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Fall 2009

Friday, September 11
Thomas Conlan
, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture | Listen to this podcast
Thomas Conlan"The History You Do Not Know: My Journey to Medieval Japan"
Thomas Conlan is an associate professor of history with a joint appointment in Asian studies at Bowdoin. He teaches courses that span the range of Japanese history and has received Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships for his research. Tom's scholarship focuses medieval Japanese history, and in particular the nature of warfare and the role of Buddhism and the state. He has published three monographs: In Little Need of Divine Intervention (Cornell, 2001); State of War: The Violent Order of Fourteenth Century Japan (Michigan, 2003) and Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Samurai Warrior (Amber Press 2008).
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, September 25 
Robert Storr
, Critic, Artist, Curator, and Dean of the Yale School of Art
Robert Storr"Arts Self Sufficiency in a Boom/Bust Artworld"
Robert Robert Storr is a painter, art historian and critic, and prodigious writer about the theory and practice of art. He earned a B.A. at Swarthmore College in 1972 and an M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. He was named dean of the Yale School of Art for a five-year period beginning July 2006 and was the director of the Venice Biennial in 2007, the first American invited to assume that position. From 1990 to 2002 Storr was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He also organized a number of reinstallations of MoMA's permanent collection, covering such topics as abstraction and the modern grotesque. He has been described as a "vital link between the museum world and academia" and a gifted writer. His regular column, "View from the Bridge," appears in frieze magazine.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, October 16
John Ratey
, Author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain"
John Ratey
John J. Ratey, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at Harvard's Continuing Medical Education Program, a private practitioner in Cambridge, Massachusetts and an author of numerous life-changing books including SPARK.  SPARK is described as "a groundbreaking exploration of the connection between exercise and the brain's performance that shows how even moderate exercise will supercharge mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking, enhance memory, and much more".
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, October 30
Student Performances
, Parents Weekend
Student Performances
Entertain your parents and join us for dance, poetry, and a capella performances by Bowdoin's very own student groups. Don't miss this popular Common Hour!
Morrell Gymnasium

Friday, November 13
Augusten Burroughs
, Bestselling Author of "Running with Scissors"
Augusten Burroughs
Acclaimed author Augusten Burroughs had a very unusual childhood - a childhood that America has come to know in his best-selling memoir Running with Scissors. Burroughs has published five other works, among them two more memoirs, one novel, and two collections of essays and in doing has achieved fame as one of the most celebrated modern writers. His books are published in over twenty-five countries, and his writing has appeared in magazines, literary journals and newspapers around the world such as The New York Times, Out, House and Garden and The Times. He has been profiled in People, The Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly, which ranked him number 15 in 2005's list of the "25 Funniest People in America." He most recently released A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father and is at work on a collection of holiday stories entitled You Better Not Cry. He also pens a monthly column for Details magazine.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, December 4
Student Chamber Ensemble Concert

Student Chamber Ensemble
Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of wonderful music performed by students in the Bowdoin Department of Music. 
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium