History Department

Technology Fellows Target Old Mongolian Maps, Tourette’s, and Teacher Mentorships

This year, nine Bowdoin students received Gibbons funding to work on research projects in oceanography, politics, arctic studies, neurology, history, education, psychology, and Italian and German studies.

Klingle and Architect Discuss Roux Center for the Environment

Construction begins this month on the Roux Center for the Environment, a building that will support interdisciplinary environmental scholarship at Bowdoin. During Reunion Weekend, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle was joined by Timothy Mansfield, an architect and principal with Cambridge Seven Associates, to discuss what’s planned.

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.