History Department

Middle East Film Series Examines History’s Upheavals Through Human Stories

This fall, a 12-part film series on the Middle East is part of Idriss Jebari’s plan to bring thought-provoking discussions about the Middle East and its history to campus.

Prof. David Thomson ’08: History Shows the Dangers of a US Debt Default (Washington Post)

Events from the 1840s “offer a clear warning that default ought to be avoided at all costs, lest the United States trigger a global recession entirely of its own making.”

Professor Purnell Looks at NYC’s Racist Past (Washington Post)

“When racism is portrayed only through spitting and screaming, tiki torches and vigilante violence, many people rest easy, believing they share little responsibility for its maintenance,” they write.

Patrick Rael: Washington-Lee Slave Comparison Unfair (Washington Post)

Rael said the two men differed “in one critical respect: They stood at opposite ends of the history of slavery’s long demise.”

Tanisha Francis ’18 Looks Into the Legacy of Black Women in Prison

The disproportionate number of black women in prisons has spurred Tanisha Francis ’18, an Africana studies and history major, to investigate the legacy of US prisons.

Six Professors Appointed to Named Chairs

Six members of the Bowdoin faculty have been appointed to named chairs at the College. The appointees come from a variety of academic fields, including visual arts, Asian studies, religion and modern languages.

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.