History Department

history students

Doonesbury, Paper Mills, and Jewish Leftists: History Students Research the Past

Each year, many students receive fellowships from Bowdoin to spend the summer conducting research in a range of fields, from chemistry to Africana studies, physics, mathematics, literature, and more. This work typically leads up to an honors project. In this article, we reached out to three students who received grants to pursue research in history to find out what they are investigating.

Patrick Rael

Rael on What’s Right and What’s Wrong in Civil War Film ‘The Free State of Jones’

Professor of History Patrick Rael delves into the recently released film ‘The Free State of Jones’ with an essay in ‘Muster’ that examines where it fits in the broader Civil War film tradition.

summertimemap

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Harriets Writing Room feat

Experience History: Harriet’s Writing Room Now Open

Harriet’s Writing Room, a public exhibit space within the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, is now open to the public three days a week, Thursday-Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.

toomey featured

Cave Paintings Show Homosexuality Part of African History

Patrick Toomey ’17 says claims that homosexuality is inherently “un-African”, are unjustified.

selinger

Prof. Selinger’s Book Examines How Political Conflict Replaced Physical Conflict

Selinger’s book examines how political competition, rather than political violence, became the norm during the first century of the United States’ existence

Patrick Rael

Prof. Patrick Rael Reflects on Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

“No other sports figure in American life so effectively used his fame to draw so much attention to a radical political vision.”

kinsey

Sex Talk: Invited Scholars Assess Impact of Alfred Kinsey ‘1916

The contribution of renowned sexologist Alfred Kinsey, class of 1916, was front and center at a recent two day symposium organized by Bowdoin and feauring invited panelists.

cross featured

Campus Walking Tour Maps ‘The Offer of the College’

College secretary and unofficial Bowdoin historian John Cross offered a walking tour, illustrating how the campus was transformed under the presidency of William De Witt Hyde (1885-1917).

Patrick Rael

Rael Discusses 14th Amendment on MPBN Radio’s Maine Calling

Bowdoin history professor Patrick Rael shared his thoughts on the 14th amendment on MPBN Radio’s call-in program Maine Calling

Dedicated to History: College Opens ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’ to Public

On Monday, Bowdoin College hosted an open house to welcome the public into Harriet’s Writing Room and to celebrate the Harriet Beecher Stowe House’s designation with the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Michael Lettieri ’05: ‘Making Sense of Mexico’s Murdered and Missing’

Michael Lettieri ’05 recently visited Bowdoin to discuss the unsolved disappearance in 2014 of 43 young Mexican men. Although the details of the missing 43 young men remain murky, Professor of History Allen Wells said he invited Lettieri, his former student, to Bowdoin to shed light on the massacre and to place it in political and social contexts.

connie fixed

Off the Shelf: Environmental Studies and History Professor Connie Chiang

History and Environmental Studies professor Connie Chiang picks a book to talk about: “Meet Joe Copper,” which looks at the lives of miners in Montana during World War II

Frances Gouda

Anne Frank, Sukarno, and Dutch Memories of World War II

Professor Frances Gouda says both Anne Frank and the Indonesian nationalist Sukarno have had profound effects on how the Dutch view their World War 11 experience, and their position in the world

Stowe House feat

Harriet Beecher Stowe House Receives National Distinction, Dedicates New ‘Harriet’s Writing Room’ May 9

The College-owned Harriet Beecher Stowe House, a National Historic Landmark, adds new chapters to its story with a significant national distinction and the opening of a public space.

Photo by Lucian Perkins

David Maraniss Discusses Biography and the Search for Truth

“In this modern world where people are just sitting at home blogging about things without going out and trying to find the facts, I think it’s more important than ever.”

dallasdenery

Off the Shelf: Professor of History Dallas Denery

We have launched a new series in which we visit Bowdoin professors to ask them about a meaningful book or two they keep in their offices. Because there are many such books, we ask faculty to select one from a shelf we point to at random. In this video, Dallas Denery, who teaches history at Bowdoin, speaks about two books that made a difference for him.

lincoln

Martha Hodes ’80 Wins Major Prize for ‘Mourning Lincoln’

NYU History Professor Martha Hodes ’80 is awarded the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Lincoln for her book ‘Mourning Lincoln.’

trombone.malecon

President Obama’s Cuban Strategy: Prof. Allen Wells Explains

Professor Allen Wells says that while President Obama’s trip to Cuba was an historic event, some Cubans may regard his attitudes towards them as overly “paternalistic.”

IMG_0395

Rediscovering Ulysses S. Grant: How an Amateur Historian’s Obsession Was Nurtured at Bowdoin

This self-described “unknown grandmother from Topsham, Maine” has over the last few years nurtured an absorbing interest in one of America’s best known military commanders, Ulysses S. Grant.