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Community Lecture Series

Community Lecture Series

September 4, 201412:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge


Roy Partridge, visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and special assistant to the President for multicultural affairs, came to Bowdoin College in the early 1990s. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and holds degrees from Oberlin, University of Michigan, and Harvard.

Lectures take place 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union and include time for questions from the audience. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. The lectures are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207-725-3253.



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Film Screening & Discussion: "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" (2013) by Megumi Sasaki

Film Screening & Discussion: "Herb & Dorothy 50x50" (2013) by Megumi Sasaki

September 4, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Herb & Dorothy 50x50, by Megumi Sasaki
Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50x50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.

Followed by a discussion with Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

RSVPs are kindly requested but not required. You may RSVP here:
http://herbanddorothy50x50.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Photo:  Dorothy and Herb Vogel

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Reception at the Museum of Art for Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel

Reception at the Museum of Art for Megumi Sasaki and Dorothy Vogel

September 4, 20146:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Reception at the Museum of Art with art collector Dorothy Vogel and film director, Megumi Sasaki celebrating the exhibition "It's What You Do With What You View": Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Photo:  Dorothy Vogel and Megumi Sasaki

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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 this talk Matthew Booker will explore how urban Americans lost their faith in local food by investigating the food panics that helped replace locally-harvested shellfish as the Big Macs of the 19th century with industrial beef, pork and chicken as the daily food of the 20th century working poor.

Matthew Booker is an associate professor of History at North Carolina University, and a specialist in Environmental History and Western North American History.

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Fall Coffee at the Museum of Art

Fall Coffee at the Museum of Art

September 16, 201410:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The Association of Bowdoin Friends invites you to a Fall Coffee at the Pavilion, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


Hear about upcoming events and lectures over coffee; and learn about and view the exhibition,
Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.

Kindly RSVP by September 9, 2014 by calling 207-725-3253. 

Note: Space is limited. This talk will begin in the Pavilion with coffee and a discussion of upcoming events; then seating will be made available in one of the galleries for an exhibition discussion, followed by an optional tour.

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Lecture: "'A Chance to Be Aware': On Richard Tuttle's Art"

Lecture: "'A Chance to Be Aware': On Richard Tuttle's Art"

September 18, 20144:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Shiff, who has written about Richard Tuttle's work and interviewed the artist publicly, addresses the philosophical and perceptual aspects of "awareness" in Tuttle's art. Shiff's publications include Cezanne and the End of Impressionism (1984), Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonn (co-authored, 2004), Doubt (2008), Between Sense and de Kooning (2011), and Ellsworth Kelly: New York Drawings 1954-1962 (2014). Presented in conjunction with Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.


RSVPs are kindly requested but not required. You may RSVP here: http://achancetobeaware.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Richard Shiff

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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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Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution

Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution

September 22, 20147:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Timothy K. Kuhner is an associate professor of law at Georgia State University. He graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1998, where he was awarded highest honors in sociology and the Romance Languages Prize.

He will discuss his new book, Capitalism v. Democracy. As of the latest national elections, it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a Senator, and $1 million to become a Member of the House. High-priced campaigns, an elite class of donors and spenders, superPACs, and increasing corporate political power have become the new normal in American politics. In Capitalism v. Democracy, Timothy Kuhner explains how these conditions have corrupted American democracy, turning it into a system of rule that favors the wealthy and marginalizes ordinary citizens. Kuhner maintains that these conditions have corrupted capitalism as well, routing economic competition through political channels and allowing politically powerful companies to evade market forces. The Supreme Court has brought about both forms of corruption by striking down campaign finance reforms that limited the role of money in politics. Exposing the extreme economic worldview that pollutes constitutional interpretation, Kuhner shows how the Court became the architect of American plutocracy.

Kuhner teaches courses on international law, comparative law, human rights, campaign finance and alternative dispute resolution. In 2014, Kuhner received two awards for his scholarship: the Patricia T. Morgan Award and the Provost's Faculty Fellowship Award. He received his J.D. and LL.M., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law in 2004. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. 


More information about his book can be found here: http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=21815

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Gallery Conversations: "Printing with Richard Tuttle: Process and Collaboration"

Gallery Conversations: "Printing with Richard Tuttle: Process and Collaboration"

September 23, 20144:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Bernard & Barbro Osher Gallery

Greg Burnet is a frequent collaborator with Richard Tuttle.  Presenting rarely seen studio sketches, printing plates, and color proofs, he gives a full account of the making of some of Richard Tuttle's most acclaimed prints.  Presented in conjunction with Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.

Free and open to the public.

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Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Northeast

Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Northeast

September 25, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

William Fitzhugh, an Arctic archaeologist and director of the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution, and Wilfred Richard, a photographer based in Maine, will discuss their newly released book, Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast.  A chance to view the photo exhibit, "A Bit of a Personal Universe: Travels in the Maritime Northeast," by Richard, along with a reception and book signing at the Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, will take place following the talk.

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The Mima Mound Mystery- Solved?

The Mima Mound Mystery- Solved?

October 2, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Professor Emmanuel "Manny" Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State University in California, says prehistoric generations of pocket gophers created the vast fields of Mima mounds found in south Puget Sound, Eastern Washington and in other locations around the world. Local geologists and wildlife researchers aren't so sure.

Gabet's research sits at the intersection of geomorphic and biological process to shape landforms. Gabet has previously taught at the University of Montana and the University of California at Riverside, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Crustal Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, and the Kearney Foundation of Soil Science.

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Damnationland 2014: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

Damnationland 2014: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

October 2, 20147:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Damnationland 2014 presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories.

Now in it's fifth year, the Damnationland 2014 program will feature world premieres of six short films produced in Maine by Mainers especially for the Halloween season.

These are dark, surreal, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

See more at www.damnationland.com.

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China in Africa: Think Again

China in Africa: Think Again

October 6, 20147:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Deborah Brautigam is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the International Development Program (IDEV), and the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. A leading expert on China in Africa, Professor Brautigam is the author of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010; Chinese version published by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press) and Chinese Aid and African Development : Exporting Green Revolution (St. Martin's Press, 1998). She is also co-editor of Taxation and State-Building: Capacity and Consent (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as numerous articles published in academic journals and public affairs media. Professor Brautigam regularly advises international agencies and governments on China-Africa economic engagement, and is currently writing a book on China, Africa and global food security, focusing on the "land grab" issue.

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Gallery Conversations: "Drawing a Line from Tuttle to Goltzius"

Gallery Conversations: "Drawing a Line from Tuttle to Goltzius"

October 8, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The prints of Hendrick Goltzius and Richard Tuttle will come to life in a gallery talk led by Carrie Scanga, Assistant Professor of Art, and Joachim Homann, Curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions, Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth and Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Pygmalion and Galatea, 1593, engraving by Hendrick Goltzius.




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