Academic Life


Bowdoin Historian Questions the ‘Wolves’ the Pilgrims Met

Strother Roberts is researching the role of domesticated dogs in pre-modern North America, questioning how wild or domesticated they were, and how they contributed to Native American civilization.


Economics Students Tackle Free Trade Questions, as Historic Agreements Hang in the Balance

Assistant Professor of Economics Gonca Senel asked her students to weigh in on some of the key issues relating to free trade that policymakers in the US and beyond are dealing with at the moment.


Author Junot Díaz to Launch Symposium Examining Plight of Haitians in Dominican Republic

“We are bringing to campus scholars who can help us make sense of this crisis, who will explain the long history that links these two neighboring countries together even as it rips their peoples apart.”

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Visiting Artist, Filmmaker Lyès Salem Inspired by French-Algerian Roots

The Algerian-born filmmaker and visiting artist in Francophone studies is teaching a seminar class on creative writing and filmmaking in which he will help students produce one or two short movies, in French.


President’s Symposium Shines Light on Student Research

Approximately 150 students worked with faculty advisors this summer to answer difficult questions and uncover new knowledge in a range of disciplines, from computer science and chemistry to theater and English. Each summer, students who wish to do intensive research are supported by many different fellowships, a number of which are offered by Bowdoin. Most of the student […]


Video: Students Honored on Sarah and James Bowdoin Day

In this year’s ceremony, 236 students were named Sarah and James Bowdoin scholars, and twenty received of them received Book Awards.


Professor Ghodsee Speaks on the Re-emergence of Nationalism in Eastern Europe

The Institute for Advanced Study, where Albert Einstein lived and worked after he fled to the US, recently invited a Bowdoin professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to speak on memory projects about World War II and the Cold War.


The Trial of Galileo: A First-Year History Seminar Re-enactment

In intense discussions, first-year students debated the appropriate punishment for a man who had been accused of heresy for his notions that the earth orbited the sun.


Michael Franz Discusses Political Advertising on Television

The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been described as one unlike any previous campaign; Mike Franz says that’s true of political advertising, as well.

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Bowdoin Historian Tapped as Finalist For Slavery Book Prize

Bowdoin Professor of History Patrick Rael has been selected as one of five finalists for the Harriet Tubman Prize, which honors nonfiction books that examine slavery, the slave trade, or anti-slavery movements in the Atlantic World.


Big Bowdoin Math Conference Draws Luminaries, Students

Bowdoin hosted the American Mathematical Society Fall Eastern Sectional Meeting in late September. Between 300 and 400 mathematicians visited, reserving every single classroom on campus for a two-day conference that included three plenary speakers, eighteen special sessions, and thirty-five undergraduate research presentations—including five Bowdoin students.

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Bowdoin Economist Finds Globalization Has Not Varied Our Diets

Erik Nelson, assistant professor of economics, is the lead author of new study that finds the impact of globalization is less than expected when it comes to the food we grow and eat.


Instant Coffee, Soy Sauce, Prints: Visiting Artist Teaches Non-toxic Printmaking

In a recent printmaking class, visiting artist Liz Chalfin taught students how to prepare plates with a solution of instant coffee and water. Later, the students cleaned their plates with soy sauce instead of the typical ammonia.


The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

“The overall theme concerns how racial discrimination looked outside the South during much of the last century and how citizen activists addressed those problems.”


The Untold Stories of Three Black Women Activists

Three biographers of black female activists recently gathered at Bowdoin for a roundtable event to discuss the commonalities and differences in the historical figures they study.


How Digital Technologies Are Changing Our Relationship to History and Performance

“I make the argument that digital technologies—computers, audio recordings, smart phones and things like that—change our relationship to history and performance.”


Video: Symmetry Works! Where Math Meets Art

Symmetry is the buzz word on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works!


Bowdoin Economist Critiques US Carbon Markets (Climate Change Economics)

In a new analysis of US carbon-offset programs that reward farmers for reforesting their farmland, Assistant Professor of Economics Erik Nelson finds that the programs are not enticing enough orchard farmers in Northern California to switch from fruit production to carbon production. These programs are designed to help mitigate climate change.


Bowdoin Profs, Students Use 3D Printers to Advance Their Work

As 3D printers become more common and affordable, Bowdoin professors are taking advantage of the machines’ ability to print pretty much anything.

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Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 215th Convocation

The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of its 215th academic year, was held August 30, 2016, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.