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Spring 2010

Friday, January 29

Arielle Saiber

Arielle Saiber, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
"The Cryptographer's Flying Eyeball: A Case Study in Interdisciplinarity"
Arielle Saiber has published on Dante, Renaissance Florence, Renaissance mathematics and philosophy, early modern typography, Literature Science Studies, genre theory, and electronic music. She is currently writing a book on the notable intellectual commerce between mathematics and literature in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. She is also co-editing a special issue of Dante Studies on "Dante and Longfellow," and beginning work on a critical edition of Giordano Bruno's philosophical dialogue, On the Infinite Universe and Worlds. She has been a fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici (Naples, Italy), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Villa I Tatti: Harvard's Center for Renaissance Studies (Florence, Italy). Inspired by her students in the course Dante's Divine Comedy, she built a Web site called "Dante Today," which catalogs references to Dante and his works in contemporary culture.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, February 12

DJ Spooky

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid (aka Paul D. Miller '92), Composer, Multimedia Artist, and Writer
"Sound Unbound"
Sound Unbound is Paul D. Miller's follow up to his award winning first book Rhythm Science (MIT Press, 2004). In this rip-mix-burn-lecture format, DJ Spooky will explore the overall theme of sound in contemporary art, digital media, and composition. Miller's lecture is accompanied by his use of many historic texts, rare audio recordings and films, to demonstrate the complex relationship between text and art in a multimedia context. Miller will share the history of sound and recorded media by several of the most well known artists of their field - ranging from Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Moby, Chuck D, and Pierre Boulez, to artists, writers and theoreticians like Jonathan Lethem, Bruce Sterling, and Manuel Delanda.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Friday, February 26

Dina Temple-Raston

Dina Temple-Raston, NPR National Security and FBI Correspondent
"Why is 2010 likely to be a busy year for terrorism?"
Adding to the coverage of NPR's national security team, Dina Temple-Raston is the FBI correspondent for NPR News. She joined NPR in March 2007 fresh from a two year sabbatical in which she completed two books, learned Arabic, and received a master's degree at Columbia University's School of Journalism. A longtime foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, she served as Bloomberg News's White House correspondent during both Clinton administrations and covered financial markets and economics for both USA Today and CNNfn. Temple-Raston is also an award-winning author and has two books related to civil liberties and national security. The first, In Defense of Our America (HarperCollins) written with Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, looks at civil liberties in post-9/11 America. The other, The Jihad Next Door (Public Affairs), is about the Lackawanna Six, America's first so-called "sleeper cell."
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, April 16

Student Chamber Ensemble Concert

Student Chamber Ensembles 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, April 23

Dr. Rafael Campo

Dr. Rafael Campo, Poet and Physician
"The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor's Education in Identity and Empathy"
Dr. Rafael Campo is a poet and essayist who teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where his medical practice serves mostly Latinos, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, and people with HIV infection. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an honorary doctor of literature degree from Amherst College, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry. His third collection of poetry, Diva (Duke University Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Landscape with Human Figure (Duke University Press, 2002), won the Gold Medal from ForeWord for the best book of poetry published by an independent press. His newest book of poetry, The Enemy, was recently awarded the Sheila Motton Book Prize for the best collection of poetry published in 2007 by the New England Poetry Club, the nation's oldest poetry organization. 

Sponsored in part by the Annie Talbot Cole Lectureship Fund.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Friday, May 7

Museum Pieces

Museum Pieces

A Bowdoin tradition for more than twenty years. Celebrate spring in front of the Bowdoin Museum of Art with dancing and music from the Department of Theater and Dance, featuring class projects, independent student work, and student clubs.
Terrace, Bowdoin College Museum of Art