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Off the Shelf: Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern

We're visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, Anthropology professor Scott MacEachern talks about an unusual book translated into English and published in 1995.

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Selling Empanadas on the Quad to Raise Money for Ecuador

After the 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, students launched into action. Caroline Martinez ’16, who grew up in Ecuador, is leading the charge to raise $5,000 for Ecuador's Red Cross by May 6. Selling homemade empanadas in the Smith Union and the Quad, she says she's about halfway toward her goal.

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George O' Toole: "To Build A Biofilm"

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April 29, 20163:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Biofilms are surface-attachment microbial communities that form in a wide variety of environments. Dr. George O'Toole will discuss how his laboratory studies single species and polymicrobial biofilms in the context of human disease and addresses a variety of biofilm-related questions, including: Can microbes sense a surface? Do polymicrobial biofilms impact antibiotic tolerance? How do cells coordinate the complex signal transduction pathways that control biofilm formation. 

His group and their collaborators use a combination of genetic studies, microscopy, structural biology and biophysics to tackle these questions.

O'Toole received his BS from Cornell University and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Film Screening: 'My Name is Khan'

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April 29, 20167:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Rizwan Kahn, an Indian man with Asperger's syndrome and a unique way of looking at the world, moves to San Francisco and meets a vivacious single mother named Mandira. They form a special bond and fall in love against all odds, but after the September 11 attacks on New York City, fate and tragedy conspire to tear them apart as Kahn falls victim to growing tensions against Muslim citizens. 

Mandira tells him that she no longer wants to be with him, and when he asks her what he has to do for them to be together, she sarcastically tells him that he has to tell the people of the United States and the President that his name is Khan and that he is not a terrorist.

Rizwan takes Mandira's request seriously, and thus sets out on a journey that takes him from one US state to another, in order to first meet President and later the new President-elect and win back the love of his life.

My Name is Khan debuted in Abu Dhabi, and globally in cinemas in 2010, breaking many box office records and making it the highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas at the time.

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Walking Tour with John Cross: Mapping William DeWitt Hyde's 'Offer of the College'

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May 3, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

William DeWitt Hyde wrote The Offer of the College in 1906. John Cross, secretary of the College, will lead a walking tour to discuss buildings constructed during Hyde's tenure that help demonstrate how this president's vision of higher education still shapes the Bowdoin campus. 

Organized in conjunction with To Count Art an Intimate Friend.

Photo: Installation view of To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights
from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

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Steven Teles: "Prison Break - How Conservatives Changed Their Minds on Mass Incarceration"

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May 3, 20164:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Drawing from his latest book, Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration, co-authored with David Dagan and forthcoming from Oxford University Press in June, Teles will discuss how conservatives have reversed course in recent years and are now leading the charge to curb prison growth. He will explain why this striking turn of events occurred, how it will affect mass incarceration, and what it teaches us about achieving policy breakthroughs in our polarized age.

Steven Teles, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, earned his PhD from the University of Virginia and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies and Princeton University. He has held teaching positions at the University of Maryland, Brandeis University, and Yale Law School, and has a long affiliation with the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.

Widely published in the areas of social policy, law and public policy, and political analysis, his books include Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: The Battle for Control of the Law (Princeton, 2008) and Whose Welfare: AFDC and Elite Politics (Kansas, 1996), as well as the co-edited volumes Conservatism and American Political Development and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK. He is also the author of the widely cited 2013 National Affairs essay "Kludgeocracy in America."

Sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies, with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.





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Dale Russakoff: "Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker Set Out to Reform Newark Schools. They Got an Education"

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May 3, 20167:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. She is the author of The Prize, which was serialized in The New Yorker before being published as a book. The Prize documents the educational and political challenges resulting from Mark Zuckerberg's  $100 million donation to reform Newark, New Jersey's public schools by way of Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie. 


Russakoff raises important issues regarding the complexities of educational policy, the roles of philanthropy and political agendas in public education, and the challenges faced by public schools today. She gained behind-the-scenes access to the attempts at reform in 2010 and will discuss not only the challenges faced with this project but also the stories of the remarkable teachers and students working in the schools the power brokers were targeting.

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Melissa Maginnis: "Cellular Determinants of Viral Infection: Proper ID Required"

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May 5, 20164:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Melissa Meginnis' research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of viral disease. Specifically, her work seeks to define the viral and host cell factors that regulate infection and viral pathogenesis of the human JC polyomavirus (JCPyV). 


The majority of the population is infected with JCPyV, which establishes a lifelong, persistent infection in the kidney without symptoms. In immunocompromised hosts, such as individuals receiving immunomodulatory therapies for autoimmune diseases or those with HIV, the virus can spread from the kidney to the central nervous system and cause a lytic infection in the brain. Viral destruction of the glial cells astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, which are critical for myelin production, results in the fatal, demyelinating disease progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). There is currently no effective treatment for PML.  Viruses are complex, yet extremely efficient machines that hijack the host cell machinery to complete an infectious cycle and produce progeny virus. The interplay between JCPyV and host cell factors is critical to understanding disease outcomes and PML pathogenesis. 

Research in her laboratory is focused on understanding the detailed molecular interactions between the virus and host cell factors that drive the early steps in the infectious cycle including entry, trafficking, and viral transcription. In particular, she is focused on defining how JCPyV uses the serotonin receptor to transverse the plasma membrane, identifying signaling cascades that drive viral transcription, and elucidating how the virus causes persistent and lytic infections. This research allows her to define key unanswered questions in JCPyV biology, provide crucial insights into JCPyV pathogenesis, and identify novel targets for rational drug design for prevention and treatment of PML.

Maginnis is assistant professor of microbiology at University of Maine. She received her BS from Neumann College and her PhD from Vanderbilt University.

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Film Screening: 'A Climate of Change'

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May 5, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

'A Climate of Change' is a series of four short films that examine the effects associated with climate change on the fishing industry, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity, and ocean acidification. Across New England and the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. The Island Institute has held screenings of these films up and down the coast from Washington, DC to New York City to Boston to Portland.

There will be a casual networking event before the film from 6:30-7:00pm (in the lobby outside Smith Auditorium), and a Q&A panel after the screening. Collin Roesler, Bowdoin professor of earth and oceanographic science will participate on the panel.
 
This event is free, but attendees are asked to register online.

At Bowdoin, the screening is hosted by the student club CERES (Coalition for Expanding the Reach of Earth Sciences).

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Bowdoin Chorus: Haydn Creation

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May 5, 20167:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Antolini '63, present Haydn's greatest work, The Creation.  

Presented in an English translation by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, the performance features Sarah Tuttle as Angel Gabriel; David Myers, Jr., as Angel Uriel; John David Adams as Angel Raphael and as Adam; and Rebecca Worthington as Eve. 

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Kinsey Centennial Symposium: Annette Timm: "Kinsey's German Connection and the Origins of Thinking about Transsexuality in the US"

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May 5, 20167:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

"Kinsey's German Connection and the Origins of Thinking about Transsexuality in the U.S."
Annette Timm, Editor, Journal of the History of Sexuality and Associate Professor and Chair of the Honours Program, Department of History, University of Calgary

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey's graduation from Bowdoin College, this symposium examines the legacy of the renowned sexual scientist, as well as the formative influence that European sexologists had on Kinsey's work. The symposium draws together an interdisciplinary group of scholars-historians of sexuality, political scientists, literary scholars, and researchers in gender & sexuality studies-to discuss the ideas and forces that shaped Kinsey's work and the impact that Kinsey's studies of human sexuality had on the ways we think and talk about sex, both in the United States and abroad.

Open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the German and History Departments, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

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Spring Dance Concert!

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May 5, 20168:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Spring Dance Concert - Thursday through Saturday,  May 5 to 7

The Department of Theater and Dance presents the annual Spring Dance Concert beginning today and running through Saturday, May 7. The performance is free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the Smith Union Information desk: 207-725-3375.

The program features faculty-directed choreography for students, as well as choreographic studies that invite viewers into dance-making processes.  With shifting modalities from the wildly physical, to the contemplative, and the ironic, dancers slice through the space to music as diverse as Dutch avant-garde rock, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, or a violin concerto by contemporary American composer, John Adams.   

Gwyneth Jones's Repertory students capture the bustling energy of campus life, and the lyrical quality of physical support and interdependence.  Visiting Artist Laura Peterson presents "Space Between," a quartet focused on location and proximity, which registers relational changes through shifting gaze, delicate timing, and odd duets.

FREE TICKETS
, general admission. Available at Smith Union information desk (207-725-3375) and immediately before the show at the door. 

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance with funding from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail fund for Dance. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

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Kinsey Centennial Symposium: Panel Presentations

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May 6, 20169:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey's graduation from Bowdoin College, this symposium examines the legacy of the renowned sexual scientist, as well as the formative influence that European sexologists had on Kinsey's work. The symposium draws together an interdisciplinary group of scholars--historians of sexuality, political scientists, literary scholars, and researchers in gender & sexuality studies--to discuss the ideas and forces that shaped Kinsey's work and the impact that Kinsey's studies of human sexuality had on the ways we think and talk about sex, both in the United States and abroad.

Panel I - "Kinsey Institute and the Archive"
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Donna Drucker, Guest Professor, Technische Universitat, Darmstadt, Germany; Lisa Sigel, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University; Liana Zhou, Director of Library and Archives, Kinsey Institute at Indiana University
Moderator: Marilyn Reizbaum, Harrison King McCann Professor of English and Co-Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Bowdoin College

Panel II - “Kinsey and the Politics of Sexuality”
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Michael Pettit, Associate Professor of Psychology and Science and Technology Studies, York University; Whitney Strub, Associate Professor and Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
Moderator: David Hecht, Assistant Professor of History, Bowdoin College

Panel III - "Sexology and Freud"
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Speakers: Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar, City University of New York; Robert Tobin, Henry J. Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture, Clark University
Moderator: Jill Smith, John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of German, Bowdoin College

Open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the German and History Departments, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

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George Shields: "Water, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Global Warming: What Do We Know and How Can We Help?"

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May 6, 20163:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Dr. George Shields will discuss the structure of water, and how water is involved in the formation of aerosols, explaining how the formation of aerosols in the atmosphere is not well understood and how the formation of clouds from aerosols is shrouded in mystery. He will illustrate how computational chemistry can be used to gain insight on all three of these areas, with a special emphasis on the role of undergraduates in the research process.

Shields received his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry and his doctorate in physical chemistry all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He did his postdoctoral research at Yale University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His postdoctoral research on protein-DNA interactions was conducted in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Steitz, the 2009 Chemistry Nobel Laureate.

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Visual Art Senior Exhibition Opening

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May 6, 20165:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Graduating seniors in visual art will host a final show of their work. The exhibition will be open from May 1 through 6 throughout the Edwards Center for Art and Dance, with a reception on Friday, May 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Henry Austin
Ella Blanchon
Lauren Bostick
Rachel Brooke
Marisa Browning-Kamins
Katie Coleman
Isaac Jaegerman
Hy Khong
Hyung Kim
Bridget Kranz
Hector Magaña
Emily Nguyen

Mariah Reading
Anna Reyes
Nicole Smith
Cody Stack
Rachel Zheng



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Nouman Ali Khan: "Cooperating in Matters of Goodness"

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May 6, 20167:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Bowdoin's Muslim Student Association (MSA) will be hosting a discussion and lecture screening by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan on the topic of "Cooperating in Matters of Goodness".
Khan is a world-renowned Quranic and Arabic scholar whose message is very relevant to everyone in the world we live in today. He has a unique way of integrating evidences from the Quran and the Arabic language into his talks and debunks many misconceptions on Islam.

Khan is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah Institute, as well as the lead instructor for a number of Bayyinah courses including the Fundamentals of Classical Arabic and Divine Speech. Currently he has dedicated himself to a seven-year-long project of conducting a linguistic and literary focus Quranic Tafseer series in English.

No RSVP necessary.

Spread the word! All are welcome!

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Bowdoin Chorus: Haydn Creation

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May 6, 20167:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Antolini '63, present Haydn's greatest work, The Creation.  

Presented in an English translation by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, the performance features Sarah Tuttle as Angel Gabriel; David Myers, Jr., as Angel Uriel; John David Adams as Angel Raphael and as Adam; and Rebecca Worthington as Eve. 

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Spring Dance Concert

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May 6, 20168:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Spring Dance Concert Spring Dance Concert Thurs-Sat,  May 5-7

The Department of Theater and Dance presents the annual Spring Dance Concert on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May  5, 6 and 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Pickard Theater. The performance is free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the Smith Union Information desk: 207-725-3375.

The program features faculty-directed choreography for students, as well as choreographic studies that invite viewers into dance-making processes.  With shifting modalities from the wildly physical, to the contemplative, and the ironic, dancers slice through the space to music as diverse as Dutch avant-garde rock, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, or a violin concerto by contemporary American composer, John Adams.   

Gwyneth Jones's Repertory students capture the bustling energy of campus life, and the lyrical quality of physical support and interdependence.  Visiting Artist Laura Peterson presents "Space Between," a quartet focused on location and proximity, which registers relational changes through shifting gaze, delicate timing, and odd duets.

FREE TICKETS
, general admission. Available at Smith Union information desk (207-725-3375) and immediately before the show at the door. 

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance with funding from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail fund for Dance. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

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Spring Dance Concert!

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May 7, 20168:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Spring Dance Concert - Thursday through Saturday,  May 5 to 7  

The Department of Theater and Dance presents the annual Spring Dance Concert from Thursday through Saturday, May 5 through 7. The performance is free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the Smith Union Information desk: 207-725-3375.  

The program features faculty-directed choreography for students, as well as choreographic studies that invite viewers into dance-making processes.  With shifting modalities from the wildly physical, to the contemplative, and the ironic, dancers slice through the space to music as diverse as Dutch avant-garde rock, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, or a violin concerto by contemporary American composer, John Adams.     

Gwyneth Jones's Repertory students capture the bustling energy of campus life, and the lyrical quality of physical support and interdependence.  Visiting Artist Laura Peterson presents "Space Between," a quartet focused on location and proximity, which registers relational changes through shifting gaze, delicate timing, and odd duets.  

FREE TICKETS
, general admission. Available at Smith Union information desk (207-725-3375) and immediately before the show at the door.   

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance with funding from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail fund for Dance. Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

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Harriet's Writing Room Dedication at Harriet Beecher Stowe House

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May 9, 20162:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Miscellaneous Space

The house at 63 Federal Street where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, the anti-slavery novel that some say helped spark the American Civil War, has fulfilled many roles in the Brunswick community since it was built in 1806.

The College recently completed a renovation of the house, restoring its appearance to how it would have looked during Stowe's time there, and it was recently included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom by the National Park Service.

Read more about the designation and the new public space: http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/?p=118137

Please join us at this National Historic Landmark for the dedication of Harriet's Writing Room. The open house will run 2 p.m.–4 p.m., with brief remarks at 3 p.m. 

Free and open to the public.


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Unveiling: Barry Mills' Presidential Portrait

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May 17, 20165:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Former Bowdoin College President Barry Mills will be on hand for the unveiling of his presidential portrait, which will hang next to that of his predecessor, Robert Edwards, on the second floor of Hubbard Hall.

The work was made by Warren Prosperi, a painter in the Optical Naturalist tradition, and his wife, photographer and artistic collaborator Lucia Prosperi, whose other works have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and across the US and Europe. Their painting Epiphany 3 hangs as part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Mills, a member of the Class of 1972, was president of the College for fourteen years, from 2001 to 2015.

The reception is free and open to the public. 

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