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Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble: Music from the Arabic and Ottoman Turkish Traditions

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April 27, 20157:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium



The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble, directed by Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby, will present classical and contemporary music from the Arabic and Ottoman Turkish traditions.

The ensemble performs on traditional Middle Eastern musical instruments like the oud (Middle Eastern lute) and qanun (seventy-two-stringed Middle Eastern zither) as well vocals and Western instruments along with Middle Eastern percussion.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin?s Live Webcasts page.

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Nadia Celis, Book Presentation: "The Rebellion of the Girls. The Caribbean and 'Corporeal Conscience'"

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April 28, 20154:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Join Nadia Celis, associate professor of Spanish, for the celebration of her book La Rebelion de las ninas: El Caribe y la 'conciencia
corporal' 
(The Rebellion of Girls: The Caribbean and 'Corporeal
Consciousness') 
Madrid, Frankfurt: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2015).

A study of the representation of girlhood in the work of Hispanic Caribbean women writers, The Rebellion is also a critique of the multifaceted relation of power and gendered bodies in Caribbean cultures. Combining feminist theory with Caribbean and cultural studies, Celis contextualizes the struggle for "a body of one's own" engaged by the protagonists of novels from the 1940's to the turn of the 21st century. 

Challenging dominant associations of childhood narratives with nostalgia or lost innocence, Celis sets the spotlight on the desire, anger, and the bodily expressions girls deploy to contest the patriarchal appropriation of their sexuality. These girls' embodied subjectivities inspire the coining of "corporeal consciousness" to name the force at the core of liberatory practices preceding and coexisting with the sanctioned performances of femininity faced by fictional and real girls. 

"A powerful and innovative work. Celis selected a precise and persuasive corpus that exposes how patriarchal politics work on girls' bodies and sexualities both in the ways girls incorporate and reproduce the logics of male desire in their bodies and gestures, and in the ways they subvert these parameters. A magnificent book that makes substantial contributions not only to the field of Caribbean studies but also to the study of Latin American gender culture." (Beatriz Gonzalez-Stephen, Rice University).

Students and colleagues will lead an open conversation about the book, and light refreshments will be served. 

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Afro-Latin Music Ensemble with Director Michael Birenbaum Quintero

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April 29, 20157:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium


Under the direction of Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin's Afro-Latin Music Ensemble will present a concert highlighting the scintillating rhythms and cultural richness of the descendants of Africans in Latin America, including music from Colombia, Cuba, and Peru. 

Michael Birenbaum Quintero, assistant professor of music, studies music and political movements in Colombia, focusing on the Afro-Colombian music of the Pacific coast. He began his tenure track position at Bowdoin in Fall 2010. He teaches courses on Black Musics in Latin America and the Caribbean, Latino Music in the U.S., Ethnomusicology, and the Afro-Latin Music Ensemble.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin?s Live Webcasts page.

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Brad Davidson, Swarthmore College: "Mitotic Tuning: Cell Division Modulates Inductive Signals During Early Heart Development"

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April 30, 20154:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

About 40,000 children are born with heart defects every year. In order to treat these conditions we must gain a comprehensive understanding of heart formation, including the very first steps taken by heart cells in early embryos.

Currently, our research is focused on revealing the precise function of FGF in early heart development. We have demonstrated that FGF signaling causes a group of four founder cells to undergo an asymmetric division. The smaller daughters of this division respond to continued FGF signaling by activating heart genes and migrating towards the site of future heart formation while the larger daughter form tail muscle. Through transgenic manipulations, we can disrupt FGF signaling specifically in these four cells, blocking heart development. Conversely, we can activate downstream factors and cause the entire group of cells to migrate and form extra heart tissue. We are also able to isolate Ciona heart cells and examine lineage-specific gene expression. This analysis employs micro-arrays designed to probe all predicted coding regions in the Ciona genome. 

Through these techniques we have identified an extensive set of heart genes up-regulated by FGF. Future studies will focus on determining the role of these FGF target genes in heart development as well as identifying the precise transcriptional mechanisms by which FGF and downstream factors co-ordinate heart gene expression.

Davidson is assistant professor of developmental biology at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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Saya Woolfalk, Artist's Talk: "World Builder"

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

Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. She will deliver an artist's talk, "World Builder" in connection with the exhibition Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas

Woolfalk earned her B.A. in visual art and economics at Brown University and her M.F.A. in sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She moved to New York in 2006 to participate in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, and was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2007-2008. 

She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Deitch Projects; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Brooklyn Museum; Asian Art Museum, CA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Frist Center for the Visual Arts; The Yerba Buena Center; The Newark Museum; Third Streaming; MCA San Diego; MoCA Taipei; and Performa 09; and has been written about in the New Yorker, Sculpture Magazine, Artforum, ARTNews, The New York Times, Huffington Post and on Art21's blog.  

Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012. Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products is currently on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art. She is currently working on a new commission for the Seattle Art Museum (Summer 2015), and is a 2014 recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is represented by  Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NYC. 

Free and open to the public.

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Senior Studio Exhibition Opening: Visual Art Majors, Class of 2015

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April 30, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Senior Studio Exhibition 2015!!


Work by visual art majors from the Class of 2015 will be on display throughout the Edwards Arts Center. Come celebrate the culmination of the hard work and talent of this year's visual art seniors.

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!


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Panel Discussion: "What is Boko Haram? Why Should We Care?"

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April 30, 20157:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Boko Haram is a radical Sunni Islamic sect, originally calling itself Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnar Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad, "people committed to the propagation of the Prophet's teachings and jihad." The group's more widely known name of Boko Haram means "Western education is sin." While initially non-violent and preaching a doctrine of withdrawal from what they perceived as a corrupt Nigerian state, they now increasingly engage in confrontation and deadly attacks on a wide range of targets.

Join us for an informative panel discussion among professors with professors from Bowdoin and University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

  • Ericka Albaugh, Assistant Professor of Government (Bowdoin). She teaches courses on Africa, language politics, development and state-building. She has researched in Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana, and her more recent explorations focus on violence and language spread in West Africa more broadly.

  • Daren Kew, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance in the McCormack Graduate School, and Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has researched and consulted on the prevention of conflicts in Nigeria and elsewhere, highlighting in particular the role of religious civil society groups in promoting peace and democratization.

  • Scott MacEachern, Professor of Anthropology (Bowdoin). He has directed archaeological research projects in different countries in Africa and North America, but much of his research since the mid-1980s has taken place around the Mandara Mountains of northern Cameroon and Nigeria. His main research interests are in state formation processes in Africa, the archaeological studty of ethnicity and social boundaries, and African and global historical genetics.

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Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra with Conductor Anthony Antolini '63

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April 30, 20157:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in German with conductor Anthony Antolini '63. Soloists include Erin Chenard, soprano; Joelle Morris, contralto; David Myers, tenor; John David Adams, bass; and Jerry LiaBraaten, bass.?

Mozart Mentors Orchestra was founded in 2010 as an ensemble that would accompany the Bowdoin Chorus, Down East Singers and, occasionally, the Lincoln Festival Chorus. The concept involves local string teachers who invite their most promising students to play along side them.?

Anthony Antolini graduated from Bowdoin College and holds graduate degrees in music and Slavic Studies from Stanford University. He joined the Bowdoin Music Department faculty in 1992 after teaching at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, California. His specialty is Russian choral music. In 1988 he was awarded a "distinguished alumni" medal by Moscow State University for his performances of Rachmaninoff's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom."

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin?s Live Webcasts page.

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Bishop Yvette Flunder: "Reconciling Spirituality and Sexuality - Growing the Radically Inclusive Church"

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May 1, 201512:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Bishop Yvette Flunder discusses the idea that trying to establish a relationship with a God that barely tolerates you but cannot truly accept and certainly will never celebrate you can do incredible damage to ones self esteem. She examines the tortured historical and theological view that suggests that some people are just flawed or born to be the underclass and should never expect to be on God's 'A list', and how that has been the convenient method used to hold women, immigrants, the poor and LGBT people in chains of self-depreciation. 

Flunder is Founder and pastor of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in Oakland, California, and presiding bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. She is also an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and a graduate of the Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. She received a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. Her Doctor of Ministry project provided a framework for her work in the AIDS and transgender communities and for her activism in marriage equality.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Africana Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the department of Religion.

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Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra with Conductor Anthony Antolini '63

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May 1, 20157:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Bowdoin Chorus and Mozart Mentors Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach's St. John Passion in German with conductor Anthony Antolini '63. Soloists include Erin Chenard, soprano; Joelle Morris, contralto; David Myers, tenor; John David Adams, bass; and Jerry LiaBraaten, bass. 

Mozart Mentors Orchestra was founded in 2010 as an ensemble that would accompany the Bowdoin Chorus, Down East Singers and, occasionally, the Lincoln Festival Chorus. The concept involves local string teachers who invite their most promising students to play along side them. 

Anthony Antolini graduated from Bowdoin College and holds graduate degrees in music and Slavic Studies from Stanford University. He joined the Bowdoin Music Department faculty in 1992 after teaching at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, California. His specialty is Russian choral music. In 1988 he was awarded a "distinguished alumni" medal by Moscow State University for his performances of Rachmaninoff's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom."

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin?s Live Webcasts page.

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir with Conductors Robert K. Greenlee and Benjamin Haile '15

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May 2, 20153:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K. Greenlee will conduct the Bowdoin Chamber Choir in a program of American spirituals, as well as music of the Netherlands, French Switzerland, and France, highlighting Gabriel Faure' and Lili Boulanger. Benjamin Haile '15 will conduct Faure's Messe Basse, and George Lopez will accompany on organ and piano. 

Greenlee is the director of the Bowdoin Chamber Choir, which has performed with the Portland Symphony and at ACDA and SCI conferences and festivals. He teaches courses in choral and instrumental conducting, choral literature, music theory and history, and in addition to choral music he performs drumming and vocal music of Africa, Latin America, and West Asia. 

Haile is a member of Bowdoin's Meddiebempsters, the third oldest collegiate a capella group in the nation. The 'Men in Blue' blend jazz standards, college classics, and modern songs, entertaining in New England at colleges and other venues every year.

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Bowdoin Chamber Choir with Conductors Robert K. Greenlee and Benjamin Haile '15

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May 3, 20153:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Robert K. Greenlee will conduct the Bowdoin Chamber Choir in a program of American spirituals, as well as music of the Netherlands, French Switzerland, and France, highlighting Gabriel Faure' and Lili Boulanger. Benjamin Haile '15 will conduct Faure's Messe Basse, and George Lopez will accompany on organ and piano. 

Greenlee is the director of the Bowdoin Chamber Choir, which has performed with the Portland Symphony and at ACDA and SCI conferences and festivals. He teaches courses in choral and instrumental conducting, choral literature, music theory and history, and in addition to choral music he performs drumming and vocal music of Africa, Latin America, and West Asia. 

Haile is a member of Bowdoin's Meddiebempsters, the third oldest collegiate a capella group in the nation. The 'Men in Blue' blend jazz standards, college classics, and modern songs, entertaining in New England at colleges and other venues every year.

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Film Screening and Discussion with Wang Jiuliang and Shu-Chin Tsui: "Plastic China"

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May 4, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The waste that we produce each day gets tossed away and quickly disappears from our view. But where does it go? Is it recycled properly as we hope?  

Plastic China is a story about how plastic waste from all around the world, including the United States, ends up in China. It is because of this plastic waste that water is no longer clean, air is no longer fresh, and food is no longer safe in many areas of the vast country. People living in these polluted areas experience elevated rates of disease and mortality. This film reveals the shocking degree to which we all play a part in this problem; the connection among people around the world grows ever closer, and China is in fact not that far from home. 

Film screening (30 minutes) followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker and Bowdoin's Shu-chin Tsui, professor of Asian Studies and Cinema Studies. 

Wang Jiang graduated from the Communication University of China and worked for several years as a freelance photographer. He is currently a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Shu-chin Tsui earned her Ph.D. in cinema and culture studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently teaching 'Ecocinema: China's Ecological and Environmental Crisis'.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Program, Cinema Studies, and the Department of Government and Legal Studies.

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Frances Kamm: "Torture: Rescue, Prevention, and Punishment"

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May 5, 20154:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Torture. Is it ever, morally speaking, the thing to do? How do we define torture? Is it a permissible practice when engaging in it might rescue others? How about when we know for certain that it will? In her lecture, Professor Frances Kamm, an American philosopher specializing in normative ethical theory and applied ethics, will discuss the conceptions and ethics of torture, as well as the particular ways of deciding about its permissibility or impermissibility.  

Kamm is currently the Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and professor of philosophy in the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard.  She is the author of Creation and Abortion; Morality, Mortality, Vol. 1: Death and Whom to Save From It; Morality, Mortality, Vol. 2: Rights, Duties, and Status; and Intricate Ethics

Kamm has held ACLS, AAUW, NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships and has been a Fellow of the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School, the Center for Human Values at Princeton, and the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford. She is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy and Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Bioethics, and Utilitas and was a consultant on ethics to the World Health Organization.

Free and open to the public.  

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

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Photographer Abelardo Morell: on "A Mind of Winter"

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May 5, 20154:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Abelardo Morell '71, H '97, gives lecture about his latest photographic project, completed in Maine during the winter of 2015. His exhibition of new photographs represents his first prolonged engagement in the state since his graduation from Bowdoin in 1977 and his first creative response to winter and the theme of climate change.


Morell is an internationally-known photographer whose recent retrospective toured throughout the United States. Presented in conjunction with A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell.

Join us for a reception in the Museum Pavilion with Abe Morell immediately following at 5:30 p.m.

RSVPs are requested, but not required. You may RSVP at https://amindofwinter.eventbrite.com or email artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Open House celebrating "A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell"

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May 5, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Opening reception with Abe Morell, '71, H '97, celebrating his exhibition, A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morell, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

His exhibition of new photographs represents his first prolonged engagement in the state since his graduation from Bowdoin in 1977 and his first creative response to winter and the theme of climate change. 

Free and open to the public.

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Community Lecture Series with Alan Caron: "Growing Maine's Next Economy"

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May 7, 201512:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Alan Caron is the president of Envision Maine, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to creating sustainable prosperity through the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation that promotes Maine's next economy. He is also a provocative columnist for the Portland Press Herald, partner in the Caron & Egan Consulting Group, and co-author of the upcoming book, Growing Maine's Next Economy. 

He will speak to the transformative ideas, best practice strategies, and policies that he believes will create prosperity for all Maine people.

Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. Lecture starts at 12:30 p.m.

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Visual Art Department Open House

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May 8, 20155:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Work by visual art majors from the Class of 2015 will be on display throughout the Edwards Arts Center. Come celebrate the culmination of the hard work and talent of this year's visual art seniors. 

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Artwork: Joanna Gromadzki '14

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