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Spring 2013

Latin American and Spanish film festival: Lope

January 28, 2013 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Join us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival. Celebrate the culture and the language and expand your understanding of world cinema!

Every evening from Monday January 28th through Friday, February 1st, 2013, view a new Spanish-language film presented by Bowdoin faculty members from Romance Languages, Music, Anthropology, Latin American Studies, History, and Film Studies.

Kicking off the film festival, Elena Cueto-Asin, Associate Professor and Chair of Romance Languages, presents an epic about the life of a Spanish playwright, novelist, and poet:

Though lesser known than his contemporary Miguel de Cervantes, Felix Arturo Lope de Vega y Carpio was a prolific Spanish playwright, novelist, and poet who dominated the theater scene during Spain's Baroque period.

This romantic epic has a stellar cast of renowned Spanish actors including Pedro Almodovar favorite Leonor Watling, Luis Tosar, Antonio de la Torre, Pilar Lopez de Ayala, and Sonia Braga. And Alberto Amman brings tremendous passion to the role of Lope, the incorrigible but endearing Casanova.

This multi-award winning film brings to life the amorous adventurer who was constantly derailed by his passion for women as he struggled to establish himself as a playwright.

(Andrucha Waddington, 106 minutes, Drama/Biopic, 2010, Spanish with English subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.

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Michael Birenbaum Quintero presents: Community-building and Ethnomusicological Practice in the Afro-Colombian Hinterlands

January 29, 2013 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge


Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Assistant Professor of Music is the featured speaker. His talk is titled Community-building and Ethnomusicological Practice in the Afro-Colombian Hinterlands.

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Latin American and Spanish film festival: Chico Y Rita

January 31, 2013 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Join us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, celebrate the culture and the language, and expand your understanding of world cinema!

For the fourth night of the film festival, Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Assistant Professor of Music, presents an animated love story and introduces us to the music, culture, and people of Cuba:

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and Barcelona designer and artist Javier Mariscal have teamed up to make CHICO AND RITA, an animated love story starring the music, culture, and people of Cuba.

When dashing piano player Chico meets beautiful Havana nightclub singer Rita, sparks fly and they fall madly in love. Their romance unfolds as they perform on the glamorous stages of 1940s-1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Paris. Accompanying them is an amazing soundtrack featuring the music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King Cole), performed by a range of contemporary musicians, including Idania Valds, Carlos Sarduy Horacio Hernndez, Rolando Luna, Germn Velazco, Jorge Reyes, and Chano Pozo.

CHICO AND RITA pays tribute to a vibrant and colorful time in the history of Cuba and jazz.

(Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal & Tono Errando, 94 minutes, Animation, 2010, Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.

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Latin American and Spanish film festival: Post Mortem

February 1, 2013 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Join us for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, celebrate the culture and the language, and expand your understanding of world cinema!

A surreal black comedy set in Chile, presented by Sarah Childress, Film Studies Research Associate, wraps up a week of riveting, thought-provoking, and entertaining Latin American and Spanish films.

Pablo Larrain first broke onto the international film scene when TONY MANERO premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and he has another hit with his most recent film NO, a winner at Cannes, an official Sundance selection, and Chile's entry at the Academy Awards.

The Chilean director's sophomore effort is the visceral POST MORTEM, which competed at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Mario Cornejo is going about his daily business of writing autopsy reports at the military hospital in Santiago when the Pinochet coup d' etat shakes him out of his political apathy. Neither a reconstruction of the Pinochet days nor an angry denunciation of the period, POST MORTEM is a surreal black comedy that shows how easy it is for ordinary people to participate in atrocities, either as victims, collaborators, or both.

(Pablo Larrain, 98 minutes, Drama, 2010, Spanish with English Subtitles)

Sponsored by a grant from the Spanish Film Club, the Blythe Bickel Edwards fund, Latin American Studies Program, Bowdoin Film Society, Department of Romance Languages, Latin American Student Organization, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Department of Music.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States' Universities.

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Why the Political Homophobia of the 1950s?

February 5, 2013 8:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Why the anti-gay repression of the 1950s? One leading answer points to the social impact of the Second World War and post-war demobilization. Far-reaching shifts in gender roles created opportunities for political elites to promote gender conformity. But if society was already deeply homophobic, why were there no gay rights groups before the repression of the 1950s? No such groups emerged in fact until the federal government promoted anti-gay stigma. This talk will describe how and why anti-gay repression broke out within the federal government, creating an era of "straight government" that has taken until the Obama presidency to completely dismantle.

The principal speaker will be Rick Valelly, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 1993. Professor Valelly is the author of American Politics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013), The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and Radicalism in the States: The American Political Economy and the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party (University of Chicago Press, 1989). In 2009 he published Princeton Readings in American Politics. Professor Valelly is currently researching the political development of LGBT rights in the U.S. with a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Commenting upon Professor Valelly's talk will be Steve Engel, an Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College. He is the author of two books, The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and American Politicians Confront the Court: Opposition Politics and Changing Responses to Judicial Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Professor Engel is currently working on a new book which examines sexuality from a developmental perspective and which aims to shed light on how US governing institutions define the parameters of sexual citizenship and how that process reflexively affects the development of the state.

Sponsored by the Department of Government & Legal Studies with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund. Co-sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Studies Program, and The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Free and open to the public.

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Stuart Kirsch: Corporate Science

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

A talk from his forthcoming book, Mining Capitalism: Dialectical Relations between Corporations and their Critics. In his talk, Dr. Kirsch will examine how corporations strategically produce and deploy science. Building on critiques of tobacco industry sponsored science and the research practices of the pharmaceutical industry, it draws on long-term ethnography of the mining industry to argue that the problems associated with corporate science are intrinsic to contemporary capitalism rather than restricted to particular firms or industries.

Stuart Kirsch is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

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A Seminar with Stuart Kirsch

February 8, 2013 2:00 PM  – 3:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 312 (Soc/Anth Room)

Students and faculty are invited to join a discussion with professor of Anthropology Dr. Stuart Kirsch.

Professor Kirsch has consulted widely on indigenous rights and environmental issues, including work on mining and property rights in the Solomon Islands, compensation for damages caused by nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, and conservation and development in the Lakekamu River Basin of Papua New Guinea. From 2000-2002, Kirsch was a participant in a collaborative research project on cultural property rights at the University of Cambridge. He was recently funded by ESRC-SSRC to provide a comparative perspective on a joint research project on mining conflicts in Latin America. He is the sponsor of a collaborative research project on mining and corporate social responsibility with several graduate and post-doctoral students. Kirsch also collaborates with Amerindian communities in Suriname on the impact of bauxite mining and a court case on indigenous land rights.

Professor Kirsch received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and taught at Mount Holyoke College before coming to the University of Michigan in 1995.

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Chasing Ice

March 2, 2013 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Chasing Ice-- a film screening
Saturday, March 2 7:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

This event is open to the public free of charge.

StunningTimely--A solitary quest with global implications. [A Critics' Pick] - Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

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Sustainable Harvests? Rural Development and Conservation in the Wests Forest Landscapes

March 4, 2013 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

With Maine's vast tracts of corporate and recently-divested forest lands, and with its many struggling timber-dependent communities, our state shares more in common with large Western states than with the rest of New England.

Kathryn DeMaster and Melanie Parker will draw parallels and contrasts between the cultural and economic landscapes of Maine's forested northern rim and the American West, both of which have been shaped by large absentee landowners. In light of Maine's on-going dialogue over development of Plum Creek lands in the Moosehead Lake region, these issues resonate locally.

Kathryn DeMaster's work centers on sustainable agriculture and rural development. She is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society and Food Security at UC Berkeley. Melanie Parker is a charismatic and outspoken national leader in conservation-oriented sustainable rural development. In 2007 in her home state of Montana, Parker helped broker the nation's largest land conservation deal to date, protecting over 310,000 acres under unique conservation easements. She is the Founder and Executive Director of
Northwest Connections.

Together, DeMaster and Parker are investigating opportunities for resilient multifunctional rural development in Montana's Swan Valley.

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Creating Sustainable Fisheries in the Emerging World: Working hard to save us from ourselves

March 5, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Jerry Knecht, '76, is founder and president of North Atlantic Seafood, in Portland, Maine. Mr. Knecht will give a presentation about a joint venture company Bali Seafood International, and a long-term collaborative initiative to design and implement a large scale sustainable fisheries project in Indonesia. The Lesser Sundra Sustainable Fisheries Initiative is being developed with the cooperation of several large Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) as well as the Fisheries Ministry of Indonesia. The goal is to take 6 fisheries from the Lesser Sundra area of Indonesia from stock assessment, through stock rebuilding as necessary, and on to certification.

The extreme remoteness and lack of modern infrastructure on Indonesia's islands, have, so far largely protected the Lesser Sundra's aquatic and terrestrial resources from major development. The area has been fished mostly by individual fishermen hand-lining in small boats. However, in the decade industrial vessels and collector boats have come to the area to buy whole round fish as a cheap source of protein and fishmeal. Small boat fishermen, eager for a course of hard currency, sell any fish they can catch to these boats. As the buyers are indiscriminate, all the fish that can be caught can be sold including juveniles, breeding stock, and fish caught using gillnets, fish traps, and other unsustainable fishing methods.

The Bali Seafood International collaborative initiative offers a more environmentally sustainable source of income to the region's fishermen and their respective communities than tourism development, or pirate fishing. Key to the success of the initiative is using economic levers to achieve sustainability goals. By providing a higher price for sustainably caught seafood, the project provides direct economic incentive to local fishermen for fish caught in a sustainable manner.

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"The Political Aesthetics of Drag": Talk by Shaka McGlotten

March 26, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Shaka McGlotten is an anthropologist and Associate Professor of Media, Society, and the Arts at Purchase College-SUNY. He teaches about digital culture and new media, and studies how media technologies intersect with ideologies of gender, sexuality, and race.

In his public lecture, The Political Aesthetics of Drag , Professor McGlotten will consider drag more broadly as a possible model for nourishing aesthetic forms that creatively respond to the constraints of modern nation-states. From underground dance clubs to galleries and political protests, he contends that these and other theatrical modes of cross-dressing simultaneously operate both at the margins of cultural production and at its centers. Ultimately, these performers, as well as the aesthetic value of their spectacularly staged gender crossings, form part of the larger whole of queer cultural histories as well as globally circulating ideas about queer difference. In the end, Professor McGlotten argues that these theatrical performances are an aesthetic product that invites its participants and audiences to reconsider notions of personal and collective autonomy.

Brought to you by Gay and Lesbian Studies, Africana Studies, and the departments of English and Sociology & Anthropology

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"The Central Park Five" Screening and Panel Discussion

March 28, 2013 6:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.

Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five will tell the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the documentary's producers and director - Sarah Burns and David McMahon; History Professor Craig Wilder of MIT, the documentary's consultant; and Raymond Santana, one of the accused.

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The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food

March 29, 2013 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Events with Janisse Ray:

Thursday, March 28th
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Lunch at the Outing Club
12:30 pm -2:00 pm Shuttle and tours of Milkweed Farm, Brunswick
7:00 pm: Dinner with Students and Faculty at Ladd House (limited seating)

Friday, March 29th
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lecture: The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food (Kresge Auditorium), book signing to follow in the Kresge Lobby. The lecture is open to the public free of charge

Janisse Ray is writer, naturalist and activist, and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and a collection of nature poetry. She is on the faculty of Chatham University's low-residency MFA program and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana.
In her most recent book The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, Ray writes about the renaissance of local food, farming, and place-based culinary traditions taking hold across the country and of something small, critically important, and profoundly at risk that is being overlooked in this local food resurgence: seeds. We are losing our seeds. Of the thousands of seed varieties available at the turn of the 20th century, 94 percent have been lost-forever.

Copies of the book are available at Hatch Science Library and H & L Library, along with free electronic versions on library Kindles.

Join a Book Discussion over lunch or dinner:
Monday, March 25 Dinner with Ian Kline, Mitchell South, Thorne, 5:30-7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26 Lunch with Sara Cawthon, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27 Dinner with Andrew Cushing, North Dining Room, Moulton Union, 5:30- 7:00 pm

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"True and Fake in China's Model Bohemia" Winnie Wong Lecture

April 3, 2013 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Dr. Winnie Wong, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, explores the unlikely connections among photojournalism, documentary photography, and conceptual art in depictions of Dafen village, the world's largest production center for hand-painted art products.

This lecture explores the visual rhetorics of manual labor and creativity in China's most famous cultural site and traces the value of "truth" in American journalists', artists', and photographers' representations of China.

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of Art History.

Open to the public and free of charge.

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Film Screening with Director Chris Eyre: Native American Film Series

April 9, 2013 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Please join us for a film screening of Edge of America and conversation with Chris Eyre, director of Smoke Signals.  Eyre, considered to be the preeminent Native American filmmaker of his time, has received numerous accolades for Edge of American including the Peabody Award, a Writer's Guild Award, and a Humanitus Prize. It premiered in the highly coveted opening night film at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.  

We are so excited to have the most famous name in Native filmmaking with us here at Bowdoin!  This is a huge honor for him to join us for the evening.
Eyre is enrolled Cheyenne and Arapaho, and raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  
Please contact Kelly Fayard (kfayard@bowdoin.edu) with any questions.

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"Things That Matter: How Inuit Artists Create Meaning" - Arctic Museum Exhibit Opening Lecture

April 10, 2013 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Norman Vorano, curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at theCanadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Quebec, will deliver a lectureentitled Things that Matter: How InuitArtists Create Meaning on April 10 at 7 pm in the Visual Arts Center,Kresge Auditorium on the Bowdoin College campus. The lecture marks the openingof The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s newest exhibit, Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert andJudith Toll Collection. Following the talk the museum will host a receptionat 8 pm in the foyer of Hubbard Hall.Guestswill also be able to tour the exhibit at that time.

Vorano, who holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual andCultural Studies from the University of Rochester, has worked with Inuit artand Inuit artists for over a decade. He has studied the history of Inuitprintmaking, the influence of Japanese printers and printmaking on Inuitprintmakers, and the many ways in which Inuit art is part of the modern world.At the Museum of Civilization he curated the exhibit Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration; Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic,and the online exhibit Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset .

“We are very excited to have Dr. Vorano here to deliver whatpromises to be a very interesting and lively talk,” reports curator GenevieveLeMoine, “His perspective on the place of art in Inuit society, and in thesouth, is refreshing and I’m sure he will have interesting stories about hiswork with the artists.” Verano’s talk will examine the ways that Inuit artistsuse their art to create meaning for themselves, for their communities, and fortheir southern audiences.

Following the talk guests will be welcomed to the newexhibit, which features over 30 caribou antler carvings from the CanadianArctic, as well as a selection of Inuit prints highlighting the importance ofcaribou in Inuit culture. 

For more information visit our web page at www.bowdoin.edu/arctic-museum   or call 207-725-3416.

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Lecture with George Ritzer

April 11, 2013 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Prosumption: Evolution, Revolution, or Eternal Return of the Same?

Prosumption, the interrelated process of production and consumption, is increasingly obvious on the internet where people "prosume", for example, Facebook pages, Wikipedia entries, and Amazon.com orders. But what is prosumption? Has it evolved out of recent behaviors? Is it new and revolutionary? Or, is it what we've always done? Beyond reconceptualizing what we do as prosumption, we need to reflect on the potentially revolutionary implications of the process for the internet and the social world in general.

George Ritzer is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. A largely self-taught sociologist, Ritzer is most widely known in the scholarly community for his distinctive contributions to the study of consumption, globalization, metatheory, and classical, modern and postmodern social theory. Ritzer is an academic celebrity, however, as a result of The McDonaldization of Society (5th edition 2008; first published in 1993), which is among the most popular monographs ever penned by a sociologist. A pessimist in the Weberian tradition, Ritzer has expanded and developed his highly critical analysis of contemporary social life in such monographs as Enchanting a Disenchanted World, as well as the aptly titled The Globalization of Nothing.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Economics, Government, and Sociology and Anthropology.

For more information, please contact the SocialNetwork Innovation Lab at snil@bowdoin.edu.

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Symposium: Collaborative Organizations and Social Media

April 12, 2013 8:45 AM  – 5:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Collaborative Organizations and Social Media is a one-day symposium which will consider the ways in which the developing scholarship on social media and social networking might be incorporated into thinking critically about how social computing may be affecting and even forming organizations. The symposium will present a variety of current research in this emerging field. The program features invited speakers Jennifer Earl (Arizona), Nicole Ellison (Michigan), Peter Gloor (MIT), and George Ritzer (UMD).

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Session 1: Framing Social Media and Organizations

1:00 PM - 3:15 PM Session 2: Understanding and Measuring Virtual Organizations

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Session 3: Case Studies of Collaborative Organizational Social Media

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Student Session: Social Media and the Organization of Race with students from Sociology 245 (Race and Social Media)

SPONSORED BY the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Economics, Government, and Sociology and Anthropology.

For more information and the complete schedule of events go to socialnetworks.bowdoin.edu/cosm2013/.

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Bowdoin and the Common Good: a Celebration of Community

May 9, 2013 3:30 PM  – 5:00 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Morrell Lounge

Thursday, May 9, 3:30-5:00 pm
Morrell Lounge, Smith Union

This celebration provides an opportunity for students involved in communities through service and research to share their projects and stories about what they have learned as a result of working in partnership with organizations throughout Maine and around the globe.

Join us for local foods including gelato from Gelato Fiasco and Maine-made root beer, and enjoy posters and displays that chronicle a year of the College's public engagement.

All are welcome!

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