Upcoming Events

A Tribute to the Life of Pianist Frank Glazer

March 27, 20157:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Pianists Duncan Cumming, James Parakilas, Chiharu Naruse and
Bowdoin Artist-in-Residence George Lopez will celebrate the life and music of Frank Glazer.

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Panel Discussion with Professor Doris Santoro: "Elevating the Status of Teaching"

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March 30, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

The Education Department invites students, educators, and the public to join us for a panel discussion to discuss what can be done to raise the status of the teaching profession. The event will be moderated by Professor Doris A. Santoro, associate professor of Education. Invited guest panelists include: 

Emmanuel Caulk, Superintendent, Portland Schools 


Paul Hambleton
Deputy Executive Director, Maine Education Association 

Maria Libby P'17 
Assistant Superintendent, MSAD 28/Five Town CSD (Camden) 

Jen Lunt
Teacher, Portland High School 

Meredith Nadeau '91
Superintendent, Cape Elizabeth Schools 

Betsy Webb 
Superintendent, Bangor Schools 

Professor Santoro received her doctor of education degree from Columbia University, Teachers College Program in Philosophy and Education, New York. Her philosophical inquiry is centered around the experiences of teachers and analyzed through the lens of John Dewey's work and feminist theories. She investigates the moral, ethical, and political implications of pedagogical stances such as social justice education and student-centered teaching. Her current work examines the moral and ethical reasons experienced teachers give for leaving high-poverty schools. 

Open to the public free of charge.  For more information, please contact the Education Department at 207.725.3465. 

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts page.

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Chinese Language Dining Table

March 31, 20155:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

Chinese Table is a conversational activity at dinnertime held weekly in the Thorne Dining Commons, Hutchinson Room, every Tuesday during the academic year, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for students to practice speaking Chinese in a casual and friendly environment. In addition, one can make friends and meet other Chinese speakers, including teachers, students, or people from the local community. Attendance is expected for students beyond the Chinese 1101 level, but also encouraged for those who speak Chinese already such as students from China or Taiwan. Please contact Suzanne Astolfi, sastolfi@bowdoin.edu, if you are interested in attending, but not enrolled in any Chinese course.

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German Language Table

March 31, 20155:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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Craig Steven Wilder, Russwurm Lecture: 'Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities'

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March 31, 20156:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at MIT and a leading historian of race in America, will deliver the annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union. A reception in the Russwurm House Library will precede the lecture at 5:00pm. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Professor Wilder will examine the contrasting figures of "the matriculating Indian" and "the uneducable Negro" to explore the limits on access to higher education in the second half of the 18th century. Looking closely at the experiences of two friends, the Reverend Samson Occom - a member of the Mohegan nation who became a Presbyterian minister, and poet Phillis Wheatley - the first African-American woman to be published, Professor Wilder will demonstrate how illusory were even the modest hopes of education held by Native and enslaved Americans. Though hailed by well-wishers as possessors of exceptional talents, Occum and Wheatley could find no institutional structures that would support them in intellectual, literary, or religious pursuits. 

This lecture stems from Wilder's important and widely reviewed new study, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, where he argues that many of America's revered colleges and universities were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color.

Professor Wilder is a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative, where he has served as a guest lecturer, commencement speaker, academic advisor, and visiting professor. For more than a decade, this innovative program has given hundreds of men and women the opportunity to acquire a college education during their incarcerations in the New York State prison system. 

He has advised and appeared in numerous historical documentaries, including the celebrated Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon film, The Central Park Five; Kelly Anderson's highly praised exploration of gentrification, My Brooklyn; the History Channel's F.D.R.: A Presidency Revealed; and Ric Burn's award-winning PBS series, New York: A Documentary History

Named after the first African-American graduate of Bowdoin College (class of 1826), the John Brown Russwurm lecture series explores "the legacy and status of Black Americans". Notable speakers include Robert Levine, Lani Guinier, Carl Stokes, Vernon Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Bayard Rustin, Benjamin Hooks, and Julian Bond, among others.


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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: 'Nostalgia for the Light'

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March 31, 20157:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In this enthralling and award-winning documentary, Chilean master director Patricio Guzman travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. 

But the Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: Pre-Columbian mummies; nineteenth-century explorers and miners; and political prisoners, disappeared by the Chilean army after the military coup of September 1973. While astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, women at the foot of the mountains search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, whose bodies were dumped here, to reclaim their families' histories. 

Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, Nostalgia for the Light is a moving and deeply personal odyssey.    

Followed by a panel discussion with Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. professor of history; Sarah Childress, visiting assistant professor of cinema studies; and Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow. 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas

RSVPs are requested but not required. You may RSVP at: https://nostalgiaforthelight.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

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Noliwe Rooks: "Because What is Beautiful is Good: Erasing Race and Selling Feminism in the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty"

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April 6, 20157:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This talk explores the role that Black women played at the beginning and the end of the first international Dove brand "real beauty" campaign and how and why that campaign used feminism as an advertising tool.

Noliwe Rooks is currently an Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies at Cornell University where she is also the Director of Graduate Studies in Africana Studies. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work explores the racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment as well as the way race and gender both impact and are impacted by popular culture, social history and political life in the United States.

Rooks is the author of three books. The first, Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture and African American Women (1996, Rutgers University Press) won both the 1997 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book, and the Public Library Associations 1997 award for Outstanding University Press Book. Her second book, Ladies Pages: African American Women's Magazines and the Culture that Made Them (Rutgers University Press) was published in 2004. Her most recent book, White Money/Black Power: African American Studies and the Crises of Race in Higher Education was published in 2006 with Beacon Press.

She has two forthcoming edited collections: "Black Fashion: Gender. Art. Politics" a special issue of NKA: Journal of Contemporary Art, Duke University Press, Fall 2015, No. 37 and Women and Magazines in the 21st Century: Race, Writing and New Media (Under Consideration). Her current book project is about the politics of race and economics of K-12 education in the United States and tentatively titled, Apartheid in America and Why it Matters That We Have Reached the Beginning of the End of Public Education.

Open to the public free of charge.

For more information, contact Hanetha Vete-Congolo at mvete@bowdoin.edu.

Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation (Mellon Humanities Initiative).

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Thursday Night Salon: "Snapshots of Dust and Time: Astronomy and Visual Art"

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April 16, 20157:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Museum of Art, Pavilion

Elise Weaver of the Bowdoin Department of Physics and Astronomy, leads an interdisciplinary discussion about representations of the cosmos in astrophotography and other visual media.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas and Star Charts and Celestial Scenes from Bowdoin Collections.

Free and open to the public.

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Bowdoin's Annual Spring Dance Concert: Student Performances to Surprise and Delight

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April 16, 20158:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Bowdoin's Spring Dance Concert features students of all levels, in dances composed by faculty, guest artists, and returning alumni. Alternately raucous and tender, musical and austere, this annual event never fails to surprise and delight.

Open to the public, free of charge. 

FREE TICKETS. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning March 30 (207-725-3375). Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm.

Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

With generous support from: The Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance

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Bowdoin's Annual Spring Dance Concert: Student Performances to Surprise and Delight

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April 18, 20158:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

Bowdoin's Spring Dance Concert features students of all levels, in dances composed by faculty, guest artists, and returning alumni. Alternately raucous and tender, musical and austere, this annual event never fails to surprise and delight.

Open to the public, free of charge. 

FREE TICKETS. Tickets available at the Smith Union information desk beginning March 30 (207-725-3375). Tickets will also be available at the door. Patrons should plan to be seated by 7:45 pm.

Pickard Theater is located in Memorial Hall, on the corner of Bath Road and Maine Street.

With generous support from: The Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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