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"The Woman Destroyed" Bowdoin Book Lecture with Meryem Belkaid

March 26, 2018 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir. Like America with the #MeToo campaign, France is reeling from sexual harassment scandals, but in different ways. Join Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Meryem Belkaid as she explores this topic.

Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

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 ““Huge, Well Organized, Powerful”: Mussolini’s Vision of Augustan Rome” with Lisa Mignone

March 26, 2018 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Styling himself a successor to the emperors of ancient Rome, Mussolini transformed the urban image of the city in the 20th century. In order to fashion an imperial identity modeled on that of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, he promoted archaeological restoration projects of monuments built during the Augustan age. Lisa Mignone looks at how Mussolini’s “vision” for Rome is implicated in and influenced by the Fascist ideology of power, and informs our experience of Rome today.

Lisa Mignone is a Roman historian whose scholarship explores the interplay of social frameworks, historical events, and topographical environments. Her recent book, The Republican Aventine and Rome’s Social Order (2016), argues that Rome’s residential complexity was characterized by a significant degree of social integration, and that residency patterns throughout the caput mundi likely incorporated the full spectrum of Roman society. She is also one of three editors of a forthcoming volume on the archaeology of the Aventine hill. Her current research, on the Roman goddess Juno, examines religious interconnectivity and spiritual mobility across Etruscan, Punic, and republican Roman communities.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Classics, with support from the Jasper Jacob Stahl Lectureship Fund.


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Performance: Zolotoj Plyos and a Musical Journey across Russian Traditions

March 26, 2018 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Join the Zolotoj Plyos folk ensemble for a virtual journey through Russia, with demonstrations of musical styles, costumes, songs, dancing, and more than thirty Russian folk instruments.

Founded in 1994 in the city of Saratov, Russia, it is comprised of members Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergei Grachev, who collectively play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments, and Russian bells.

While students in Russia, the musicians collected old Russian songs and bell music in rural villages and towns. Their repertoire includes folk songs, dances, and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas; it also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. 

Zolotoj Plyos has performed in the main halls of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the State Academic Choir in St. Petersburg. They have also made many tours of the United States, including a concert in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and they have directed the Russian Choir of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. The members currently live and work in Belgium.

Sponsored by the Departments of Russian and Music, with the generous support of a loyal Bowdoin family.

Free and open to the public.

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An Evening with Author and Cultural Critic Roxane Gay

March 26, 2018 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Talk begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by Q&A moderated by Jennifer Scanlon, William R. Kenan Professor of Humanities in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and Judith Casselberry, associate professor of Africana studies, followed by a book-signing.

Sponsored by the Edith Lansing Koon Sills Lecture Fund of the Society of Bowdoin Women; the Student Center for Multicultural Life; Bowdoin Queer Student Association; Bowdoin Women's Association; The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program; African American Society; Women of Color Coalition; and SWAG. 

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"A Washington Insider's View of Issues Facing America" with Larry Lindsey '76, H'93

March 28, 2018 7:30 PM  – 8:45 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Larry Lindsey '76, H'93 served in policy positions in the White House under three presidents and is a former governor of the US Federal Reserve. He is currently president and CEO of The Lindsey Group and one of the leading economic commentators of our time who regularly offers his views on CNN, Fox, CNBC, and other news outlets.

Advance registration is required and available at Open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff.

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"Growing Back a Leg: Lessons Learned from Beetle Limb Regeneration" with Yui Suzuki

March 29, 2018 4:00 PM  – 5:15 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

In this talk, Yui Suzuki will discuss his lab's work on developing flour beetles as a model for studying the molecular mechanisms underlying limb regeneration. Specifically, he will discuss the similarities and differences that exist between beetle and vertebrate limb regeneration and address how different insects offer distinct insights into the mechanisms of regeneration. His research integrates developmental biology, molecular genetics, and evolutionary biology.

Suzuki is an associate professor in the department of biological sciences at Wellesley College.

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"The Democratic Avant-Garde: Minjung Art and Social Movement in South Korea" with Sohl Lee

March 29, 2018 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

As an art movement that emerged alongside the pro-democracy social movement in the 1980s, South Korea’s minjung art (or “people’s art”) not only participated in the revolution that changed the country’s political regime but also revolutionized the concept of art and art-making in the post-colonial nation. As an overview of Sohl Lee’s forthcoming book on the dynamic history of minjung art and Korean democratization, this talk will feature individual artists (O Yun, Kim Jeong-heun, Joo Jaehwan, Min Jeongki, Shin Hakchul, Hong Sungdam, Choi Byungsu), art collectives, and the episodes of exhibition shutdowns, arrests, and funeral processions. For Lee, the story of minjung art poses questions still pertinent to many in South Korea and elsewhere today: How do we define the relationship between art and life, or art and revolution? How can democracy be envisioned and innovation realized by artists outside the so-called West? What happens to art after revolution?   

Sohl Lee, department of art assistant professor at Stony Brook University, specializes in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of East Asia, and her interdisciplinary research interests include aesthetics of politics, activist art, vernacular modernism, postcolonial theory, historiography, and curatorial practice. She joined Stony Brook as assistant professor of art history, after receiving her PhD in visual and cultural studies from University of Rochester in 2014. Her dissertation, entitled “Images of Reality/Ideals of Democracy: Contemporary Korean Art, 1980s-2000s,” was supported by fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council, the Korea Foundation, and the Susan B. Anthony Institute of Gender and Women Studies at University of Rochester. Her English publications have appeared in Yishu: Journal for Contemporary Chinese Art, Art Journal, and InVisible Culture, and she has curated exhibitions in both the US and South Korea.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Lectures and Concerts, and the departments of Art History, Asian Studies, and Government and Legal Studies

Image: Choi Byung-soo, Funeral Procession for Lee Han-ryul, July 9, 1987.  Collection of the artist.

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Reception and Opening Festivities for "Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art"

March 29, 2018 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Ellen Tani, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow and curator of Second Sight: the Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art, discusses major themes of the exhibition, which will be followed by a reception to celebrate its opening.

Presented by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  

Free and open to the public.

Image: Film still from Cloudscape, 2004, video, black and white, sound, looped, duration: 3:30 min, by Lorna Simpson, ©Lorna Simpson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.


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"The Weaponization of Tech" with Carrie Goldberg

March 29, 2018 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Every day, millions of us log into our Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Tinder, and other apps without fully understanding that these sites aid in the manipulative abuse and destruction of people’s lives. It’s time to face the facts - technology is a very effective weapon for users to dox leak intimate images and videos blackmail humiliate extort abuse and instigate violence against others. So why aren’t tech companies proactively dealing with it and protecting their loyal losers? In her presentation, attorney Carrie Goldberg will explore this issue and speak to the weaponization of technology. 

Goldberg is a victims' rights attorney who provides cutting edge legal help in matters including sexual assault, social media and other online harassment, and blackmail. She was the recipient of 2017's Privacy Champion Award from Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prior to opening her firm in 2014, she was the associate director of legal services at The Vera Institute of Justice, Inc. Guardianship Project and a case manager for Nazi victims and Holocaust survivors with Selfhelp Community Services in Manhattan. 

Sponsored by the Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Education.

Photo: Carrie Goldberg, courtesy of photographer Elisabeth Pratt.

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Frank Carlberg's "Monk Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares"

March 31, 2018 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Monk Dreams, Hallucinations, & Nightmares, the new large ensemble project from Frank Carlberg, draws its inspiration from the luminous work of Thelonious Monk. The pieces generate their shapes from splinters, cells and feelings found in and around Monk's music, as well as from his verbal utterances, advice and cryptic observations.
The Helsinki-born, NYC-based pianist and composer Frank Carlberg has become well-known to Maine audiences over the last few decades through regular performances in Portland, collaborations with beloved drummer Steve Grover, and his long-running relationship with the Maine Jazz Camp.

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"Writing Non-Fiction in the 21st Century: From the Iraq War to Trump’s America" with Tom Ricks

April 3, 2018 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Tom Ricks is a well-known reporter and prolific nonfiction author who's works touch on military and national security issues. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner from his days with the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

Ricks's works include the bestselling Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (2006), Making the Corps (1997), and his most recent book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (2017).  In addition to his longer works of nonfiction, Ricks serves as a senior columnist for Task & Purpose and is active on Twitter @tomricks1.

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Audubon 'Birds of America' Page-Turning with Derek Lovitch

April 6, 2018 12:30 PM  – 1:00 PM
Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Join Special Collections & Archives staff for the monthly page-turning of Audubon's beautiful and majestic double-elephant folio Birds of America.

This month we will be joined by biologist and owner of Freeport Wild Bird Supply, Derek Lovitch.

The page-turning takes place in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room located on the third floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library on the first Friday of the month.

Come engage with this incredible book and take home a keepsake bird-of-the-month button!

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