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Professors Celebrate President Mills' 14 Years at Bowdoin

Following the regular Monday afternoon faculty meeting, Bowdoin professors gathered in Thorne Hall for a dinner to honor — and sometimes poke a bit of fun at — President Barry Mills and his wife, Karen.

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A Quad Commissioning Ceremony for 2nd Lt. Mac Caputi ’15

The Marine Corps held a commissioning ceremony for senior Mac Caputi on Friday morning. Standing before the Bowdoin Chapel, in front of many of his family members, coaches, professors and friends, Caputi took his oath to become a second lieutenant.

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Commencement: David Swensen Honorand Lecture

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May 22, 20151:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

David Swensen serves as chief investment officer at YaleUniversity, where he oversees $22 billion in endowment assets.Under his stewardship, the Yale endowment has generatedreturns of 13.8 percent per year, a record unequalled amonginstitutional investors.

One of the world's most influential institutionalinvestors, he shares his expertise widely and generously. The field of highereducation has benefited immeasurably from his integrity and from hisperspectives and insights on investments, and he has had a direct impact onBowdoin's success, having served as a mentor to Senior Vice President forInvestments Paula Volent and Trustee Emerita Ellen Shuman. 

Swensen teachesendowment management at Yale, where he is a fellow of Berkeley College,an incorporator of the Elizabethan Club, and a fellow of the InternationalCenter for Finance. He has served as a member of the President's EconomicRecovery Advisory Board and as trustee or advisor to a number of institutionsand foundations, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and theInvestment Fund for Foundations. 

Swensen earned a B.A. and B.S. from theUniversity of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale.

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Commencement: Molly Neptune Parker Honorand Lecture

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May 22, 20151:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Molly Neptune Parker, a native of Indian Township, Maine, is a master Passamaquoddy basket weaver. An artist, educator, and community leader, she shares generously of her legacy and expertise. A true tradition-bearer, she has taught generations of tribal members across the country to weave, ensuring the continuance of this once-endangered Native art form. 

She has served as president of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance and as a master teacher in the Maine Arts Commission's traditional arts apprenticeship program. She has demonstrated her craft at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and is a recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. 

Parker's other awards include the Maine Arts Commission's Fellowship Award for Traditional Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts' Native Arts Award, and the First People's Funds Community Spirit Award.

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Commencement: Karen Mills Honorand Lecture

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May 22, 20152:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Karen Mills is a senior fellow at the Harvard BusinessSchool and at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Businessand Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. She isan accomplished business leader with the experience andinsights of a keen entrepreneur. Among her many important contributionsto the Bowdoin community, she has served as an active mentor, encouragingentrepreneurial aspirations among students.
 

Mills served as Administrator ofthe US Small Business Administration from 2009-2013. She was a memberof President Obama's cabinet and was a key member of the White Houseeconomic team. In Maine, she chaired the state's Council on Competitivenessand the Economy and served as a member of the Governor's Council for theRedevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. 

In the private sector,Mills founded Solera Capital, served as president of MMP Group, and hasserved as a board member for a number of corporations. She is a past vice chairof the Harvard Overseers, and is currently a member of the Council on ForeignRelations and the Harvard Corporation. She earned an A.B. in economicsfrom Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Baccalaureate: Jill Lepore Keynote Address

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May 22, 20154:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Watson Arena

The Baccalaureate Ceremony, held in Watson Arena, marks the official close of the academic year and the coming together of graduates and their families. It includes music, speeches by two graduating seniors, and akeynote address by honorary degree recipient Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Ample parking is available at the arena. No tickets required.

For more information, the mobile site, and full schedule of events, please visit bowdoin.edu/commencement or contact events@bowdoin.edu or call 207-725-3433.

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Reunion Weekend 2015

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May 28, 201512:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Bowdoin College

Get ready to celebrate! Reunion 2015 is Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31. This year we welcome back class years ending in 5 and 0 as well as members of the Old Guard.
Check out bowdoinreunion.com for information about the schedule, registration, on-campus housing, registered classmates, and other details about the weekend!


Download the new Bowdoin App and have the complete Reunion Weekend schedule at your fingertips! 

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Abelardo Morell: Creating the Exhibition "A Mind of Winter"

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May 28, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Internationally-known photographer Abelardo Morell '71, H'97 discusses his latest project, completed in Maine during the winter of 2015. Presented in conjunction with "A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell" on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through September 27, 2015.


Photo: Abe Morell working in Maine during the winter of 2015

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Reunion Weekend 2015

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May 29, 20157:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Bowdoin College

Get ready to celebrate! Reunion 2015 is Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31. This year we welcome back class years ending in 5 and 0 as well as members of the Old Guard.

Check out bowdoinreunion.com for information about the schedule, registration, on-campus housing, registered classmates, and other details about the weekend!

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Reunion Weekend 2015

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May 30, 20157:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Bowdoin College

Get ready to celebrate! Reunion 2015 is Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31. This year we welcome back class years ending in 5 and 0 as well as members of the Old Guard.

Check out bowdoinreunion.com for information about the schedule, registration, on-campus housing, registered classmates, and other details about the weekend!

Download the new Bowdoin App and have the complete Reunion Weekend schedule at your fingertips!

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Reunion Weekend 2015

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May 31, 20157:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Bowdoin College

Get ready to celebrate! Reunion 2015 is Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31. This year we welcome back class years ending in 5 and 0 as well as members of the Old Guard.

Check out bowdoinreunion.com for information about the schedule, registration, on-campus housing, registered classmates, and other details about the weekend!

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Dana E. Byrd, Gallery Conversation: "'Empire Follows Art': Culture and Identity in the Atlantic World"

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June 4, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Dana E. Byrd, assistant professor of art history, leads a conversation on the exhibition "Empire Follows Art': Culture and Identity in the Atlantic World" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. This exhibition illuminates the experience of the Atlantic world in the eighteenth century. Art and artifacts drawn from the Museum's collections shed light on the development of an extensive network among Europe, Africa, and the Americas that influenced identity and culture in the period. Curated by students in "Sugar, Tobacco, Rice and Rum: Art and Identity in the Atlantic World," taught by Dana E. Byrd, during the 2015 spring semester.

Photo: Nathaniel Smibert, American, 1735-1756, Portrait of Reverend Samson Occum, ca. 1751-1756, oil on canvas. Bequest
of the Honorable James Bowdoin III. 1813.4.

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Barbara Haskell: "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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June 27, 20155:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

As the keynote speaker to open the summer exhibition, Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, Barbara Haskell will discuss iconic paintings of the night that came to define American modernism and explore why so many canonical painters of the period were attracted to the dark.

Ms. Haskell has curated many groundbreaking exhibitions dedicated to modern and contemporary art in the United States. She is a recipient of the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History, from the Archives of American Art.

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Opening Reception for "Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960"

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June 27, 20156:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Opening reception for the summer exhibition, Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Climate change and Arctic landscapes: Understanding modern and future changes using lessons from the past

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June 29, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The winds of change are sweeping across Arctic landscapes. 

Warming is occurring at a rapid rate, landscapes are thawing, and ecosystems are poised for dramatic change.  Given the vast area of the Arctic, changes to the biosphere have the potential to influence the atmosphere, thereby altering the rate and magnitude of global climate change.  To understand how modern and future impacts might unfold, a team of scientists-- Zicheng Yu, Lehigh University, David Beilman, the University of Hawaii, and Phil Camill, Bowdoin College have recently examined how soil carbon storage and emissions might respond to warming.

Using historical archives in peat records from across the Arctic, this
team is looking back in time 12,000 years for clues to how past climate change might improve understanding of changes in the modern world.

This research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation. This event is co-sponsored at Bowdoin by the Peary-MacMillian Arctic Museum, the Earth and Oceanographic Science Department and the Environmental Studies Program.

Image: Churchill Manitoba, Summer of 2012

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