History Department

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.

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.

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.

New Public Health Course Meets Rising Student Demand

Responding to increasing interest in public health by students—who see it as a potential career, a way to practice the common good, and an interesting field of study—Bowdoin is offering a new course this semester called Public Health and the Liberal Arts.

Professor Chiang Recalls Japanese-American Incarceration Camps

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Connie Chiang recently spoke at the Center for Multicultural life about the history of Japanese American incarceration in relation to President Trump’s travel ban.

Rael on Abraham Lincoln’s Speech Problem

At the recent unveiling of the rare and historic photograph of President Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Professor of History Patrick Rael regaled the standing-room-only crowd with what was going on behind the scenes as President-elect Lincoln prepared to take the oath of office and become the sixteenth President of the United States.

Historic Lincoln Inauguration Photograph Unveiled

“The slice of time captured here marks the moment when the final contest over slavery became truly inevitable—the point at which a great hypocrisy at the founding of the nation could be righted.”

‘Bonds of War’: David Thomson ’08 on Financing the Civil War

Sacred Heart University history professor David Thomson describes how the civil war helped turn the US into a global financial powerhouse.

Liberal and Conservative Columnists Find Common Ground in Campus Discussion

A long-anticipated event featuring New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley, saw the two politically opposed commentator find a lot to agree about in discussion about free speech and political correctness on campus

‘Water is Life’ Panel Discusses Indigenous Lands and Laws

The event provided historical context for and analysis of the large protest that’s been waged against a proposed oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota.

Bowdoin Historian Questions the ‘Wolves’ the Pilgrims Met

Strother Roberts is researching the role of domesticated dogs in pre-modern North America, questioning how wild or domesticated they were, and how they contributed to Native American civilization.

Author Junot Díaz to Launch Symposium Examining Plight of Haitians in Dominican Republic

“We are bringing to campus scholars who can help us make sense of this crisis, who will explain the long history that links these two neighboring countries together even as it rips their peoples apart.”

Intermediality: A New Way of Approaching Art History

Assistant Professor of Art History Dana Byrd organized a symposium to examine how different media have influenced each other.

The Trial of Galileo: A First-Year History Seminar Re-enactment

In intense discussions, first-year students debated the appropriate punishment for a man who had been accused of heresy for his notions that the earth orbited the sun.

Video: Bowdoin Students Protest Dakota Access Pipeline

As the fight over the Dakota Access pipeline intensifies, several dozen students and other members of the Bowdoin community gathered on campus recently to voice their opposition to the project.

Bowdoin Historian Tapped as Finalist For Slavery Book Prize

Bowdoin Professor of History Patrick Rael has been selected as one of five finalists for the Harriet Tubman Prize, which honors nonfiction books that examine slavery, the slave trade, or anti-slavery movements in the Atlantic World.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Her House, Her Novel: The Most Common Questions

Cathi Belcher, the docent of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, has begun holding monthly “Tea with Harriet” events, inviting visitors into the newly opened home to see where Stowe wrote her famous anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Belcher has answered some of visitors’ most frequently asked questions.

Seven New Tenure-Track Professors Announced

Seven tenure-track professors were appointed to Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields. We asked the professors a few questions about their background, their research and teaching interests, and what they like to do when they find themselves with free time.

The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

“The overall theme concerns how racial discrimination looked outside the South during much of the last century and how citizen activists addressed those problems.”

Maine Reporter Speaks at Bowdoin about New Bio of Sen. Mitchell ’54

Doug Rooks recently stopped by the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library to give a talk about his new biography of former U.S. senator George Mitchell, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1954.