Family Weekend 2020


Bowdoin’s Family Weekend 2020 was held online Thursday, October 22 to Saturday, October 24. It was an opportunity for families and friends to connect with campus and to learn about life at Bowdoin, even during this extraordinary year when we couldn’t welcome you to Brunswick for in-person events. In case you weren’t able to join us, please enjoy recordings of the scheduled events as well as a variety of virtual campus offerings.

Save the dates! Family Weekend 2021 is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24.


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Celebrate and Explore Bowdoin

Clayton Rose, Jennifer Scanlon, and Janet Lohmann Headshot

Q&A with President Clayton Rose, Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon, and Dean for Student Affairs Janet Lohmann
These sessions were opportunities for families to ask questions during this historic time about Bowdoin, the academic year, and campus life.  Please visit the FAQ page for specific questions regarding the spring semester.

Recordings of sessions available:
Q&A Session 1: October 22, 2020

Q&A Session 2: October 24, 2020

Student standing in front of research poster
President’s Summer Research Symposium
Visit to celebrate and explore student exhibitions of summer research through prerecorded videos.
Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
Friday, October 23 was Sarah and James Bowdoin Day, the College’s annual recognition of scholarship and academic life. Visit this special web page to celebrate student scholarly achievement.
Two Students for Fall 2020 Video
Fall 2020 at Bowdoin: What Are Students Up To?
Bowdoin students share some of the things they’ve been doing during the Fall 2020 semester, including perspectives from Sunrise Bowdoin; Bowdoin Women In Business; McKeen Center Fellows; the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center; Multicultural Life; Catholic Students Union; the Bowdoin Public Service Initiative; the Meddiebempsters; Sustainability EcoReps; and Mock Trial.
Four Students for Fall 2020 Video
Bowdoin College, Fall 2020
Bowdoin Polar Bears make the most and rise to the occasion! Bowdoin College’s campus during fall 2020 has remained bright, active, and full of optimism. Enjoy photos and footage taken on campus throughout the fall semester.
New Harpswell Apartments
Preview of the New Harpswell Apartments
Be one of the first to see Bowdoin’s new Harpswell Apartments, which will open for students in Spring 2021.
BCMA Video and Photography Studio
A Teaching Museum Steps Up Its Tech Game to Bring Art to Students
Since spring, staff at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art have been generating a trove of high-quality (and, when possible, 3D) digital replicas of objects to support online teaching. Learn how they are forging an alternative way to visit the Museum.
Photo of Patrick Rael and Aaron Gilbreath
Online Teaching: GIS Opens Up New Frontiers for Students of American History
Find out how a historian and a geographer—Patrick Rael and Aaron Gilbreath—have teamed up this semester to teach a new class for Bowdoin, one that has students investigating questions about nineteenth-century US history with the aid of GIS and maps.
Sarah Hayward '24 painting
Online Teaching: The Importance of Performing
Explore how Aretha Aoki is teaching a class in the Edwards Center dance studio. Typically, this performance space would be occupied by student dancers, expressing themselves through movement and trying to use every available square inch of floor.
CXD Photo
CXD at Bowdoin
Kristin Brennan, Bowdoin’s executive director of Career Exploration and Development, shares CXD’s commitment to a personalized approach in assisting students as they prepare for their professional lives beyond Bowdoin.
Four students playing stringed instruments
Chamber Group Performance
Enjoy the first movement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 8 performed by Kate Ishida ’24 (Violin 1), Karin van Hassel ’24 (Violin 2), Nancy Xing ’24 (Viola), and Rory Kliewer ’24 (Cello).
Continuity in Teaching and Learning at Bowdoin Panel Discussion
Continuity in Teaching and Learning at Bowdoin Panel Discussion
View an engaging conversation on the continuity in teaching and learning at Bowdoin with Richard Broene, professor of chemistry; Jeremiah Brown ’23, Orientation intern; Kathryn Byrnes, director of the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching; Michael Cato, senior vice president and chief information officer; and moderated by Claudia Marroquin ’06, director of admissions.

Virtual Tours

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Campus Tours
Stroll through campus on a virtual tour, experience the arts at Bowdoin, and visit the Polar Bears’ athletic facilities.
Susan Dwight Bliss Room
Susan Dwight Bliss Room
The Bliss Room is located on the second floor of Hubbard Hall and has been a treasure of the College since 1945. Learn more about its history, collections, and explore its contents.
Schiller Coastal Studies Center
Schiller Coastal Studies Center
Experience the beauty of Casco Bay through an aerial tour of Bowdoin’s 118-acre facility on Orr’s Island.
Haunted Bowdoin
Haunted Bowdoin
Learn eerie legends narrated by historic Bowdoin characters and visit the most reputedly haunted buildings on this virtual tour created by David Francis, author of Haunted Bowdoin College.

Around Campus

Bowdoin College Museum Art
Bowdoin College Museum Art
Although the galleries of the Museum are currently closed, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art has always been more than a building. Explore virtual collections, exhibitions, publications, and educational resources.
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
Discover the Arctic Museum’s beautiful virtual exhibitions, explore spectacular online collections, and enjoy Arctic-related movies and music recommended by the staff.
Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections & Archives
Delve into Special Collections & Archives’ online exhibits, oral histories, digitized Bowdoin publications, and past page-turnings of Bowdoin’s copy of Audubon’s Birds of America.
Autumn on the Quad
Autumn on the Quad
Sunny skies, crisp fall air, and autumn foliage on the Quad are Family Weekend essentials. This year we’ll bring the Quad to you.
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Favorite Bowdoin Dining Recipes
Family Weekend wouldn’t be complete without enjoying food from Bowdoin’s award-winning dining service. This year they’re sharing their top ten most requested recipes for you to enjoy no matter how far you may be from Brunswick.
Campus Events Calendar
Campus Events Calendar
Don’t miss other virtual events happening throughout campus over the weekend and throughout the year.