Academic Life

A Semester of Art at Edwards Center Open House


The Visual Arts Open House, held earlier in December in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance, was filled with the sculptures, paintings, sketches, books and videos created by art students this fall.

Bowdoin, Tuck Collaborate on Financial Accounting Course (EducationDive)

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Bowdoin’s new collaboration with Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School is featured as one of “7 ways higher ed institutions are increasingly joining forces” on EducationDive.

First-Year Students Complete an Action-Packed First Semester

Weapons of the Weak: First-Year Seminar taught by Barbara Elias (Photo: Bob Handelman)

First-year students are about to home for the holidays with their first college semester under their belts. What have they been learning, exactly? We took a look back at four of this fall’s first-year seminars: Weapons of the Weak, Film Noir, How to Read a Million Books, and Personal Genomes.

Three Professors Say Their Goodbyes to the Classroom


Three longtime Bowdoin professors taught their last classes this week: Nancy Jennings (Education), Barbara Held (Psychology), and Paul Schaffner (Psychology).

Dancing into December: The Annual Dance Concert

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Beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers performed in the annual December Dance Concert last weekend.

Strong Words for Novel by Bowdoin’s Clarke (New York Times)


In a tongue-in-cheek New York Times book review, Professor of English Brock Clarke was remonstrated for the deft originality of his novel.

Bowdoin Faculty Honors President Mills with Endowed Scholarship

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The Bowdoin College faculty is honoring outgoing President Barry Mills and Karen Mills, and their priorities for the College, with a gift that will help students gain access to the opportunities that a Bowdoin education provides.

Underwater Filmmaker Reveals His Production Secrets

Underwater filming at Bowdoin Marine Lab with Nick Caloyianis (photo by the students of Seashore Digital Diaries)

Oscar-winning photographer Nick Caloyianis came to the Bowdoin Marine Lab to give students hands-on training in underwater filming.

Kolster’s Rivers Series Expands Westward (KCET)


This time, photography professor Michael Kolster’s Guggenheim Fellowship project “Take Me to the River” has taken him (and his portable dark room) to Los Angeles.

Linda Kinstler ’13 Wins Marshall Scholarship

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Linda Kinstler ’13, a managing editor at The New Republic, has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study at the graduate level in the United Kingdom.

Ying Quartet Teaches Compelling Lessons to Student Writers


Visiting Writer In Residence Russ Rymer describes the Ying Quartet’s visit to his class, Creative Nonfiction Through Photography.

How the Warburg Institute Brought Antiquity to the Masses


In the mid-20th century, London’s Warburg Institute was educating the public about the roots of Western civilization. But how?

Prof. Franz on the Impact — and Value — of Negative Political Ads


Michael Franz, an associate professor of government and legal studies, recently sat down with Busra Eriz ’17 to answer her questions about his research on political ads and their influence on elections.

Van Gogh Painted Fluid Turbulence Before It Was a Thing

Starry NIght by Vincent van Gogh

In 2004, the Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of swirling eddies that reminded people of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” A nice observation – but it didn’t stop there.

Down on the Farm: ES Students Dig Into Food Systems

This semester for the first time, Bowdoin’s popular environmental studies introductory class included a unit on food and agriculture.

Fifty Years Later: Museum’s Landmark 1964 Exhibition Comes Back to Life, Digitally

Jessica Holley ’15 does archival research for Fifty Years Later

Students, faculty, and staff have launched a virtual exhibition of the BCMA’s seminal 1964 show ”The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting.”

Hong Kong In the News: An Explainer

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Professors Sarah Mak and Leah Zuo recently sat down with Bowdoin’s Director of News Doug Cook in Bowdoin’s studio to offer some political and historical context for the current unrest in Hong Kong.

Scholars Recognized on Sarah and James Bowdoin Day


Bowdoin’s highest-ranking scholars were recognized at the College’s 2014 Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Sabbatical Seminars: Fitzgerald on How Welfare Affects Children


This week’s faculty seminar series featured John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin’s William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, who gave a presentation titled “Does Public Assistance Improve Long-Run Outcomes for Children? Avoiding Spurious Correlations.”

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

“Investigation of UV Reflectance Patterns off the Scales of Carrasius auratus as an Important Factor for Female Mate Choice,” by Varun Wadia '15 and mentors Richmond Thompson and Madeleine Msall (photo by Catherine Yochum ’15)

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.