50th Anniversary

Fifty Years logo

Join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! Over the next year, we will be reflecting on the past half-century of environmental studies at Bowdoin, as well as looking at the progress—and setbacks—of the environmental movement at large. We also will direct our attention to the future and consider the important ways a liberal arts college can contribute to the complex but critical protection of our natural world.

Upcoming Events

Event poster for Environmental Storytelling Series

Environmental Storytelling Series

November 5, 10, and 17

The Bowdoin Naturalists, Environmental Studies Program, Sustainability Office, and Center for Multicultural Life present the series "Students of Color Share their Environmental Stories." The three-part program consists of a writing workshop taught by Senior Writer-in-Residence Anthony Walton, an evening of sharing stories, and a letter-writing event where students turn their personal stories into action by composing letters to political representatives.

November 5: Storytelling Workshop
November 10: Turning Storytelling into Action through Letter Writing with Sunrise
November 17: Environmental Stories: Told by Students of Color

Event Series Recap: Kellie Navarro ’23 Launches Environmental Storytelling Series for Students of Color

Women in Climate: Community 

Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Women in Climate: Community is the first installment in an annual Women in Climate series for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. This panel discussion will feature Bowdoin Environmental Studies alumni and TNC Maine staff working at the intersection of climate and community. This event seeks to convey the importance of centering community in the conservation and climate fields and how and why integrating values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are vital for both people and nature in the face of a changing climate. This event is open to the public free of charge. Event Details

50th Anniversary Symposium

Keynote Address with Teona Williams ’12

Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Roux Center for the Environment, Lantern

Teona Williams is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University. Her work revolves around Black Geographies, 20th century African American and environmental history, and Black feminist theory. Her current work explores the role of disaster and hunger, in shaping Black feminist ecologies from 1930-1990s. Prior to Rutgers, she received her doctoral degree at Yale University in the departments of African American Studies and History. She also completed a master’s degree in Environmental Justice at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. In 2017, she won the Clyde Woods Prize for best graduate paper in Black Geographies, for her paper "Build A Wall Around Hyde Park:" Race, Space and Policing on the Southside of Chicago 1950-2010, published by The Antipode in March 2020. She is the author of the essay “Islands of Freedom: The struggle to desegregate Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain National Park 1936-1941” in the forthcoming edited collection Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice, Environmental History which will be released in 2023. 

50th Anniversary Symposium: Alumni Panels

Friday, April 14 | Times TBD
Roux Center for the Environment, Room 207

Join us for panels on Environmental Storytelling, Urban Environments, and Climate Justice featuring Environmental Studies alumni. Symposium Details


Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Coming soon! Matthew Klingle, associate professor of history and environmental studies, is working on a BCMA exhibition with five Environmental Studies majors. The exhibition will be on view at the Becker Gallery in Spring 2023. Check back for more information. 

Woods, Water, World: Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College 

Spring 2023 
Second Floor Gallery, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives

Woods, Water, World: Environmental Studies at Bowdoin College marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Environmental Studies Program and examines the fundamental role of the natural world at the College.

Through archival documents, photographs, maps, and more, explore the enduring importance of the Bowdoin Pines, the pollution (and clean-up) of the Androscoggin River, and the generations of Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff dedicated to studying and defending the natural world, on campus, in Maine, and around the world.  

Exhibit curated by Lizzy Kaplan ’23. Presented in partnership with the Environmental Studies Program.

Postcard image of the Bowdoin Pines