Bowdoin senior Parker Lemal’Brown’s short play, “Gesundheit,” has been selected for the upcoming Maine Playwrights Festival. After reading the 60-odd submissions this year, the festival committee selected five to be produced at the Portland Stage Company April 26 through May 5.
Sydney Benjamin ’19 is, of course, re-watching the films, but her conclusions are also informed by film criticism, gender theory, interviews, and critical essays that examine the role of religion and philosophy in Star Wars. And while the pool of research on gender in Star Wars is limited, some of the most surprising conclusions Benjamin has come to are about male friendships.
Students debated the pros and cons of a “call-out culture,” where perpetrators of sexual are publicly identified. Some also said the #MeToo movement has demonstrated the need for better sex education. “If more people were comfortable talking about sex, this may lead to less assault,” remarked one.
The programs have given Bowdoin students the opportunity to try and make sense of this moment of cultural reckoning and to participate, albeit on a relatively small scale, in a national conversation.
Each February, the Bowdoin Student Government hosts a weekend of winter-oriented entertainment. Even though this year the popular horse-drawn carriage rides were not part of the mix due to the weather, students stayed inside and celebrated snow by making snow globes and eating s’mores.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, delivered this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture to an overflowing Kresge Auditorium on Tuesday night. His talk, “MLK for the 21st Century,” was far reaching in tone and scope, bringing Dr. King’s words to bear on not only contemporary police violence, but also sexism, homophobia, and sexual violence.
Keynote speaker Alain Nahimana delivered an address, “#ThePowerofWe,” focusing on his experiences as the executive director of Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, as well as the necessity to make decisions loud enough to show that we are really embracing diversity.
With a team of nine climbers, Briscoe and Moore were part of the first African American team to summit North America’s highest peak, Denali, in Alaska. Not only does their documentary depict an exciting adventure, it also addresses an important issue: the lack of diversity in the outdoors.