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Gallery Conversation with Susan Danly

August 23, 201812:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Art Historian Susan Danly discusses aspects of the exhibition, Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art


Free and open to the public.


Illlustration: Cliff at Prout’s Neck, ca. 1885, (detail) albumen silver print by Winslow Homer. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine.

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Audubon Page-Turning with special guest Colin Windhorst

September 7, 201812:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Join Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's beautiful and majestic double-elephant folio Birds of America. This month’s guest is Colin Windhorst of the Dennys River Historical Society.

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Alexander Pushkin in the Music of Russian Romanticism, with Soprano Sarah Pelletier and Francine Kay on Piano

September 14, 20184:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

This concert will present a variety of Russian musical works in the Romantic style that are tied, in one way or another, to the great “Father of Russian literature,” Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837). In addition to song settings of Pushkin’s poems by composers including Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Rachmaninov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Nikolai Medtner, and others, the program will include solo instrumental and chamber works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mily Balakirev and Glinka. Translations of all song texts will be provided. Ms. Pelletier and Ms. Kay are acclaimed musicians who have performed as soloists and in ensembles in many elite venues throughout the world; they are both on the music faculty at Princeton University.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Departments of Russian and Music, with the generous support of a loyal Bowdoin family.

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Tea with Harriet

September 20, 20181:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Harriet's Writing Room

At this month’s tea, Harriet’s Writing Room staff explore the “Beecher Preachers,” Stowe’s father, brothers, and husband.  These men, all preachers, not only influenced her religious thought and writings, but helped her navigate through personal tragedies and spiritual crises. Light refreshments will be served.  Open to the public but reservations required. Free tickets can be reserved online one month in advance at:

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The Russian Environment and Social Critique: Ivan Turgenev's Nature Writing; with Thomas Hodge

September 26, 20184:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

A lecture by Thomas Hodge, professor of Russian, Wellesley College. The first talk in the “Russian Environment: Nature and Culture” fall lecture series. Ivan Turgenev, revered for his skill at depicting ideological strife and unhappy love, was also one Russia's finest nature writers. In his cycle of short stories, Notes of a Hunter (1847-52), he deploys his expert knowledge of the natural world to denounce serfdom as a crime against humanity as well as nature.

Hodge is a specialist on nineteenth-century Russian literature and the author of a forthcoming book on Turgenev and the organic world; he cofounded a humanities-and-science course about Lake Baikal that features fieldwork in Siberia.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Russian and the Environmental Studies Program, with the generous support of a loyal Bowdoin family.

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