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Common Hour

Fall 2004

Friday, September 3

Joanna Bosse, Assistant Professor of Music at Bowdoin College

Musical Properties: The Politics of Ownership, Identity, and Cross-Cultural Borrowing in Popular Music

Location: Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Joanna Bosse recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research involves the ethnomusicological study of Latin dance music in the United States, and particularly she is interested in what the popularity of genres like salsa, rumba, and tango among non-Latinos can tell us about how notions of ethnicity, race, and class are shaped through music and dance. She conducted fieldwork in dancehalls in the Midwest United States, and considered them important sites for cross-cultural encounters and the construction of identity.

Her other research interests include music reception and dance; African music; and the relationship between foreign policy, tourism, and the arts. Her teaching at Bowdoin includes classes on Latin American music, African music, and seminars on music as a cultural phenomenon. Prior to her arrival at Bowdoin she taught at Millikin University and Illinois State University, where she was named "Students' Choice for Outstanding Teaching" in 1998. She has presented papers to the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, and conferences on Latin American music and dance. In 2001, Professor Bosse was awarded the Nahumck prize for ethnomusicological research on dance by the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled, "Sex and Beauty in the Ballroom."

The Karofsky Family Fund was established by Paul I. '66, his son David M. '93, and his brother Peter '62 in memory of their father and David's grandfather, Sydney B. Karofsky. Each semester the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture will feature a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Friday, September 17

Howard Zinn, Legendary Historian and Activist, and Author of the Legendary Book A Peoples History of the United States

You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: Equality in America

Location: Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

In his most recent book, You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal Memoir of our Times, Zinn provides an open discussion of his life's work, from his youth in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn, NY to his bombardier assignments during W.W.II and his years teaching at Spellman College and Boston University. As a key activist in the civil rights and anti-war movements, Zinn has both chronicled and participated in the most important social and political upheavals of recent history.

Howard Zinn is a legendary voice for social justice and equality in America. As a teacher, writer, and activist he has been a central figure in the most important social and political movements of recent history. His presentations speak to the future, not to the past, showing in vivid detail how small actions affect great change and how every person has the ability and the obligation to make a difference. As the great novelist Alice Walker wrote, "Here is history and a history maker to give you hope; especially the young to who he has always committed so much of his life."

Friday, October 1

Student Performances

Location: Morrell Gymnasium

The Parents Weekend Common Hour will feature some of Bowdoin's talented student performing groups. You will be inspired and entertained with performances by:

  • Arabesque, ballet club
  • Boca, co-ed a capella group
  • Meddiebempsters, male a capella group
  • Miscellania, female a capella group
  • Obvious, hip-hop and breakdancing club
  • Poeting, spoken word and SLAM poetry group
  • Unity Step Team, step team
  • Ursus Verses, co-ed a capella group
  • VAGUE, dance group

Friday, October 22

Kathryn Graff Low '78

Millennial Malaise: The Pathologization of Imperfection

Location: Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Kathryn Graff Low '78 is a Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She began her undergraduate education at Bowdoin, where she double majored in Russian and History. After completing her undergraduate work, she taught math, biology, and chemistry at secondary schools on both the East and West coasts. After several years of counseling high school students as a secondary school administrator, she returned to Stanford University for her Ph.D. Her dissertation research was on Type A behavior and psychosocial risk factors for heart disease in women, and she completed her internship at Brown University.

Kathryn is a licensed clinician, and works part time doing clinical work with children at St. Mary's Hospital. Her recent work includes publications on stimulant abuse in college students, internet programs for preventing eating disorders, attitudes toward insulin pump use in teens, and metabolic syndrome and its relationship to salivary cortisol and mood.

Kathryn is the 2004 recipient of Bowdoin's Distinguished Educator Award and lives in Auburn, Maine with her husband and two children.

Friday, November 5

Music Department Student Chamber Ensemble Performance

Please join us for three or four pieces performed by students in the Bowdoin Music Department.

Location: Tillotson Room (101), Gibson Hall

Friday, November 19

Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude in English and American Literature in 1997. In 1998, he won the prestigious Dante Prize from the Dante society of America for his scholarly work. His first novel, The Dante Club, a New York Times bestseller, is being translated into over a dozen languages around the world. He wrote the first draft while attending Yale Law School, where he received his J.D. in 2000.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution groups Pearl with Jonathan Franzen, Manil Suri, Jonathan Foer and Richard Powers as having added to "the growing genre of novel being written nowadays — the learned, challenging kind that does not condescend." The Library Journal says "Pearl has given himself a master." Details magazine names Pearl as one of 2003's "Next Big Things" and Boston Magazine places him on their annual "Hot List."

He grew up in Fort Lauderdale and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, serving as a Teaching Fellow for Harvard literature courses and a tutor for students interested in creative writing. He is now working on another 19th century thriller with its roots in an exciting moment of literary history.

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