vargas' Brazil: A Case Study

"It is not a crime to kill the infidel": Protestants, Catholics, and Religious Violence in Vargas' Brazil: A Case Study

November 11, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Edward Pols House, Conference Room

In the 1930s and 40s, violent confrontations erupted between Protestants and Catholics in the rural region of Brazil known as the sertão. Pastors were threatened and attacked, churches were burned, and, in the most extreme cases, individuals lost their lives. This talk, presented by Erika Helgen (Ph.D. candidate, Yale, Department of History), examines the nature and evolution of this religious violence, as well as its relationship to broader national struggles over the future of Brazilian religious identity.

Please join us
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
4:00 pm
Edward Pols House Seminar Room


Free and open to the Bowdoin Community. Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program with support from the History and Religion Departments.

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