We hope you will join us virtually to celebrate Reunion 2021. While we can’t welcome you back to campus for in-person events, there will be unique opportunities to reconnect with Bowdoin and with alumni around the world. Reunion 2021 will have scheduled events throughout the spring as well as a variety of virtual campus offerings to explore at any time. We hope to bring Bowdoin to you, wherever you may be.
Scheduled Reunion Events
All members of the Bowdoin community are invited to attend. While there is no charge for Reunion events, preregistration is requested. Zoom details will be emailed to the address submitted through the registration.
Events will continue to be added as they are confirmed.
A Better U.S. Approach to China: A Talk by Susan A. Thornton ’85, P’22
COVID-19 Presents Opportunity and Challenges for Medical and Life Sciences Experts
A Conversation with Artist Shaun Leonardo ’01
As part of Bowdoin’s Reunion 2021 virtual festivities, acclaimed artist Shaun Leonardo ’01 will offer a presentation about his work and his new role as codirector at Brooklyn-based Recess, a nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with artists to build more just and equitable creative communities. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Shelley Langdale ’85, curator and head of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art. Shaun and Shelley are both members of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Advisory Council.
Shaun’s multidisciplinary work in drawing, painting, and performance negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding Black and Brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice—anchored by his work in Assembly, a diversion program for court-involved youth at Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.
Shaun earned his AB in visual arts at Bowdoin and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a recipient of support from Creative Capital, Guggenheim Social Practice, Art for Justice, and A Blade of Grass; and he was recently profiled in The New York Times and on CNN. His work has been featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, and the New Museum. A solo exhibition, The Breath of Empty Space, was recently presented at the Maryland Institute College of Art and MASS MoCA, and is currently on view at The Bronx Museum. For more on Shaun, visit elcleonardo.com.
Questions?Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com.
Celebrate Reunion and Explore Bowdoin
Offerings below are available to explore at any time and will continue to be updated with newly created content.
Recordings of Recent Reunion Events
Challenges and Choices: Rapid Change in the Arctic
Visit some of the places you love through a virtual tour of campus as well as a look inside Bowdoin’s athletics facilities.
Schiller Coastal Studies Center
Learn about the recent expansions and improvements to the College’s one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and research facility on the coast of Maine.
|The New Harpswell Apartments
Tour Bowdoin’s new Harpswell Apartments which opened for students in Spring 2021.
Susan Dwight Bliss Room
The Bliss Room, located on the second floor of Hubbard Hall, has been a treasure of the College since 1945. Learn more about its history, collections, and explore its contents.
|Early Spring 2021 at Bowdoin
Explore current campus life as Bowdoin students share their perspectives and familiar sights.
|Documenting Bowdoin & COVID-19
Special Collections & Archives invites Bowdoin’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni to document your experiences of the pandemic through our community archiving project, Documenting Bowdoin & COVID-19. We hope to foster connections within our community now and to preserve record of both individual and shared experiences for posterity. Contribute your story through a reflections questionnaire.
|Bowdoin College Museum of 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
Discover the Arctic Museum’s beautiful virtual exhibitions, explore spectacular online collections, try at home activities for all ages, and enjoy Arctic-related music and film recommendations.
|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.
Reunion 2021 FAQ
The Reunion site will list events along with the required preregistration information. After registering, you will receive an event-specific confirmation email that will include the Zoom link to access the event.
Recordings from Reunion 2020
A Conversation on the Earliest Images of the Bowdoin Campus with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
A Conversation with Tony Doerr ’95, H’17