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Commencement Weekend: A Conversation with Honorary Degree Recipient Author Anthony Doerr '95

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May 26, 2017 1:00 PM  – 1:45 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The author of two short-story collections, a memoir, and two novels, Tony Doerr's second novel, All the Light We Cannot See, was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Open to the Public. No tickets required. For those unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at

To view the full schedule of Commencement weekend events, please visit or contact or call 207-725-3433.

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Bowdoin College 212th Commencement Ceremony

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May 27, 2017 10:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

The 212th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, on the terrace of the Walker Art Building, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Line up for the processional is at the following times and locations: Seniors meet at Baxter House at 8:20 a.m.; alumni meet in front of the VAC at 9:05 a.m.; all marching faculty and staff meet at 9:05 a.m. in front of Hubbard Hall.

For family and friends unable to attend, the Commencement ceremony will be streamed live. Please visit Bowdoin College Live Events on the day of the event.

For more information about Commencement Weekend, please visit or contact the Events Office at or 207-725-3433.

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Audubon's Birds of America Page-Turning

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June 2, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Join Special Collections & Archives & staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's beautiful Birds of America. This month come learn about Roscoe H. Hupper, Class of 1907, the Bowdoin alumnus who donated the monumental work to Bowdoin.

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. Come visit and take home a keepsake button.

Free and open to the public.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Library.

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Second Friday Brunswick!

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June 9, 2017 4:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art participates in "Second Friday Brunswick" from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Enjoy the exhibitions and free gelato from the Gelato Fiasco!  Free and open to the public.

Second Friday Brunswick is organized by the Brunswick Downtown Association and  is intended to give residents and visitors a unique opportunity to engage with the arts. Second Friday Brunswick offers a fun evening of artistic exploration featuring visual art, live music, dance and theatrical performances, and extended shopping hours all within walking distance of Maine Street.

See the Downtown Brunswick Association website for the full schedule of events in town!

Photo: Installation view of the exhibition, Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College.

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Tea with Harriet

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June 15, 2017 1:00 PM  – 2:30 PM
Harriet's Writing Room

Join Harriet's Writing Room staff for an afternoon tea and conversation about the life and legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe. This month we celebrate Harriet'™s 206th birthday!

Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 15, 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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Opening Reception: "The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe"

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June 24, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Museum of Art, Steps

Opening reception for the exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe. This major exhibition explores the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe.  Exquisite artworks - from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry - evoke life's preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now.

Refreshments will be served and family activities will be led by Bowdoin College students.

Office of the Dead, Book of Hours, beginning of the 16th century, parchment by an unknown artist, France. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

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