Calendar of Events

Community Lecture Series: The Growth of Multi-Culturalism at Bowdoin

Community Lecture Series: The Growth of Multi-Culturalism at Bowdoin

September 4, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge


Roy Partridge, visiting assistant professor of sociology and anthropology and special assistant to the President for multicultural affairs, came to Bowdoin College in the early 1990s. He is an ordained Episcopal priest and holds degrees from Oberlin, University of Michigan, and Harvard.

Lectures take place 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union and include time for questions from the audience. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. The lectures are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207-725-3253.



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Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"

Jack Gieseking Book Launch: "People, Place, Space Reader"

September 10, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Join Jack Gieseking, Bowdoin’s New Media and Data Visualization Specialist, at the launching of her book “The People, Place, and Space Reader". Edited by Dr. Gieseking and William Mangold, the book brings together the writings of scholars from a variety of fields to make sense of the ways we shape and inhabit our world. An essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, design, sociology, and anyone with an interest in the environment, this volume presents the most dynamic and critical understanding of space and place available.

Professor Matt Klingle will serve as interlocutor, facilitating a discussion of the book.

With a B.A. from Mt Holyoke, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from CUNY, Dr. Gieseking joined the faculty at Bowdoin in Fall 2013.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

September 25, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Smithsonian Institution Arctic archaeologist William Fitzhugh and Maine-based photographer Wilfred Richard will speak Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium, on the Bowdoin College campus. Their illustrated lecture coincides with the release of their new book, Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. Following the lecture there will be a reception at the Arctic Museum, where they will sign copies of their book. Also visitors will have a chance to view an exhibit of some of Richard’s photographs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

William Fitzhugh has spent over three decades studying cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, and Scandinavia. His work as an archaeologist and anthropologist has focused on the cultural and environmental history of Labrador and southern Quebec, the evolution of maritime cultures, contact between native populations and Europeans, and the origins of reindeer herding. He is the head of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wilfred Richard is a geographer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide, and research fellow at the Ummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland. He has traveled extensively throughout New England, the Arctic, and Subarctic, photographing landscapes and seascapes, terrestrial and marine floral and fauna, and the everyday activities of local residents and visiting scientists. He has exhibited his photographs widely.

Using fascinating personal stories and stunning photographs, Fitzhugh and Richard will introduce the audience to people and places throughout the northern North Atlantic and explain both the importance and allure of this region. Their appearance is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

The Arctic Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sundays. Admission to the museum is free. The Museum is closed Mondays and on national holidays. For more information please call the Arctic Museum at 207-725-3416

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Laura McClure: "Women and Theater in Classical Athens"

Laura McClure: "Women and Theater in Classical Athens"

October 1, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Laura McClure is Jane Ellen Harrison Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin.  Professor McClure received her Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago in 1991. Her research interests include Athenian drama, the study of women in the ancient world, and classical reception. Her books focus on representations of women in Athenian drama: Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama (Princeton, 1999) and Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus (Routledge 2003). She has edited three volumes on the subject of women in antiquity, including Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Greek Literature and Society, with Andre Lardinois (Princeton, 2001), Prostitutes and Courtesans in the Ancient World, with C. A. Faraone (Wisconsin, 2006), and Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World (Blackwell, 2008). She has published numerous articles, most recently an analysis of the role of women in tragic recognition scenes. She is currently completing a textbook about women in ancient Greece and Rome (under contract with Blackwell). While on research leave in 2014-15, she plans to work on a new project on women and memory in Greek tragedy. She regularly teaches advanced Greek language courses, Women and Gender in the Classical World, Civilization of Ancient Greece, and Ancient Drama in translation.


Sponsored by the Mellon Humanities Initiative--Studies in the Mediterranean, the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund, and the Department of Classics.

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Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

Ryan Cordell Lecture "Viral Texts and the Technologies of Authorship"

October 6, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Ryan Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University (http://www.viraltexts.org) to demonstrate how computational methods such as text mining, mapping, and network analysis can illuminate nineteenth-century systems of circulation, reprinting, and remediation systemically and at scale. Dr. Cordell’s project focuses on the viral culture that enlivened nineteenth-century periodical production, distribution, and consumption. Though the term “viral culture” is new, many of the practices it describes—especially the sharing, remixing, and repurposing of cultural materials—emerged long before the twenty-first century.

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media.

This lecture is underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Pop-Up Museum: Wish You Were Here! Travel Souvenirs

Pop-Up Museum: Wish You Were Here! Travel Souvenirs

October 8, 2014 6:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Morrell Lounge

A Pop-Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up at a venue to display their objects and share information about them.  It lasts a few hours and then is gone!

Do you have a favorite kind of object you collect when traveling?  Bring it to Smith Union the evening of October 8th.  Bowdoin College students and staff from Bowdoin's two museums and library will help you exhibit your treasure and share a story about it.  Or just come and see what others have brought!

*Bring an item that you can easily display on
  a table.
*Please, no live animals or plants.
*No weapons or objects that look like
  weapons.
*Nothing that requires an external source of
  power.

Sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Bowdoin College Library.




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Corazones de Mujer (film)

Corazones de Mujer (film)

October 15, 2014 7:30 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Once upon a time there was a tailor who made the best Arab clothing in the entire city: his name was Shakira (Aziz Ahmeri) and he was to make the wedding gown for a young woman who was soon to be married: Zina (Ghizlane Waldi).

The problem was that Zina had already lost her virginity and this is forbidden in the Arab world.

In order to return to "kilometer zero," the two decide to drive an old Alfa Romeo sports car from Torino all the way to Morocco and... this is the beginning of a voyage that will save her life.

Corazones de Mujer is a true story about a transvestite tailor originally from Morocco and an Arab bride-to-be who lives in Torino and has to regain her lost virginity.


Sponsored by the Mellon Humanities Initiative--Studies in the Mediterranean.

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Byrd and I: A Northern Evening with Rev. Robert Bryan

Byrd and I: A Northern Evening with Rev. Robert Bryan

October 16, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Rev. Robert Bryan, best known for his "Bert & I" stories, will entertain with tales about his career in Labrador and Quebec and his friendship with polar explorer Richard Byrd.  Rev. Bryan's talk marks the publication of his autobiography by Down East Books, and the donation to the Arctic Museum of a parka made from sealskins given to him by Byrd.

A book signing of Bryan's new memoir, "The Flying Parson and the Real Story Behind Bert and I," will take place after the talk.


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Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

Brett Rogers: Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens

October 21, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Professor Brett Rogers, University of Puget Sound, WA, will be joining the many conversations and debates we are having about the "usefulness" of a liberal arts education with his public lecture, "Tyrannical Teachers and Student-Citizens: Classical Greek Perspectives on Freedom and the Liberal Arts."  Support for this event provided by the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund.

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Mothers, Inc.: The Racial Politics of Transnational Surrogacy

Mothers, Inc.: The Racial Politics of Transnational Surrogacy

October 28, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Mothers, Inc.: The Racial Politics of Transnational Surrogacy

Sujata Moorti is Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College. She has published extensively on media representations of gender, sexuality and diasporic formations. She is currently completing a manuscript on iFeminism where she teases out the ways in which social media are altering understandings of feminism around the world. In this manuscript she explores the transnational circuits of activism and knowledge production that social media technologies engender, altering our conceptions of gender and agency. She is completing two other monographs on gendered violence. She is the author of Color of Rape: Gender, Race and Democratic Public Spheres (SUNY Press, 2002) and has co-edited Global Bollywood: The Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and Local Violence, Global Media: Feminist Analyses of Gendered Representations (Peter Lang, 2009). She teaches courses on feminist cultural studies, diasporic media studies, and postcolonial theory.

Prof. Moorti will examine the visual culture that has emerged around the transnational surrogacy industry located in India. Moving beyond the ethical and moral dilemmas posed by the phenomenon this presentation centers on the rich and dense media culture that has emerged around this phenomenon: reproscape. An analysis of these images helps us understand how the different women involved in the surrogacy industry (e.g., surrogates, agents, egg donors, prospective parents and doctors) are each differently located in discourses of citizenship and equally implicated in transnational labor circuits. Informed by critical race theories and postcolonial feminist scholarship the presentation unpacks the racial politics of this industry.

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