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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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Andrew Wachtel: Political and National Developments in Central Asia

Andrew Wachtel: Political and National Developments in Central Asia

April 28, 20147:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

In 1991, the five Soviet Central Asian republics became independent states by accident, as it were. Since then, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have taken very different paths of political and social development. All of their actions have occurred in a very difficult neighborhood, surrounded by China, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan. The lecture will focus on the various social and political strategies that have been pursued by these countries in the context of their local and international situation, and examine where they are likely to go from here.

Andrew Wachtel is the president of American University of Central Asia and and a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University.

Sponsored by the Departments of Russian, Government and Legal Studies and the Asian Studies Program.

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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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Two Presidents Are Better Than One - Lecture by David Orentlicher

Two Presidents Are Better Than One - Lecture by David Orentlicher

April 29, 20144:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

How can we fix our broken political system? The notion of a plural executive was rejected in 1781 but perhaps "two presidents are better than one" - a constitutional reform that could help to solve problems of executive power and decision-making, political polarization, and public disengagement.

Professor David Orentlicher of Indiana University's School of Law will present this provocative argument which forms the basis of his new book, "Two Presidents are Better than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch" (NYU Press, 2013).

Sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies.Light refreshments will be served.

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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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DamNation Film Screening

DamNation Film Screening

May 4, 20147:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning rounds, after decades without access. DamNation's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

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Open to the public free of charge. Sponsored by the Economics Department and the Environmental Studies Program.

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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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Music at the Museum - Take a "Bach Break"

Music at the Museum - Take a "Bach Break"

May 15, 20146:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Rotunda

Students and non-students alike are invited to take a "Bach break" and join Bowdoin's Artist-in Residence, George Lopez, for Music at the Museum on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30pm. Relax, clear your mind, and be inspired by magnificent works of art while listening to parts of J.S. Bach's Partitas for harpsichord in the Museum's Rotunda.

This event is free, but tickets are required as seating is limited.  Tickets are available at the Museum Shop.  For more information please call (207) 725-3276.

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