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"The Gods of Times Square," with Documentary Filmmaker Richard Sandler

"The Gods of Times Square," with Documentary Filmmaker Richard Sandler

November 3, 20147:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Filmmaker Richard Sandler shot "The Gods of Times Square" over the course of six years during a radical transformation of the iconic New York City neighborhood. 

Gentrification and the real estate boom squeezed out the mom-and-pop stores, and gone, too, were the colorful characters who made Times Square a "speaker's corner." Only the most strident of religious zealots remained to warn of "eternal sin."

Sandler's film records a time in New York's history when the place most identified with free speech and the soul of New York changed from a democratic, interracial common ground to a corporate-controlled, soulless theme park.

Please join us for a screening of  Sandler's "The Gods of Times Square," followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.

Generously supported by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the departments of  Visual Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, and Religion, and the Cinema Studies program 

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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 War on Terror. . .An Update" with Col. David Hunt

"The War on Terror. . .An Update" with Col. David Hunt

November 4, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

David Hunt, FOX News War and Terrorism Expert, will deliver a public talk, The War onTerror...An Update, which is free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact the Events Office at 725-3433 or by e-mail to events@bowdoin.edu.

Col. David Hunt (U.S. Army, ret.) is the president and founder of DAR, an international security company, and a regular on Fox News, where he provides expert analysis on war and terrorism. His leadership role in the military began with a Special Operations Operational Detachment of twelve soldiers, expanding to the command of a brigade of over 1,000. He served as tactical advisor in Bosnia, where he facilitated national intelligence matters and coordinated a $350 million program for the NSA and CIA.

A security advisor in eight Olympic games, Hunt has six years of combat experience. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and four Purple Hearts. He is a New York Times best-selling author, a radio talk show host, and the highest-rated contributor on cable TV for the past fourteen years. Bill O'Reilly of Fox News calls Hunt "the best military analyst in the business."

Hunt earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and his masters degree in English at Norwich University. In 1991, he attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. The talk is sponsored by Events and Summer Programs.

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

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25 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Pop-up Exhibit

25 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Pop-up Exhibit

November 4, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Blue Room

7:00 P.M.
Blue Room, Smith Union

What do you know about the Berlin Wall? Where were you when the Wall fell? Come and share in an exhibit of memorabilia, research, art, and conversation with students, faculty members, and members of the community. Light refreshments will be available.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of German and the German Information Center.

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

The Warburg Institute Presents '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 Berkowitza'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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Robert Ives: "Bowdoin Has a Chapel, but Does Bowdoin Have Religion?"

Robert Ives: "Bowdoin Has a Chapel, but Does Bowdoin Have Religion?"

November 6, 201412:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Robert E. Ives, Bowdoin's director of religious and spiritual life, presents "Bowdoin Has a Chapel, but Does Bowdoin Have Religion?" as part of the ongoing Community Lecture Series. A popular figure on campus, Ives served three coastal Maine churches after divinity school and also worked as a lobsterman and boat builder. For thirty-three years he was the director of the Carpenter's Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Maine, an apprenticeship school committed to building boats and serving others. 

Community 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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Ben Ewen-Campen: "Stem Cell Genes in Germ Cells and in Brains"

Ben Ewen-Campen: "Stem Cell Genes in Germ Cells and in Brains"

November 6, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Ben Ewen-Campen, Postdoctoral Candidate, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Perrimon Lab.
As an undergraduate, I studied developmental biology with Scott Gilbert at Swarthmore College. I then worked as a technician in Doug Emlen's lab at the University of Montana, studying the development of beetle horns, and in 2014 I received my PhD from Harvard University, working in Cassandra Extavour's lab on the embryonic specification of germ cells. In the Perrimon lab, I am studying long-range regulation of germline stem cell proliferation, and I am also interested in developing new tools for manipulating gene expression.

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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. Naumann's numerous publications include, most recently, The Duchamp Family of Artists (2014).

Join us for a reception at the Museum at 5:30pm following Mr. Naumann lecture.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Collaborations and Collusions: Artists 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.

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

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Jay Turner: "Unplugged: Toward an Environmental History of Batteries and a Culture of Mobility"

Jay Turner: "Unplugged: Toward an Environmental History of Batteries and a Culture of Mobility"

November 10, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Today, batteries are seen as essential to a new generation of environmentally friendly technologies, such as electric cars and renewable energy systems. But the role of batteries in modern life is not new, nor are such claims of sustainability straightforward. By examining the history of batteries, this project aims to shift discussions of sustainability toward the human and environmental dimensions of industrial materials and material flows. In doing so, this project explores an under-addressed set of social, political, and environmental factors related to the life cycles of metals and chemicals important to batteries and, by extension, the modern consumer economy.Join us as Jay Turner presents "Unplugged: Toward an Environmental History of Batteries and a Culture of Mobility."

Jay Turner is associate professor of environmental studies at Wellesley College and reseacher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including public lands, climate change, and science and technology.

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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Lecture, Julie McGee: "Home and Away--Africa's Mediterranean"

Lecture, Julie McGee: "Home and Away--Africa's Mediterranean"

November 10, 20147:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Julie McGee will speak about the critical engagement of the politics of place and migration through the work of a few contemporary artists for whom the Mediterranean provides a site of aesthetic interchange, cultural fluidity, and creative complexity. Explored here is the agency of visual suggestiveness vis-a-vis the "offshore" and the spatial and pictorial exclusion of migrant and exiled subjects. 

Curator of African American Art, University Museums, University of Delaware and Associate Professor of Black American Studies, McGee has taught at Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates Colleges, Tulane University, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has curated exhibitions, lectured and published extensively, and was Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Folklife Center. She is also the author of David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar (2006). 

Image credit: Berni Searle, Home and Away (2003). Still photograph from two-channel video projection with sound; shot on super 16mm film. Duration: 6 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

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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).

This lecture highlights Bowdoin's November 11 launch of Fifty Years Later: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting - A Digital ExhibitionThis innovative website, which features new research about the exhibition and a complete gallery of the artworks in the show, is the result of a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff in the Museum of Art, Department of Art History, Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, and Library.

Cooks' lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. You may RSVP here: http://cooksdoubleconsciousness.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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

Photo: Bridget Cooks

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From Hamdan to Hobby Lobby: Nine Years of the Roberts Court

From Hamdan to Hobby Lobby: Nine Years of the Roberts Court

November 12, 20147:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Zach Heiden is the Legal Director of the ACLU of Maine. Zach received his A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1995, where he majored in English. He has litigated cases to defend the civil rights and civil liberties of artists, immigrants, journalists, pregnant women, prisoners, protesters, religious minorities, students, and whistleblowers. Zach has been recognized as "rising star" in New England Super Lawyer magazine, which called him "a hero to beer drinkers everywhere" for his challenge to censorship of alcoholic beverage label illustrations.

In addition to litigation, Zach frequently testifies before committees of the Maine Legislature. In 2008, he served as a member of the Maine Judicial Branch Indigent Legal Services Commission, which helped restructure the delivery of constitutionally-mandated legal representation to indigent individuals. Zach has also served on the Judicial Branch Taskforce on Electronic Court Records Access and the Judicial Branch Advisory Committee on Fees. In 2012, Zach served on the Executive Committee of Mainers United for Marriage, the statewide campaign to win marriage equality. Zach has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law, where he taught constitutional law.

Zach joined the ACLU of Maine in February 2004 as the organization's first staff attorney, and he was promoted to Legal Director in March 2007. Prior to that, he was an associate in the litigation department of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston, where he worked on white-collar defense and securities litigation. Zach received his M.A. in Modern Irish and British Literature from the University of Florida (1998). He earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School (2002), and he was awarded the Law School Alumni Association Award at graduation. During law school, Zach served as managing editor of the BCLS International and Comparative Law Review, and he founded BC Law's first chapter of the American Constitution Society. Following law school, Zach clerked for the Honorable Susan Calkins on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He is the author of Fences and Neighbors, 17 Law and Literature 225 (2005) and Too Low a Price: Waiver and the Right to Counsel, 62 Maine L. Rev. 488 (2010).

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New regulatory functions for ancient RNA-modifying enzymes

New regulatory functions for ancient RNA-modifying enzymes

November 13, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Wendy Gilbert, Professor of Biology, MIT


The proteins of a cell are the primary determinants of cellular form and function. Regulation of the proteome is therefore the ultimate goal of signaling pathways that connect cell physiology to internal and external environmental cues. We study the molecular mechanisms and physiological functions of translational control of gene expression using genome-wide translation state profiling, molecular genetics, and biochemistry.

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Genevieve LeMoine: "Finding Crocker Land: Archaeology at Etah and Beyond"

Genevieve LeMoine: "Finding Crocker Land: Archaeology at Etah and Beyond"

November 13, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

To mark the opening of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum exhibit, A Glimmer on the Polar Sea: The Crocker Land Expedition, 1913-1917, curator Genevieve LeMoine will discuss her archaeological research at Etah, northwest Greenland. Etah was occupied by Inuit for 1000 years before it became the headquarters of Donald MacMillan's Crocker Land Expedition. Finds ranging from prehistoric ivory harpoon heads to twentieth-century cereal boxes help tell the story of the diverse groups who lived there and influenced one another.


Reception to follow in Hubbard Hall.

Free and open to the public.  Call 725-3416 for information. 

Talk underwritten by the Russell and Janet Doubleday Endowment.  Reception funded by Post Grape-Nuts.

Photo: Aerial view of Etah, Greenland, June 26, 2006. Photograph by John Darwent.


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Gallery Conversations: "Revealing Mediterranean Women"

Gallery Conversations: "Revealing Mediterranean Women"

November 18, 201412:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Susan Wegner, Associate Professor of Art History, and Davida Gavioli, Senior Lecturer in Italian, lead an interdisciplinary conversation about select works in the exhibition, Revealing Mediterranean Women.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Medee, Theatre de la Renaissance, Sarah Bernhardt, (detail) 1898, lithograph by Alphonse Mucha.

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Bowdoin College Museum of Art Members' Reception: "Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth"

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Members' Reception: "Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth"

November 20, 20146:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members are invited to join in conversation and good cheer at a reception preceding the Thursday Night Salon on the exhibition Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth.

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

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Adoration of the Shepherds (detail), ca. 1598-1600 by Hendrick Goltzius.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Thursday Night Salon: "Hendrick Goltzius: Virtuoso Printmaker, Exquisite Painter"

Thursday Night Salon: "Hendrick Goltzius: Virtuoso Printmaker, Exquisite Painter"

November 20, 20147:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Keyes, former chief curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Kurt Sundstrom, Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Joachim Homann, Curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art present a close-up examination and discussion of the delightful prints and an astonishing painting by Hendrick Goltzius. Presented in conjunction with Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth.

Illustration:  Henry IV, King of France (detail), 1600, engraving by Hendrick Goltzius.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Having it both ways: The developmental genetics of dimorphisms in true bugs

Having it both ways: The developmental genetics of dimorphisms in true bugs

December 4, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

David R. Angelini, Assistant Professor of Biology, Colby College

Research focus:
Our lab is broadly interested in the developmental and molecular genetic aspects of morphological evolution, part of the growing field of evo-devo. Using developmental genetics, molecular biology, morphometric and phylogenetic methods, we seek to understand the interactions and functions of genes and their networks in the evolutionary histories that have led to animal diversity. Insects and other arthropods have been our study organisms.

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