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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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.

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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.

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A Summer of Science in Druckenmiller Hall

To give people a sense of the activity that went on in Druckenmiller throughout the summer, we’ve put together an interactive blueprint of the buildings.

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Science Faculty See Pros and Cons of Avoiding Traditional Publication Route

Science professors discuss the advantages and limitations of traditional, peer-reviewed, subscription-based academic publishing, and the alternative option of publishing straight to the Internet.

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Miranda Hall-Aquitania ’18: Composing Music Fit For a Fairytale

This summer, Miranda Hall-Aquitania received a an Alan M. Christenfeld Fellowship from Bowdoin to focus on creating an original three-movement composition for violin, viola, and cello. The piece is influence by Gagaku imperial court music, and by Hall’s love for storytelling.

Sarah Washington ’17 Studies Trajectory of Black Activism in the US

Sarah Washington is the second recipient of a new Bowdoin fellowship, the Irma Cheatham Summer Research Fellowship, which supports research in Africana studies.

What’s So Funny? Andrew Cawley ’17 Investigates Social Criticism in Stand-up Comedy

Andrew Cawley has somewhat of a funny job this summer. He’s spending his days alternately laughing and taking notes as he watches videos of stand-up comedy.

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History Students Research Doonesbury, Paper Mills, and Jewish Leftists

Each year, many students receive fellowships from Bowdoin to spend the summer conducting research in a range of fields, from chemistry to Africana studies, physics, mathematics, literature, and more. This work typically leads up to an honors project. In this article, we reached out to three students who received grants to pursue research in history to find out what they are investigating.

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Tweeting From Greenland: Bowdoin Archaeologist Shares Stories from the Field

On her seven-week archaeological excavation, Genevieve LeMoine is carrying an inReach—basically a satellite text messenger that allows her to post to Twitter (@IItaArchaeology) and Facebook (also IitaArchaeology)

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Franz Discusses Changing Nature of Political Advertising in Latest Book

With the 2016 US presidential elections less than six months away, Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz said SuperPACs have transformed political advertising in America.

A Semester’s Worth of Art Fills Edwards Center

Students, faculty, staff, and community members toured the Edwards Arts Center last Friday night, checking out the end-of-semester open house of artwork produced in the spring semester’s visual arts classes.

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Art History Students Lead Discussion of ‘Beautiful Monstrosities’

The exhibition Beautiful Monstrosities, Elegant Distortions: The Artifice of Sixteenth-Century Mannerism opened at the Bowdoin Museum of Art last month, featuring the work of artists “employed by European courts in the 16th century.” Despite its smaller size of roughly a dozen etchings, prints, and drawings, the exhibit leaves much open for debate and discussion.

Watch: Spring Dance 2016 Show

The dance department staged its spring dance May 5-7, 2016,  in Pickard Theater. Five dance classes performed—from beginner to advanced—and Julian Andrews ’17 screened a work he composed in an independent study.

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Bowdoin Student Tackles Dementia Care Using ‘Person-Centered’ Approach

The aim of person-centered care is to focus on the individual and not the disease, on what they’ve retained rather than what they have lost.

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Off the Shelf: Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, Anthropology professor Scott MacEachern talks about an unusual book translated into English and published in 1995.