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An Illuminating Night at the Opera with Prof. Steve Cerf

Bowdoin’s George Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of German Emeritus, escorted more than 50 Bowdoin alumni to Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center Saturday, March 21, 2015.

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College Houses Become Cultural Sites For a Week

For the college’s inaugural Language and Culture Week, each of the eight College Houses adopted a language and threw a series of events in honor of some of the cultures that speak that language.


A Bowdoin Reading List

Somehow, in the midst of all of their teaching and research, professors at Bowdoin also find time to write books. Check out these recent and upcoming titles by faculty members.


Bowdoin Professors on Sabbatical, All Over the Map

This year, more than three dozen Bowdoin faculty members have dispersed to all corners of the map for sabbatical projects. See where they’ve gone.


Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.


Chemistry, German Professors Appointed to Endowed Chairs

Two faculty members have been newly appointed to endowed chairs at Bowdoin: chemistry professor Elizabeth Stemmler and German associate professor Jill Smith.


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?


Bowdoin Honors Three Retiring Faculty Members

Three faculty members were granted emeritus status during the annual meeting of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees on May 9-11, 2014: DeWitt John, Jorunn Buckley, and Steve Cerf.


A Round of Applause for Steve Cerf

A crowd of admirers waited outside Sills Hall Wednesday afternoon to greet Steve Cerf, soon to be emeritus professor of German, after he finished teaching his final class.


Ying Quartet Brings Musical Perspective to Bowdoin Classes

The Ying Quartet took part in five different Bowdoin classes – spanning topics in history, literature, and culture as well as music – to perform a selection of works related to the course material and engage students in a lively discussion about the music.

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Origin of a Poison

As part of German Week at Bowdoin, Harvard history professor Alison Frank Johnson explained how cocaine’s slide into infamy was a global process that illustrates the complicated relationship between the German and Austrian Empires.


Around the World in Seven Days: World Cinema Film Festival Kicks Off

This week Bowdoin presents the World Cinema Film Festival, drawing upon contemporary films from across the globe and international cinema expertise from across the campus.


Three Bowdoin Seniors Receive Fulbright Research Grants

Three Bowdoin seniors, Kacey Berry, Jacob Blum and Emma Cutler, have received Fulbright Fellowships to support their research next year in Germany, Italy and Sri Lanka, respectively.

Three Seniors Win Fellowships to Germany and Austria

This year, Bowdoin’s German department has announced that three students have received fellowships to study or work in Germany or Austria next year.

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Lincoln Pac ’08 Receives Fulbright to Study Public Health in Uganda

Lincoln Pac, of the University of Colorado, Denver has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to study public health in Uganda, the United States Department of State announced recently.


Six Seniors Awarded Fulbright Scholarships, Austrian Teaching Assistantships

Three seniors have earned Fulbright Scholarships, which provide funding for study or teaching abroad for one year to promote cross-cultural interaction and increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Profile: John Harthorne ’95 (Bowdoin Magazine)

This profile originally appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Bowdoin magazine. Hometown: Wayland, Mass. Bowdoin major: German (with a minor in Chemistry) Title: Founder & CEO, MassChallenge Inc. Website:

Bowdoin Trustees Honor Four Retiring Faculty Members

Four Bowdoin faculty members were elected to emeritus status during the May 12-14, 2011, meeting of the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees. Helen Cafferty was elected William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of German and the Humanities Emerita; John Turner was elected Professor of Romance Languages Emeritus; David Vail was elected Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics Emeritus; and June A. Vail […]

Departmental Awards Presented at 2011 Honors Day Ceremony

  Bowdoin College’s 15th annual Honors Day ceremony to recognize publicly the college-wide academic and extracurricular achievements of Bowdoin students and faculty was held May 11 in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. Assistant Professor of German Jill S. Smith, recipient of the 2010 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, gave a talk titled “Honor Among Thieves?” […]

Podcast: Prof. Steve Cerf Brings Home the Devastation of Holocaust

Professor of German Steven Cerf delivers a highly moving Common Hour Lecture titled, “Hearing My Grandparents’ Voices: Their Letters Before Deportation,” which traces his grandparents’ failed attempts to escape Nazi Germany in the years before their transport to a death camp. Listen to the podcast. Cerf, who has taught at Bowdoin for 40 years, has […]