Academic Life

Mike Kolster to Discuss New Book at Griffin Museum of Photography

The book, titled “Take Me to the River”, features photographs by Kolster of four rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean—the Androscoggin, Schuylkill, James, and Savannah—as they emerge from two centuries of industrial use and neglect.

The Race for Wealth: Speculation, Competition and Morality in Victorian Art

Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher examines how Victorian art reflected social reality, focusing on the work of William Powell Frith, a one-time celebrity of the art world who was pushed into obscurity by the rise of modernism.

Redefining Realism? Michelle Lee on Balzac’s Fictional Travelog

Postdoctoral fellow Lee explains how the nineteenth century French author’s foray into travel writing “showed the world how the scope of realism could be expanded beyond its traditional, European boundaries.”

Professor Gibbons Wins US Grant to Study Proposed Nuclear Weapons Ban

Government professor Rebecca Gibbons, recently awarded a grant from the US Air Force Academy, will spend the next few months, with help from a student researcher, looking into the possible effects of the wave of anti-nuclear sentiment on US allies.

Spring Dance Concert 2017, with Guest Artist Rakiya Orange ’11

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance in early May presented an evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. The show included guest performance by Bowdoin alumna Rakiya Orange ’11 and presentations of student choreography.

Greg Maslak ’17 Sheds Light on the Merits of Bank Mergers in Downturns

For his honors research project, he zeroed in on the seeming dichotomy that resulted from policies implemented during the Great Recession, as the 2008 downturn is sometimes called. While big banks were blamed for causing the economic fall, preserving and protecting big banks also became part of the solution for it

Art—Some of it Talking—Fills Edwards Center

At this year’s Spring 2017 Visual Arts Open House, in Edwards Center for Art and Dance, digital creations — like soundscapes and videos — joined the mix of sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints on display throughout the building. The show presents the culmination of work produced in all of this semester’s arts courses.

Students Examine a Brutal Dictatorship Through Art

History students in Latin American Revolutions, a spring-semester history class taught by Allen Wells, have created a unique political, historical, and artistic guide of sorts to a current art show at Bowdoin.

Academic Awards, Karofsky Teaching Prize Presented on 2017 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 21st Honors Day ceremony May 10, 2017, in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to recognize the academic accomplishments of Bowdoin students.

Goodbye, Wheelwrights, and Thank You For Everything

Colleagues and friends surprised Genie and Nat Wheelwright at the end of their final classes this semester with a couple rounds of hearty applause. Both professors are retiring from long careers at Bowdoin, where they inspired countless students to pay attention to and take care of the world around them, learn Spanish, study abroad, and undertake rigorous research projects.

Podcast Revisits Outspoken Gay Rights Journalist Tom Cassidy ’72

“CNN business anchor Tom Cassidy kept his private life separate from his public life. Three decades ago he had to. But then he was diagnosed with AIDS.” So begins the introduction of a 1990 podcast on Tom Cassidy ’72, who bequeathed money to Bowdoin for a lectureship that brings prominent reporters to campus each year. Cassidy died in 1991 at age 41.

Symposium Shines Spotlight on Gender and Religion in the Russian Revolution

Professor Page Herrlinger organized the event, which explores the impact of two of the Russian Revolution’s most radical projects: the establishment of gender equality and the “liberation” of Soviet society from the “opiate” of religious belief.

Vineet Shende’s New Choral Work Offers a Fresh Take on Being American

Shende says his new work is in part inspired by “the rising level of xenophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric in our recent political discourse. Such rhetoric strikes me as being deeply un-American.”

Spring Dance Concert 2017: A Preview

This year, the much heralded annual Spring Dance Concert will feature several original pieces, including one by guest artist Rakiya Orange, who graduated from Bowdoin in 2011.

Professor Horch on Why Crickets Matter (Not Least Because We Might Be Eating Them One Day)

Professor Horch’s new book, The Cricket as a Model Organism,” argues that studying crickets, which are related to locusts, could lead to new pest controls. Also, as the human population grows and puts increasing pressure on our agricultural systems, it could behoove us to have better science about this edible insect.

Students Dream Up New Uses for Old Navy Base

For Katie Morse-Gagne ’19 and Andrew Blunt ’19, the 260 acres of sandplain grassland, vernal pools and stream systems, oak-pine forest and pitch pine heath barren on the former Navy base represent a bounty of possibilities for Bowdoin and the town. Since last fall, when they were in Assistant Professor of Biology Vlad Douhovnikoff’s Forest Ecology class, the […]

National Economics Bureau Profiles Research by Bowdoin Professor Zorina Khan

The National Bureau of Economic Research has profiled the research of Zorina Khan, professor of economics at Bowdoin, who writes on law and economic history, including intellectual property rights, technological progress in Europe and the United States, antitrust, litigation and legal systems, and corporate governance.

New Zealand to Tahiti: Spiro ’18 and Wu ‘18 are Sailing Through the Semester. No, Really.

Math and physics major Carina Spiro ‘18 and Jacquelyn Wu ’18, a math major, are sailing the South Pacific Ocean in an effort to address and better understand some of the most pressing global questions related to the marine environment.

Daniel Castro Bonilla ’17 Wins Critical Language Scholarship

Senior Daniel Castro Bonilla has won a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese at the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, this summer. Bonilla, an Asian studies major, began to study Chinese in his first year at Bowdoin.

12 Seniors Present at National Chemistry Conference

Twelve students are attending the American Chemical Society’s national meeting, in San Francisco, to present the research they’re doing at Bowdoin.