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Bowdoin Offers Lectures in November

Story posted November 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Following is a listing of upcoming lectures at Bowdoin College. The lectures are open to the public free of charge.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. -- Bowdoin Professor of Sociology Susan Bell will speak on "Empowering Women: Connecting Women, Science & Birth Control Technology in 'The New Our Bodies, Ourselves' " in the Russwum African-American Center, 6-8 College St., Brunswick. Bell, an activist in the women's health movement for more than 25 years, wrote the birth control chapter for the 1984 edition of "The New Our Bodies, Ourselves" and revisions of the chapter for the 1992 and 1998 editions. Sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the Women's Studies program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. -- Sandra L. Webber, conservator of paintings at the Williamstown (Mass.) Art Conservation Center, will present a lecture, "From Popularity to Banishment The Fate of Benjamin Hallowell and his Portrait During the American Revolution," in Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. Webber's talk will focus on her art conservation work on the painting Benjamin Hallowell by John Singleton Copley. The portrait, shared by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art, is now on view in the exhibition "Themes in American Portraiture" at Bowdoin.

Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. -- Black scholars from around the country will gather for a roundtable discussion titled, "Race for 2000: Black Intellectuals and African-American Studies." in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. Moderated by Randolph Stakeman, associate professor of history at Bowdoin and director of the Africana Studies program, the discussion will feature a panel discussing academic and social pressures on young black scholars at the close of the century. Among those scheduled to participate are Gina Dent, Columbia University; Farah Griffin, University of Pennsylvania; William Hart, Duke University; Paul Taylor, University of Kentucky; Wahneema Lubiano, Duke University; and Lucius Outlaw, Haverford College. Sponsored by Afro-Am Society, the Africana Studies program and the Office of the President.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. -- Bowdoin Associate Professor of Geology Peter D. Lea will present a talk on global warming at the College's new Coastal Studies Center farmhouse. Lea's talk, "Global Warming Lessons from the Past, Predictions for the Future," will discuss the scientific background of the debate on global warming and the U.S. position on greenhouse gas emissions.

Following the talk, there will be an optional tour of the Coastal Studies Center, located on a 118-acre site on Orr's Island. The center includes a farmhouse, marine and terrestrial labs and is devoted to teaching and research in marine biology, terrestrial ecology, ornithology and geology. Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

To reach the Coastal Studies Center from Brunswick, take Route 123 to Mountain Road. Take a right onto Route 24 South. After you pass the Webber Store on your right, take a right onto Bayview Road and follow signs to the Bowdoin property.

Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. -- A Native American author will speak on "Native American Women in Power: Environment, Art and Spirituality" in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Ssipsis, a Penobscot of the Turtle Clan, is a storyteller, poet and painter. She is the co-author of the book "Molly Molasses & Me," a collection of living adventures." Sponsored by the Women's Studies program. Co-sponsors: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Outing Club, the Student Environmental Club and the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m. -- Professor Joseph A. Gallian from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota at Duluth will speak on "The Mathematics of Indentification Numbers" 7:30 p.m., in Adams Hall, Room 106. The lecture will discuss common coding schemes found every day on retail items (UPC codes), mail (ZIP codes), checks, soda cans, books and magazines and tickets. At /b> Professor Gallian will present a lecture on "Breaking Driver's License Codes" in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 16. He will discuss how he was able to break the complicated codes of algorithms and formulas some states use to assign license numbers.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:15 p.m. -- Mary Lee and James Ward, professor of mathematics at Bowdoin, will give a talk on "Teaching in Uganda: A Personal View," in the Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. The Wards returned last summer from a year at Makerere University where Professor Ward served as a Fulbright Scholar. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

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