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Gallery Conversation with Author Jane Brox

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October 6, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jane Brox will lead a gallery conversation in the exhibition Night Vision: Nocturnes in American Art, 1860-1960, the first major museum survey dedicated to scenes of the night in American art from 1860 to 1960 - an era not yet illuminated by electricity - to the beginning of the Space Age. The exhibition brings together ninety works in a range of media - including paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs -created by such leading American artists as Ansel Adams, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Georgia O'Keeffe, Albert Ryder, John Sloan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among others.

Brox is the author of Brilliant: the Evolution of Artificial Light, a critically acclaimed study of the cultural changes prompted by advancing illumination technologies. She discusses American paintings and photographs that reflect the introduction of new light sources.

Photo: Santa Maria della Salute by Moonlight, (detail) 1897, oil on canvas by John Leslie Breck. Courtesy of Adelson Galleries.

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Panel Discussion: "James Bowdoin III and the Pioneering of Art Collecting in the Early American Republic"

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October 7, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

One of the first collectors of fine art in the United States, James Bowdoin III brought together works by the old masters with that of his own contemporaries. Not only did Bowdoin give the College he endowed what would become the first public collection of drawings in the United States, but his gift and the works it comprised would demonstrate the important role ascribed to the visual arts in educating members of the new American republic. 

Please join us for presentations by leading experts who shed new light on the importance of his pioneering activities. 

Ellen Miles, curator emerita of painting and sculpture, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Richard Saunders, director, Middlebury
College Museum of Art and professor of history of art and architecture; and Sarah Cantor, Summer 2015 Kress Research Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art are panel members. 

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here
or send a message to

Photo: River Landscape, 1650-1660, (detail) pen and brown ink, brown wash, and black chalk by Philips de Koninck. Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III. Bowdoin College Museum
of Art.

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Hampton Sides, Lecture and Book Signing: "Voyage to the Open Sea: My Arctic Travels In Search of the Forgotten Jeannette Expedition"

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October 7, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of The Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, will discuss the research and travel he undertook when preparing to write the story of the ill-fated Jeannette Expedition.

The expedition began in 1879 under the command of George Washington DeLong; the vessel was trapped in the ice near Wrangel Island, where it remained for two years before the crew had to abandon ship. Thirty-three men set out in three boats towards the Lena Delta in Siberia, but only thirteen survived.

Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow the talk.

Sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, the Maritime Heritage Program, and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA.

Photo: Hampton Sides in Wrangel.

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Ned Friedman: "Darwin's 'Abominable Mystery' and the Search for the First Flowering Plants"

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October 8, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

In this presentation, Ned Friedman will discuss his current research program, which focuses on the organismic interfaces between developmental, phylogenetic and evolutionary biology. Remarkable recent advances in the study of the phylogenetic relationships of organisms have provided the raw materials for critical studies of character evolution in plants, animals, fungi, and all other forms of life. 

Armed with hypotheses of relationships among organisms, his work seeks to explore how patterns of morphology, anatomy and cell biology have evolved through the modification of developmental processes. With each study, Friedman's goal is to examine the origin and subsequent radiation of a major group of photosynthetic organisms and reconstruct the evolutionary events that led to the establishment of defining structural and developmental features of the lineage. 

Along with the origins of vascular plants and seed plants, the origin of flowering plants represents one of the three most significant evolutionary radiations of land plants during the last 475 million years. With over 250,000 extant species, angiosperms are the largest and most diverse group of plants ever to have evolved. Paradoxically, we know less about the early evolutionary history of angiosperms than we do about many considerably older groups of land plants. Indeed, Darwin's "abominable mystery" continues to challenge evolutionary biologists.

Ned Friedman is the Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University 

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Valerie Wirtschafter '12: "The Road Forward for Cuba after Normalization: Risks and Rewards"

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October 8, 2015 4:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Kanbar Hall, The Hazelton Room (109)

Valerie Wirtschafter '12, research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, assesses the opportunities and challenges that the recent normalization of relations between Cuba and the U.S. presents for the Cuban government and its people.

Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program.

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Studies in Beauty Initiative: 'Chateau Rouge' performed by Compagnie Dife Kako

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October 8, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

In which area of Paris can we find an African market, fabric shops, hair shops and cosmetics in abundance? In Château Rouge of course! That 18th district of Paris is quite international. It is the terminal 3 of the Charles de Gaulle airport with duty free products even on the sidewalks. This is where cultures, styles, ethnicities and languages encounter, in a cheerful cacophony.

But behind the cheerful hustle and bustle, the frenetic rhythm and laughter of Boulevard Barbès one can nonetheless feel a glitch. All of these synthetic hair shops, these flashy accessories, and most of all, these harmful skin bleaching lotions, are they all the expression of an unconscious process of "whitenization" on the part of Black women?

In "Château Rouge," Artistic Director, Chantal Loïal, powerfully brings up the issue of beauty and ethics by tackling the lethal skin bleaching process and extensive use of dangerous hair chemicals by Afro-descent women to try and attain the dominant standards of beauty embodied by the Euro-descent woman. She draws a portrait that describes with humor and tenderness the well known African district of Paris. Through the women and their desire to whitenization or whitening, is offered a poignant and revealing portrayal of entire communities.

Artistic Direction and Conception: Chantal Loïal | Choreography: Chantal Loïal; Philippe Lafeuille | Dancers : Mariama Diedhiou, Katy Dinh, Tania Jean, Jessica Orsinet, Julie Sicher | Light Creation : Hervé Janlin Production : Cie Difé Kako|Supports : Kiosque Mayenne | Centre National de la Danse | Ville de Créteil

Difé Kako is a Creole expression that qualifies something that strikes so powerfully that it can burn. In her desire to create a new and striking set of body language, Guadeloupean Chantal Loïal used this significant Creole phrase to label her 1994-created dance company. Difé Kako's particularity is to propose creative ways of mixing various forms of classic and contemporaneous dance techniques and cultures with the African and Afro-Caribbean traditional and modern body language and dances to translate "métissage." Cultural diversity is Difé Kako's motto. All dancers, Caribbean, African and Europeans, are multidisciplinarilly trained and all musicians have a high command of multiple percussory instruments from Africa and the Caribbean.

Through its artistic creations, Difé Kako aims at entertaining but also educating and bringing awareness on marginalized yet highly critical world issues pertaining to the questions of race, culture, social justice, history, or the environment.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: Andrew Mellon Foundation, Romance Languages and Literatures, Africana Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Cinema Studies Program, Sociology and Anthropology and Theater and Dance.

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Damnationland Retrospective: A Selection of Short Horror Films from 2010-2014 by Maine Filmmakers

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October 8, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Damnationland presents genre-defying original works from Maine filmmakers that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories. This special retrospective Damnationland will feature selected short films from 2010 to 2014, produced in Maine by Mainers, especially for the Halloween season. These are dark, surreal, and fantastic pieces, and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

Free and open to the public.

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Concert: Marienkantorei Lemgo

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October 8, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Bowdoin Chapel, Chapel

Under the umbrella of the Marienkantorei Lemgo are four choirs based at St. Mary's, a Gothic church in the German city Lemgo. The a cappella choir, under the direction of Volker Jaenig, will perform alone and with the Bowdoin Chamber Choir as part of a concert tour exchange. Sponsored by the Department of Music.

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Allen Hockley: "Woodblock Illustrated Histories of Meiji-era Japan"

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October 14, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The threat westernization posed to indigenous cultural practices during the middle decades of the Meiji era (1868-1912) sparked a resurgence of traditional values that rippled through government policies, social institutions, and cultural production. Historians have invested considerable effort to understand the causes, manifestations, and legacies of these developments. Art historians have been attentive to popular artists' engagement with social and cultural developments of the Meiji era. But apart from Sino- and Russo-Japanese war imagery, the role of popular visual culture in the formation and dissemination of Meiji-era nativist and nationalist discourses has not yet received serious consideration. This lecture addresses these lapses by focusing on a large and varied corpus of woodblock prints and illustrated books that engage nationalist ideologies by attempting to visualize key moments in Japan's 2500-year history.

Allen Hockley, associate professor of Art History and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College, is a specialist in Japanese art. He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria, M.A. from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

This lecture is sponsored by The Bylthe Bickel Edwards Fund, Art History and Asian Studies Departments and The Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Image: Adachi Gink: Empress Regent Jing Subjugates Korea, from Illustrated Historical Synopsis of Japan, 1888

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Members' Preview Evening: 'Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa'

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October 14, 2015 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members and their guests are invited to a reception and preview tour of the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa, which opens on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP here or send a message to

photo:  Sahel, (detail) 2001, by Iba Ndiaye. Private collection.

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Sonja Klocke: "Welcome to the 'German Wonderland'?: German Unification and the Effects 25 Years Later"

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October 15, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Room 117

As part of the German Embassy initiative 25 Years German Unity, Sonja Klocke will discuss the East German experience of unification with a particular focus on gender. This talk will be the first of several events organized by the German Department this academic year featuring contemporary German voices in Europe.

Klocke is assistant professor of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She researches twentieth to twenty-first century culture: the legacy of East Germany, women's writing, transnational literature, and gender theory.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jill S. Smith (

Sponsored by The German Embassy Initiative 25 Years German Unity and the Department of German.

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Student A Cappella Showcase

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October 15, 2015 8:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

As part of Inaugural celebrations, Bowdoin a cappella groups will perform to kick off events. Join us for a night of song featuring:

Ursus Verses

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For those who cannot attend in-person, the concert will be streamed live at

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Inaugural Symposium: "The Power of the Liberal Arts"

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October 16, 2015 2:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

KEYNOTE: Hanna Holborn Gray, Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of History and president emerita, University of Chicago

Panel 1: Yes, It Still Matters: Why and How We Teach the Liberal Arts 

Moderated by Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and interim dean for academic affairs, Bowdoin.
William Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, and president emeritus, Colby College; Camille Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences; University of Pennsylvania; Adam Weinberg '87, president of Denison University;
Mary Lou Zeeman, R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics, Bowdoin

Panel 2: (begins at approximately 3:45) Making a Living and Making a Life: The Liberal Arts in Commerce and Citizenship

Moderated by Andy Serwer '81, journalist and editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance.
Kenneth I. Chenault '73, H'83, CEO and chairman, American Express;
Ruthie Davis '84, president and designer of Ruthie Davis;
Shelley Hearne '83, visiting professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; George J. Mitchell '54, H'96, former US Senate Majority Leader

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Inaugural Concert: GUSTER!

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October 16, 2015 8:30 PM  – 10:00 PM
Morrell Gym, Gymnasium

For admission: Students must present a Bowdoin ID at the door. Tickets are required for all others and are limited to the Bowdoin community, including family members of faculty and staff. Tickets can be picked up at the Office of Events and Summer Programs starting Monday, October 5. Alumni can pick up tickets starting Thursday afternoon, October 15, in the Homecoming and Inauguration Welcome Center in Moulton Union. Space is limited. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Guster's songs remain packed with hummable choruses and dense lyrical detail amid the muscular guitar riffs, clanging percussion, and deceptively dark lyrics. It is a renewed band with a bolstered purpose, a band on their own vector. The new album Evermotion introduces you to a Guster that is free, not calculated, seasoned but loose, confident in re-shaping their legacy. Since forming at Tufts in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in twenty years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010's Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its highest-ever chart debut on the Billboard 200 at #22, while reaching #2 on both the SoundScan Alternative and iTunes charts.

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Inauguration: Installation Ceremony for Clayton S. Rose, Fifteenth President of Bowdoin College

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October 17, 2015 10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM
Farley Field House, Infield

Clayton S. Rose was elected Bowdoin's fifteenth president by unanimous vote of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees in January 2015, following an eight-month international search. Presidential inaugurations are rare--this is only the fifteenth in the College's 221-year history. In addition to the installation ceremony itself and luncheon, the weekend includes a variety of events celebrating this milestone. All members of the Bowdoin community are invited. For more information on the inaugural festivities, go to 
*Installation ceremony and luncheon registration required.
(Please plan to arrive by 10:15 a.m.)
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Leah Wright Rigueur: "Between Ben Carson and Barack Obama: Black Politics in 2016"

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October 19, 2015 6:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Leah Wright Rigueur's first book, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power (Princeton University Press, 2015) covers more than four decades of American political and social history, and examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan's presidential ascent in 1980. Her work ultimately provides a new understanding of the interaction between African Americans and the Republican Party, and the seemingly incongruous intersection of civil rights and American conservatism. Her book takes a long approach to American history and not only tells an important story about race and the Republican Party, but also expands our understanding of the evolution in opinions and behaviors of everyday African Americans that supported or rejected the GOP on a local, state, and national level, between 1936 and present day. 

Wright Rigueur is an assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An historian by training, she received her B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. Before joining the Kennedy School faculty, she was a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. 

Her research interests include twentieth-century United States political and social history, and modern African American history. Her work emphasizes race, civil rights, political ideology, the American two-party system, and the presidency. At the Kennedy School, she teaches courses on race, riot, and backlash in the U.S., and the Civil Rights Movement, race, and policy in modern America.

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Maria Ruvoldt: "Michelangelo in Mid-Life"

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October 21, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Maria Ruvoldt, associate professor of art history at Fordham University and well-known scholar of the art of Michelangelo, is the author of The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dreams (2004). As a 2014-2015 Fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has conducted research on Michelangelo's highly-finished gift drawings and subsequent copies in other media. 

Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Lectures and Concerts General Fund, Departments of Art History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Mediterranean Studies. 

Photo: cover from Maria Ruvoldt's book, The Italian Renaissance Imagery of Inspiration: Metaphors of Sex, Sleep, and Dreams, Cambridge University Press, 2004.

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Frederick Davis: "Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology"

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October 22, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Frederick Rowe Davis is an environmental historian and historian of science at Florida State University. His most recent book, Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology, was published last year by Yale University Press.

Sponsored by the Lectures & Concerts Committee, and the Departments of History, Government, Environmental Studies, and Chemistry.

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Cecily Hilsdale: "Revisiting the Mediterranean: Medieval Art through the Thalassic Optic"

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October 22, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Study of the Mediterranean has recently assumed a central position within the discipline of history, where the emphasis on the liquid continent and corrupting sea has been described as "the new thalassology." In this talk, Professor Hilsdale will explore the implications of the emergence and recent turn to the Mediterranean as an analytic frame from the art historical point of view, and will consider if and how the Mediterranean can serve as an explanatory model, heuristic tool, or even a critical term for the diverse visual cultures - European, Islamic, and Byzantine - of the medieval Mediterranean.

Dr. Hilsdale is Associate Professor of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: The Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies, and the departments of Classics, Art History, Romance Languages and Literatures, and History

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Studies in Beauty Initiative: "Beauty and Ethics Symposium"

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October 23, 2015 2:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Cram Alumni House, Barn (Torrey Barn)

This faculty seminar follows the Studies in Beauty Initiative course cluster: The Ethics of Image; Aesthetics in Africa and Europe; Gender, Sexuality and Race in Classical Music; and Into the Wild: Untamed Nature in German-Speaking Culture. Intended to foster further discussions on the topic of beauty among Bowdoin faculty and beyond, two panel discussions with prominent scholars of diverse disciplines will explore the interactions between aesthetics and ethics in various contexts, cultures and eras.

Panelists include: 
Jean-Godefroy Bidima, Yvonne Arnoult Chair in Francophone Studies, Tulane University 
Dana E. Byrd, assistant professor of art history, Bowdoin College 
Sarah Conly, associate professor of philosophy, Bowdoin College  
Alexandre Dauge-Roth, associate professor of French and 
Francophone studies, Bates College 
Lydia Moland, associate professor of philosophy, Colby College  
Lawrence Simon, associate professor of philosophy and environmental studies, Bowdoin College

Open to the public and free of charge. Reception to follow.

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Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, The Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures, Sociology and Anthropology, and the Africana Studies, Latin American Studies and Cinema Studies Programs.

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Theater Performance: Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley October 22, 23, 24

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October 23, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

  • Oct 22-24, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall
  • Tickets: $3 general public; $1 with Bowdoin ID
A tragic comedy explores the tensions between the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Babe has just shot her abusive husband. The three sisters were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments. Earlier resentments come steaming back to life, as the sisters are forced to deal with past relationships and events, while coping with Babe's current crisis. Each must face the consequences of her own crimes of the heart.

Masque and Gown's presentation, directed by Axis Fuksman-Kumpa '17, brings Beth Henley's masterpiece to the Bowdoin audience.

Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Oct 1, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.

Performance is sponsored  by the Student Activities Fund and donors to the Masque and Gown Fund.

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Studies in Beauty Initiative - Film Screening: 'In the Eye of the Spiral'

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October 28, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The poignant and magnificent documentary In the Eye of the Spiral explores Haitian arts and the Haitian people's highly developed productivity and creativity. Recipient of the 2014 Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) Award for Best Feature Documentary, the film is narrated by British singer and activist, Annie Lennox, and supported by Brian Eno, who has licensed his music for the soundtrack. It was co-directed by Raynald Leconte and Eve Blouin.

In their capacity to render an irreducible and authentic vision of the inner and human Self, the arts in the Caribbean have always been a means of predilection to transcend tragedies, be the latter historical or climatic. A country enduring numerous plights, Haiti is the true embodiment of this philosophical disposition. In the Eye of the Spiral pays tribute to the imposing Haitian ingenuity beautifully and introducing the world to Spiralism, one of the contemporary intellectual, literary and artistic currents for the island.

Spiralism appeared in the sixties, led by Franktienne, a monumental Haitian writer, painter, and UNESCO Artist for Peace who was short-listed for the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is partly inspired by the theory of chaos and Engel's concept of the spiral and expresses a powerful sense of aesthetics and ethics that, through a complex and infinitely moving process, produces unpredictable, confounding, and staggering non-linear, multidimensional, multilayered, regenerative and dense arts.

Haitian-born director Raynald Leconte has lived in Senegal, Morocco, and Gambia. A serial entrepreneur, Leconte has over twenty years of experience in media and technology. His most recent project, the Haitian Cultural Foundation HCF, has attracted considerable interest since its inception in January 2010 and has served as a venue for presenting Haitian artists to the international art community. Hisnext project, In the Eye of the Spiral 2, will showcase the culture and art of Cuba.

Born in Africa, Eve Blouin is co-director and writer on the film. She is also a broadcaster, documentary producer, art collector, property developer and designer, and musician. She produced the movies and documentaries When Fish Fly in 1992, Whitepaddy in 1996, as well as Kid Creole and my Coconuts, a 2009 documentary featuring the story of the famous 80s-90s band of the same name.

This event is free and open to the public, and is part of the "Studies in Beauty" activity on campus during the month of October.

Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation (Dean's Office), the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and Sociology and Antropology, and the Latin American Studies, Africana Studies and Cinema Studies Programs.

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Tallman Lecturer Ken I. Kersch: "Who's Afraid of the Living Constitution? Mid-Century Liberalism's Rejoinder to the Modern American Right"

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November 2, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Since the 1980s "Reagan Revolution," the call for the restoration of "The Founders' Constitution" - originalism - has played a major role in rallying the modern American Right. Recently, however, conservatives have re-fashioned an originalist outlook formerly emphasizing judicial restraint to accommodate an activist agenda in cases involving gun rights, religious liberty, free speech protections for campaign expenditures, and the (would-be) invalidation of the Affordable Care Act. The traditional liberal rejoinder to originalism, "living constitutionalism," however, was fashioned to answer the old originalism, not this new, currently more vital, version.

Ken I. Kersch, Tallman Scholar in Government, will argue that liberals seeking a more powerful and persuasive constitutional philosophy to counter the new conservatism should re-group by re-visiting the largely forgotten political visions of seminal Cold War liberals like John Dewey and Reinhold Niebuhr. Doing so offers today's liberals the most promising way forward in forging a revitalized living constitutionalism to to answer the modern conservative challenge.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Tallman Lecture Fund.

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Visiting Writers Series: A Reading by Richard Russo

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November 4, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo will read from a selection of his works.

Russo's first novel, Mohawk, was published in 1986 while he was teaching at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition, Russo has published six other novels and a short story collection. He has also written a number of screenplays, including co-writing the 1998 film Twilight with director Robert Benton, the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of Empire Falls, the screenplay for the 2005 film Ice Harvest, and the screenplay for the 2005 Niall Johnson film Keeping Mum.

Russo has a BA, an MFA, and PhD from the University of Arizona, and has taught at Colby College in Maine.

Sponsored by the English Department Visiting Writers Series.
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Carrie Wu: "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Spread of the Invasive Reed Phragmites Australis in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Watershed"

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November 5, 2015 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Carrie Wu is an Assistant Professor of Biology, in the Department of Biology, at the University of Richmond, VA. 

Carrie investigates the mechanisms of adaptive differentiation and speciation. She is interested in how plants respond to their local environments, and the role those adaptations play in diversification at the genomic, population, and species levels. While evidence for local adaptation in plants is abundant, much less is known about the particular traits and genes that confer this specialization to specific environments.

Her research uses the wildflower genera Ipomopsis and Mimulus to examine how environmental variation influences phenotypic and genetic variation among natural plant populations. She combines observations of natural populations and experimental manipulations in the field and greenhouse with tools from quantitative genetics and physiological ecology.

Her research projects take her to field sites in the northern Cascades in Washington, down through the Southern California foothills, and eastward to the Colorado Rockies. Together, these studies provide insight into how environmental stresses, adaptation to these conditions, and evolutionary change are intertwined, using tractable, ecologically relevant systems.

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Namiko Kunimoto: "Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment"

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November 11, 2015 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Dr. Namiko Kunimoto, assistant professor of art history at the Ohio State University will deliver a public lecture on the modern Japanese artist Nakamura Hiroshi (b. 1932).  A significant artist active in the 1950s, Nakamura was part of the "reportage" movement and created works that critiqued the US military presence in Japan. Dr. Kunimoto will be discussing these paintings as well as Nakamura Hiroshi's later turn to Surrealism within the context of postwar Japanese politics. 

Sponsored by the Departments of Art History and Asian Studies.

Image: Taken from "Sunagawa No. 5" by Hiroshi Nakamura, 1955, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

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Screening with Filmmaker Shawn Batey: 'The Changing Face of Harlem'

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November 11, 2015 7:30 PM  – 10:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Though recognized internationally as "the Black Mecca," the historic neighborhood of Harlem was overlooked for decades. Recently, Harlem has matured into a prosperous locale for commercial and corporate interests, and with an influx of new investment has come a younger, more professional, and affluent class of residents.

The Changing Face of Harlem examines the revitalization of Harlem as told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy. Shot over a period of ten years, the film takes a critical look at Harlem's history, early development, its present transformation, and the current concerns for cultural preservation.  

Shawn Batey is an award-winning producer, filmmaker, and writer of documentary films and videos. Her films include Hair-Tage, a cultural documentary on dreadlocks, Through My Eyes, an interpretation of September 11th from the perspective of Latino and African-American Youth, 60+, a musical documentary of an all-female senior citizen band, Making the World Feel Better-The P.S. 230 Mural Project, and Tree Fever, a quirky look at Christmas tree sellers in Upper Manhattan.

Batey was chosen to participate in the 2006 Working Films Residency at Mass Moca, elected as a Mellon Learning Associate at Bates College where she directed a workshop in film development and pre-production, and is the 2007 recipient of Roy Dean New York City Film Grant.

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Cinema Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, and the Department of Romance Languages.

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