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A Summer of Science in Druckenmiller Hall

To give people a sense of the activity that went on in Druckenmiller throughout the summer, we've put together an interactive blueprint of the buildings.

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Orientation Trips: First Years Get a Taste of Maine Before Busy Semester

From Wednesday to Saturday, all incoming first year students are exploring a part of Maine with their Orientation Trip groups, either doing community service or outdoor activities. A few of the groups are based near campus at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island, or are staying on campus.

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Audubon's 'Birds of America' Page-Turning with special guest Professor Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

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September 2, 201612:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

John James Audubon's Birds of America is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration. There are only 120 known copies of the double-elephant folio of this remarkable work, and Bowdoin owns one of them.

Displayed just one illustration at a time in the reading room of Special Collections & Archives, join us as the staff turns the page and explore related texts on view.

For this month's page-turning we'll be joined by special guest Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel T. Wheelwright, who will discuss some of Audubon's misidentifications and the difficulty, in general, of recognizing immature birds.

Join us on the first Friday of every month at 12:30pm as we turn the page!

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Film Screening: 'The Fits,' Directed by Anna Rose Holmer

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September 3, 20167:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Tomboy Toni lands a spot on the Lionesses Dance Team, but when members of the group begin to experience a series of mysterious spasms - the fits - she fears how far she must go to fit in.

At its heart, The Fits is a meditation on movement as seen from the perspective of adolescent girls. The film explores the particularly young female phenomenon of mass hysteria, also known as mass psychogenic illness. The Fits juxtaposes the precise, powerful, and intentional movements of drill with subconscious, spontaneous, and uncontrolled movements of collective hysterics.

Director Anna Rose Holmer developed and produced The Fits through the Venice Biennale Cinema College program and collaborated with Queen City Boxing Club and the Q-Kidz Dance Team to cast real teenagers from the west end of Cincinnati.

"Holmer turns this coming-of-age movie into a dreamy, dread-inducing portrait of a young woman in full self-discovery mode, with woozy dollops of magical realism and next-level spiritual transcendence mixing it up with mesmerizing drill routines."
- David Fear, Rolling Stone

"Holmer has crafted an elegantly commanding first feature about girlhood, selfhood, and much more."
- Jen Yamato, The Daily Beast

"Visually lush and uncommon."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


www.thefitsfilm.com

Presented by the Cinema Studies Program with support from the Department of Theater and Dance.



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Sarah Greenough: "'Passing into the World as Abstractions' Georgia O'Keeffe's Painted Portraits"

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September 6, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, is celebrated for her numerous award-winning exhibitions and publications, including Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (2001), and My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume One, 1915-1933 (2011). In this talk, she explores the portrait abstractions of Georgia O'Keeffe.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public.



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John Cross - Community Lecture Series: "Bowdoin College Architecture: Mapping DeWitt Hyde's 'Offer of the College'"

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September 8, 201612:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Bowdoin’s seventh president, William DeWitt Hyde, wrote the Offer of the College in 1906 as an introduction to The College Man and the College Woman. Secretary of Development and College Relations John Cross ’76 discusses how the buildings constructed during Hyde’s tenure reflect a vision of higher education that still shapes the Bowdoin campus. An optional 45–minute walking tour will follow this talk; please plan accordingly.

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

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Brunswick ArtWalk | Museum of Art

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September 9, 20165:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Held on the second Friday of the month from June through September, the Brunswick Artwalk offers displays of local artists at studios and pop-up sites located in downtown Brunswick and Fort Andross, Brunswick’s historic Cabot Mill.  The ArtWalk is organized by Five Rivers Arts Alliance.

The Museum will be open until 8:00 p.m. as part of the event. Come in and enjoy the many exhibitions on view!

Download the 2016 ArtWalk Brochure to see the full schedule.

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Family Saturday at the Museum of Art

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September 10, 201610:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Enjoy "Family Saturday" with activities related to the exhibitions on view. 

Free and open to the public.


Illustration:  Families enjoying a visit to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art,.

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Mary Hart - Gallery Conversation: "Deconstructing the Portrait: A Painter's View"

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September 13, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Mary Hart, visiting assistant professor of Art at Bowdoin College and noted Maine painter and printmaker, leads a discussion in the exhibition This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, providing an artist's insight into the development of non-mimetic portraiture over the last century.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Free and open to the public.

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Tea with Harriet

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September 15, 20161:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Harriet's Writing Room

Please join for an afternoon tea and conversation about the life and legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Through readings and other activities, Harriet's Writing Room staff will invite reflection on the power and potential of writing.

Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 15, 2016  
1:00-2:30 PM                     

Harriet's Writing Room, Stowe House, 63 Federal Street

Free and open to the public.

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Sarah Kennel: "Robert Frank: Nobody's Home"

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September 15, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sarah Kennel, curator of photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, will speak on the photography of Robert Frank in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Frank: Sideways.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Open to the public and free of charge.


Photo:  Sarah Kennel

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Fall Open House at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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September 15, 20165:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester and the varied exhibitions on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 

Refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public.


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Julian Vasquez Heilig - Brodie Lecture: "A Remedy for Educational Injustice? Mobilizing Local Education Reform"

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September 15, 20167:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Julian Vasquez Heilig will address the issue of educational injustice, especially for students living in poverty, in the context of top-down education reforms. He will show how, in response to policies that focus on standardization, educators, students, parents, and citizens are questioning the ways in which we hold public schools accountable for student learning and performance. Heilig will also discuss strategies to improve student achievement and school success via community-based reform.  

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University, Sacramento.  He serves as the California NAACP Education Chair and is a Fellow with the National Education Policy Center.




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Joachim Homann and Laura Fecych Sprague: "John Copley's Portrait of Elizabeth Bowdoin: Art, Englightenment, and Patronage in New England"

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September 20, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

 In 1767 James Bowdoin III's older sister Elizabeth sat for John Copley, one of the most prominent artists in the American colonies. Copley created a pastel drawing that eloquently testifies to his artistic ambition, the era's emphasis on close observation, and the appreciation of visual art among the affluent in early America. Joachim Homann, curator, and Laura Fecych Sprague, consulting curator of decorative arts, lead a discussion of the Copley drawing that is on view in the Bowdoin Gallery at the Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Lady Temple (Elizabeth Bowdoin), 1767, pastel, by John Singleton Copley. Private collection.

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Douglas Rooks - Book Launch: "Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible"

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September 21, 20164:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge

Join Maine journalist Douglas Rooks for a discussion of his new biography of Senator George J. Mitchell based on original research conducted at the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016           
4:00 PM                               
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 3rd floor

Free and open to the public.

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Mike Kolster and Russ Rymer - Thursday Night Salon: "Robert Frank: Sideways"

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September 22, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Rotunda

Mike Kolster, associate professor of art, and Russ Rymer, visiting writer-in-residence, English, discuss Robert Frank's work and the role that their students played in the organization of the exhibition, Robert Frank: Sideways.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Free and open to the public.

Illustration: 
Man the Road, Wales, 1952, by Robert Frank. Copyright Robert Frank.

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Michael Kleber: "Poisoned Wine Bottles, Not Enough Rats"

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September 24, 20168:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

You have 1000 bottles of wine, two of which are poisoned, and your taste-tester rats must work "non-adaptively" - first you pick which bottles of wine each rat tastes from, and only afterwards do you learn whether each rat died. How would you figure out which bottles are poisoned?

If you try to find the poisoned bottles using the fewest rats, you’re doing “Combinatorial Group Testing”. But with only ten rats, that’s information-theoretically hopeless. The goal instead is to discard as few bottles as possible and be sure the rest are safe to drink.

Can you figure out how to use the ten rats and save all but 200 bottles of wine?  Good, then how about 120? Under 100? Under 80?!

Join Michael Kleber as he explores the mathematics behind answering these very questions.

Kleber began his career as a mathematician working on efficient algorithms in combinatorics, then worked on efficiency in computational biology and in speech recognition before landing at Google, where he now tries to make the Web faster.

This talk is part of the American Math Society eastern sectional conference being hosted at Bowdoin this year.



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Peter Jaszi - Workshop: "Fair Use in the Visual Arts and Beyond"

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September 25, 201611:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

A three-part workshop addresses copyright and fair use in museums and on academic campuses.  Led by noted attorney and copyright specialist Peter Jaszi, professor at the Washington College of Law, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University and author of the College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in the Fair Use for the Visual Arts. Participants may participate in all or selected sessions, which will address fair use in art museums, fair use in teaching, publishing, and making art, and fair use in libraries and archives.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Limited Seating. Please RSVP to 207-725-3276 by September 15, 2016.
 

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Book Launch and Reception: 'Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish's Watercolors'

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September 26, 20164:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge

From 1870 to 1908, artist and botanist Kate Furbish traveled Maine, collecting, classifying, and illustrating the native flora of her state. Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish's Watercolors, a new two-volume set produced by Bowdoin College Library and Rowman & Littlefield publishers and in collaboration with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, faithfully reproduces some 1,300 of Furbish's drawings.

The team behind the book will discuss Furbish and the importance of bringing her work to a wider audience.

A reception and opening of the exhibition, Botanizing America, will immediately follow on the second floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Free and open to the public.

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September 28, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

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Michael Leja: "Modernity's Immaterial, Multimedial Images" Keynote Lecture

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September 29, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The materiality of visual artifacts is an interest ubiquitous among art historians nowadays, and in many respects this is a salutary development. A danger, however, is that some immaterial aspects of images—especially their fluid transferability and multiplication across media—will become obscured. Practices of combining media, simulating one medium in another, sharing images across media, and compressing many images into one were crucial features of the visual culture of western modernity, and they are fundamentally at odds with Clement Greenberg’s influential thesis that medium purification was the essential motor of modernist art. Taking account of this multimediality changes our understanding of modern picturing, and it entails changes in the ways art historians define their objects of study and interpret and evaluate them.

Michael Leja, professor of history of art and chair of the graduate group in the history of art at University of Pennsylvania, will examine these ideas and deliver the keynote lecture for the Across the Divide: Intermediality and American Art symposium.

Leja, who holds a PhD from Harvard, studies the visual arts in various media (painting, sculpture, film, photography, prints, illustrations) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, primarily in the United States. His work is interdisciplinary and strives to understand visual artifacts in relation to contemporary cultural, social, political, and intellectual developments. He is especially interested in examining the interactions between works of art and particular audiences.

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, Department of Art History & The Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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L.J. Roberts: "Queer Strategies, Queer Tactics"

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October 5, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Artist L.J. Roberts, whose work Portrait of Deb is included in This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today, speaks about the expression of LGBT identity through the visual arts.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Free and open to the public.

Photo:  L.J. Roberts

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