Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

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

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

September 10, 20144:30 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, 20147:00 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, 201410:30 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:  "Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow's Moon"

September 18, 20144:30 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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