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213th Convocation

213th Convocation

September 3, 2014 3:30 PM  – 4:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

This year's opening Convocation, our 213th, will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 3:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater. The Convocation address will be delivered by Professor Samuel Putnam. The title of his talk is "The Nature of the Nurture of Nature."

Faculty and Staff interested in marching in the procession, please meet at 3:15 p.m. in front of Searles Science Building. Please arrive wearing your academic regalia; there will be no procession if it is raining.

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Comedian Aamer Rahman

Comedian Aamer Rahman

September 18, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

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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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Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series: "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain"

Bowdoin Friends Book Lecture Series: "Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain"

October 9, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program. All members of the community are invited to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture about it. There will be opportunity for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.

Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department Aaron Kitch will present:

"Looking for Richard: The Many Faces of Shakespeare's Stage Villain"
Shakespeare's play, Tragedy of Richard III

How did Richard III, whose notorious defeat by the Earl of Richmond at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 initiated the Tudor dynasty, become a dramatic symbol of evil in Shakespeare's day and our own? Why, moreover, have so many readers and viewers found Shakespeare's stage villain strangely likeable over the centuries? To address these fundamental questions, Professor Kitch will situate Shakespeare's Tragedy of Richard III in the context of Elizabethan ideologies of power and in relation to contemporary politics of representation as found in cinematic productions starring Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen, and Al Pacino. Reading Richard as an enduring icon of evil also allows us to find some of Shakespeare's central methods for creating plot and character through complex irony.

Aaron Kitch teaches courses on early modern drama and culture, including "Shakespeare's Afterlives" and "Shakespeare in Theory." He is the author of Political Economy and the States of Literature in Early Modern England, as well as multiple essays on Renaissance literature and culture.




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Charlotte Griffin presents: "Kaboom: The Making of a Contemporary Ballet"

Charlotte Griffin presents: "Kaboom: The Making of a Contemporary Ballet"

October 21, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Charlotte Griffin
, Assistant Professor of Dance is the featured speaker.  The title of her talk is: "Kaboom: The Making of a Contemporary Ballet."

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

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Almost Maine by John Cariani

Almost Maine by John Cariani

October 23, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

ALMOST, MAINE, John Cariani's first play, is a hilarious and heartbreaking fable that chronicles the amorous misadventures of the residents of residents of the remote, northern almost-town of Almost, Maine. Developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, ALMOST, MAINE premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.

In 2006, the play enjoyed a successful off-Broadway run and is now featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with over 2,500 productions to date.

Tickets: Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Oct 10, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.

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Almost Maine by John Cariani

Almost Maine by John Cariani

October 24, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

ALMOST, MAINE, John Cariani's first play, is a hilarious and heartbreaking fable that chronicles the amorous misadventures of the residents of residents of the remote, northern almost-town of Almost, Maine. Developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, ALMOST, MAINE premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.

In 2006, the play enjoyed a successful off-Broadway run and is now featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with over 2,500 productions to date.

Tickets: Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Oct 10, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.

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Almost Maine by John Cariani

Almost Maine by John Cariani

October 25, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

ALMOST, MAINE, John Cariani's first play, is a hilarious and heartbreaking fable that chronicles the amorous misadventures of the residents of residents of the remote, northern almost-town of Almost, Maine. Developed at the Cape Cod Theatre Project, ALMOST, MAINE premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004, where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim.

In 2006, the play enjoyed a successful off-Broadway run and is now featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. It has since become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with over 2,500 productions to date.

Tickets: Smith Union Information Desk (207-725-3375) beginning Oct 10, and immediately before the show at the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are $3 for the general public, and $1 with a Bowdoin ID.

Funded by the Student Activities Fund and donors to the Masque and Gown Fund

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An Artist Talk by Sharon Hayes: "The Women's Movement Is a Lesbian Plot!" and Other Anachronisms

An Artist Talk by Sharon Hayes: "The Women's Movement Is a Lesbian Plot!" and Other Anachronisms

October 30, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sharon Hayes is an artist who engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in an ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Her work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that examine and interrogate the present political moment as one that reaches simultaneously backward and forward; a present moment that is never wholly its own but rather one that is full of multiple past moments and the speculations of multiple futures. From this ground, Hayes often addresses political events or movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her focus on the particular sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her own foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism.  

Sharon Hayes graduated from Bowdoin College in 1992 and is an Associate Professor at The Cooper Union in New York City. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York), Tanya Leighton Gallery (Berlin), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid). Her work been shown at the Gwangju Biennale (2014), Venice Biennale (2013), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and numerous museums and venues in Europe and the Americas. Hayes is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007) among other awards.

Made possible with support from the Edit Lansing Koon Sills Lecture Fund of the Society of Bowdoin Women and the Departments of Theater and Dance, Visual Arts, Cinema Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies Programs, and generous support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts.

Open to the public and free of charge. A reception will follow the Thursday evening presentation.

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Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Celebration

Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Celebration

October 31, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Sarah and James Bowdoin Day is a celebration of student scholarly achievement. Families, students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the ceremony featuring a keynote address; a student address; books awarded; and musical performances by the Bowdoin College Department of Music. Seating is limited.

Marching faculty and staff will assemble in academic regalia promptly at 3:45 p.m. in front of Searles Science Building.

To view the Family Weekend program in its entirety, please visit: Family Weekend. For more information, contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs at 207-725-3433 or events@bowdoin.edu.

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The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

November 6, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

The Imaginary Invalid - By Molière / Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young / Original music by Paul James Prendergast / Lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergast and Tracy Young / Originally produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Bowdoin professor Abigail Killen of the Department of Theater and Dance.

Argan is a wealthy hypochondriac with a houseful of problems: piles of medical bills, a daughter in love with the wrong man, and a sassy servant all too ready to remind him of his shortcomings. At least his wife is loyal – or is she? This zany Molière mash-up set in 1960s Paris proves once again that laughter is the best medicine.

Free tickets, limited seating. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Oct 17 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Tickets expire 15 minutes before performance begins. Patrons must be seated by 6:45 pm.

With generous support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts 

Presented by the Department of Theater and Dance

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The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

November 7, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

The Imaginary Invalid - By Molière / Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young / Original music by Paul James Prendergast / Lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergast and Tracy Young / Originally produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Bowdoin professor Abigail Killen of the Department of Theater and Dance.

Argan is a wealthy hypochondriac with a houseful of problems: piles of medical bills, a daughter in love with the wrong man, and a sassy servant all too ready to remind him of his shortcomings. At least his wife is loyal – or is she? This zany Molière mash-up set in 1960s Paris proves once again that laughter is the best medicine.

Free tickets, limited seating. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Oct 17 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Tickets expire 15 minutes before performance begins. Patrons must be seated by 6:45 pm.

With generous support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts 

Presented by the Department of Theater and Dance

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The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere

November 8, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Wish Theater

The Imaginary Invalid - By Molière / Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young / Original music by Paul James Prendergast / Lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergast and Tracy Young / Originally produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Bowdoin professor Abigail Killen of the Department of Theater and Dance.

Argan is a wealthy hypochondriac with a houseful of problems: piles of medical bills, a daughter in love with the wrong man, and a sassy servant all too ready to remind him of his shortcomings. At least his wife is loyal – or is she? This zany Molière mash-up set in 1960s Paris proves once again that laughter is the best medicine.

Free tickets, limited seating. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Oct 17 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Tickets expire 15 minutes before performance begins. Patrons must be seated by 6:45 pm.

With generous support from the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts 

Presented by the Department of Theater and Dance

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Abigail Killeen presents: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought"

Abigail Killeen presents: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought"

November 18, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Abigail Killeen
, Assistant Professor of Theater is the featured speaker.  The title of her talk is: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought."

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

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December Dance Concert

December Dance Concert

December 4, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Bowdoin's December Dance Concert features dancers of all levels in repertory composed by faculty and guest artists. The lights, costumes, and music set the tone for a diverse and riveting program that emphasizes the art of modern concert dance in its many varied forms. How do you define dance? Come and discover the possibilities.


FREE TICKETS available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Nov 12 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm.

With generous support from: The Alice Cooper Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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December Dance Concert

December Dance Concert

December 5, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Bowdoin's December Dance Concert features dancers of all levels in repertory composed by faculty and guest artists. The lights, costumes, and music set the tone for a diverse and riveting program that emphasizes the art of modern concert dance in its many varied forms. How do you define dance? Come and discover the possibilities.


FREE TICKETS available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Nov 12 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm.

With generous support from: The Alice Cooper Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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December Dance Concert

December Dance Concert

December 6, 2014 8:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Bowdoin's December Dance Concert features dancers of all levels in repertory composed by faculty and guest artists. The lights, costumes, and music set the tone for a diverse and riveting program that emphasizes the art of modern concert dance in its many varied forms. How do you define dance? Come and discover the possibilities.


FREE TICKETS available at the Smith Union information desk beginning Nov 12 (207-725-3375).  Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm.

With generous support from: The Alice Cooper Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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