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Film Screening: A Theatrical Performance of Alexander Pushkin's 'Eugene Onegin'

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December 4, 20165:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Russian poet Alexander Pushkin's (1799-1837) novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of nineteenth-century Russian life. Vakhtangov Theatre director Rimas Tuminas' reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin's characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination. The scale of the production constantly shifts from noisy celebrations to secluded contemplation, from crowd scenes to lonely recollections, all of which are drawn together from the past just like the fragments of Tatyana's love letter, framed and hung on the wall, looming next to and above Onegin's arm-chair.
 
A production referred to as "exuberant, indelible and arrestingly beautiful" by the New York Times, The Vakhtangov Theatre's Eugene Onegin, starring the incomparable Sergey Makovetskiy in the title role, is a sumptuous work that will leave you with enough beautiful memories and images to last a lifetime.

Presented by Stage Russia and Specticast Entertainment. A theatrical production by the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia. Idea, literary composition and staging by Rimas Tuminas. Theatrical trailer here.
 
Screening from 5:30-9:00 pm (with short intermission).
Presented in Russian with English subtitles. All are welcome. Free admission.

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Film Screening: 'Masquerades' - Directed by and Starring Bowdoin Visiting Artist, Lyes Salem

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December 7, 20167:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Please join us as we say farewell to Visiting Artist in Francophone Studies, Lyes Salem, with a showing of Masquerades, followed by a discussion with the director/actor. A reception will follow. 

Wednesday, December 7th
7:00 P.M.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

Summary: A village in Algeria. Proud and a bluffer, Mounir wishes to be admired by all, but he has a weakness: his sister, Rym, who falls asleep anywhere. One night on the way back from the city, and quite inebriated, he shouts out to all and sunder that a rich man has asked for his sister's hand. By the next morning, he's the envy of all. Trapped by his own lie, Mounir changes his family's destiny.

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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Discussion: 'Hamilton...What Really Happened?'

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December 7, 20167:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
David Saul Smith Union, Jack Magee's Pub



Curious about the history behind the Tony Award-winning musical 'Hamilton'? Join Bowdoin professors from the departments of history and government to watch clips of MPBN's 'Hamilton's America', and discuss what really happened.

Free popcorn will be served!

Sponsored by the departments of history and government and legal studies.

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Film Screening and Conversation: "The Temptation of Doctor Antonio" by Federico Fellini

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December 8, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Saint Anthony (251-356) retreated into the Egyptian desert only to be tormented by fantastical visions. His experience, foundational for Christian monasticism, inspired many modern artists. Bowdoin faculty members offer introductions to the origins and allure of Saint Anthony's legend and discuss the masterful film by Federico Fellini, The Temptation of Doctor Antonio, 1962, based on the saint’s visions.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Temptation of Saint Anthony at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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

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The Temptation of Saint Anthony, Plate V, 1888, lithograph by Odilon Redon. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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Visual Arts Fall 2016 Open House

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December 9, 20165:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Edwards Arts Center, Miscellaneous

Student works from the fall 2016 visual arts classes will be on display throughout the Edwards Art Center - come view and celebrate a semester of hard work and creativity!

This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be provided.

Photo credit: Mariah Reading '16

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Concert Performance: Bowdoin Orchestra

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December 9, 20167:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Under the direction of George Lopez, the Orchestra will present a program including Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise” and movements from Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony.  

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Alyssa Dinega Gillespie - Bowdoin Book Lecture Series: "The Interplay of Life and Art in Alexander Pushkin's 'Eugene Onegin'"

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December 14, 20167:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

The Association of Bowdoin Friends is pleased to continue this program. All members of the community are invited to read a good book and hear an excellent Bowdoin College professor lecture on it. There will be an opportunity for questions. The event is free and open to the public. Just come, listen, and learn.
 
Alexander Pushkin's novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin (written 1823-1830) has been called an "encyclopedia of Russian life," but it is also a radical literary experiment and an intensely personal meditation on the poet's inspiration and his creative path. In this talk, Alyssa Dinega Gillespie will provide an introduction to Pushkin's novel and discuss the complex interpenetration in it of the poet's own personal and poetic concerns and the narrative fiction he creates. 

Gillespie will consider questions related to the novel's ambiguous genre and fluid poetic structure; its semi-autobiographical narrator and muse-like heroine; its themes of posturing, costuming, and role-playing; and its playful self-consciousness of its own literariness. In the process, she will illustrate how Pushkin's quest for an authentic literary form comes to mirror his quest for an authentic expression of self.

Alyssa Dinega Gillespie, associate professor and chair of the Russian department, came to Bowdoin this fall from the University of Notre Dame, where she taught courses on Russian language, literature, film, and culture (1999-2016). Professor Gillespie received her BA from Brandeis University, and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of A Russian Psyche: The Poetic Mind of Marina Tsvetaeva (2001) and the editor of Russian Literature in the Age of Realism (2003) and Taboo Pushkin: Topics, Texts, Interpretations (2012). She is currently writing a book on Pushkin's poetics and his myth of the poet as criminal, titled Dangerous Verses: Alexander Pushkin and the Ethics of Inspiration.

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Tea with Harriet

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December 15, 20161:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Harriet's Writing Room

Please join us for an afternoon tea and conversation about the life and legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Through readings and other activities, Harriet's Writing Room staff will invite reflection on the power and potential of writing.

Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 
1:00-2:30 PM                    
Harriet's Writing Room, Stowe House, 63 Federal Street               

Free and open to the public.

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