Academics

Coastal Studies Expansion Brings New Marine Science Semester to Bowdoin

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Big changes are astir at the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island, where Coastal Studies director David Carlon is leading an initiative to bring Bowdoin’s unique marine offerings to a whole new level by dramatically expanding facilities and programming.

Texts That Went Viral…in the 19th Century

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What do LOLcats and 19th-century literature have in common? They both have been impacted by so-called “virality,” said visiting speaker Ryan Cordell in a recent talk at Bowdoin.

Visiting Printmaker Creates Prints for the Taking

This semester’s visiting printmaker, hosted by the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, is known not just for her prints but also for her generous art installations.

Bowdoin Alumni Present – and Represent – at Ornithology Conference

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Bowdoin biology professor Nat Wheelwright encountered 11 former students at this fall’s annual meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union in Estes Park, Colo.

Rethinking China’s Engagement With Africa

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China’s involvement with African nations is wide and deep, and it is important for the United States to understand China’s complex investment in the continent, according to Deborah Brautigam, who recently spoke at Bowdoin.

Studying the Many-Sided Civil War

Civil War cluster students Michael Smith, Alexxa Leone, and Katie Randall (photo credit: Tess Chakkalakal)

In one sense, there were only two sides in the Civil War – but there are many sides to the story of this pivotal era in American history. Bowdoin’s Civil War course cluster is bringing together a whole array of disciplines, including the historical, the literary, the visual, and the digital.

Bowdoin Organic Garden Offers ‘Food for Thought’ Talks

On a recent Saturday morning, Bowdoin professors of chemistry, English, biology and sociology gathered at the newly renovated 52 Harpswell residence hall to give short talks on gardening and organic food.

Greek Drama Changes the Story About Athenian Women

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In high school, you might have learned that Athenian women were an oppressed and marginalized group. However, Laura McClure of the University of Wisconsin believes that Greek drama tells a different story, as she explained in a lecture sponsored by Bowdoin’s Studies in the Mediterranean course cluster.

Sabbatical Seminars: Casselberry on Black Pentecostal Women

Judith Casselberry presents "Harvesting Souls for Christ: Black Pentecostal Women's Labor at the Altar"

This week’s faculty seminar series featured Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry, who gave a presentation called “Harvesting Souls for Christ: Black Pentecostal Women’s Labor at the Altar.”

Timothy Kuhner ’98: The Corruption of American Democracy

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Timothy Kuhner ’98, associate professor of law at Georgia State University, recently visited Bowdoin to talk about his new book, Capitalism v. Democracy, and the way money is corrupting American democracy.

Bowdoin’s Kolster Opens Photography Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

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A photography exhibition by recent Guggenheim Fellow Michael Kolster is on view through October 25 in the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine, with an opening reception on September 26 and an artist’s talk on October 5.

New Research Vessel Joins the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Fleet

Carlon pilots the R/V A.O.K. through Harpswell Sound.

With big expansions underway in Coastal Studies facilities and programming, Bowdoin has made a valuable acquisition: the R/V A.O.K., a 28-foot research vessel with a twin outboard hull.

The Power of Fruit Flies

Jack Bateman and Michele Markstein

Never underestimate the fruit fly. In a recent lecture sponsored by the biology department, visiting speaker Dr. Michele Markstein explained how Drosophila is revealing surprising insights into the biology and treatment of cancer.

Sabbatical Seminars: Zeeman on Tipping Points and Environmental Resilience

Mary Lou Zeeman presents the 2014 faculty lunch lecture "Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience."

Mathematics professor Mary Lou Zeeman kicked off this year’s faculty seminar series with a talk titled “Harnessing Math to Understand Tipping Points and Resilience,” stressing the importance of bringing together the studies of math and the environment.

Teachable Moments: Professors on Favorite Classes

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We asked faculty members attending this year’s Academic Fair what classes they were looking forward to teaching this semester.

Bowdoin Opens Academic Year with 213th Convocation

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The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 213th academic year, was held Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Pickard Theater of Memorial Hall.

Bowdoin’s Lichter Garners Sewall Foundation Grant for Fisheries Research

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Bowdoin received a major grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to support the Maine fisheries research of John Lichter, Director of the College’s Environmental Studies Program.

What I Did This Summer: French Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo

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Associate Professor of Romance Languages Hanétha Vete-Congolo tell us about her summer researching gender and society in her native Martinique.

Investigating Religious Identity in Sri Lanka

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When is a religious identity also an ethnic identity, and how is that connection influenced by a history of colonization and conflicts? Omar Sohail ’15 has been exploring this question and others as he examines the Muslim concept of identity in Sri Lanka.

What I Did This Summer: Studying the Science of Red Tide

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Sasha Kramer ’16 tells a captivating story about doing research at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center, where she has been uncovering the science behind red tide and paralytic shellfish poisoning.