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Community Lecture Series: "Sensational and Serviceable Summers, Thanks to Bowdoin Grants"

Community Lecture Series: "Sensational and Serviceable Summers, Thanks to Bowdoin Grants"

October 2, 201412:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

"Sensational and Serviceable Summers, Thanks to Bowdoin Grants"
Dighton Spooner, senior associate director, oversees internships, practical experience programs, and the prominent funded internship programs in the office of career planning. Prior to working at Bowdoin, he was involved in broadcasting and the arts, mostly with the public broadcasting service. Several undergraduates will join Dighton to discuss their public service projects during summer 2014.

Lectures take place 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union and include time for questions from the audience. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. The lectures are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207-725-3253.

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The Mima Mounds Mystery- Solved?

The Mima Mounds Mystery- Solved?

October 2, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Professor Emmanuel "Manny" Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State University in California, says prehistoric generations of pocket gophers created the vast fields of Mima mounds found in south Puget Sound, Eastern Washington and in other locations around the world. Local geologists and wildlife researchers aren't so sure.

See the webpage for more about this event.

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Lecture: "Richard Tuttle: The Theater of Attention" - Streamed LIVE

Lecture: "Richard Tuttle: The Theater of Attention" - Streamed LIVE

October 2, 20144:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Susan Tallman discusses Richard Tuttle's contribution to the field of contemporary printmaking.  Tallman is the author of The Contemporary Print: From Pre-Pop to Postmodern (1996) and wrote an essay for the exhibition catalog.  She is a member of the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required.
You may RSVP here: https://thetheaterofattention.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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

Presented in conjunction with Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.

Free and open to the public.

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Damnationland: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

Damnationland: Six Short Horror Films by Maine Filmmakers

October 2, 20147:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Damnationland, now in its fifth year, presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories.

Especially for the Halloween season, this Damnationland retrospective program will feature six short films produced in Maine by Mainers from 2010 through 2013.

These are dark, surreal, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

Syrup (2013)
What begins as a quaint morning in New England becomes a nightmare over breakfast.
Through The Door Productions
Directed by Caroline O'Connor and Everett Bunker

Penelope: Once Upon A Time In The Woods (2013)
A dark fairy tale set in the Maine woods, where evil twists the imagination of a young girl as her older sister gets pulled to the horrors that lurk within.
Moving Circle Pictures
Directed by Jennifer Widor Smith

Last Call (2010)
The story of an ordinary man who has an epiphany and believes he must perform last rites on zombies because they still have souls. Zombie mayhem in Southern Maine.
Directed by Christian and Sarah Matzke.

Merrow (2012)
A study in the calm terror of the inevitable, "Merrow" tells an otherwordly love story between a man and his mistress of the sea. As their intense relationship winds towards its tragic end, the couple becomes more entwined in a macabre dance of strength, support, and codependence.
Written and directed by Allen Baldwin

Raid of the Vomit-Blood Fiends (2012)
All is well when a husband and wife discuss politics over a candlelit dinner. That is, until the butler misplaces the wine.
Written and directed by R.J. Wilson

Are You The Walkers? (2011) - . This film continues in the spirit of the traditional supernatural folktale. Two men seek to deter a creeping divergence in their friendship by retreating deep into the Maine woods for the weekend. Caught in a sudden and severe blizzard, their relationship unravels as they are visited by a voice that calls to them from the storm. Directed by Derek Kimball

To see more: www.damnationland.com


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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series (Film): Richard III (1995)

Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series (Film): Richard III (1995)

October 2, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Richard III (1995), directed by Richard Loncraine, presented by Aaron Kitch, associate professor and chair of the English department. The film is being presented in conjunction with his talk on October 9, "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain." For more information about this, refer to the second issue of the Bowdoin Bulletin or call 207-725-3253.

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Emptying the Forests: Lecture by Nat Wheelwright

Emptying the Forests: Lecture by Nat Wheelwright

October 2, 20147:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Nathaniel T. Wheelwright is Bass Professor of Natural Science and chair of the Biology Department at Bowdoin College. With so much attention focused on how climate change will affect human well-being, we seem to have forgotten about the plight of the other 30 million species on the planet. Professor Wheelwright will highlight the staggering decline in biodiversity that has been playing out before our eyes for several decades, independent of climate change, and discuss why protecting species other than ourselves should matter to us.

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Dynamical Models of Locomotion

Dynamical Models of Locomotion

October 3, 201412:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Dynamical systems theory uses normal forms as simple models for empirical observations. This lecture focuses upon stable limit cycles as models of animal locomotion. Utilizing motion capture data of running cockroaches and people and flying fruit flies and mosquitoes, we test the anchors and templates hypotheses formulated by Full and collaborators. These hypotheses propose that animals have evolved so that their motion resembles a low dimensional dynamical system, and that control is based upon a small number of quantities. This lecture will introduce these hypotheses and reformulate them as a statement about the motion of a dynamical system near a periodic orbit. It will then describe the strategy we developed to analyze motion capture data from this perspective. We end with new questions about stochastic perturbations and data driven models of dynamical systems.

John Guckenheimer, Abram R. Bullis Professor in Mathematics, Cornell University, will present the Dan E. Christie Mathematics Lecture. Lecture is sponsored by the Mathematics Department and Digital and Computational Studies.

John Guckenheimer started his career in pure mathematics, and is now one of the leaders of applied dynamical systems. Last year, he and co-author Phil Holmes were awarded the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition for their 1983 book, Nonlinear Oscillations, Dynamical Systems, and Bifurcations of Vector Fields (Springer-Verlag). John is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, where he served as president in 1997-98. His research encompasses mathematical biology, systems with multiple time scales, and computational algorithms.

This lecture integrates mathematics, biology, and digital and computational ways of thinking.

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Dr. Naomi Oreskes: "How to Stop Disastrous Climate Change"

Dr. Naomi Oreskes: "How to Stop Disastrous Climate Change"

October 3, 201412:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She recently arrived at Harvard after spending 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Oreskes's research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.

Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change" (Science 306:1686) has been widely cited, both in the U.S. and abroad, including in the Royal Society's winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan's novel 'Solar'. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), Nature, Science, The New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and elsewhere. 'Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming", co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-David Prize from the History of Science Society. Organized by Bowdoin Climate Action, and co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Earth & Oceanographic Science.

A book signing and Q & A will follow this talk at Reed House.

Recent books written by Dr. Oreskes include: The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (2014, Columbia University Press) and Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (2010 New York: Bloomsbury Press).

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Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

October 6, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Ryan Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University (http://www.viraltexts.org) to demonstrate how computational methods such as text mining, mapping, and network analysis can illuminate nineteenth-century systems of circulation, reprinting, and remediation systemically and at scale. Dr. Cordell’s project focuses on the viral culture that enlivened nineteenth-century periodical production, distribution, and consumption. Though the term “viral culture” is new, many of the practices it describes—especially the sharing, remixing, and repurposing of cultural materials—emerged long before the twenty-first century.

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media.

This lecture is underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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China in Africa: Think Again

China in Africa: Think Again

October 6, 20147:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Deborah Brautigam is Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the International Development Program (IDEV), and the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. A leading expert on China in Africa, Professor Brautigam is the author of The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010; Chinese version published by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press) and Chinese Aid and African Development : Exporting Green Revolution (St. Martin's Press, 1998). She is also co-editor of Taxation and State-Building: Capacity and Consent (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as numerous articles published in academic journals and public affairs media. Professor Brautigam regularly advises international agencies and governments on China-Africa economic engagement, and is currently writing a book on China, Africa and global food security, focusing on the "land grab" issue.

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Tudor Silva: "The Rise and Impact of the Bodu Bala Sena"

Tudor Silva: "The Rise and Impact of the Bodu Bala Sena"

October 7, 20146:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Eminent Sri Lankan sociologist, Professor Tudor Silva, senior professor from the Department of Sociology, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, will give a lecture entitled, "The Rise and Impact of the Bodu Bala Sena."  Professor Tudor examines how the BBS, a radical Buddhist extremist group, has emerged as a major political force in contemporary Sri Lanka bringing about tensions and antagonisms with Sri Lanka's minority Muslim community.

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Gallery Conversations: "Drawing a Line from Tuttle to Goltzius"

Gallery Conversations: "Drawing a Line from Tuttle to Goltzius"

October 8, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The prints of Hendrick Goltzius and Richard Tuttle will come to life in a gallery talk led by Carrie Scanga, Assistant Professor of Art, and Joachim Homann, Curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions, Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth and Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Pygmalion and Galatea, 1593, engraving by Hendrick Goltzius.




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Alonzo Plough: "Building Together a Culture of Health"

Alonzo Plough: "Building Together a Culture of Health"

October 8, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Alonzo L. Plough, Vice President, Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will discuss the Foundation's new vision for working together to create a culture of health so that everyone in our diverse nation can lead healthy lives now and in future generations. Before joining RWJF, Plough was director of emergency preparedness and response at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he served from 2009-2013. He also served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for the California Endowment from 2005-2009; and as the director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, and profesoor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.Plough earned his PhD and MA at Cornell University and his MPH at Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College, where he earned a BA. Dr. Plough's visit to Bowdoin is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Pop-Up Museum: Wish You Were Here! Travel Souvenirs

Pop-Up Museum: Wish You Were Here! Travel Souvenirs

October 8, 20146:30 PM – 8:30 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Morrell Lounge

A Pop-Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up at a venue to display their objects and share information about them.  It lasts a few hours and then is gone!

Do you have a favorite kind of object you collect when traveling?  Bring it to Smith Union the evening of October 8th.  Bowdoin College students and staff from Bowdoin's two museums and library will help you exhibit your treasure and share a story about it.  Or just come and see what others have brought!

*Bring an item that you can easily display on
  a table.
*Please, no live animals or plants.
*No weapons or objects that look like
  weapons.
*Nothing that requires an external source of
  power.

Sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Bowdoin College Library.




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Maine, Muskie and Smith [Streamed LIVE]

Maine, Muskie and Smith [Streamed LIVE]

October 8, 20147:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

MAINE MUSKIE + SMITH

An Election Season Conversation about 20th-Century Maine Politics

Featuring Muskie Biographer JAMES WITHERELLSmith Biographer GREGORY GALLANTand Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies JEFFREY SELINGER

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series

Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series

October 9, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program. All members of the community are invited to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture about it. There will be opportunity for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.


Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department Aaron Kitch will present:

"Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespear's Stage Villain"
Shakespeare's play, Tragedy of Richard III


How did Richard III, whose notorious defeat by the Earl of Richmond at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 initiated the Tudor dynasty, become a dramatic symbol of evil in Shakespeare's day and our own? Why, moreover, have so many readers and viewers found Shakespeare's stage villain strangely likeable over the centuries? To address these fundamental questions, Professor Kitch will situate Shakespeare's Tragedy of Richard III in the context of Elizabethan ideologies of power and in relation to contemporary politics of representation as found in cinematic productions starring Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen, and Al Pacino. Reading Richard as an enduring icon of evil also allows us to find some of Shakespeare's central methods for creating plot and character through complex irony.

Aaron Kitch teaches courses on early modern drama and culture, including "Shakespeare's Afterlives" and "Shakespeare in Theory." He is the author of Political Economy and the States of Literature in Early Modern England, as well as multiple essays on Renaissance literature and culture.




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Film: The Secret of the Grain

Film: The Secret of the Grain

October 15, 20147:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The Secret of the Grain (French: La graine et le mulet, also released internationally as Couscous) is a 2007 Franco-Tunisian drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The film stars Habib Boufares as an aging immigrant from the Maghreb whose ambition to establish a successful restaurant as an inheritance for his large and disparate family meets sceptical opposition from the French bureaucracy.

The French title of the film refers to a "grain of couscous" and to mullet, a type of small fish, both popular in Tunisian cuisine. The two ingredients constitute both the staple of his extended family's diet and the menu on which he plans to establish his restaurant. - Wikipedia

"A complex portrait of an immigrant family, The Secret of the Grain is a sprawling, intimate film with many fine performances."-Critic Consensus, rottentomatoes.com

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Gallery Conversations: "Metamorphosis of a Myth"

Gallery Conversations: "Metamorphosis of a Myth"

October 16, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Linda Roth, '76, P '13, Charles C. and Eleanor Lamont Cunningham Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum and James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Classics on the Henry Johnson Professorship Fund and Classics Associate Curator for the Ancient Collection in the Museum of Art, explore the making and use of tapestries as well as the long history and central themes associated with the myth of Cupid and Psyche. The discussion will examine the making and use of tapestries and representations of this tale over time. Presented in conjunction with Weaving the Myth of Pysche: Baroque Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Psyche at the Temple at Ceres (detail), ca. 1660.  Wool, silk, and gold thread.  Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

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Byrd and I: A Northern Evening with Rev. Robert Bryan

Byrd and I: A Northern Evening with Rev. Robert Bryan

October 16, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Rev. Robert Bryan, best known for his "Bert & I" stories, will entertain with tales about his career in Labrador and Quebec and his friendship with polar explorer Richard Byrd.  Rev. Bryan's talk marks the publication of his autobiography by Down East Books, and the donation to the Arctic Museum of a parka made from sealskins given to him by Byrd.

A book signing of Bryan's new memoir, "The Flying Parson and the Real Story Behind Bert and I," will take place after the talk.


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Is War Between The Great Powers Still Possible?

Is War Between The Great Powers Still Possible?

October 20, 20147:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He was a NATO Fellow in 1981, and served two terms on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute. He is a serving member of the Washington Strategy Seminar; the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (Cambridge, Mass); the Black Sea University Foundation; the Moscow School of Politics and the IDEAS Advisory Board. He is a member of the Academic Board of the Czech Diplomatic Academy. He was a Visiting Fellow of Goodenough College in 2003-4. He is a member of the Executive Council for the Belgrade University International Summer School for Democracy and also President of the Centre for Media and Communications of a Democratic Romania. He is a former editor of The Atlantic Quarterly and The European Security Analyst. He has advised several Conservative Party think tanks including the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies and the Centre for Policy Studies and helped to draw up the Party's defence platform in the 1996 European Parliamentary Elections. He has written for The Wall Street Journal; The Wall St Journal (Europe); The Times; The Independent; The European, The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement and The Literary Review. He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London); the NATO Defence College (Rome), the Centre for International Security (Geneva) and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo) He has spoken at other military institutes in Western Europe, North America, Australia and South-east Asia.

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Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

October 21, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Professor Brett Rogers, University of Puget Sound, WA, will be joining the many conversations and debates we are having about the "usefulness" of a liberal arts education with his public lecture, "Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens: Classical Greek Perspectives on Freedom and the Liberal Arts."  Support for this event provided by the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund.

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"Pieter Coecke van Aelst and the Art of Designing Tapestries in Early Modern Europe"

"Pieter Coecke van Aelst and the Art of Designing Tapestries in Early Modern Europe"

October 22, 20144:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Elizabeth Cleland is the curator of the Metropolitan Museum's upcoming exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. Cleland speaks about this major figure of the Northern Renaissance who designed tapestries for the royal courts of Europe. The tapestries on view at the Museum are based on drawings by this Flemish master. Presented in conjunction with Weaving the Myth of Psyche: Tapestries from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required.  You may RSVP here: http://thepsychetapestries.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Elizabeth Cleland

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Helena Goscilo, "Seeing Red: Soviet Women in Graphic Form"

Helena Goscilo, "Seeing Red: Soviet Women in Graphic Form"

October 23, 20147:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The Soviet poster, which addressed the broad masses, was a genre ideally suited to the state's imperative of molding Soviet identity and everyday values while propagating the political ideology that fueled them. Goscilo examines the genre's convergence with official dicta in its assignment of gender roles, focusing primarily on the Soviet era. She takes into account the relationship between women's functions and achievements as urged or claimed by posters, on the one hand, and their everyday reality, on the other.

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The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

The Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture: "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture" - Streamed LIVE

October 23, 20147:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Laurent Dubois is the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University. He is the author of several books on the history and culture of the French Caribbean and Atlantic World, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004), A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), and his latest work, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He also has an interest in the relationship between sports and politics. In 2010 he published Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the history of the banjo, for which he has received several awards, including a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Dubois also served as head historical consultant for a PBS documentary on the Haitian Revolution, which premiered in 2009. Professor Dubois’s upcoming Golz lecture, "Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti's Political Culture," explores three intertwined legacies of the Haitian Revolution on political thought and practice in the country: the largely hostile reaction to it outside the country, the formation of new political institutions and structures, and -- most importantly -- the creation of a new set of cultural, social, and economic structures that Jean Casimir has called the “counter-plantation” system. He identifies both the main currents and critical counter-currents within each of these legacies, calling attention to the aspects of the latter legacies that seem to him to be the most valuable and worth comprehending and nourishing in constructing new Haitian futures.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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Exploring with Drosophila: Lessons Learned on a Journey through the Fly Genome

Exploring with Drosophila:  Lessons Learned on a Journey through the Fly Genome

October 24, 201412:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The years since 1953 have been an exciting time, as genetics has embraced first molecular biology and then genomics approaches. In this talk I will reflect on my own journey, and the broader lessons learned from a career studying chromatin structure and epigenetic mechanisms. During this time the puzzle posed by our very large eukaryotic genomes has been resolved by the recognition that our genomes are largely made up of transposable elements (TEs) and their remnants, bits of DNA derived from invading viruses and the like. Thus packaging up the DNA, which is done by generating a protein-DNA complex called chromatin, is necessary not only to fit all of the DNA into the nucleus, but also to maintain most of the genome in a silent state. Our work in flies identified one of the key proteins used in silencing, Heterochromatin Protein 1 (HP1), which is conserved from yeast to humans. Chromatin-based regulatory mechanisms now referred to as "epigenetics" are dependent on the underlying DNA organization, including the distribution of those TEs. Our good ideas that have helped to resolve this puzzle have always come from putting together inputs from multiple sources. Good communication, both among scientists and with the larger community, is essential for our continuing efforts to understand how life works.

Kresge Audiorium 12:30 p.m. followed by Student Presentations.  The Student Summer Poster Presentations: 3:00 - 5:00 Morrell Gymnasium.

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Prof. Sherry Roush, "Haunting Authors, Haunting Us: Writing What the Dead Speak"

Prof. Sherry Roush, "Haunting Authors, Haunting Us: Writing What the Dead Speak"

October 27, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Sherry Roush is associate professor of Italian at Penn State University.  She is author of Hermes' Lyre: Italian Poetic Self-Commentary from Dante to Tommaso Campanella (2002), co-editor of The Medieval Marriage Scene: Prudence, Passion and Policy (2005) and editor and translator of Campanella's Selected Philosophical Poems (2011). Her talk presents parts from her current book project investigating the rhetorical power harnessed by Renaissance authors who feign "speaking" with the spirits of the dead in ghost stories, dream visions, and journeys to the afterlife.  The book is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press under the title Speaking Spirits: Ventriloquizing the Dead in Renaissance Italy.

This event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and by the Lectures and Concerts General Fund.

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Gallery Conversations: "Anatomy of a Renaissance Painting"

Gallery Conversations: "Anatomy of a Renaissance Painting"

October 28, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Nina Roth-Wells, '91, an independent painting conservator, and Andrea Rosen, Curatorial Assistant at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, discuss the creation and restoration of the 15th century Italian tempera on panel paintings in the Museum's installation of Renaissance art, Lovers and Saints: Art of the Italian Renaissance.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: The Crucifixion (detail), ca. 1370 by Barnaba Modena.

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Sujata Moorti: "Mothers, Inc.: The Racial Politics of Transnational Surrogacy"

Sujata Moorti: "Mothers, Inc.: The Racial Politics of Transnational Surrogacy"

October 28, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Mothers, Inc.: The Racial Politics of Transnational Surrogacy

Sujata Moorti is Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College. She has published extensively on media representations of gender, sexuality and diasporic formations. She is currently completing a manuscript on iFeminism where she teases out the ways in which social media are altering understandings of feminism around the world. In this manuscript she explores the transnational circuits of activism and knowledge production that social media technologies engender, altering our conceptions of gender and agency. She is completing two other monographs on gendered violence. She is the author of Color of Rape: Gender, Race and Democratic Public Spheres (SUNY Press, 2002) and has co-edited Global Bollywood: The Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and Local Violence, Global Media: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations (Peter Lang, 2009). She teaches courses on feminist cultural studies, diasporic media studies, and postcolonial theory.

Prof. Moorti will examine the visual culture that has emerged around the transnational surrogacy industry located in India. Moving beyond the ethical and moral dilemmas posed by the phenomenon this presentation centers on the rich and dense media culture that has emerged around this phenomenon: reproscape. An analysis of these images helps us understand how the different women involved in the surrogacy industry (e.g., surrogates, agents, egg donors, prospective parents and doctors) are each differently located in discourses of citizenship and equally implicated in transnational labor circuits. Informed by critical race theories and postcolonial feminist scholarship the presentation unpacks the racial politics of this industry.

Sponsored by: Sociology and Anthropology, Asian Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and the Lectures and Concerts General Fund.

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Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

October 28, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist's books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine's "Threatened and Endangered Species" lists.
The talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of Goodale's work, on display in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and a related library exhibition, "Envisioning Extinctions," curated by Prof. Susan Wegner (Art History). A reception in the library will follow the talk.

This lecture is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Association of Bowdoin Friends, and the Bowdoin College Library.

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

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Santagata Lecture: An Evening with Writer Karen Russell - Streamed LIVE

Santagata Lecture: An Evening with Writer Karen Russell - Streamed LIVE

November 3, 20147:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia!, was chosen by The New York Times as one of the "Ten Best Books of 2011" and was long-listed for The Orange Prize.

Russell has been featured in The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list, and was chosen as one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. In 2009, she received the "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation.

In 2013 she was named a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the youngest of the year's 24 winners.

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

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Film & Conversation: Peter Greenaway's "Goltzius and the Pelican Company"

Film & Conversation: Peter Greenaway's "Goltzius and the Pelican Company"

November 4, 20147:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

In Peter Greenaway's imaginative portrait of the mannerist print maker, Hendrick Goltzius appears as an artist who stages his seductive Old Testament images to finance work with new printing technologies. The screening will be followed by a conversation with English professors Aviva Briefel and Aaron Kitch, and curator, Joachim Homann.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required.  You may RSVP here: https://goltziuspelicancompany.eventbrite.com
or email Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Film Still from Goltzius and the Pelican Company.

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The Warburg Institute Presidents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941): Michael Berkowitz Lecture

The Warburg Institute Presidents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941): Michael Berkowitz Lecture

November 5, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

"The Warburg Institute presents 'British Art in the Mediterranean' (1941)"   with Michael Berkowitz on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00 pm in the Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center at Bowdoin College.

The Warburg “relocated” from Hamburg to London in 1933.  Professor Berkowitz’s current research focuses on the practice of photography at the Warburg Institute, and their efforts to bring “Western Civilization” to a broad popular audience--through photographic exhibitions. His talk will focus on German Jewish refugees and how they approached western civilization  in a totally different way from the Nazis.

Professor Berkowitz received his PhD in European cultural history under George L. Mosse (University of Wisconsin). He is Professor of modern Jewish history in the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London. He has two forthcoming works - Jews and Photography in Britain: Connections and Developments, 1850-2007 and The Jewish Engagement with Photography, co-edited with Martin Deppner.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Departments of History, German, and Art History, and the Mellon Humanities Intitiative- Studies in the Mediterranean.

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Lecture: "The Art and Life of Marcel Duchamp: A Collision of the Personal and Professional"

Lecture: "The Art and Life of Marcel Duchamp: A Collision of the Personal and Professional"

November 6, 20144:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Francis Naumann will address Marcel Duchamp's ties to the many artists in his family, including his brothers Jacques Villon and Raymond Villon-Duchamp, his sister Suzanne Duchamp, and her husband, Jean Crotti. Naumanna's numerous publications include, most recently, The Duchamp Family ofArtists (2014).

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Collaborations and Collusions: Artistsa Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. You may RSVP here: http://artandlifeofduchamp.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Francis Naumann

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Reception at the Museum of Art with Francis Naumann

Reception at the Museum of Art with Francis Naumann

November 6, 20145:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Enjoy refreshments, conversation, and a chance to see the work of Marcel Duchamp and family after the lecture by Francis Naumann.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Collaboration and Collusions: Artists' Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present.

Illustration:  Marcel Duchamp and Katherine Dreier (detail), 1936.

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Brodie Family Lecture: "Race, Income, and the Reduction of Inequality in American Education."

Brodie Family Lecture: "Race, Income, and the Reduction of Inequality in American Education."

November 6, 20147:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sean Reardon delivers this year's Brodie Family Lecture address entitled, "Race, Income, and the Reduction of Inequality in American Education."

Dr. Reardon is the endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and is Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University.  He is the recipient of a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, a Carnegie Scholar Award, and a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship.

This event is free, and open to the public.

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Christopher Bolton Lecture "Oshii Mamoru's Avalon: Gaming, Graphics, History, and the Future of Japanese Film"

Christopher Bolton Lecture "Oshii Mamoru's Avalon:  Gaming, Graphics, History, and the Future of Japanese Film"

November 10, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Oshii Mamoru is one of anime's most recognizable directors worldwide. Avalon (2001) is an anime-inspired live-action movie about a grim future in which people escape their grey lives by playing an immersive virtual reality war game. Filmed in Poland with a Polish cast and military hardware borrowed from the Polish army, Avalon combines this setting and a range of subtle visual effects to revisit the history of Japan and the West during the Cold War.

Dr. Christopher Bolton, Associate Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College, is a specialist on Japanese science fiction and animation; he is also the associate editor of the journal Mechademia.

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"Double Consciousness: Remembering Black Images in American Struggles for Freedom"

"Double Consciousness: Remembering Black Images in American Struggles for Freedom"

November 11, 20144:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Art historian Bridget R. Cooks will revisit the seminal Bowdoin exhibition, The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting in the context of American struggles for racial equality through the visual arts. Her book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum was awarded the inaugural James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History (2013).

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. You may RSVP here: http://cooksdoubleconsciousness.eventbrite.com
or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Bridget Cooks

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