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Sociology and Anthropology

Fall 2013


Symposium: Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Technoscience

Symposium: Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Technoscience

September 26, 2013 9:00 AM  – 3:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Thursday, September 26th

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Technoscience and Global Health

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Re-Imaginings: Medicalization and Technoscience in the 21st Century

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Global Pharmaceuticals

Medicalization is a key concept of modernity widely used in the social and medical sciences since the 1970s. This symposium brings together scholars to explore the global dynamics of defining problems in medical terms and treating them with medical interventions in the 21st century. Panelists consider the growth of the pharmaceutical industry and the success of the Human Genome Project, their role in the medicalization process, and the effects of these changes on global health and medical care.

For more information and the complete schedule of symposium events, go to bowdoin.edu/socanthro/symposia/big-pharma-big-medicine-and-technoscience-2013/

SPONSORED BY: the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Film: Village of No River

Film: Village of No River

September 26, 2013 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This film takes viewers on a year-long visit to the Yup'ik village of Kwigillingok, Alaska. Residents of the village narrate the film and give the viewer insight into their world and activities in each of the four seasons. The film's writer, anthropologist Barbara Lipton, will give a short talk/slide presentation about the making of the film. 

Hosted by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.

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Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Technoscience

Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Technoscience

September 27, 2013 9:30 AM  – 12:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Friday, September 27th

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Genetics/Genomics

Medicalization is a key concept of modernity widely used in the social and medical sciences since the 1970s. This symposium brings together scholars to explore the global dynamics of defining problems in medical terms and treating them with medical interventions in the 21st century. Panelists consider the growth of the pharmaceutical industry and the success of the Human Genome Project, their role in the medicalization process, and the effects of these changes on global health and medical care.

For more information and the complete schedule of symposium events, go to bowdoin.edu/socanthro/symposia/big-pharma-big-medicine-and-technoscience-2013/

SPONSORED BY: the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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Female Embodiment of the Visual World

Female Embodiment of the Visual World

September 28, 2013 8:30 AM  – 4:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Women's Art in Contemporary China

As contemporary Chinese art gains worldwide prominence, where are the women artists? Why are they so often absent from academic discourse and scholarly publication? How do women's art practices figure into critical theory, gender politics, and aesthetics? Why have Chinese women artists refused to have their work identified and defined in terms of feminism, even if they seemingly engage in feminist art practices? In response to these questions, this symposium initiates a platform for considering Chinese women's art. Leading scholars and critics from Asia and the United States will present and discuss issues that concern artists as well as viewers.

This international symposium is presented in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists , from September 27 to December 21, 2013.

For more information and the complete schedule of the events, please visit bowdoin.edu/asian-studies/symposia/female-embodiment-of-the-visual-world-2013/.

SPONSORED BY: the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Asian Studies Program, and the Art Department.

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Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities in an Interconnected World

Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities in an Interconnected World

October 3, 2013 4:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

This two-day symposium (Oct. 3-4) examines the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. 

Participants include leading scholars in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Africana Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies who conduct research in the United States, Canada and Latin America. For more information and the complete list of participants and schedule of events, click here.

ALL PANELS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Education and Sociology and Anthropology, and by the Latin American Studies Program.

Thursday, October 3

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. "Claiming Belonging: Dilemmas of Identity among Adolescents in the Americas"

Friday, October 4

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics"

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. "Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future"

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Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World

Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World

October 4, 2013 9:30 AM  – 4:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Friday, October 4th

9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Friday, "Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics"

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Friday, "Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future"

This two-day symposium examines the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. Participants include leading scholars in Africana studies, anthropology, education, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, Latin American and Latino studies, and sociology who conduct research in the United States, Canada and Latin America. For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to: bowdoin.edu/socanthro/symposia/adolescents-in-the-americas-2013/

SPONSORED BY the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Education and Sociology and Anthropology, and by the Latin American Studies Program.

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Anthropology Club Dinner

Anthropology Club Dinner

October 8, 2013 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

The First Ever Anthropology Club Dinner!
Come join us to discuss Anthropology outside of a classroom setting and meet new people!

Tuesday October 8th
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

All are welcome!

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"Breakthrough" Gallery Talk

Breakthrough Gallery Talk

October 9, 2013 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Exhibition organizers Sarah Montross (Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art) and Shu-chin Tsui (Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Film Studies) will discuss works in and aspects of the exhibition "Breakthrough. . . ", which features work by eight exemplary contemporary Chinese women artists, on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

The Salem Witch Trial Archives and Strategies in Digital Humanities

October 10, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Ben Ray, Professor of Religious Studies at University of Virginia, will give a talk for Bowdoin faculty regarding his Salem Witch Trials project - how it got started and why he turned to digital methods. Chats with interested faculty on project ideas for teaching & research will follow the talk.

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People of a Feather

People of a Feather

October 15, 2013 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

People of a Feather

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7 PM
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

This award winning film documents the world of the Inuit and Eider ducks on the Belcher Islands.  The contrasts between traditional and modern life are explored, as Inuit and Eiders face the challenges of changing sea ice and ocean currents, disrupted by the giant hydro dams powering North America.

Film producer and leading Canadian ecologist Joel Health will talk about the making of the film and his research on the effects of climate change on Arctic Sea ecology.

Free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by Lectures and Concerts, The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, and the Biology Department.

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Colin Woodard on Watchdog Journalism

Colin Woodard on Watchdog Journalism

October 16, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Watchdog Journalism: The Vital Role of a Threatened Discipline

Colin Woodard, an award-winning author and journalist, is State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he recently won a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is a longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The San Francisco Chronicle. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He is the author of American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking Press, 2011), The Republic of Pirates: Being The True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007), the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking Press, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine, and Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans. He lives in Midcoast Maine. www.colinwoodard.com

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Local Political Geography and Institutionalized Racial Inequality

Local Political Geography and Institutionalized Racial Inequality

October 23, 2013 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Dr. Allan Parnell will discuss the work he and his non-profit (Cedar Grove Institute) has done in challenging social inequities using GIS and census data. 

Dr. Parnell is a demographer who runs a non-profit demographer who runs a non-profit firm in North Carolina (Cedar Grove Institute); website: http://www.cedargroveinst.org/.  He and his group do research and analyses to provide support for legal cases involving civil rights, predatory lending, segregation in schools, institutionalized discrimination and community economic development.
 
Sponsored by the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, the Environmental Studies Program, the McKeen Center, and Lectures and Concerts.

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Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies with Crystal Hall

Galileo, Poetry, and Digital Studies with Crystal Hall

October 24, 2013 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow with the new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, explores the challenges and opportunities of digital humanities research through the case study of Galileo Galilei and the ways that the best-selling poetry of his age shaped the expression of his philosophical ideas.

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Shored Up

Shored Up

October 24, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Our beaches and coastline are a national treasure, a shared resource, a beacon of sanity in a world of constant change…and they’re disappearing in front of us. Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about coastal communities in the US and their relationships with the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists, and residents are racing to answer these questions. Beach engineering has been our only approach so far, but is there something else out there to be explored? Highly developed US coastlines puts us in a tough predicament, and it’s time to start looking for solutions.

Following the movie, there will be a question-and-answer session with the producer of the film.

Visit shoredupmovie.com to view the trailer or for more information. This event is possible due to support from the Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Government and Legal Studies, and the Anthropology and Sociology departments, as well as the Sustainability Office, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, and the Bowdoin Green Alliance.

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"Roughhouse Friday" with Jaed Coffin

Roughhouse Friday with Jaed Coffin

October 28, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Jaed Muncharoen Coffin will read from Roughhouse Friday , his forthcoming book about the year he fought as the middleweight champion of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. He is also the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo/Perseus 2008), a memoir chronicling his experience as a Buddhist monk in his mother's native village in Thailand.

Coffin is a contributing editor at Maine Magazine, and his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Nautilus, Jezebel, The Shambhala Sun, The Sun, Post Road, and Down East.  He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine Farmington and the Salt Institute, as well as at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Champlain College Young Writers Conference, the Telling Room, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, among others.

He served as the 2009 William Sloane Fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the 2009-10 Wilson Fellow in Creative Writing at Deerfield Academy, and the 2008 Resident Fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska.

Coffin is currently on the nonfiction faculty at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA and is a Bowdoin College adjunct lecturer in English for the Fall 2013 semester.

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"The Rest of Us: Stories" with Guy Mark Foster

The Rest of Us: Stories with Guy Mark Foster

October 30, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

"The Rest of Us: Stories" Book Release Celebration with Professor Guy Mark Foster

Bowdoin College Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster will read from and discuss his newly released collection of short stories, The Rest of Us: Stories (2013).

The Rest of Us has been described as "a remarkable collection of short stories that embrace the breadth and depth of being a gay African-American ... The boys and men in Guy Mark Foster's tales refuse to be bound by the heavy chains of oppressive religion in the family household or racism encountered on campus."

Of Foster's short story collection, Nisi Shawl, co-author of Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction says, ''Love makes us all vulnerable. Guy Mark Foster's exquisitely crafted new collection The Rest of Us cradles that vulnerability in crystal-clear yet cryptic language...The Rest of Us rings true notes, dances surely through complicated steps, and offers intimate, detailed vignettes of heroes who surprise readers and themselves with their despair, determination, and hope.''

Copies of The Rest of Us are available for sale at the Bowdoin Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.

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Summoning Ghosts by Hung Liu, Acclaimed Chinese-American Artist

Summoning Ghosts by Hung Liu, Acclaimed Chinese-American Artist

November 7, 2013 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Hung Liu, acclaimed Chinese-American artist, is best known for her iconic, drip-style paintings that feature archival photographs of Chinese people -often women, children, and refugees - merged with symbols from traditional Chinese art. Recently hailed as the "greatest Chinese painter in the U.S." (Wall Street Journal), Hung Liu will speak on her creative practice and personal history. Her work is included in the exhibition "Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Changing Tides: Perspectives on Sea Level Rise

Changing Tides: Perspectives on Sea Level Rise

November 14, 2013 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

An interdisciplinary panel to consider both the local and global impacts of sea level rise. Government Professor Allen Springer, marine geologist Peter Slovinsky of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in the Maine Geological Survey, and EOS major Cam Adams, '14, will present, highlighting the ways that different governments deal with the issues presented by sea level rise, and what steps are being taken in the Northeast and in Midcoast Maine to combat this problem.

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Golz Lecture: Jeremy Suri on Forty Years Since Watergate

Golz Lecture: Jeremy Suri on Forty Years Since Watergate

November 14, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Jeremi Suri presents “Forty Years Since Watergate:  How the Politics of the Early 1970s Continue to Shape Our Society” November 14

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. 
Professor Suri is the author of several books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. In September 2011 he published a new book on the past and future of nation-building: Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. 
Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media, including The Huffington Post, The New York times, and the Boston Globe. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs.

He writes on his website: "My hope is that my work will reach a broad and diverse audience of citizens. Scholarship cannot substitute for real-lived experience, but I believe it can enhance our contemporary understanding of the choices we confront in the allocation of our resources, the structuring of our communities, and the judgment of merit. 
In this framework, international, transnational, and global history should contribute to better thinking about current international, transnational, and global problems. I am a proponent of historical and political studies that are broad, compelling, creative, and, ultimately, useful. We should research with Monkish rigor, as we write (and lecture) with novelistic flair."

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(Data)Visualizing the Lesbian-Queer History of New York City

(Data)Visualizing the Lesbian-Queer History of New York City

November 20, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Jen Jack Gieseking (Digital & Computational Studies Initiative)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people have long been denied the ability to define and create their own histories. While much work on LGBTQ people draws upon qualitative work to tell the stories of this oppressed group, the turn in big data and data visualization affords ways of bringing together these people's experiences in new and exciting ways. 

Drawing upon the largest archive of LGBTQ organizing in the US, Prof. Gieseking will show how data visualizations provide more complex renderings of women's histories than previously imagined.

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Wabanaki History, Trauma, Child Welfare and Healing

Wabanaki History, Trauma, Child Welfare and Healing

December 4, 2013 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Come and listen to a presentation and participate in a Q & A panel discussion with Esther Attean of Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Commissioners Gail Werrbach and gkisedtanamoogk. This truth and reconciliation commission was created in 2012 through a mandate signed by the five Wabanaki Chiefs and Maine Governor LePage to examine what has happened, what is happening, and what needs to happen regarding Maine child welfare practice with Wabanaki people. The process represents the first of its kind effort within U.S. territory that has been collaboratively developed between Indian nations and a state government. Maliseet poet Mihku Paul will open the evening by sharing one of her poems.

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Film: The Wedding of Palo

Film: The Wedding of Palo

December 5, 2013 7:00 PM  – 8:45 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The Wedding of Palo, filmed in 1932 by the famous Greenland anthropologist and explorer, Knud Rasmussen, is a semi-documentary of Inuit life in East Greenland.

Palo is an appealing story of two men who desire the same woman as a wife.  The film allows the viewer fascinating glimpses of Inuit life, ranging from hunting expeditions to the wedding ceremony.  The film footage of East Greenland is spectacular!

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