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Members' Preview Day at the Museum of Art

November 29, 201710:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Museum members and guests are invited to view the exhibitions at the Museum and enjoy a 20 percent discount on purchases at the Museum Shop. The public holiday sale at the is from November 30 through December 2, 2017.

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Members' Evening at the Museum of Art

November 29, 20175:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The co-directors of the Museum, Anne Collins Goodyear and Frank Goodyear, welcome Museum members and their guests to a special presentation of recent acquisitions. Refreshments will be served.

Become a member of the Museum of Art today!  Free membership available here.

Photo: Museum members and guests enjoy a presentation by the Museum staff.

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"How an Uprising Became a Revolution, Or, What (Leading) Historical Actors Wanted Posterity to Remember About the Overthrow of Russia's Old Regime in February 1917" with Semion Lyandres

November 30, 20174:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The year 2017 marks the centenary of Russia's first democratic revolution, which brought down Europe's last old regime and paved the way for the Communist dictatorship. Although the significance and global implications of this arguably most consequential event of the twentieth century have long been recognized, the debates on the origins and character of the February revolution show no signs of abating. Was it primarily a social or a political revolution? Were the moderate politicians of the Duma (parliament's lower house) merely followers or reluctant leaders of the popular uprising? What triggered their decision to take power, thereby legitimizing the Petrograd uprising and transforming it into a full-scale revolution? 

Semion Lyandres, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will address these and other questions in his talk.        

Professor Lyandres is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His current research focuses on the intellectual origins of the revolutionary regime in 1917 and the politics of the February Revolution. His publications include: The Bolshevik's German Gold Revisited: An Inquiry into the 1917 Accusations (1995); The Memoirs of Alexander Guchkov, President of the State Duma and a Minister of War in the Provisional Government (1993), with A. V. Smolin; A Chronicle of the Civil War in Siberia and Exile in China: The Diaries of Petr Vasil'evich Vologodskii, 1918-1925 (2002), in 2 volumes (with Dietmar Wulff), and most recently, The Fall of Tsarism: Untold Stories of the February 1917 Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has held major fellowships from the German-American Academic Council Foundation, John M. Olin Foundation, the NEH, and the Earhart Foundation. 

Presented in conjunction with Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars.

Co-sponsored by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Department of Russian, with support from the Humanities Initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a loyal Bowdoin family.

Photo:  Let's Build a Zeppelin Fleet in Lenin's Name, 1931, lithograph by Georgi Vladimirovich Kibardin. Collection of Svetlana and Eric Silverman.

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"Ovid's Homer: Authority, Repetition, Reception" - Book Launch and Discussion with Barbara Weiden Boyd

November 30, 20174:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Nixon Lounge

Please join us as Barbara Weiden Boyd, Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek, presents her new book, 'Ovid's Homer: Authority, Repetition, Reception'. This is the third of three book launches the Library hosted this semester. More to come in the spring! 

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

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"How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate" with Andrew Hoffman

November 30, 20176:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. In this lecture, Andrew Hoffman will examine what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Hoffman makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.  

Hoffman is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

Copies of Dr. Hoffman's book How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate will be on sale the evening of the event, and at the Bowdoin College Bookstore.

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Film: Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca," Screening for December Bowdoin Book Lecture Series

November 30, 20177:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Join Professor of Cinema Studies, Tricia Welsch introduce Alfred Hitchcock's, Rebecca, part of the Bowdoin Book Lecture Series. Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

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"An Other Humanity: An Afro-Latinx Ritual Revaluation of Saartje Baartman" with Xhercis Mendez

November 30, 20177:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Thomas F. Shannon Room [208]

Xhercis Mendez is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy and African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. Her groundbreaking work has been published in a variety of academic journals, and she has been honored with invitations to universities in Europe and the Americas. Her work offers a unique approach to bodies and sexualities in Latin America and the Caribbean. She brings together the trajectories of US-based women of color, transnational and decolonial feminisms, sexuality studies, and Afro-Latinx/diasporic religion and philosophies, in order to develop decolonial feminist methodologies. Her articles include "Transcending Dimorphism: Afro-Cuban Ritual Praxis and the Rematerialization of the Body" (2014); "Notes Toward a Decolonial Feminist Methodology: The Race/Gender Matrix Revisited"(2015); and "Which Black Lives Matter? Gender, State-Sanctioned Violence, and 'My Brother's Keeper'" (2016). She is currently completing her book-project, Decolonizing Feminism through Methodological Interventions from the Dark Side.

Dr. Mendez will deliver a lecture, "An Other Humanity: An Afro-Latinx Ritual Re-valuation of Saartjie Baartman", centered on the expression of the body within spiritual practices among Latin Americans of African descent.

Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program.

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Stand-Up Comedy Performance: An Evening with Gina Yashere

November 30, 20177:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Gina Yashere was born and raised in London by Nigerian parents. She appeared on the hit television show Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final ten - and then never went home. 

Yashere was subsequently named one of the top ten rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter.
She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC), Crashing (HBO), @Midnight on Comedy Central, and her one-hour stand-up special, Skinny B*tch on Showtime.

Yashere currently works as the British correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She resides in New York and tours non-stop around the world.

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Writing and Social Justice Reading with Poet Nate Marshall

December 1, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-HopWild Hundreds has been honored with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association's New Writer Award. His last rap album, Grown, came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. He is a member of The Dark Noise Collective.

Marshall earned his BA at Vanderbilt University and an MFA at The University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Poetry Foundation, and The University of Michigan. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University. For more information:

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, the Center for Learning and Teaching, and the English and Africana Studies Departments. Contact Meredith McCarroll, Director of Writing and Rhetoric, for more information.

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Audubon 'Birds of America' Page-Turning with Special Guest Don Dearborn

December 1, 20171:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

A new Bowdoin tradition! Join Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's beautiful and majestic double-elephant folio Birds of America. This month our guest speaker is Bates professor and evolutionary biologist Don Dearborn.

The page-turning takes place in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room located on the third floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library on the first Friday of the month. Come engage with this incredible book and other related texts, and take home a keepsake bird-of-the-month button!

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Public Service in Times Like These: A Conversation with Sen. George J. Mitchell '54, H'83

December 4, 20177:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Join a discussion with George Mitchell, moderated by President Rose, during which Mitchell will draw upon his experience as a US Senator, investigator, and peacemaker to offer this thoughts on public service. 

Open to the public, free of charge, one seat per person. Registration to claim a seat is required and available at Please contact the Bowdoin Events Office at 725-3433 or with any questions.

If you cannot attend in person, this event will be streamed live at

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Beethoven: The Early, Middle, and Late Periods - A Piano Concert Performance by George Lopez

December 4, 20177:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Join Beckwith Artist in Residence George Lopez as he presents an overview of Beethoven's early, middle, and late periods, with sonatas from opuses 14, 26, 78 and 101.

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"Looking Anew: Modern Art and Estrangement" with Curator Joachim Homann

December 5, 201712:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Many modern artists purposefully make the familiar look strange, in order to challenge conventions and prompt viewers to assume an analytical and critical role not only towards works of art but to society at large. Curator Joachim Homann introduces modern and contemporary works from the collection that force viewers to look anew.

Free and open to the public.

Photo:  Luxembourg Gardens, 1928, oil on canvas, by John D. Graham, American, 1881-1961. Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his friends, Major and Mrs. J. Tarn McGrew, Paris, France.  Bowdoin College Museum of Art  

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"Learning from Loons: Conservation Medicine Linking Animal, Human, and Ecosystem Health" with Mark Pokras

December 5, 20174:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

The links between animal health, human health, and the environment are undeniable. In this discussion, Mark Pokras will focus on how a long-term study of one species, the common loon (Gavia immer), is contributing to our knowledge of these links. 

Iconic symbol of our northern lakes, we have learned a great deal about the basic biology of this long-lived species in the last few decades. In addition, a consortium of wildlife biologists, academic researchers, citizen scientists, veterinarians, and agency personnel has found that this species can also yield important insights on pollutants, emerging pathogens, climate change, and other threats. 

Pokras is senior consulting veterinarian at the Biodiversity Research Institute. He earned his DVM from Tufts University, then continued on as a resident in zoo and wildlife medicine. In 1988, he became a faculty member at Tufts, where he later served as Director of the Wildlife Clinic and was one of the founders of Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine. His professional interests include medicine and surgery in wildlife, aquatic birds, environmental health, and conservation biology. He has been researching mortality in loons since 1987 and is well-known for his work on lead poisoning in wildlife and public health.

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Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: Adapting "Rebecca"

December 5, 20177:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Bowdoin Book Lecture Series:"Adapting Rebecca: How Alfred Hitchcock and David Selznick Brought Daphne du Maurier's Novel to the Screen," by Tricia Welsch, professor of cinema studies. This talk will consider the process by which a fictional work moves from page to screen by looking at the changes and choices producer Selznick and director Hitchcock made during the production of Rebecca (1940). Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

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Community Lecture Series: "The Beginnings of the Bowdoin Collection and the Rise of American Art"

December 6, 201712:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Community Lecture Series: "The Beginnings of the Bowdoin Collection and the Rise of American Art," by Joachim Homann, curator, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends, 725-3306. Arrive at noon with your lunch, refreshments provided.

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