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Megan Cole: "Still Life: Scenes from a Faraway Nearby" - Reading and Panel Discussion

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February 8, 20167:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The question of when, or whether, to remove a ventilator tube from a catastrophically injured patient is a crucial and timely issue in medical care. Who gets to make the determination of when a life should end? And where is the patient's voice in this epic discussion when that voice is silenced by the presence of the ventilator itself? Is life at any price a viable option for those who wish to live passionately? And what is a life that is worth living? These are some of the important questions that arise in the beautifully-written story Nighthawks by Carolyn Barbier, a nurse who wrote the piece "as a voice for those whose freedom to choose is not secure" [Between the Heartbeats, University of Iowa Press, 1995]. The story details the patient's perspective during this difficult journey.In the presentation, Still Life: Scenes from a Faraway Nearby, Megan Cole will read the story and lead a conversation centered on what we might learn from it to make our care of patients more informed and compassionate. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Andy Sokoloff, LMSW,  Grief and Bereavement Services Coordinator for the CHANS Hospice Care Program; Jess Vickerson, FNP, MSW, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Mid Coast Hospital; and Sarah Conly, Bowdoin Associate Professor of Philosophy. Cole is a professional stage and television actor who also develops performances and lectures for healthcare venues with an emphasis on palliative and end-of-life care issues. Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Maine Humanities Council, Mid Coast Hospital, CHANS Home Health Care, the Office of Health Professions Advising, and the Bowdoin English and Philosophy Departments.

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Gallery Conversation with Frank Goodyear

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February 9, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Frank H. Goodyear, co-director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, leads a tour of photographic highlights on view in the exhibition To Count Art an Intimate Friend: Highlights from Bowdoin Collections, 1794 to the Present.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Facebook, Menlo Park, California, 2013, (detail) archival pigment print on Dibond, by Alec Soth. Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund. Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Alec Soth Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York.

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Olufemi Vaughan: "African Immigrants and Refugees in the United States"

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February 9, 20168:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Quinby House, Dining Room

The African-American Society, in collaboration with the Africana Studies Department, will be hosting a lecture series entitled: "Why African-American _____ Matters in America," to allow students, faculty, and staff to learn about different issues within the African-American community and how they play into the American conscious.

This lecture, "African Immigrants and Refugees in the United States," will be presented by Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History. Vaughan received his PhD in politics from University of Oxford, England. His research interests include modern African political and social history, comparative politics, international relations, African diaspora studies and Globalization.

Free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served!

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Special Collections and Archives Open House: "Love Eternal"

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February 10, 20163:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
H&L 2nd Floor

With Valentine's Day approaching, Special Collections and Archives hosts a special Open House paying homage to expressions of love throughout the ages. Items on view include Bowdoin presidential love letters, student love poems, artist books on love, and more. 

Snacks and beverages provided.

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Artist Elise Ansel: Drawing Workshop at the Museum

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February 11, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Artist Elise Ansel's paintings are currently showcased in the Museum exhibition, Elise Ansel: Distant Mirrors. Through her contemporary interpretations of iconic works of Western art, her paintings ignite questions about beauty and aesthetics, steeped in sensitivity to the politics of gender. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Ansel will lead a drawing workshop at the Museum in which participants sketch historic works of art, learning how to analyze and interpret artistic compositions in their own visual responses. No prior experience required. Materials will be provided. 

Elise Ansel was born in New York City. She received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University in 1984. While at Brown, she studied art at both Brown and RISD. She earned an MFA in Visual Art from Southern Methodist University in 1993. Elise has exhibited her work all over the United States and in Europe. 

Participation is free, but limited to 25. Contact 207-725-3276 for reservations.

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James Gimpel: "Big Data Insights for Political Campaigns and Elections"

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February 15, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Is big data really something new, or is it simply a new name for the same old data that social scientists, government agencies, and market research companies have relied upon for years? These are questions a lot of people are asking these days, especially when it comes to the use of voter and consumer information in political campaigns. 
James G. Gimpel, professor of government at the University of Maryland, College Park, will talk about his research into voters and donors using big data and address the ways in which political campaigns are now using very large files to make inferences about voters' attitudes and behaviors. He will explain the serious problems and pitfalls that we have not yet overcome in many of these efforts - from using data to microtarget voters by their presumed political interests, to creating large prospect lists for fundraising, to using data for random control trials.  
Gimpel has served on the faculty at the University of Maryland since 1992. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. His research has focused on political behavior, campaigns and elections, public opinion and immigration politics and policy. 
Sponsored by the Bowdoin Departments of Government and Digital & Computational Studies
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Gallery Conversation - Historian David Gordon

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February 16, 201612:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

David Gordon, Bowdoin College professor of history, discusses the significance of selected objects from central Africa within their original cultural and religious contexts. Gordon is the author of Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History (2012).

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa.

Free and open to the public.

Photo: Installation view of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

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David Driskell, Johnetta Cole, and Karen Milbourne Discussion: African Art and the Exhibition 'Earth Matters'

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February 17, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Johnnetta Cole, director, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian
Institution, artist and educator David Driskell H'89, and curator Karen
Milbourne, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, discuss the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa and the impact of African art in the United States.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Free and open to the public.

Installation view: Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts in Africa

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Jennifer Yoder: "Angela Merkel, the Construction of Collective Memory and Germany's Response to the Refugee Crisis"

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February 18, 20164:15 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Jennifer Yoder's talk addresses German Chancellor Angela Merkel's role in shaping discourses about the past and the implications for German values and policy. Yoder analyzes forty-three of her speeches since 2006, with a focus on one of her first public statements about the refugee crisis along with the speeches of fall 2015. It is part of the 'German Voices in Europe' series.

Yoder is the Robert E. Diamond Professor of Government and Global Studies at Colby College.  She is the author of From East Germans to Germans? The New Post-Communist Elite (1999) and Crafting Democracy: Regional Politics in Post-Communist Europe (2013).  Her articles have appeared in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, German Politics and Society, German Politics, German Studies Review, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies and Regional and Federal Studies.

Sponsored by the Department of German.  

Free and open to the public.

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Kurt Burnham: "Birds and Bergs: Twenty-five Years of Ornithological Research in Greenland"

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February 18, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Dr. Kurt Burnham, President of the High Arctic Institute, will present the results of twenty-five years of avian research in north Greenland. He will discuss long-term studies of the breeding biology and ecology of peregrine and gyrfalcon populations, and more recent research on a variety of seabird and waterfowl species. The lecture will culminate with an overview of observed changes in weather and climate and what affect they are having on bird populations in his study area.

Sponsored by the Biology Department's John Warren Achorn Lectureship and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.

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Marilyn Gunner: "Proton Gradients: The Cellular Energy Storehouse"

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February 19, 20163:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Dr. Marilyn Gunner is a professor of physics at the City College of New York. In her lecture, she will explore how the transmembrane electrochemical gradient fuels cell function; coupled electron and proton transfers through transmembrane proteins of photosynthesis and oxygenic respiration form the gradient. She will discuss the minimum design requirements for proton transfer from the high pH, N-side to low pH P-side of the membrane through proteins and how the protein must have several sites that change proton affinity through the reaction cycle and at lest two gates that can change conformation to allow or stop proton transfers.

Molecular simulations using classical electrostatics and Monte Carlo sampling have been used to analyze a range of membrane proteins including the bacteriorhodopsin and cytochrome c oxidase proton pumps. Gunner will show several motifs that allow proteins to change proton affinity at specific sites without large conformation changes and describe proton transfer pathways and the barriers to proton hopping along these paths.

Gunner earned her bachelor's degree from the University of New York at Binghamton, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Bowdoin Breakfast featuring Katrina Lake, Founder and CEO of Stitch Fix

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February 22, 20167:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
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Inspired by the opportunity to create a truly personalized shopping experience by blending the best of the brick and mortar retail experience with an innovative approach to data and technology, Katrina Lake founded Stitch Fix while she was a student at Harvard Business School. Since 2011, Katrina hired a world-class executive team with experience from major companies including Netflix,, Nike and lululemon, and has grown the company to over 1,500 employees across the country.

Prior to founding Stitch Fix, Katrina honed her skill set at the intersection of fashion, retail, and technology at social commerce company Polyvore and consulted with a variety of e-commerce and traditional retailers during her time at The Parthenon Group. She also invested in and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and start-ups at Leader Ventures.

Katrina holds a B.S. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and serves on the board of directors and audit committee of food delivery service GrubHub.

The program begins at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, February 22nd in Thorne Hall (room TBD). Reservations are required and may be made by sending your student ID number, department project number, or a check for $12 made out to Bowdoin College, to the Office of Stewardship Programs by Monday, February 8th.

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Lindsey at, or 725-3928.  For more information visit:

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Brett Walker: "Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of the Modern World"

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February 23, 20167:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Searles Science Building, Room 315

The natural catastrophe of the 3/11 Tohoku Earthquake and ensuing tsunami unleashed an unnatural disaster of environmental pollution when waves pulverized the Japanese built environment, releasing asbestos and other carcinogenic toxins that continue to contaminate reconstruction efforts.

Join Brett Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University and a current visiting professor at Harvard University. He will discuss the environmental impact of asbestos and the risks it poses to human health around the world.

Supported by the departments of History, Asian Studies, Biology, Environmental Studies and Government and Legal Studies.  

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Aimee and Mark Bessire: "Africa Schoolhouse: Shaping Education Literally and Metaphorically in Tanzania"

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February 24, 20164:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Aimee Bessire, visiting associate professor, art and visual culture, Bates College, and Mark Bessire, Director, Portland Museum of Art, discuss the founding of Africa Schoolhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to rural villages in Northern Tanzania, and the impact of African art in the United States. 

They will be joined by architects Pamela W. Hawkes and T. Scott Teas, of Scattergood Design, who have worked with the Bessires on the construction of the first girls' boarding school in rural Misungwi District, providing a safe educational environment through sustainable architecture.

Presented in conjunction the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Free and open to the public.

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'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio to Speak on Campus

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February 24, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

R.J. Palacio is the author of Wonder, the number-one New York Times bestseller about a boy born with a facial difference who enters a mainstream school for the first time. She is the parent of a Bowdoin student and lives in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Palacio will deliver a lecture about how she came to write the book, and how it has sparked the "Choose Kind" movement. She will also be signing books, which will be made available for purchase.

The event is open to the public and seating is first come, first served. The event will be live-streamed at and archived at BowdoinTalks,

For more information, contact the Education Department at 725-3733, or e-mail Sponsored by the education department.

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Gallery Conversation - Historian Jen Scanlon: ''Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson"

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February 25, 20164:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Jr. professor of the humanities in gender and women's studies and interim dean for academic affairs, leads a discussion in the exhibition Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson. The discussion focuses on civil rights leader Anna Arnold Hedgeman, who is included in Thompson's work and is the subject of Scanlon's new book, Until There is Justice: The Life of Anna Arnold Hedgeman.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dissent in 1960s America: The Photography of Ken Thompson. 

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 

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Anthony Carrasquillo '07: "Formation and Chemical Evolution of Organic Aerosol Particles from Radical Intermediates"

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February 26, 20163:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Atmospheric particulate matter (or "aerosol") has important implications for public health, climate change, and visibility. The ability to predict its formation and fate is hindered by uncertainties associated with one type in particular, organic aerosol (OA). In this presentation, Anthony Carrasquillo '07 will examine how the study of the chemistry underlying OA formation is complicated by the large number of reaction pathways and oxidation generations for a given precursor species. 

Carrasquillo will discuss a series of experiments in which the chemistry is simplified to that of a single alkoxy radical (RO) isomer generated from the direct photolysis of alkyl nitrites (RONO) and explain how OA was generated from eleven different C10 RO isomers to determine the role of radical molecular structure in the formation of low-volatility species. He will detail how a method was developed to investigate the reactivity of alkoxy radicals in the condensed phase and how the long chain C20 RO radical was generated in hexane solvent to identify possible intermolecular (bimolecular) reactions with the condensed-phase. Finally, a molecular-level study of this same condensed-phase system with a soft ionization technique permitted the observation of molecular ions assigned to specific oxidation products. This approach enables the determination of the extent of branching for another important intermediate, the alkylperoxy radical.

Carrasquillo is a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his PhD from MIT and his bachelor's degree in chemistry at Bowdoin. 

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