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Tea with Harriet: "Sledding down Federal Street"

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January 19, 2017 1:00 PM  – 2:30 PM
Harriet's Writing Room

Please join Stowe House Guide Cathi Belcher as she reads several letters written by the Stowe children during their years in Brunswick. These letters, written in the house on Federal Street, apprised their father Calvin of their various activities during his frequent travels.

Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

1:00-2:30 PM                    
Harriet's Writing Room, Stowe House, 63 Federal Street               

Open to the public free of charge, but reservations are required. RSVP at 207-725-3155. No reservations required for the Bowdoin community.



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Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of Photography Exhibition Opening

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January 25, 2017 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Second Floor Gallery

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Library's Spring 2017 student-curated exhibition Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of Photography.

Students in assistant professor Dana Byrd's Fall 2016 art history course researched extensively in and collaborated with the College's Special Collections & Archives to identify themes and curate unique photographic materials for this exhibition. Hear from several participants and explore the exhibition.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Second floor Gallery
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of Photography is on view January 25 through June 5, 2017 in the second floor gallery of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

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Roundtable Discussion: "Iconoclasm and the Power of Images"

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January 26, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Contemporary vandalism of works of art by religious fanatics is only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to define and control the power of images that has erupted across cultural and religious boundaries. This evening offers the opportunity to explore iconoclasm in history, learn about its motivations, and reflect on the destructive and creative powers it unleashes.

The conversation between faculty members Meryem Belkaid (Romance languages), Barbara Elias Klenner (government), James Higginbotham (classics), Robert Morrison (religion), and Stephen Perkinson (art history) will be moderated by Joachim Homann, curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Temptation of Saint Anthony.


Image: Jacques Callot, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, ca. 1634, etching. Gift of Charles Pendexter. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  

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Winter Open House at the Museum of Art

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January 26, 2017 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion



Celebrate the beginning of the spring semester and the varied exhibitions on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art at our Winter Open House.

Open to the public and free of charge.

Refreshments will be served.



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Film Screening: A Theatrical Performance of Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard"

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January 29, 2017 6:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
A stage production by the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by Adolf Shapiro
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
Sponsors: Russian Department, Theatre and Dance Department
 
First produced in 1904 at The Moscow Art Theatre under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavsky, this centennial production of Anton Chekhov's classic tale of cultural futility, starring Russian stage and screen legend Renata Litvinova, is as relevant today as it was over a hundred years ago.
 
Adolf Shapiro's interpretation asks the question, where would the characters of this play live today years after their cherry orchard has been cut down? The answer, which lies in the material world created by set designer, David Borovsky, is, of course, on the stage. The waves of the Moscow Art Theatre's stage curtain, with its famous Seagull insignia, curving and folding in on itself, creating smooth and sometimes ominous corners, becomes home to these wanderers, who are in fact shadows of the past come to life on stage.
 
Originally intended by Chekhov as a comedy, and firmly directed by Stanislavsky as a tragedy, many artists have had to deal with the dual nature of the play. One hundred years later, this production brings The Cherry Orchard full circle, never at peace, but finally back at its home.
 
Presented by Stage Russia and Specticast Entertainment. A theatrical production by the Moscow Art Theatre of Russia. Director: Adolf Shapiro. Theatrical trailer here.
 
Screening from 6:00-9:15 PM (with short intermission).
Presented in Russian with English subtitles. All are welcome (open to the public). Free admission.
 

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Michael Amano '17 - Gallery Conversation: "Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima"

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January 31, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Michael Amano '17, co-curator of the exhibition Perspectives from Postwar Hiroshima: Chuzo Tamotzu, Children's Drawings, and the Art of Resolution, will speak about the aftermath of the Second World War and the particular challenges faced by citizens in Hiroshima.

He will discuss the exchange of children's drawings between students in Hiroshima and Santa Fe, organized by the Japanese-American artist Chuzo Tomatzu, and his recent interviews with four of the Japanese artists who took part in this project.

Photo:  detail of Masaharu Takami, Japanese, Untitled (Schoolchild's Drawing from Hiroshima, Japan), 1953, mixed media. Lent by Dr. Marc B. Garnick '68 and Barbara Kates-Garnick, PhD.  

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Marylin Reizbaum - Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: "The Prescience of Philip Roth and 'The Plot Against America'"

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February 1, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election and since, Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America has often been mentioned as relevant, illuminating, and even prophetic. Frank Rich's article in New York Magazine, which appeared just before the election, documented the connections between Charles Lindbergh's 'America First' movement of the 1940s and the 'Make America Great Again' idea offered by the Donald Trump campaign. 

When Roth's work emerged in 2004, it was deemed an alternative-history novel, one that provided a commentary on the past, and in this sense, represented a departure from the author's other work. In this lecture, Marylin Reizbaum will explore how the novel can be seen as futuristic, and not as science fiction. 

Reizbaum is the Harrison King McCann Professor of English at Bowdoin College.

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program.

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Peter Ralston: "Arctic Observations: A Maine Photographer's First Look at the North"

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February 1, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Peter Ralston, co-founder of the Island Institute and owner of Ralston Gallery, is an intrepid photojournalist and talented storyteller. Ralston is best known for his images of Maine's coastal environment and remote island communities. This past summer, with camera in hand, he ventured to West Greenland and the central Canadian Arctic for the first time. In a richly illustrated talk he will share his first impressions of the region and its people.

The Island Institute works to sustain Maine's island and remote coastal communities. Core program areas include economic development, education, community energy, marine resources, and media, all driven by the requests of community members themselves.

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Father Michael Pfleger - Annual Martin Luther King Jr Lecture: "The Sermon Dr. King Never Preached"

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February 2, 2017 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Father Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of Faith Community of Saint Sabina, the largest African American Catholic church in the city of Chicago, will speak in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Father Pfleger is an outspoken advocate for social justice and has led countless marches and protests in the streets of Chicago to combat gun violence, economic injustice, and billboards that target children with drugs and alcohol. He unapologetically presides over a parish that welcomes "drug dealers, prostitutes, Ph.Ds, the homeless, gays, Jews, Muslims, Christians and everyone else."

For his work, Father Pfleger has been profiled in Time, Ebony, Newsweek, Jet, and People magazines, as well as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun-Times. Spike Lee recently portrayed him in his 2015 film Chiraq, which sought to raise awareness of the Chicago’s gun violence epidemic and the lives it disrupts. At the request of the King family, he was one of the speakers that eulogized Mrs. Coretta Scott King.


In 2016, the Saint Sabina Faith Community celebrated 100 years of service to their community. The church and Father Pfleger continue to be beacons of hope in the pursuit of justice.  

Sponsored by the Student Center for Multicultural Life and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.


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Audubon's Birds of America Page-Turning with special guest Thomas Hayward

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February 3, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Thomas Hayward, a Brunswick resident, life-long birder, and director of the Stanton Bird Club will join Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's magnificent double-elephant folio Birds of America.

Learn about the bird of the month and take home a keepsake button.

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

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Family Saturday at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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February 4, 2017 10:00 AM  – 11:00 AM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin College students present "Family Saturday" with activities related to the exhibitions on view.  Enjoy interactive learning and fun.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Families enjoy a visit to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Ambassador Lawrence Pope '67: "American Security in the 21st Century"

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February 6, 2017 6:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The legacy of the Bowdoin Marines who fought in World War II was the internationalist consensus which has guided American foreign policy since 1945. That consensus is threatened today by the backlash against globalization and the rise of radical nationalisms, both here and around the world.

Ambassador Laurence Pope will address the risks for our security of a new 'America First' doctrine, and how American foreign policy institutions, militarized by the war on terror and the pressure of nation-building wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, might be reformed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Pope is a thirty-one year veteran of the US Foreign Service. From 1993 to 1996, he was Ambassador to Chad, where he worked to organize the first presidential election in that country's history. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the Political Advisor to General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, at the US Central Command.  

Pope is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the highest award given to a civilian by the Department of Defense Department. He is currently a historian and national security consultant. A 1967 graduate of Bowdoin College, Ambassador Pope lives in Portland, Maine.

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James Higginbotham - Gallery Conversation: "AEGYPTUS: Egypt in the Greco Roman World"

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February 7, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

James Higginbotham, associate professor of classics and associate curator for the ancient collection at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, explores the special place Egypt occupied in the history of the ancient world and its long-lasting hold on the culture and imagination of its conquerors.

Artifacts from Egypt will be displayed alongside works from the Greco-Roman tradition to highlight the connections between these cultures and the debt owed ancient Egypt.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibition AEGYPTUS: Egypt in the Greco Roman World.

Open to the public free of charge.

Photo:  James Higginbotham

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Gallery Conversation: "Artistic Expression in Modern Japanese Prints"

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February 10, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Bowdoin students from Art History 3180: Japanese Prints, along with Assistant Professor Alison Miller, discuss their experience planning the installation Sosaku-hanga: Twentieth-Century Japanese Creative Prints.

Open to the public free of charge.

Photo: 
Kan Kawada, Japanese, Tokyo Street, 1976, (detail),  color woodcut. Gift of Susan and James Carter. Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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"We Love our Members" Sale

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February 11, 2017 10:00 AM  – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art

Museum members are invited to visit the exhibitions at the Museum, and enjoy a double membership discount on all purchases at the Museum shop.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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"We Love our Members" Sale

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February 12, 2017 1:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art

Museum members are invited to enjoy a double membership discount on all purchases at the Museum shop.

Happy Valentine's Day.

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John Hagan & Marissa McMahan: "From Soft-Shell Clams to Soft-Shell Crabs: Two Practical Solutions for Adapting to a Warming Gulf of Maine"

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February 14, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:15 PM
Searles Science Building, 315

The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world's oceans. The ecosystem is being disrupted, as are the livelihoods of fishermen along the coast. While there is hope in the Paris Climate Accord for slowing climate change in the twenty-first century, the key for Maine fishermen is adaptation - developing ways to survive and thrive on the ecosystem that is already here, regardless of Paris. Join John Hagan and Marissa McMahan for an eminently practical view of how to navigate the brave new climate world facing Maine fisheries. 

John M. Hagan Ph.D. is president of Manomet, a non-profit dedicated to making the world measurably more sustainable through the application of science. He has over thirty years of experience as a field ecologist, and has studied and published on freshwater invertebrates (bivalves), birds, reptiles, herbaceous and woody plants, and lichens and mosses. Recently, his research has focused on helping build diversified fisheries in Maine, especially soft-shell clams, given the rapidly-warming Gulf of Maine. 

Marissa McMahan is currently a doctoral candidate in the ecology, evolution and marine biology program at Northeastern University, and is scheduled to graduate in August 2017. Her research focuses on ecology and fisheries in the Gulf of Maine, including published work on the American lobster and Atlantic cod, as well as extensive research on the northern range expansion of black sea bass. She has conducted field and laboratory experiments to understand population dynamics of crustaceans, such as growth, movement, behavior, distribution, and abundance. She also has an extensive background in commercial fisheries, having grown up in a commercial fishing family in mid-coast Maine, and worked as a commercial fisher for many years. She began investigating the potential for a soft-shell green crab industry in Maine in 2016, and established a network of collaborators spanning academia, industry, marketing, activism and journalism.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Biology Department, the Environmental Studies Program, the Coastal Studies Center, and the Brunswick Community Earth Care Team.

Photo: Aerial view of the first soft shell clam farm, Heal Eddy, Georgetown, Maine.
Photo credit: John Hagan

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Helen Levine and Joachim Homann - Gallery Conversation: "The Temptation of Saint Anthony"

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February 15, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Sigmund Freud highly praised Gustave Flaubert’s retelling of The Temptation of Saint Anthony for its ability to evoke “not only the great problems of knowledge, but the real riddles of life.”

Psychoanalyst Helen Levine and curator Joachim Homann discuss the applicability of Freudian theories to the visual representation of The Temptation in the works of Odilon Redon and Felicien Rops. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  
The Tribulations of Saint Anthony, after 1470, engraving by Martin Schongauer. Private Collection.

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Tea with Harriet: A Valentine's Tea

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February 16, 2017 1:00 PM  – 2:30 PM
Harriet's Writing Room

Valentine's Tea: The Tragic Beecher love story between Catharine Beecher and her fiance Alexander Metcalf Fisher. Bowdoin College is proud to present Tea With Harriet, a monthly tea and conversation series about the life and legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Join Stowe House Guide Cathi Belcher, as she discusses the engagement of Harriet's sister Catharine to one of the brightest minds of the age, Alexander Metcalf Fisher. A match made in heaven ...or was it?  Tea and light refreshments will be provided.

This event is held the third Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. - “2:30 p.m., at 63 Federal Street, in the home where Harriet Beecher Stowe lived (1850-1852). For more information, call 207- 721-5059.

Harriet's Writing Room, Stowe House, 63 Federal Street               
Open to the public free of charge, but reservations
are required. RSVP at 207-725-3155. No reservations required for the Bowdoin community.





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Music in the Museum with George Lopez

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February 16, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

George Lopez, Beckwith Artist in Residence, performs an evening of music associated with the exhibitions on view.

This event is free but tickets are required as seating is limited. For more information please call (207) 725-3276.

Photo:  George Lopez


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Gallery Conversation with Bowdoin Arts Society

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February 17, 2017 3:30 PM  – 4:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

With the goal of “challenging the parameters of the arts,” the Bowdoin Art Society meets weekly to debate current issues in contemporary art. They will use the works in the Museum's galleries as the basis for a discussion about a debated topic in the art world.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Students enjoy an exhibition in the Museum

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Gallery Conversation: "Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionism"

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February 21, 2017 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Honor Wilkinson, Curatorial Assistant, will discuss the variety of influences of western medieval visual culture on German Expressionists' artistic production and thought in the early twentieth century. Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionism.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration:
Crucifixion (Gekreuzigter), 1918,  (detail) woodcut, by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, German 1884–1976. Museum Purchase, Art Objects Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 

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Open House at the Museum of Art

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February 23, 2017 6:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Celebrate the exhibition "Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionism."  Refreshments will be served

Open to the public free of charge.

Illustration:   Josef Eberz, German, Klosteranwesen (Cloister Lands), 1918, (detail), lithograph. Museum Purchase, Susan Dwight Bliss Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art

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"Performing Art": Bowdoin Student Performances in the Museum Galleries

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February 23, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The Bowdoin Slam Poets Society and students in the Theater and Dance Department will respond to the works on view at the Museum and reflect on personal experiences through their own forms of performance art—poetry, dance, and story-telling. The Slam Poets Society is a student organization that brings awareness to social and political issues, as well as reflecting on personal experience through the form of poetry.

Free and open to the public.

Illustration: Dance students performing in the Museum of Art

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William R. Kenan Professor of Physics Inaugural Lecture - Thomas W. Baumgarte: "Matters of Gravity"

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February 23, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Professor Thomas W. Baumgarte will deliver the William R. Kenan Professor of Physics Inaugural Lecture entitled, "Matters of Gravity."

The Keenan Professorship was established in 1975 by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust to honor a distinguished chemist, engineer, farmer, industrialist, and philanthropist. Kenan co-discovered a process for deriving acetylene gas from calcium carbide, and he designed electric carbide plants around the world for Union Carbide Co. In keeping with the spirit of his life and the terms of his will, the Kenan Professorship supports and encourages "a scholar-teacher whose enthusiasm for learning, commitment to teaching, and sincere personal interest in students will enhance the learning process."

Sponsored by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.

Free and open to the public.

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