Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Student A Cappella Showcase

Longfellows, BOKA, Miscellania, Ursus Verses, Meddiebempsters
8:00 p.m.
Pickard Theater

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tours of Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, and the Edwards Center for Art and Dance
10:00 a.m and 11:00 a.m. (Note: 9:00 a.m. tours of these facilities will not be offered.)
Meet at the facility.

Inaugural Symposium

The Power of the Liberal Arts
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Pickard Theater

KEYNOTE: Hanna Holborn Gray, Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of History and president emerita, University of Chicago. 

Panel 1Yes, It Still Matters: Why and How We Teach the Liberal Arts

William Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, and president emeritus, Colby College; Camille Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; Adam Weinberg ’87, president of Denison University; and Mary Lou ZeemanR. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics, Bowdoin; moderated by Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and interim dean for academic affairs, Bowdoin.

Panel 2Making a Living and Making a Life: The Liberal Arts in Commerce and Citizenship (approximately 3:45 p.m.)

Kenneth I. Chenault ’73, H'96, CEO and chairman, American Express; Ruthie Davis ’84, president and designer of Ruthie Davis; Shelley Hearne ’83, visiting professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and former US Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell ’54, H'83; moderated by Andy Serwer ’81, journalist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance.

Inaugural Concert: GUSTER!

Guster Poster

8:30 p.m.
Morrell Gym
Sponsored by the Donald M. Zuckert Fund
All members of the Bowdoin community are invited.

For admission: Students must present a Bowdoin ID at the door. Tickets are required for all others and are limited to the Bowdoin community, including family members of faculty and staff. Tickets can be picked up at the Office of Events and Summer Programs starting Monday, October 5. Alumni can pick up tickets starting Thursday afternoon, October 15, in the Homecoming and Inauguration Welcome Center in Moulton Union. Space is limited. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Guster’s songs remain packed with hummable choruses and dense lyrical detail amid the muscular guitar riffs, clanging percussion, and deceptively dark lyrics. It is a renewed band with a bolstered purpose, a band on their own vector. The new album Evermotion introduces you to a Guster that is free, not calculated, seasoned but loose, confident in re-shaping their legacy. Since forming at Tufts in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in twenty years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010’s Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its highest-ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 at #22, while reaching #2 on both the SoundScan Alternative and iTunes charts. For more information on the band go to

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Inauguration Procession
10:00 a.m.
The Quad
Only for those marching. All others should go to Farley.

Installation Ceremony 
10:30 a.m. (Please plan to arrive by 10:15 a.m.)
Farley Field House
Luncheon to follow
Registration required