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Students Get Ready for Ivies — With Sparkles, Beads, Patches and Prints

On the Tuesday before Ivies weekend, the Women's Resource Center and Bowdoin Craft Center set up a temporary fashion house in Morrell Lounge, putting out a wealth of used clothing purchased from Salvation Army. Also on offer were colorful patches, paints, needles and thread, hot glue, and assorted sparkly accoutrements to inspire students to make unique fashions for the upcoming Ivies celebration.

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Roundabout in My Head: Film Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Hassen Ferhani

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May 1, 2017 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"In my head there's a roundabout with a thousand exits...but I haven't found mine," 19-year-old Youcef explains to his friend and coworker after a late-night shift at one of Algiers' largest slaughterhouses. Ferhani's first feature-length documentary follows a group of workers as they talk about love and relationships, soccer and politics, with equal wit and fervor.

Rarely has the unpleasant atmosphere of a slaughterhouse been rendered in such an extraordinarily beautiful way. The abattoir is a microcosm, a world within a world; during their breaks the men discuss politics, the refusal of some French-Algerian soccer players to sing 'La Marseillaise,' and their own expectations for the future. Engaging and haunting, 'Roundabout in My Head' cleverly - and literally - reminds us that there is always life in the presence of death.

The movie won the prize for best documentary at the Torino Film Festival and at Les Journees Cinematographiques de Carthage in 2016.

Hassen Ferhani was born in Algeria in 1986. In 2006, he directed his first short film, 'Les Baies d'Alger', which was screened in official competition in numerous international festivals. In 2008, he participated in a workshop at La Femis, where he directed the short film 'Le Vol du 140'. Since 2009, Ferhani has worked as an assistant director. In 2010, he co-directed the documentary 'Afric-Hotel', which screened at Visions du Reel and FIDMarseille. 'Roundabout in My Head' is his first feature-length film.

Open to the public free of charge.   Shown in Arabic and French with English subtitles.

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Cinema Studies and Africana Studies Programs, and supported by the George. M Massoud Y. and Saada J. Barakat Memorial Fund.



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Community Lecture Series: Diversity at Bowdoin: LGBTIQA

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May 4, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

The final community lecture of this semester features a panel of Bowdoin representatives discussing issues such as ethnicity, foreign nationals, religion, and women's issues.

Panelists include: Allen Delong, associate dean of student affairs; Kate Stern, director of Bowdoin's resource center for sexual and gender diversity; Richard Moll, former director of admissions; and three undergraduate students. Arrive at noon with your lunch; beverages and cookies provided.
Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

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Spring Dance Concert

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May 4, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present and evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. Guest performance by Bowdoin Alumna Rakiya Orange '11 as well as presentations of student choreography. A reception sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends will immediately follow the performance on May 4.

About Guest Artist Rakiya Orange '11:
Rakiya A. Orange holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer, dance maker, educator and writer, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her work Aziza to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus Season- artists curating artists. Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, gave Rakiya the opportunity to create a new solo work. Her work entitled bothandor premiered June 2015 in collaboration with artist-archivist Kameelah Rasheed's exhibit FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia. Rakiya Orange's article Behind Barres, Battements, and Bids -Masculinity and Dance in Prison was published May 2015 in Contact Quarterly's online journal CQ Unbound.

Tickets are free. Advance tickets can be reserved starting April 13, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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"Gender Bender or Macho Mania? Sexual Politics of the Russian Revolution."

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May 4, 2017 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Laura Engelstein, Henry S. McNeil Professor Emerita of Russian History at Yale University will deliver the keynote address, "Gender Bender or Macho Mania? Sexual Politics of the Russian Revolution," for the 2017 Robert J. Kemp Symposium.    

Gender, as it always does, played a double role in the Russian Revolution and Civil War.  On the one hand, it served as an organizing principle that affected what people experienced and what role they played.  On the other, its role was as a symbolic system, conveying emotions, values, and ideas.  In both cases, it was a factor in the exercise and distribution of power.  The Bolsheviks promised a New Man and a New Woman, but men and women they still were going to be.  How was the distinction reconstituted, in life and in representation?  Who got to be a man, if not a New Man?  What happened to the woman?  This in both senses: how were they affected and where did they go?       

"Ten Days That Shook The World: Reflections on the Russian Revolution, 100 Years Later," is a centennial symposium exploring the impact of two of the Russian Revolution's most radical projects: the establishment of gender equality and the liberation of Soviet society from the "opiate" of religious beliefs.   

For more info: bowdoin.edu/symposia/kemp-symposium   

The Robert J. Kemp Symposium Keynote Lecture   
Thursday, May 4, 2017   
7:30 pm   
Main Lounge   
Moulton Union       

Open to the public free of charge.   
Sponsored by The Robert J. Kemp Lectureship Fund, the Departments of History and Russian and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.


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"Ten Days That Shook The World: Reflections on the Russian Revolution, 100 Years Later"

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May 5, 2017 9:00 AM  – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

"Ten Days That Shook The World: Reflections on the Russian Revolution, 100 Years Later," is a centennial symposium exploring the impact of two of the Russian Revolution's most radical projects: the establishment of gender equality and the liberation of Soviet society from the "opiate" of religious beliefs.   

For more info: bowdoin.edu/symposia/kemp-symposium   

The Robert J. Kemp Symposium
Ten Days That Shook The World: Reflections on the Russian Revolution, 100 Years Later
Friday, May 5, 2017   
9:00 am - 4:30 pm  
Lancaster Lounge
Moulton Union       

Open to the public free of charge.   
Sponsored by The Robert J. Kemp Lectureship Fund, the Departments of History and Russian and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

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Audubon's Birds of America Page-Turning with Special Guest Prof. Susan Wegner

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May 5, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Art History Division of the Department of Art Susan Wegner joins Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's beautiful Birds of America.

Join the fun as we reveal the bird of the month and take home a keepsake button. Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library in the Special Collections & Archives reading room.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

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Spring Dance Concert

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May 5, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present and evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. Guest performance by Bowdoin Alumna Rakiya Orange '11 as well as presentations of student choreography.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

About Guest Artist Rakiya Orange '11:
Rakiya A. Orange holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer, dance maker, educator and writer, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her work Aziza to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus Season- artists curating artists. Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, gave Rakiya the opportunity to create a new solo work. Her work entitled bothandor premiered June 2015 in collaboration with artist-archivist Kameelah Rasheed's exhibit FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia. Rakiya Orange's article Behind Barres, Battements, and Bids -Masculinity and Dance in Prison was published May 2015 in Contact Quarterly's online journal CQ Unbound.

Tickets are free. Advance tickets can be reserved starting April 13, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance. 


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Spring Dance Concert

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May 6, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present and evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. Guest performance by Bowdoin Alumna Rakiya Orange '11 as well as presentations of student choreography.

About Guest Artist Rakiya Orange '11:
Rakiya A. Orange holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer, dance maker, educator and writer, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her work Aziza to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus Season- artists curating artists. Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, gave Rakiya the opportunity to create a new solo work. Her work entitled bothandor premiered June 2015 in collaboration with artist-archivist Kameelah Rasheed's exhibit FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia. Rakiya Orange's article Behind Barres, Battements, and Bids- Masculinity and Dance in Prison was published May 2015 in Contact Quarterly's online journal CQ Unbound.

Tickets are free. Advance tickets can be reserved starting April 13, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.


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