Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"

Jack Gieseking Book Launch:

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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Digital History for Everyone

Digital History for Everyone

September 12, 2014 10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Room 304 (North)

"Digital history can be scary. It seems to require huge budgets and lots of technical skills. But in this workshop I will argue digital history techniques have become more accessible and more rewarding. We will explore some simple digital history tools for newcomers and mid-career scholars. And I will suggest digital history approaches that can help produce more and better scholarship and teaching. Participants may wish to bring laptops. No special software is required." Matthew Booker

Optional advanced reading:

What's On the Menu?
Visualizing San Francisco Bay's Forgotten Past

Matthew Booker is Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University. His work examines the intersection between human beings and the natural world in North America, with a particular focus on the coastal regions.

Grant-funded projects underway and in development for Dr. Booker include creating a video history archive of the first generation of genetic engineers, regulators and critics, funded by the NC State Center for Genetic Engineering and Society and the NC libraries; aiding the San Francisco Estuary Institute in their proposed Google Impact Grant to democratize decision-making about sea level rise in San Francisco Bay through improved mapping and visualization tools; and a proposal to assist Southeast-region public land managers in decision-making for cultural resources during climate change.

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Author Pope Brock: "Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow's Moon"

Author Pope Brock

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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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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Laura McClure: "Women and Theater in Classical Athens"

Laura McClure

October 1, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Laura McClure is Jane Ellen Harrison Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin.  Professor McClure received her Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago in 1991. Her research interests include Athenian drama, the study of women in the ancient world, and classical reception. Her books focus on representations of women in Athenian drama: Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama (Princeton, 1999) and Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus (Routledge 2003). She has edited three volumes on the subject of women in antiquity, including Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Greek Literature and Society, with Andre Lardinois (Princeton, 2001), Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World, with C. A. Faraone (Wisconsin, 2006), and Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World (Blackwell, 2008). She has published numerous articles, most recently an analysis of the role of women in tragic recognition scenes. She is currently completing a textbook about women in ancient Greece and Rome (under contract with Blackwell). While on research leave in 2014-15, she plans to work on a new project on women and memory in Greek tragedy. She regularly teaches advanced Greek language courses, Women and Gender in the Classical World, Civilization of Ancient Greece, and Ancient Drama in translation.

Sponsored by the Mellon Humanities Initiative--Studies in the Mediterranean, the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund, and the Department of Classics.

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Emptying the Forests: Lecture by Nat Wheelwright

Emptying the Forests: Lecture by Nat Wheelwright

October 2, 2014 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Nathaniel T. Wheelwright is Bass Professor of Natural Science and chair of the Biology Department at Bowdoin College. With so much attention focused on how climate change will affect human well-being, we seem to have forgotten about the plight of the other 30 million species on the planet. Professor Wheelwright will highlight the staggering decline in biodiversity that has been playing out before our eyes for several decades, independent of climate change, and discuss why protecting species other than ourselves should matter to us.

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Dr. Naomi Oreskes: "How to Stop Disastrous Climate Change"

Dr. Naomi Oreskes:

October 3, 2014 12:30 PM  – 2:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She recently arrived at Harvard after spending 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Oreskes's research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.

Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change" (Science 306:1686) has been widely cited, both in the U.S. and abroad, including in the Royal Society's winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan's novel 'Solar'. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), Nature, Science, The New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and elsewhere. 'Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming", co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-David Prize from the History of Science Society. Organized by Bowdoin Climate Action, and co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Earth & Oceanographic Science.

A book signing and Q & A will follow this talk at Reed House.

Recent books written by Dr. Oreskes include: The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (2014, Columbia University Press) and Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (2010 New York: Bloomsbury Press).

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Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

Ryan Cordell Lecture

October 6, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Ryan Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University (http://www.viraltexts.org) to demonstrate how computational methods such as text mining, mapping, and network analysis can illuminate nineteenth-century systems of circulation, reprinting, and remediation systemically and at scale. Dr. Cordell’s project focuses on the viral culture that enlivened nineteenth-century periodical production, distribution, and consumption. Though the term “viral culture” is new, many of the practices it describes—especially the sharing, remixing, and repurposing of cultural materials—emerged long before the twenty-first century.

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media.

This lecture is underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Maine, Muskie and Smith [Streamed LIVE]

Maine, Muskie and Smith [Streamed LIVE]

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

An Election Season Conversation about 20th-Century Maine Politics featuring Muskie Biographer James Witherell, Smith Biographer Gregory Gallant, and Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies Jeffrey Selinger.

Mr. Witherell and Dr. Gallant will sign books following the presentation.

Co-sponsored by Pejepscot Historical Society and Bowdoin's Departments of History and Government and Legal Studies.

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

For more information, call Pejepscot Historical Society at 729-6606.

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Seth Schein: "'War, What is it Good For?' in Homer's Iliad and Four Receptions"

Seth Schein

October 20, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Seth Schein is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis.  A leading scholar of Homer, his lecture will explore not only the topic of war in the Iliad but also the influence of Homer's poetry on twentieth-century poetry and music.  He will touch on artistic responses to war in both antiquity and the present day.  

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Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

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." This talk starts with a curious question that arises in classical Greek tragedy – Why do tyrants talk like teachers? – and explores the social and political implications of ‘teaching’ in fifth century BCE Athens. One significant problem that arises from this exploration is whether students can actually be ‘free’, and thus calls into question some of the premises that underlie not only the foundations for the liberal arts (‘the skills possessed by a free person’) in Plato and Aristotle, but also the notion of freedom for student-citizens even in a liberal arts and democratic context. Support for this event provided by the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund, the Mellon Humanities Initiative--Studies in the Mediterranean, and the Classics Department with additional support from the Education, Government, and Philosophy Departments.

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How SWEET It Is To Be A History Major or Minor!

How SWEET It Is To Be A History Major or Minor!

October 22, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Please join us for some candy and an opportunity to learn about the history major and minor, research funding opportunities, study abroad, honors projects/advanced independent studies, and the WIDE range of occupations that history majors and minors have pursued after graduation.

After the session, faculty will be on hand to answer your questions!

 History Major/Minor Information Session Wednesday, October 22 at 4:00 PM
 Hubbard Hall, Shannon Room

Faculty will also be on hand on Friday, October 24 from 11:30-1:30 for an informal conversation about the major, if you cannot attend Wednesday's session!

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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

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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Tales from the Hood

Tales from the Hood

October 30, 2014 6:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, The Pickering Room (213)

Tales from the Hood (1995)
Join us for a Halloween film spook-a-thon!  Produced by Spike Lee's production company 40 Acres and a Mule, "Tales from the Hood" re-poses vignette-driven horror films such as "Tales from the Darkside" and "Creepshow" around contemporary themes in African American life.  This is B-movie horror at its best, combining genre parody, scares and laughs aplenty, and even some biting social commentary.  If you've never seen this masterpiece of ghettosploitation, this is your chance, and at the perfect time of year.  This program is offered in conjunction with Prof. Rael's first-year seminar, "Black Humor."  It is open to the campus community and public.

Join us.... if you dare!  Thursday, October 30 starting at 6:30 pm in Hubbard Conference Room West. 
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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

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 German Information Center and German Department.

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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

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

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

violence in Brazil

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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