History Department

How the Warburg Institute Brought Antiquity to the Masses

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In the mid-20th century, London’s Warburg Institute was educating the public about the roots of Western civilization. But how?

Hong Kong In the News: An Explainer

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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.

Nyhus Grants Open Up World to History Students

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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.

Teach-In: Faculty Offer Background to Hong Kong Protests

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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.

Alfred E Golz Memorial Lecture to be streamed live

Democracy at the Roots

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.

Studying the Many-Sided Civil War

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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.

Lucy Knowlton ’15 Delves into Brunswick’s International Past

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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.

Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

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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.

Hubbard Classroom Renovation Honors Ambassador Pickering ’53

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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.

Ying Quartet Brings Musical Perspective to Bowdoin Classes

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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.

Shields and Spears: Hoarding Knowledge in Modern Times

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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.

Origin of a Poison

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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.

Seven Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

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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.

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

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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.

Kemp Symposium: ‘Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge’ Apr. 17-18

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The Kemp Symposium, “Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge,” brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine the diverse means of creating technical knowledge before and after the birth of modern science.

History Department Offers Innovative New Student Fellowships

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The Bowdoin’s history department is offering a new summer fellowship program that is designed to support students pursuing a wide range of history projects.

Author Isenberg to Discuss ‘Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life’ March 27

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Join Andrew C. Isenberg, historian of the American environment, the American West, and the encounter between natives and settlers, to discuss his recently published book, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life (2013).

Watson Fellow Teona Williams ’12 Returns Home from World Travels

In one year, Teona Williams ’12 got lost in a slum in New Delhi, visited a fake corporate city in Thailand, celebrated Christmas in Cape Town, lived with a big, friendly family in Brazil, hiked 20 miles to a secluded cove in Trinidad, and watched the sunrise from a mountaintop in Jamaica.

Five Faculty Members Earn Tenure in 2014

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Five Bowdoin faculty members have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.