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Spring 2008

Friday, January 25
Guy Mark Foster, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Guy Mark Foster, assistant professor of English, came to Bowdoin in 2006. His areas of interest include twentieth-century American literature; African American literature; lesbian and gay literature; interracial narratives; literary memoirs; queer theory; and psychoanalytic theory. A graduate of Wheaton College, Professor Foster earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Brown University. Each semester the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture features a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, February 8
Farai Chideya
, NPR Correspondent and Socio-Political Analyst
Farai Chideya is a multimedia journalist who has worked in print, in television, online, and in radio. Prior to joining NPR's News & Notes, Chideya hosted Your Call, a daily news and cultural call-in show. Chideya has also been a correspondent for ABC News and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and BET.  Chideya has written several books, including The Color of Our Future and Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters. Chideya graduated with a B.A. from Harvard University and is also the founder of PopandPolitics.com, an online journal for younger Americans.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, February 22

Eve Ensler, Internationally Acclaimed Playwright and Author of “The Vagina Monologues”
Eve Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. The Vagina Monologues is based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Today, V-Day is a global movement that supports anti-violence organizations throughout the world, helping them to continue and expand their core work on the ground, while drawing public attention to the larger fight to stop worldwide violence against women.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Friday, March 28
Christopher Hitchens
, Renowned Author, Journalist, and Critic
Christopher Hitchens is among the media’s best known controversial writers and critics. He has been a columnist for Vanity Fair, The Nation and Slate. He is also a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. As a foreign correspondent and travel writer, Hitchens has written from more than sixty countries on five continents. He is the author of many books, including God Is Not Great, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies, Karl Marx and The Paris Commune, and The Trial of Henry Kissinger.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Friday, April 11
Jerry Saltz
, Art Critic, New York Magazine
Jerry Saltz is an art critic and columnist for New York magazine. Formerly the senior art critic for The Village Voice, Saltz has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism three times. In 2000 he was the sole advisor for the 1995 Whitney Biennial. Known for his passionate opinions, lively, no nonsense writing, and insights about contemporary art, Saltz has been an active voice in the New York art world for more than two decades.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, April 25
Student Chamber Ensemble Concert
Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of wonderful music performed by students in the Bowdoin Department of Music. 
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Friday, May 2
Museum Pieces

A Bowdoin tradition for over twenty years. Celebrate spring in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art with dancing and music fromthe department of theater and dance, student choreographers, and other extravaganzas.
Terrace, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Friday, May 9
Ying Quartet
With its wide-ranging musical ability, the Ying Quartet has won nationwide critical acclaim and has become one of America’s most exciting and compelling young ensembles. The Ying Quartet’s reputation for “instinctive unanimity” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and “astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration” (Los Angeles Times) is matched by its unparalleled success in making creative connections between chamber music and other art forms.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium