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Fall 2013

Common Hour is held on select Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., during which time no classes or committee meetings are scheduled. Open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff. Common Hour statement of purpose.

Pamela Fletcher, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Pamela Fletcher,

Friday, September 20
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

“Mawkish, sentimental, and trite”; Or, Why Do Art Critics Hate Victorian Painting?

Pamela Fletcher’s research and teaching center on Victorian and Edwardian painting, with a focus on questions of narrative, sentiment and play in the context of nineteenth-century exhibition culture. She is the author of Narrating Modernity: The British Problem Picture 1895-1914 (Ashgate, 2003) and the co-editor (with Anne Helmreich) of The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London 1850-1939 (Manchester University Press, 2011).

Christopher Wolf '76, Author and Privacy Law Expert

Christopher Wolf '76,

Friday, October 4
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

The Impact of Always-On Technology on Privacy, Reputation and Personal Dignity

Christopher Wolf ’76, called by MSNBC “a pioneer in Internet law,” is a Washington, DC-based technology lawyer and civil rights activist, and recently was dubbed a “Tech Titan” by the Washingtonian magazine.  He is the co-author of the 2013 book entitled “Viral Hate: Containing its Spread on the Internet.”   Chris will speak about how and why each of us should care about protecting our privacy and reputation online, and that of others, and why Internet hate speech is a societal problem that can be addressed in a way that respects free expression.

Daniel Schrag, President's Science Symposium

Daniel Schrag,

Friday, October 18
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Climate, Energy and Innovation

Daniel Schrag is the Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University.  He currently serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology.  Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, from the early history of Mars and Earth, trying to understand how environmental conditions affected the origin and evolution of life, to recent climate changes over human history.  Among various honors, he was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.  Schrag received a B.S. from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of California at Berkeley. 

Student Performances, Family Weekend

Friday, October 25
Morrell Gymnasium

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!

Kurt Eichenwald P'14, Author

Kurt Eichenwald P'14,

Friday, November 15
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Kurt Eichenwald P'14 is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a senior writer at Newsweek, and a New York Times bestselling author of three books. He previously worked for twenty years at the Times as an investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000 and 2002. His second book, The Informant, was called "one of the best nonfiction books of the decade" by The New York Times Book Review and made into a major motion picture.  Published in 2012, his most recent book, 500 DAYS: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars chronicles the eighteen months following 9/11 and lays bare the harrowing decisions, deceptions, and delusions that changed America and the world forever.

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, December 6
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of wonderful music performed by students in the Bowdoin Department of Music.