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Francesco Verso on Writing and Publishing Science Fiction [Kate Flaherty]

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Francesco Verso on Writing and Publishing Science Fiction

Monday, April 28, 2014
4:00 P.M.
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Francesco Verso, born in Italy in 1973, has won numerous awards for his science fiction novels and short stories, many of which are now available in English. The conversation will be in English.


Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English.
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Political and National Developments in Central Asia [Kate Flaherty]

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Political and National Developments in Central Asia

Monday, April 28, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Thomas F. Shannon Room, 208 Hubbard Hall

In 1991, the five Soviet Central Asian republics became independent states by accident, as it were. Since then, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have taken very different paths of political and social development. All of their actions have occurred in a very difficult neighborhood, surrounded by China, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan. The lecture will focus on the various social and political strategies that have been pursued by these countries in the context of their local and international situation, and examine where they are likely to go from here.

Andrew Wachtel is the president of American University of Central Asia and and a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University.

Sponsored by the Departments of Russian, Government and Legal Studies and the Asian Studies Program.
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College Keys - Move to OneCard Office [Sharon King]

4 min 54 sec ago
Effective Thursday May 1, 2014 the responsibility for issuing, receiving and tracking campus keys will transition from Facilities Management to the OneCard Office.

If you require a campus key, please submit a request to keyrequest@bowdoin.edu. You will receive notification when the key is ready and can pick the key up at the OneCard office located on the first floor of Coles Tower.

Students vacating College housing at the end of this semester should return their key to the OneCard office in Coles Tower.

If you have questions please contact Tony Sprague at onecard@bowdoin.edu.

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Matthew W. Wilson Lecture, Monday April 28, 7:00 p.m.: Quantified Self-City-Nation: Digital Systems for Attentional Control [Martha Janeway]

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Monday, April 28th
7:00 p.m.
Lancaster Lounge, VAC

- Open to the public -

Matthew Wilson's presentation draws parallels between the rising consumer-electronic sector associated with personal activity monitors and the rapid visioning of smart urbanism. He interrogates developments in interoperability and propriety, competition and habit, fashion and surveillance. He addresses the social-cultural and political implications for this refiguring of spatial thought and action as well as the capacities reinforced and developed through the implementation of these technologies and techniques.

Matthew Wilson is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University and Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he co-directs the New Mapping Collaboratory. Matt holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Washington. His website is http://matthew-w-wilson.com.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.
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World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day [Lindsay Moore]

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World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day, 2014
When: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.
Where: Bowdoin College Campus, Walker Art Museum Quad (rain-site: Sargent Gymnasium)
How Much: Free

On the last Saturday of April, T’ai Chi and Qigong enthusiasts world-wide will again gather in their communities to celebrate these ancient arts and to raise awareness of their potential for improving health and quality of life. Starting on the other side of the planet in the New Zealand time-zone at 10:00 a.m., and moving like a wave across each time-zone to the west, people around the globe are joined in meditative movement. In Maine there will be a gathering at Bowdoin College, open to anyone interested; all are welcome to come observe or participate. There will be simple T’ai Chi and Qigong exercises everyone can do followed by informal demonstrations.
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TUESDAY, April 29: Two Presidents Are Better Than One [Lynne Atkinson]

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
4:15 pm
Shannon Room, 208 Hubbard Hall


How can we fix our broken political system? The notion of a plural executive was rejected in 1787, but perhaps two presidents, representing the two major political parties, would be better than one.

David Orentlicher of Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will present this provocative argument which forms the basis of his new book, Two Presidents are Better than One: The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch (NYU Press, 2013).

Join us for a look at a constitutional reform that some believe could help to solve the problems of executive power and decision-making, political polarization, and public disengagement.

Sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies.
Open to the public, free of charge.
Light refreshments will be served.
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MUSIC: Middle Eastern Ensemble, Monday, April 28 @ 7:30 PM [Linda Russell]

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Middle Eastern Ensemble
Monday, April 28 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble, directed by Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby, will present classical and contemporary music from the Arabic and Ottoman Turkish traditions. The ensemble performs on traditional Middle Eastern musical instruments like the oud (Middle Eastern lute) and qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern zither) as well vocals and Western instruments along with Middle Eastern percussion.
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Summer Housing in Portland Sought by Graduating Senior [Martha Janeway]

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Dana Hopkins '14, a graduating visual arts and art history major, is looking for summer housing in Portland for the months of June, July, and August. If you or your friends are looking for a responsible house-sitter/sub-letter/month-to-month renter/pet-petter and feeder for the entire summer, or a portion of the summer, she would be thrilled if you kept her in mind as an option. (dhopkins@bowdoin.edu)
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MUSIC: Afro-Latin Music Ensemble, Wednesday, April 30 @ 7:30 PM [Linda Russell]

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Afro-Latin Music Ensemble
Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall

The forced translocation of African peoples to the New World created sacred and secular cultural landscapes. The 1800 miles of West African coast from which kidnapped citizens were extracted guaranteed a plethora of varied tribal linguistic, musical, and folkloric idioms, both preserved as well as re-interpreted.

Resettlement patterns of Africans in the Western Hemisphere turn our attention to Cuba where the roots of the Yoruba, Congo, and Dahomey ancestral gifts run deep. The songs and rhythms presented represent the continued study by the 2013-2014 Afro-Latin Music Ensemble into this rich culture that is seen now making its way through the front door of mainstream Americana. The Ensemble is under the direction of Michael Wingfield.
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MONDAY at 7:00 p.m. 'Comrade' China and Queer Cinema, Smith Auditorium [Suzanne Astolfi]

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Film Screening and Discussion
with China's Outspoken Queer Activist
Cui Zien

Monday, April 28th
7:00 p.m.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

The independent documentary "Queer China and 'Comrade' China" presents a comprehensive historical account of queer culture in China for the last 30 years.

Open to the public, free of charge.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Film Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies.
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Tuesday: Daniel Dennett, "What Does Neuroscience Teach Us About Free Will?" [Jean Harrison]

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Well known philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett will speak on Tuesday, April 29 at 4:00 pm in Druckenmiller 16. Recently, a number of distinguished neuroscientists have declared that science shows that free will is an illusion. Dennett will argue that what they mean is something quite trivial, having almost nothing to do with whether or not we can be morally responsible agents.

Dennett is the author of more than a dozen books, including Consciousness Explained, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Breaking the Spell, and Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking. He is Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, University Professor, and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.
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Commencement Volunteer Opportunities [Events Office]

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The Events and Summer Programs Office is in need of over 65 volunteers to convey a welcoming spirit to graduating seniors and their families during Commencement week (Thursday, May 22 - Saturday, May 24). There are a variety of ways to get involved during this wonderful weekend; below is a list of volunteer opportunities.

Members of the administrative and support staff interested in volunteering should email Emily Hricko in the Events Office (ehricko@bowdoin.edu) to sign up; please indicate which shifts interest you. Thank you for considering this invitation. We hope many of you will choose to volunteer!


Friday, May 23

Golf Cart Drivers: Shuttle guests from Main Quad to Baccalaureate/ Lobster Bake and to Parking
3:30pm-7:45pm
***This can be broken up into two shifts if necessary!


Saturday, May 24

Commencement Ushers: Assist with seating, hand-out programs, etc.
8:30am-Noon

Golf Cart Drivers: Shuttle guests from Commencement to Luncheon
8:30am-10:00am AND/OR
Noon-3:30pm
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Addictions Often Begin At Bowdoin - A Talk by Bill Williams '69 - Main Lounge April 24, 7 PM [Robert Ives]

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Thursday, April 24 Main Lounge, 7 Pm Bill Williams will deliver a talk about Addictions Often Begin at Bowdoin. Bill William is a director, teacher, private acting coach, leader of workshops on creativity and a freelance writer. Bill graduated from Bowdoin as a psychology major.
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Ying Quartet - April 29th [Tony Sprague]

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45
The Ying Quartet will return to campus for a performance on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:30 pm in Studzinski Recital Hall. Tickets originally issued for the February performance date will be honored for this concert. Please contact the Events Office at x3433 or events@bowdoin.edu for details on the program or questions about tickets.
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Want to get rid of the winter road salt from your car? [Melissa Kapocius]

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45
Let the BHS baseball team wash away the road salt from your car!

There will be a car wash on Saturday to benefit Brunswick High School Varsity and JV Baseball. We will gratefully accept donations to go toward uniforms, bats, nets and other equipment needed to fund three teams. There will be TWO convenient locations:

When: Saturday, April 26th
First Location: 7-Eleven, Maine St., Brunswick 9:00am - 12:00pm
Second Location: Autometrics, 121 Bath Rd., Brunswick (next to Don Foshay Discount Tire*) 9:00am - 1:00pm

* Don Foshay Discount Tire will generously match donations received at the Autometrics location up to $500!


Thank you!
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'Comrade' China and Queer Cinema, Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m., Smith Auditorium [Suzanne Astolfi]

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45
"Queer China and 'Comrade' China"

Film Screening and Discussion with China's Outspoken Queer Activist Cui Zien

Monday, April 28
7:00 p.m.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

The independent documentary "Queer China and 'Comrade' China" presents a comprehensive historical account of queer culture in China for the last 30 years. The documentary uses exclusive interviews and original film footage to examine how shifting attitudes in law, media, and education have transformed queer culture from an unspeakable taboo to an accepted social identity. Viewers will gain a comprehensive picture of queer culture in China through the film's extensive archival images and visual documentation.

Open to the public and free of charge.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, Film Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies.
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Tonight(Thurs.) @7pm- Must Mediterranean Men Be Masculine? Michael Herzfeld [Tammis Donovan]

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45
The Mediterranean Studies Mellon Humanities Initiative presents:

Michael Herzfeld
Harvard University

Must Mediterranean Men Be Masculine?
Reflections on a Stereotype

Thursday, April 24th
7:00 PM
Room 315, Searles Science Building

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1991. The author of ten books -- including A Place in History (1991), Cultural Intimacy (1997), The Body Impolitic (2004), and Evicted from Eternity (2009) -- and numerous articles and reviews, he has also produced two ethnographic films (Monti Moments[2007] and Roman Restaurant Rhythms [2011]). His honors include the J.I. Staley Prize and the Rivers Memorial Medal (both in 1994) and honorary doctorates from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2005), the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (2011), and the University of Crete (2013). He has served as editor of American Ethnologist (1995-98) and is currently editor-at-large (responsible for "Polyglot Perspectives") at Anthropological Quarterly. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including International Journal of Heritage Studies, Anthropology Today, and South East Asia Research. His research in Greece, Italy, and Thailand has addressed the social and political impact of historic conservation and gentrification, the dynamics of nationalism and bureaucracy, and the ethnography of knowledge among artisans and intellectuals. He is currently working on a book and a film about the politics of heritage and spatiality in Bangkok.

Sponsored by the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.
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Revised Buck Fitness Center Hours [Lynn Ruddy]

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45
Revised Buck Fitness Center Hours this weekend

Thursday, April 24 6:30am - 10:00pm
Friday, April 25 6:30am - 10:00 pm
Saturday, April 26 8:00am - 10:00pm

Regular Spring Hours resume Sunday, April 27
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Milkweed Farm CSA [Michael Woodruff]

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 23:45
Become a member of Milkweed Farm this season! We are a small family farm in Brunswick committed to growing healthy, delicious food for our children and the local community. Our Farm shares include vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, fruits (rhubarb, strawberries, melons), and flower bouquets from late May through September. We also offer egg and meat shares (pork and turkey). To find out more about our farm and practices, or to download our 2014 application, please check out our website, www.milkweedfarm.net. You can also contact Lucretia Woodruff at milkweedfarm@gmail.com with any questions.
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