History Department

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Shedding Light on Writer Anthony Doerr ’95

Bestselling author Anthony Doerr ’95 recently caught up with his former professor, Allen Wells, to talk about writing historical fiction, the challenges of writing about a subject that has been so thoroughly documented, his time at Bowdoin, and how majoring in history has shaped him as a writer.

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Historian Andrew Robarts ’90 Gives Bowdoin Talk: ‘Merchants, Migrants and Microbes’

Using excerpts from his book, Andrew Robarts offered a balanced understanding of the relationship between the Ottoman and Russian empires by going beyond an examination of the geopolitical and ideological tensions often highlighted in history.

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Prof. Dallas Denery: How We Learned to Live With Lies

In his Jan. 30 Common Hour talk, history professor Dallas Denery spoke about falsehood and deceit and how we learned to live with lies.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Hong Kong In the News: An Explainer

Professors Sarah Mak and Leah Zuo recently sat down with Bowdoin’s Director of News Doug Cook in Bowdoin’s studio to offer some political and historical context for the current unrest in Hong Kong.

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Nyhus Grants Open Up World to History Students

Since the Nyhus grant program was founded in 2006, the department has disbursed $33,450 to students working on a wide range of independent studies and honors projects.

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Teach-In: Faculty Offer Background to Hong Kong Protests

To broaden students’ understanding of Hong Kong’s current Umbrella Revolution, Bowdoin professors organized a “teach-in” last week.

Bowdoin Dedicates New Classroom to Ambassador Pickering ’53, H’84

This summer, with a gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the George I. Alden Trust, Bowdoin renovated the former reading room in Hubbard Hall to make it suitable for 21st pedagogy.

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Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture to be streamed live

Professor Dubois’s upcoming Golz lecture, “Democracy at the Roots: Understanding Haiti’s Political Culture,” will be one of the select events that Bowdoin College will stream live to the world. The lecture explores the intertwined legacies of the Haitian Revolution on political thought and practice in the country.

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Studying the Many-Sided Civil War

In one sense, there were only two sides in the Civil War – but there are many sides to the story of this pivotal era in American history. Bowdoin’s Civil War course cluster is bringing together a whole array of disciplines, including the historical, the literary, the visual, and the digital.

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Lucy Knowlton ’15 Delves into Brunswick’s International Past

This summer, Lucy Knowlton ’15 has been exploring the routes of the Brunswick shipping industry using ArcGIS maps and the resources available in Bowdoin’s Special Collections.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world.

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Hubbard Classroom Renovation Honors Ambassador Pickering ’53

Thanks to a generous gift from the Class of 1953 and a grant from the Alden Trust, the Hubbard West classroom will be renovated this summer and renamed in honor of Ambassador Thomas Pickering ’53.

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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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Shields and Spears: Hoarding Knowledge in Modern Times

Bowdoin’s 2014 Kemp Symposium, “Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge,” was kicked off by a keynote address about knowledge transfer between China and the West, delivered by Middlebury’s Don Wyatt.

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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.

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Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

Seven Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted from the rank of associate to full professor: Aviva Briefel, Philip Camill, Kristen Ghodsee, Samuel Putnam, Patrick Rael, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.

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Don J. Wyatt to Deliver Kemp Symposium Keynote Address April 17

Don J. Wyatt, Middlebury College’s John M. McCardell Jr. Distinguished Professor, is to deliver the Kemp Symposium keynote address, “The Spear and Shield of Knowledge: Scientific Transference and Cultural Obstruction Between China and the West,” at 7:30 p.m., April 17, 2014.