Academic Life

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Kent Island Life: Investigating the Decline of Herring Gulls

Clare Schollaert ’16 is spending her summer at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island in New Brunswick, Canada, conducting field research on herring gulls and their foraging habits to try to understand why their population is declining.


2015 Honorand Jill Lepore: Historian, Educator, Writer

Honorary degree recipient Jill Lepore, a writer and historian, gave the keynote address at this year’s baccalaureate ceremony on May 22.


Dance, Film, Music: Creative Students Collaborate

This spring, students studying dance, music and film worked together to make four unique short films.

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Kylie Moore ’16 Wins Award for Essay on Advertising and Society

Kylie Moore’s essay on the cultural and economic implications of depicting women as “cute” in Japanese advertising has won an award from the American Educational Foundation.

Professors Celebrate President Mills’ 14 Years at Bowdoin

Following the regular Monday afternoon faculty meeting, Bowdoin professors gathered in Thorne Hall for a dinner to honor — and sometimes poke a bit of fun at — President Barry Mills and his wife, Karen.

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Museum Pieces 2015: A Farewell To President Mills

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than 20 years, capped off this year’s Common Hour series. This year’s show featured a farewell dance for departing President Barry Mills and his wife, Karen.


Filmmaker Rickey Larke ’15 Turns His Lens on Bowdoin, the Ivies, Home

In the movie SurvIvies, a 45-miunute documentary Rickey Larke ’15 shot last year for an independent study at Bowdoin, the suspense mounts.

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McKeen Center Shines Light on Students Engaging with the Community

Each year, students majoring in subjects that span the curriculum incorporate community projects into their studies, partnering with local agencies from across the street to organizations in places as far away as Asia and Africa.

Academic Awards, Karofsky Prize Presented on 2015 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 19th annual Honors Day ceremony on May 6 in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to recognize the academic accomplishments of Bowdoin students.


Prof. Sobak: Being a Gadfly in the Face of Authority

As part of Bowdoin’s TED-Talk-style Uncommon Hour series, Associate Professor of Classics Robert Sobak recently discussed authority, dissent, and how to be a “gadfly.” He spoke a full audience of students at Reed House.

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Professors Discuss Boko Haram, and Why We Should Pay Attention To It

Bowdoin’s Africana Studies program recently organized a panel of professors to sit down and discuss the background and significance of Boko Haram.

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Join Professor Nadia Celis’s Book Launch and Celebration

Associate Professor of Romance Languages Nadia Celis will be celebrating her new book, La Rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal, Tuesday, April 28, at 4:30 in Massachusetts Hall’s faculty room.

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New Course to Introduce Students to World of Digital Humanities

A Bowdoin computer science professor and a digital humanities expert are teaming up to teach a new digital and computational course next fall. The class will tackle two major projects: for the first, students will recreate what General Joshua Chamberlain saw from Little Round Top in 1865. For the second, they will explore the notion of identity in the age of social media.


Philosopher Jeff McMahan Lectures at Bowdoin on the Morality of War

Jeff McMahan, the White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, spoke at Bowdoin recently about the responsibilities of participants in war. His view is that soldiers must be able to morally justify the killing of others, even if they do so as uniformed members of an armed service.


#CarbonFeed Installation at H-L Library Reminds Us of Our Social Media Footprint

The #CarbonFeed project, designed by artists John Park and Jon Bellona, is designed to prompt viewers to consider their digital carbon footprint.

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Art Museum Fellow’s Final Show Goes Back to Latin America’s Future

Based on her interest in the relationship betwee past and future, and in Latin American art, Sarah Montross has put together the first-ever exhibition dedicated to postwar art of the Americas inspired by science fiction and space travel.


2015 Spring Dance Concert

Every April, the Department of Theater and Dance puts on a popular spring dance show. This year, with music ranging from Puccini to Piazzolla, repertory courses played with the shape and formalities of social relationships, while composition students exposed choreographic devices, scores, and sources through short studies and improvisations. This season’s concert featured a duet […]


Professor Crystal Hall Receives Digital Fellowship

This summer and next, Crystal Hall, a visiting assistant professor of digital and computational studies, will attend a new institute in North Carolina that’s been designed to teach humanities scholars about cutting-edge digital tools that can broaden and deepen their research.

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Two Bowdoin Students Excel in Japanese Language Contest

Yu Zhao ’15 and Katherine Carter ’16 recently won first and second place in the Consulate General of Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest.


Art History Students Close Their Books and Make Art

Peggy Wang, assistant professor of art history and Asian studies, worked with Jackie Brown, assistant professor of visual arts, to conduct an art-making workshop that Wang said would help students better understand the challenges and particularities of generating meaning through art.