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Jonathan White: "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean"

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March 1, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 [Common Room]

After nearly losing his 65' wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to better understand the tide. He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly? He read a book, then two. Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and criss-crossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world.

With photographs, stories, and short readings, White takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide.    

White (www.jonathanwhitewriter.com) has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, The Sun, Surfer's Journal, Orion, and other publications. His first book, Talking on the Water (Sierra Club Books), was a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature. He is an active marine conservationist, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

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Emily Scott King '04: "Bedrock Politics: Reversing the Resource Curse in Post-Conflict Countries"

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March 1, 2017 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Emily Scott King '04 is founder and CEO of Global Venture Consulting, a natural resource consulting company doing international business development in cooperation with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and with private companies. Through their projects, they aim to mine sustainably and responsibly in emerging markets (particularly war zones or recent war zones).

Global Venture has also been involved with water resource projects and, more recently, they have used mini drones for mapping potential mining areas and monitoring conflict. Before starting Global Venture, King oversaw mineral exploration projects with the Department of Defense and United States Geological Survey.

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Book Release and Discussion - Megan Roberts: "Sentimental Savants: Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France"

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March 2, 2017 4:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

Though many might imagine scientific or philosophical geniuses as lone characters generating insights in isolation, the families of scientists and philosophers in the Enlightenment played a substantial role, not only making space for inquiry within the home but also assisting in observing, translating, calculating, and illustrating.

In her book Sentimental Savants, Megan Roberts explores the place of the family among the savants of the French Enlightenment, a group that openly embraced their domestic lives, even going so far as to test out their ideas on their own children. She will discuss those ideas and the and point to examples in the lives of the major figures she profiles in her work. 

Moderated by Dallas Denery, chair and professor of history.

Roberts is assistant professor of history at Bowdoin. She is a historian of early modern Europe and the Atlantic World with particular interests in cultural history and the history of science and medicine.

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Luca Grillo: "Decoding the Irony of Cicero: Between Rhetoric and Neuroscience"

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March 2, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Luca Grillo, Kenan Scholar and Associate Professor of Classics at UNC-Chapel Hill, will demonstrate how incorporating theories of irony recently put forward by psychologists and cognitive scientists can help us better understand works of classical literature. Using some speeches by Cicero as test cases, Grillo will first look at instances of what can be called "traditional irony," that is, cases when irony fits the definitions of ancient manuals of rhetoric. He will then show that, in some other cases, classical definitions fail to explain many of Cicero's uses of irony. Grillo will conclude by arguing that certain models from cognitive linguistics and neuroscience can provide helpful language and heuristic tools to account for Cicero's use of "non-traditional" irony, and help us better appreciate both Cicero's linguistic nuance and rhetorical complexity.

Sponsored by the Departments of Classics, Neuroscience, History, and the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

Free and open to the public.
 


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Visiting Writers Series: A Reading by Author Victor LaValle

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March 2, 2017 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus; three novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver; and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He will join us to read from his recent work.

LaValle has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens. 

LaValle teaches at Columbia University.


Presented by the English Department Visiting Writers Series.

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Author Peter Logan '75: "John James Audubon in Maine"

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March 2, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Peter B. Logan, Bowdoin Class of 1975 and author of the new biography, Audubon: America's Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery to Labrador, discusses John James Audubon's connections to Maine, his correspondence with early Bowdoin professor Parker Cleaveland, and how Bowdoin ultimately came to hold one of the remarkable double-elephant editions of the Birds of America.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

  This event will be streamed live.



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Theater Performance: 'Eurydice' by Sarah Ruhl

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March 2, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Eurydice is a contemporary, theatrical event that explores the power and limits of love, loss and memory.

Eurydice leaves her wedding with Orpheus for the underworld, searching for her father - but the reunion is costly. Trapped on the opposite side of death, Orpheus fights to retrieve his bride, making a deal that seals both their fates.

Celebrated by the New York Times as a "weird and wonderful new play", playwright Sarah Ruhl explores the ancient Greek myth from the female perspective and with a fresh eye.

Tickets are free. Advanced tickets can be reserved starting February 9, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance. Limited Seating.

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Audubon's Birds of America Page-Turning with Special Guest Peter B. Logan '75

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March 3, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Peter B. Logan, Bowdoin Class of 1975 and author of Audubon: America's Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery to Labrador joins Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's double-elephant folio Birds of America.

Visit the Special Collections & Archives reading room on the third floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library for this exciting event and take home a keepsake button.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

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Theater Performance: 'Eurydice' by Sarah Ruhl

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March 3, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Eurydice is a contemporary, theatrical event that explores the power and limits of love, loss and memory. 

Eurydice leaves her wedding with Orpheus for the underworld, searching for her father - but the reunion is costly. Trapped on the opposite side of death, Orpheus fights to retrieve his bride, making a deal that seals both their fates. 

Celebrated by the New York Times as a "weird and wonderful new play", playwright Sarah Ruhl explores the ancient Greek myth from the female perspective and with a fresh eye.

Tickets are free. Advanced tickets can be reserved starting February 9, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance. Limited Seating. 

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Reception and Commemoration: 300 Years at the First Parish Church and Harriet's Vision

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March 4, 2017 2:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Harriet's Writing Room

Join performer and Harriet Beecher Stowe-impersonator Elizabeth Davidson at a reception to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the First Parish Church's first public worship. Davidson, dressed as Stowe, will "recall" her 1851 vision at the First Parish Church that inspired her writing of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the classic anti-slavery novel.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library and co-sponsored by First Parish Church, United Church of Christ, 217 Maine Street.

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Theater Performance: 'Eurydice' by Sarah Ruhl

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March 4, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

Eurydice is a contemporary, theatrical event that explores the power and limits of love, loss and memory. 

Eurydice leaves her wedding with Orpheus for the underworld, searching for her father - but the reunion is costly. Trapped on the opposite side of death, Orpheus fights to retrieve his bride, making a deal that seals both their fates. 

Celebrated by the New York Times as a "weird and wonderful new play", playwright Sarah Ruhl explores the ancient Greek myth from the female perspective and with a fresh eye.

Tickets are free. Advanced tickets can be reserved starting February 9, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance. Limited Seating. 

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Kibbe Science Lecture - Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez: "Einstein, Gravitational Waves and Black Holes"

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March 29, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

More than hundred years ago, Einstein predicted that space time was dynamic, and there were ripples in space time traveling at the speed of light, or gravitational waves. On September 14 2015, the two LIGO detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana registered, for the first time ever, a loud gravitational wave signal traveling through Earth, created more than a billion years ago from the merger of two black holes. A few months later in December, another signal, also from black holes, was  detected. These observations marked the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy. Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez will describe the exciting details of the observation, the status of gravitational wave detectors, and the gravity-bright future of the field.


Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez is an experimental physicist who has successfully led the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Scientific Collaboration for the past five years. Gonzalez was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina. She studied physics at the University of Cordoba, where she earned a Master of Science degree. She came to the U.S. to pursue and attain her Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Her doctorate focused on Brownian motion and gravitational waves. Her work took her to universities across the U.S. including MIT, Penn State and LSU. She is currently a professor of physics and astronomy at Louisiana State University and was recently named one of the top 10 scientists in the world by the scientific journal Nature.

Sponsored by the Kibbe Science Lecture Fund.

Free and open to the public.







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