Upcoming Events

Studies of Skin Color in the Early Royal Society: A Conversation with Cristina Malcolmson

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April 23, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

In her most recent book, Studies of Skin Color in the Early Royal Society: Boyle, Cavendish, Swift (Ashgate, 2013), Cristina Malcolmson demonstrates how unstable the idea of race remained in England at the end of the seventeenth century, and yet how extensively the intertwined institutions of government, colonialism, the slave trade, and science were collaborating to usher it into public view.

Arguing that the early Royal Society moved science toward racialization by giving skin color a new prominence as an object of experiment and observation, Malcolmson provides the first book-length examination of studies of skin color in the society. She also brings new light to the relationship between early modern literature, science, and the establishment of scientific racism in the nineteenth century.

Malcolmson, professor of English at Bates College, has also written The 'Empire of Man over the Inferior Creatures': British Women, Race, and Seventeenth-Century Science for The Palgrave History of British Women's Writing, and a collaborative article with Ruth Paley (first author) and Michael Hunter on 'Parliament and Slavery 1660-c.1700' which appeared in the journal Slavery and Abolition in 2010.

Sponsored by the English Department. For more information, contact the English Department at 725-3552 or lholland@bowdoin.edu.

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Sophy Downes: "From the Shore of One Sea to the Shore of Another Sea: Imperial Architecture Around the Classical Mediterranean"

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April 23, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Sophy Downes is a specialist in Persian History and Architecture--especially Persian interactions with Classical Greece. In this talk she examines the relationships between physical sites and the political circumstances under which they were built, specifically the material, formal, or even stylistic properties of the sites and the precise mechanisms and processes by which these properties create responses, and promote types of interaction with political significance. This lecture will be of interest not only to architectural historians and historians of empire, but will also touch upon the ancient divide between West and East--a divide which still looms large in modern theories of international relations. 

Downes earned her BA in Literae Humaniores at Oxford, followed by an MPhil in Classical Archaeology at Cambridge. She then spent two years as a Research Assistant at the British School at Rome before returning to the Institute of Archaeology at University College London for her PhD; a comparative study of the Athenian Akropolis and the Achaemenid Persian capital of Persepolis. She spent three months in Athens on a Marie Curie fellowship at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and immediately after held a residential post-doctoral fellowship at the British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran. She has continued with teaching fellowships at University College London, the American University of Rome, and University of Edinburgh. 
Sponsored by the Stahl Lectureship, Classics, History, Art History and the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

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Exhibition Opening: Visual Art Majors, Class of 2015

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April 30, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Work by visual art majors from the Class of 2015 will be on display throughout the Edwards Arts Center. Come celebrate the culmination of the hard work and talent of this year's visual art seniors. 


Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Artwork: Mikaela Cooper '14

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Visual Art Department Open House

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May 8, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Work by visual art majors from the Class of 2015 will be on display throughout the Edwards Arts Center. Come celebrate the culmination of the hard work and talent of this year's visual art seniors. 

Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Artwork: Joanna Gromadzki '14

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