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Upcoming Virtual Events and Programs

For the time being, all in-person gatherings have been canceled. Please visit the COVID-19 FAQ page for Alumni for more information about Bowdoin events and visitors to campus.

After the Insurrection: Conversations on Democracy

Join us in a series of virtual discussions open to the entire Bowdoin community on subjects that relate to the current state of and future prospects for American democracy. Each conversation will be moderated by a member of the Bowdoin community, with a few minutes of opening comments from our guest and then responses to questions from the moderator and audience. 

Suzanne Nossel (Speech, the Internet, and Democracy)
Monday, March 1 (7:00 p.m. ET)

Myrna Pérez (Democracy, Voting Rights, and Elections)
Thursday, March 11 (7:00 p.m. ET)

Kathleen Belew (The White Power Movement)
Wednesday, March 24 (7:00 p.m. ET)

US Senator Susan Collins (Democracy and Our Political System)
Tuesday, April 13 (7:00 p.m. ET)

Mellody Hobson (The Role of Business in Democracy)
Wednesday, April 21 (7:00 p.m. ET)

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There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art

As we close out Black History Month and kick off Herstory Month, join BCMA curatorial assistant and manager of student programs, Elizabeth Humphrey ’14, for a preview and talk of the upcoming exhibition There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art. The exhibition brings together more than fifty works of art to challenge histories of marginalization and make visible the presence of Black women in American art history. Q&A to follow. Humphrey will be joined in conversation with Ramiro Storni '23.

Friday, March 5th at 3:00 p.m. EST
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Sonya Renee Taylor and the Power of Radical Self Love

For this year's celebration of Herstory Month, the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center is pleased to welcome Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body Is Not An Apology, to campus via Zoom. She will give a talk on the Power of Radical Self-Love, as well as answer questions from the Bowdoin Community. This conversation will be moderated by Vanessa Apira '21 and Kyra Green, Assistant Dean of Admissions and interim director of the Center for Multicultural Life.

Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Sonya's work as a highly sought-after award-winning Performance Poet, activist, and transformational leader continues to have global reach. Sonya is a former National and International poetry slam champion, author of two books, including The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, educator and thought leader who has enlightened and inspired organizations, audiences and individuals from board rooms to prisons, universities to homeless shelters, elementary schools to some of the biggest stages in the world.

Friday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. EST
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Tres Sabores Wine Tasting

Join the Bowdoin community for an in-depth wine tasting and “virtual visit” to Tres Sabores in St. Helena, California led by winemaker and owner, Julie Johnson ’76. The experience will consist of a tasting of three different Tres Sabores wines (Sauvignon blanc, Zinfandel from her organically certified Rutherford Estate, and her fun and famous blend ¿Por Qué No?), information and photos, stories from Julie’s forty years in the wine business, a discussion on sustainability and regenerative farming, and plenty of time for Q&A!

Wine Tasting Pack: 2019 Sauvignon blanc; 2018 Zinfandel, Rutherford Estate; 2019 ¿Por Qué No? Red Blend plus three Repour Wine Savers. Price per tasting pack: $116 + tax + shipping. Julie will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to Bowdoin’s sustainability programs.

Those wishing to participate in the wine tasting and those who just want to simply listen and learn are encouraged to registered. Upon registration through the Office of Alumni Relations, those who wish to purchase a wine tasting pack will be directed to contact Tres Sabores directly for payment and shipping information. The deadline for purchasing a wine tasting pack is Friday, February 26th.

Saturday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST
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Kibbe Science Lecture Presents a Conversation on Climate Science, Policy and Justice with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native.  She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and is co-creator and co-host of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet. With Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, she co-edited the anthology All We Can Save, and co-founded The All We Can Save Project. Recently, she co-authored the Blue New Deal, a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy. Previously, she was executive director of the Waitt Institute, developed policy at the EPA and NOAA, served as a leader of the March for Science, and taught as an adjunct professor at New York University. Dr. Johnson earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Time, and she blogs on Scientific American. She was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate. Outside Magazine called her  “the most influential marine biologist of our time.” Her mission is to build community around solutions to our climate crisis. Find her @ayanaeliza.

Sponsored by the Kibbe Science Lecture Fund.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
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Be Careful What You Wish For

Princeton professor of history David A. Bell’s latest book, Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution, shows how modern forms of political charisma have been inextricably entwined with modern forms of constitutional democracy, with the potential to both reinforce and undermine them. He will discuss the book with Bowdoin College associate professor of history Meghan Roberts. They’ll explore how democracies may come to crave strong rulers at their own peril—wherein great, charismatic leaders become authoritarian demagogues with folk hero status. The book ranges widely in its geographical scope, covering the United States, France, Saint-Domingue/Haiti, and South America.

David A. Bell is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Era of North Atlantic Revolutions in the Department of History at Princeton University. He is a historian of early modern France with a particular interest in the political culture of the Old Regime and the French Revolution. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, among others. He is an award-winning author of several books including The First Total War and Shadows of Revolution.

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
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Revolutions in Astronomy from Aristotle to Vera Rubin

Join Bowdoin laboratory instructor in Physics and Astronomy, Paul Howell, to tour the cosmos from Aristotle’s time to the present day. We will explore the people who played a key role in the early discoveries and highlight the women that went unrecognized at the time. Q&A will be available after the talk and moderated by David Zhou ’21, physics major.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
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Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture presents Emily Bazelon - “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration”

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, where she writes on today’s most breaking legal matters—from voter fraud, national security and capital punishment, to abortion, prostitution, sexual assault, and transgender rights.

In her new book, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, Bazelon follows the story of two young people caught up in the criminal justice system, tracking every phase of the process. Throughout the book, Bazelon illustrates how criminal prosecutions can go wrong and, more importantly, why they don’t have to. How can we put a definite stop to the issue of mass incarceration in America? Bazelon’s talk will offer lively analysis of both the optimistic counter-efforts and the systemic battles at play. Sponsored by the Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Fund.

Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. EDT
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