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Doonesbury, Paper Mills, and Jewish Leftists: History Students Research the Past

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.


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.


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.


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.

From the Carthaginians to Don Corleone: Students Explore Sicily

As they traveled around Sicily for nine days in March, students didn’t just visit ancient sites and majestic ruins, they also spoke to shop owners about how they’re fending off the tyranny of the Mafia. They learned how to make marzipan, a traditional Arabic dessert made from almonds, and visited spots that have influenced contemporary Sicilian writers.

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Bowdoin Archaeologist Headed to Greenland to Investigate Ancient Arctic Mystery

“One of the holy grails of archaeology is to find out if the Dorset and Thule people were in contact, and that is a very difficult thing to prove,” Archaeologist Genevieve LeMoine said. “But this site seems to be one of the kinds of sites that would be able to do that, perhaps, if it in fact happened.”


Sample Size: A Quick Look at Bowdoin Scientists

 Wilder Nicholson ’16 has collaborated with the chair of the biology department, Nat Wheelwright, to create a series of brief videos to introduce some of the department’s scientists to prospective biology students and others.


Off the Shelf: Harrison King McCann Professor of English Marilyn Reizbaum

In this video, English professor Marilyn Reizbaum talks about a book she picks from one of her shelves of poetry books.


Analyzing African Pottery: Archaeology Meets Math in Groundbreaking Collaboration

“The key insight was realizing that you could treat pottery distributions the same way you could treat microbial distributions, which is the sort of cross-disciplinary perspective that a place like Bowdoin naturally encourages.”


Off the Shelf: Professor of History Dallas Denery

We have launched a new series in which we visit Bowdoin professors to ask them about a meaningful book or two they keep in their offices. Because there are many such books, we ask faculty to select one from a shelf we point to at random. In this video, Dallas Denery, who teaches history at Bowdoin, speaks about two books that made a difference for him.

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Bowdoin Sociologist Wins Fellowship to Write about Mexican Farmworker Movement

Marcos Lopez recently won a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship in support of his ethnographic research. He is writing articles and a book on how the farmworkers in Baja, despite facing racism, violence and powerful employers, successfully fought to improve their living and working conditions.


Economics Major Researches What Prompts People to Give to Charity

While his honors project is motivated by intellectual curiosity, it also matters to Jordan Richmond ’16 that his work could do some good in the world.


The Evolutionary Benefits of Cloning, According to Bowdoin Ecologist

Biology professor Vlad Douhovnikoff is researching the ecological benefits of cloning, as well as the evolutionary benefits. The latter might at first blush sound contradictory.


Off the Shelf: Lecturer in Russian Michael Klimov

We are visiting professors to ask them about a meaningful book or two they keep in their offices. In this video, Michael Klimov, who teaches Russian at Bowdoin, speaks about a book by a Russian author that made a difference for him.

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Prof. Allen Springer’s Book Examines Effectiveness of International Environmental Law

Prof. Allen Springer’s latest book examines the conflicts that sometimes erupt between individual countries and international environmental law.


Prof. Chong: The Math Behind iPhone Energy Harvesters, Wall Sound Filters and Origami

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Christopher Chong works on the kind of fantastic inventions you could imagine one day might be the mundane objects we all take for granted, such as walls that filter out traffic noise but let in the music of birdsongs, or gigantic underground coils that protect cities from earthquakes. Perhaps his most thrilling project is figuring out how people can charge their iPhones just by walking around with them.