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Nancy Diessner, Spring 2017 Bileck Visiting Artist: Artist Talk and Reception

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February 28, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Nancy Diessner, Spring 2017 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project Visiting Artist, will speak about her current work: "We are a part and apart from other animals and the natural world. We stand in a strange wordless exchange that can be stirring, comforting, and alienating all at the same time. That's the complex and mysterious realm that inspires my artwork, and that will be the subject of my talk."

A reception will be held in the lobby of the Edwards Center for Art and Dance immediately following the talk. 

Diessner earned her BA in painting, drawing and printmaking from Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, and her MFA in painting and sculpture from Hunter College in New York. Dedicated to safer printmaking, she created two low-toxicity college printmaking studios during her seventeen-year college teaching career, and now runs a public printmaking studio, Dog's Eye Print Studio, in Framingham, Massachusetts.

An exhibition of Diessner's work runs from February 14 to March 3 in the Edwards Main Gallery. 

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Hanetha Vete-Congolo: "Do you Know Them? Anna Nzinga, Queen Nanny, Solitude, and Many More"

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February 28, 2017 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Howell House, Living Room

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Hanetha Vete-Congolo will discuss how African history or that of African-descended people in the so-called New World was often presented through grandiloquent omission, distortion, erasures, falsification, belittlement, mythologization and mystification.

This process partly explains why noteworthy actors of this history and the history itself are generally unknown. This erasure is even more eloquent when considering notable women actors of African history, where the lingering impression is that very few to no women accomplished any historical action worthy of being registered. In fact, however, such female contributors to major and inspiring historical events exist.

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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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Alex Reed '10: "Policing the Police: The Justice Department's Investigations of the Baltimore and Chicago Police Departments"

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March 1, 2017 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Media coverage of the deaths of a number of African American men and women at the hands of police and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement have thrust concerns about discriminatory policing, excessive uses of force, and police accountability into the national spotlight. The special Litigation Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has conducted a number of high-profile investigations of city police departments in recent years, uncovering serious, systemic civil rights violations in departments across the country, including those in Ferguson, Baltimore, and - most recently - Chicago. Alex Reed '10 will illuminate the key civil rights issues addressed by the Special Litigation Section as it works with - and, if necessary, litigates against - modern police departments to achieve systemic reform.

Currently in her final semester of law school, Reed worked as a legal intern in the Special Litigation Section last summer, where she had the opportunity to work with the experienced civil rights attorneys tasked with carrying out the Baltimore and Chicago police department investigations.

Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Africana Studies Program, the Student Center for Multicultural Life, Career Planning, and the Kurtz Fund.

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Ingrid Nelson - Community Lecture Series: "It's Who you Know, Not What you Know: Social Capital in Rural Maine"

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March 2, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Ingrid Nelson, assistant professor of sociology, explores how living in a place where "everybody knows everybody" can support education attainment among high-achieving students.

Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided.

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Bradley Woolworth: "Full Annual Cycle Population Ecology of a Migratory Songbird"

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March 2, 2017 3:45 PM  – 5:15 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Brad Woodworth will discuss the migration and population ecology of Savannah sparrows Passerculus sandwichensis, which he studies at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.

He will specifically address what the relative effects of density and weather at the breeding and wintering grounds are on population growth rate, as well as through which demographic mechanisms (fecundity, survival, immigration) population limitation and regulation are occurring, using individual-based, year-round tracking technologies, long-term demographic and environmental data, and advanced statistical and population modeling techniques.

Woodworth earned his bachelor's degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his MSc from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He is a PhD candidate in the department of integrative biology at the University of Guelph in Canada, and will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship in migratory shorebird conservation at the University of Queensland in September of 2017.

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Ramp Gallery Opening Reception: Under the Microscope

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March 2, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, The Ramp Gallery

Join us in the Ramp Gallery - located in the basement of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library - for the opening reception of an exhibition of photographs from ongoing student research projects in neuroscience, biology, and biochemistry.

Food and beverages will be served. 

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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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Pamela Fletcher and Ellen Tani - Gallery Conversation: "Art & Resolution: 1900 to Today"

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March 3, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Pamela Fletcher, professor of art history and Ellen Tani, Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral curatorial fellow, discuss the creative strategies and concepts in the work on view in the exhibition Art & Resolution: 1900 to Today at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Photo:  Guy Pene Du Bois, The Life Soldier, 1922, oil on panel. Gift of Walter K. Gutman, Class of 1924. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.


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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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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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March 4, 2017 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students present Family Saturday with activities related to the exhibitions on view.

Enjoy interactive learning and fun!


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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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Frank Goodyear and Laura Sprague - Gallery Conversation: "Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today"

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March 7, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Laura Sprague, consulting curator of the decorative arts highlight works created in the 1920s and 1930s and featured in Art & Resolution, 1900 to Today.

Painters such as John Sloan and George Hallowell and photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Esther Bubley take center stage.

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John Sloan, A Window on the Street, 1912, oil on canvas. Bequest of George Otis Hamlin. Bowdoin College Museum of Art .  


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Tea with Harriet

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March 16, 2017 1:00 PM  – 2:30 PM
Harriet's Writing Room

Please join us for an afternoon tea and conversation about the life and legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Join Harriet's Writing Room staff for tea and conversation to mark the 166th anniversary of the vision Stowe had at the First Parish Church that sparked the writing of her novel Uncle Tom'™s Cabin.

Light refreshments will be served.

Open to the public free of charge, but reservations
are required. RSVP at 207-725-3155. No reservations required for the Bowdoin community.




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Bowdoin Breakfast: The Value of Liberal Arts in the Tech World

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March 28, 2017 7:00 AM  – 9:00 AM
Thorne Hall, Thorne Dining Room

Our spring Bowdoin Breakfast will feature Charlotte Carnevale Willner '06 and David Willner '06. David, Head of Community Policy at Airbnb, and Charlotte, Safety Manager at Pinterest, will discuss the value of a liberal arts degree in the tech world.

Program
7:15am - Full buffet breakfast
8:00am - Panel begins
8:45am - Q&A with the panelists
9:00am - Program ends

Cost
$15 for the general public
$6 for Bowdoin faculty, staff, and students

Registration
To register securely by credit card, please click here.

To register by check, please mail a registration form and check payable to Bowdoin College to:
Sue Lindsey, Office of Stewardship Programs
4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Bowdoin employees may provide their department project code, and students may provide their ID numbers for payment.

For more information, please visit
http://www.bowdoin.edu/bowdoin-breakfast/ or contact Sue Lindsey in the Office of Stewardship Programs at slindsey@bowdoin.edu or call 207-725-3928.


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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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Cuba Week 2017: Primo Cubano Concert and Latin Dance!

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March 31, 2017 7:30 PM  – 10:00 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Morrell Lounge

Put on your dancing shoes and come celebrate Brunswick's sister city relationship with Trinidad, Cuba in the first event of Cuba Week 2017!

Dance Lessons will start and 7:30 pm, followed by a concert and dance from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Music for dancing will continue thereafter provided by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), who also co-sponsored the event.

Suggested donation for non-Bowdoin community members $10.

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Film Screening: "Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans"

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

In the film, Return to Cuba, five world-renowned photographers travel to the island nation just weeks before the historic US-Cuba reconciliation in 2014. Retracing the footsteps of legendary photographer Walker Evans, they reinvent his iconic 1930s images at a new historical tipping point. 

From the quick yet studied street-style photography of Sam Abell to the uncommon camera-obscura practices of Abelardo Morell, these master photographers reinterpret Cuba for the twenty-first century. This colorful documentary brings together five unique visions of Cuba's complex and transforming cultural landscape as director Ross McDermott intertwines Evans's pre-Castro Cuba with the busy streets of Havana and the countryside of Vinales. 

Return to Cuba was submitted to over twenty national and international film festivals in 2016.

Suggested donation for non-Bowdoin community members $5.

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Audubon's 'Birds of America' Page-Turning with Special Guest Matthew Klingle

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April 7, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies and Director of Environmental Studies Program Matthew Klingle joins Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's magnificent Birds of America.

Experience the excitement as we reveal the bird of the month and take home a keepsake button. Friday, April 7, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the Special Collections & Archives reading room on the third floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

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