English Department Chair Aaron Kitch presented “Queer Matter: Science and Sexuality in the Renaissance,” kicking off the faculty lecture series “Science Before Science” by the College’s new Medieval and Early Modern Studies colloquium.
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Crystal Hall explored the challenges and opportunities of digital tools for humanities research, focusing particularly on her study of how poetry shaped Galileo’s philosophical ideas, in an Oct. 24 talk.
America’s favorite morning beverage contains much more than just milk and sugar, according to Steven Topik of the University of California, Irvine: “there’s a lot of world history in one cup of coffee,” Topik said in an Oct. 30 lecture in Searles Science Building titled “Coffee Colonialism.”
Examining the parallels between our current economy and that of the 1930s, MIT Professor Emeritus of Economics Peter Temin spoke to an attentive audience spanning a wide range of ages during Bowdoin’s biannual Santagata Lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, on Oct. 17.
Scholars from institutions across the U.S. and abroad came to Bowdoin to discuss 19th-century political economists, and the relevance of their ideas to modern times, in a symposium on Oct. 19-20 titled “American Political Economy from the Age of Jackson to the Civil War,” organized by Stephen Meardon.
Susanna Ashton writes about research surrounding a fugitive slave who was harbored for one night in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Brunswick home, an event that likely influenced Stowe’s decision to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Professor of History Allen Wells, just back from a yearlong sabbatical devoted to studying the history of Latin American democracy, presented a lecture on his research during the first faculty lunch seminar of 2013-2014.
The Pejepscot Historical Society (PHS), which owns and operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum just across Maine Street from the College, has announced a significant addition to its collection and a major artifact of Maine history: Civil War general Joshua L. Chamberlain’s original Medal of Honor, given by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster and Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History Dana Byrd recently teamed up to give Alumni College attendees an immersion experience in the photography of the Civil War.
Bowdoin did its part in honoring the Civil War’s sesquicentennial through a memorable Alumni College in August: 61 participants came from near and far to immerse themselves in a three-day extravaganza of Civil War history, art, music, and culture — and to enjoy a refresher course in what it’s like to be a Bowdoin student.
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Brian Purnell discusses his latest book, “Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn,” with Associate Professor of History Patrick Rael.
“It was such an overall great experience,” Cindy Cammarn said. “I have no regrets whatsoever, although obviously there were things I missed that I wish I could have known at the time. But I feel like I came up with a lot of answers on the spot.”
Cindy Cammarn ’14 will be Bowdoin’s first student contestant on Jeopardy!, at least as far back as 1984, when Alex Trebak started hosting the game show.
In this video, Wells discusses Chávez and his legacy, addressing the riddle of the man who led Venezuela for 14 years. Why did the leader inspire both intense loathing and veneration? What are the future prospects for his revolution? And can the United States and Venezuela forge stronger ties now that Chávez is dead?
Patrick Rael, an associate professor of history at Bowdoin, offers his opinions on the two recent films in his blog posts, “Django Unchained” and “All About Lincoln.”
This summer Katie Ross ’14 had several goals: After volunteering last summer at a Cambodian orphanage, she wanted to stay home in Minneapolis, but she also wanted to learn more about human rights work and to validate her dream of forging a career in the nonprofit sector.
A forthcoming book about the Civil Rights Movement by Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Brian Purnell has been awarded the 2012 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize by the New York State Historical Association. The prize recognizes the best unpublished, book-length monograph relating to the history of New York State. Purnell’s book, titled “A Movement […]
Books by Bowdoin faculty members are continuing to shape disciplines and garner widespread recognition. Read about the latest publications by professors Jorunn Buckley, Nadia V. Celis, Michael Franz, Christian Potholm and Olufemi Vaughan.
Associate Professor of History Dallas Denery, who is completing the book Liars: Deception, the Individual and the Origins of Modernity, was interviewed for the WBYU radio program Thinking Aloud, lending his expertise and insight to a conversation exploring the history of lying and the role it played in pre-modern Europe. Listen to the interview.
Sean McElroy ’12 has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship worth $34,000 in support of his graduate education. The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and “to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study.” McElroy, of Capistrano Beach, Calif., is double-majoring in […]