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Nadia Celis Bids Farewell to Gabriel García Márquez

Associate Professor of Romance Languages Nadia Celis writes a tribute to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, after his death at age 87 on April 17, 2014.

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Tony Antolini ’63: A Brief History of A Cappella at Bowdoin

Students organized an event last week at Helmrich House called "A Cappella Exposed." Bowdoin Chorus Director Anthony Antolini ’63 gave a brief history of the Meddiebempsters — the oldest a cappella group on campus — and recalled what it was like to be part of the Meddies during his time at Bowdoin.

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The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

April 23, 20145:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Grassroots Gang: Politics, Violence, and Development in a Haitian Ghetto

Please join us as Dr. Kivland explores the relationship between street gangs, grassroots community politics, the state, and international development and aid organizations in Port-au-Prince Haiti.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5:00 pm
VAC Beam


Chelsey Kivland is the McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College and is a cultural and political anthropologist who studies street politics and violence in urban Haiti. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Haitian Studies, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and Cultural Anthropology, and she is currently preparing a book entitled "Street Sovereigns: Politics, Violence, and Development in Urban Haiti."

Sponsored by: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and the Charles F. Adams Lectureship Fund.

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Gene by environment interaction and the genomic basis of local adaptation in plants

Gene by environment interaction and the genomic basis of local adaptation in plants

April 24, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

David Des Marais, Research Associate, Harvard University

Research Interests

I study the diversity of life at many different scales. Like most of us, I am amazed by the visual diversity of plant life. But I am also fascinated by the diversity of genes, proteins, and other molecules which give rise to the beautiful plants that surround us. My research addresses how molecular processes shape organismal diversity, and how these processes evolve within and between species of plants.


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Must Mediterranean Men be Masculine? Reflections on a Stereotype

Must Mediterranean Men be Masculine? Reflections on a Stereotype

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Professorof the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University,where he has taught since 1991. The author of ten books -- including APlace in History (1991), Cultural Intimacy (1997), TheBody Impolitic (2004), and Evicted from Eternity (2009)-- and numerous articles and reviews, he has also produced two ethnographicfilms (Monti Moments[2007] and Roman Restaurant Rhythms [2011]).His honors include the J.I. Staley Prize and the Rivers Memorial Medal (both in1994) and honorary doctorates from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2005),the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (2011), and the University of Crete(2013). He has served as editor of American Ethnologist (1995-98) and iscurrently editor-at-large (responsible for "Polyglot Perspectives")at Anthropological Quarterly. He is also a member of the editorial boards ofseveral journals, including International Journal of Heritage Studies,Anthropology Today, and South East Asia Research. His research in Greece,Italy, and Thailand has addressed the social and political impact of historicconservation and gentrification, the dynamics of nationalism and bureaucracy,and the ethnography of knowledge among artisans and intellectuals. He is currentlyworking on a book and a film about the politics of heritage and spatiality inBangkok.  

Sponsored by the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

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Film: Vanishing Point (2012)

Film: Vanishing Point (2012)

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

7 PM - April 24, 2014
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Navarana is an Inughuit elder from the northern district of Greenland.  In the 1860s, her ancestor led a legendary Inuit migration to Greenland.  More than 150 years later,  Navarana connects with distant cousins and explores these two isolated groups.

Free.

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Hawaiian Hip Hop, Drag Queens, and the Refusal of Aloha

Hawaiian Hip Hop, Drag Queens, and the Refusal of Aloha

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 208

F-you aloha, I love you: Hawaiian Hip Hop, Drag Queens, and the Refusal of Aloha

Lani Teves, PhD in American culture, weaves together indigenous studies, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and Pacific studies in her work. She is a postdoc at the University of California-Berkeley.

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Thursday, April 24th
7:00 p.m.
Adams Hall 208


In Hawaii, the spirit of aloha is pervasive, and it is mobilized to sell everything from hula skirts to fantasies of diversity to plumbing to same-sex marriage. Loosely defined as love, aloha is frequently used as a greeting and moniker of Hawaiianness. Hawaii state law even sanctions aloha, advising lawmakers to consider the aloha spirit in the workplace. Promoted as the so-called seminal Hawaiian concept of love and inclusion, the extraction of aloha from Hawaiian culture, works to obscure troubling material realities that marginalize Native Hawaiians. At the same time, Native Hawaiians deeply believe in aloha and perform it because we believe that aloha connects us to our ancestors. In this talk, she weaves together Marxist, post-colonial, and performance theory to provide a historical and theoretical framing of alohas ideological significance for the state of Hawaii and for Native Hawaiians. She shifts the focus away from disparaging the appropriation of aloha to look instead at the generative tensions that require Native Hawaiians to perform aloha and how Native Hawaiians engage with aloha by performing it. Through a close reading of the work of a Native Hawaiian rapper from a Hawaiian homestead, as well as a Native Hawaiian drag queen, she offers an examination of how aloha is performed and sustained in a manner that evades the optics of the state and tourisms' commodifying gaze.

Sponsored by: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund

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Matthew W. Wilson Lecture: Quantified Self-City-Nation: Digital Systems for Attentional Control

Matthew W. Wilson Lecture: Quantified Self-City-Nation: Digital Systems for Attentional Control

April 28, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Matthew Wilson's presentation draws parallels between the rising consumer-electronic sector associated with personal activity monitors and the rapid visioning of smart urbanism. He interrogates developments in interoperability and propriety, competition and habit, fashion and surveillance. He addresses the social-cultural and political implications for this refiguring of spatial thought and action as well as the capacities reinforced and developed through the implementation of these technologies and techniques.

Matthew Wilson is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he co-directs the New Mapping Collaboratory. Matt holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington. His website is http://matthew-w-wilson.com.

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Queering Chinese 'Comrades': Film Screening & Discussion

Queering Chinese 'Comrades': Film Screening & Discussion

April 28, 20147:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Monday, April 28
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Cui Zien is China's first independent queer filmmaker and an outspoken queer activist. Queering Chinese 'Comrades' presents a comprehensive historical account of queer culture in China for the last 30 years. The documentary uses exclusive interviews and original film footage to examine how shifting attitudes in law, media, and education have transformed queer culture from an unspeakable taboo to an accepted social identity.

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, Asian Studies Program, Film Studies, and Gay & Lesbian Studies.

Free and open to the public.

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"What Does Neuroscience Teach us About Free Will?" with Daniel Dennett

"What Does Neuroscience Teach us About Free Will?" with Daniel Dennett

April 29, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

A number of distinguished neuroscientists have recently been declaring that their science shows that free will is an illusion. It turns out that what they mean by this is something quite trivial, having almost nothing to do with whether or not we can be morally responsible choosers of our actions--but some of them think otherwise. Exposing the confusions in their thinking is a good job for philosophers.

Please join us for this free lecture
Tuesday, April 29th
4:00 pm
Druckenmiller Hall 016


Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy with support from the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience.

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The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects

April 30, 20144:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, at the Smithsonian Institution will discuss objects in the Smithsonian's collections, such as the Star-Spangled Banner, Lincoln's hat, Bell's telephone, Armstrong's trumpet, Warhol's Marilyn Monroe, and even the National Zoo's pandas to weave an engaging history of our nation.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek: cpiontek@bowdoin.edu.


Illustration: Dr. Richard Kurin

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How to maintain a variable brain

How to maintain a variable brain

May 1, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

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Spindel Lecture: 'Culture and Barbarism: Nazi Art Plundering and the Restitution Field Moving Forward'

Spindel Lecture: 'Culture and Barbarism: Nazi Art Plundering and the Restitution Field Moving Forward'

May 1, 20147:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Jonathan Petropoulos is an international authority on Nazi art theft. He is the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College and is author of several books, including The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany and the forthcoming Artists Under Hitler: The Power of Seduction and the Fate of Modernism in Nazi Germany.

Petropoulos served as research director for art and cultural property on the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States, where he helped draft the report "Restitution and Plunder: The U.S. and Holocaust Victims' Assets" (2001).

He has helped organize art exhibitions, such as Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1991, and has served as a consultant for a number of Holocaust victims and heirs trying to recover lost artworks. He has appeared in more than a dozen documentary films, including the award-winning The Rape of Europa (2007).

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Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

May 2, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Dana Renga, Assistant Professor of Italian at The Ohio State University, will discuss the ways in which the conventions of melodrama shape the mafia movie, focusing in particular on the Italian box-office hit Romanzo criminale (Michele Placido, 2005). Melodramatic narratives, argues Prof. Renga, create sympathy for the mafia film's brooding anti-hero - a sympathy that is increased when these characters are played by the likes of Italian film idols Kim Rossi Stuart and Riccardo Scamarcio. In "Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama" Prof. Renga examines how such films cause their viewers to forgive the transgressions of their criminal protagonists, and even mourn their deaths.

Prof. Renga works on modern and contemporary Italian cinema and culture, including representations of the Mafia, gender, the holocaust, fascism and terrorism. She has published articles and book chapters on Italian cinema, popular culture, poetry, and literature. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium (University of Toronto Press, 2013), the editor of Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and co-edits The Italianist: Film Issue. She is currently at work on a book entitled Italian Women's Cinema and the Wounded Filmic Body (1915-2015).

This lecture is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Romance Languages, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Gender and Women's Studies Program, with additional funding from the Lectures and Concerts Committee and Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

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In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney

In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney

May 4, 20144:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

"Art is Our Chief Means of Breaking Bread With the Dead" - W. H. Auden

Celebrating the life and work of Seamus Heaney with Professor of English Marilyn Reizbaum, English Department Writer-in-Residence Anthony Walton, and author Jane Brox.

Sponsored by the English Department and Fishouse

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Common Hour with Museum Pieces

Common Hour with Museum Pieces

May 9, 201412:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than twenty years, will conclude the 2013-2014 Common Hour series. The annual event celebrates the arrival of spring through dance and music provided by the Department of Theater and Dance, class projects, and independent student work.

For more information and to view the full Spring 2014 Common Hour schedule, please visit: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour

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