Speakers and Events Archive

An important characteristic of a residential liberal arts college is what goes on outside the classroom, a rich tapestry of special events including campus and visiting speakers, theater, opera, art exhibitions, dance, readings, music and much more. These happenings add to the education of students and serve as a cultural resource for the surrounding communities.
Campus events help focus current affairs around the world and even occasionally indulge the whimsical, but in creative and smart ways. The types of events on our campus are as varied as the thousands of student, faculty and staff who are part of the national residential liberal arts college community.


Students Get Real About Sex With ‘Speak About It’

Story posted October 21, 2011 What began in 2009 as a student-fueled orientation session at Bowdoin about dating culture and sexual assault on campuses has now developed into a performance program that is touring many colleges around the East coast. Speak About It includes a changing cast of five to eight actors who perform a […]

Originally posted: October 21, 2011

Glaciologist Richard Alley Gives Global Warning

The world is definitely warming, and it is directly due to factors that human beings have caused—these are two things that Dr. Richard Alley is certain of, and the premises on which he based his Oct. 20 lecture in the Taylor Science Center’s Kennedy Auditorium. Dr. Alley, a glaciologist and professor of geosciences at Penn […]

Originally posted: October 21, 2011

Reconstructing British Colony in Jamestown Subject of Archaeology Lecture

WOOSTER, Ohio — William Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery Project, will present “Jamestown Lost and Found: The Archaeology of the First Permanent English Colony in America” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at The College of Wooster. Kelso’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 […]

Originally posted: October 21, 2011

Mikhail Gorbachev Says Uprisings Signal an Emerging New World Order

“We are reaping the consequences of a strategy that is not conducive to cooperation and partnership, to living in a new global situation,” said Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, to a crowd of 3,600 on Oct. 19 in the Allan P. Kirby Field House and many others via a live streaming broadcast […]

Originally posted: October 20, 2011

Letterman Producer Matt Roberts ’93 Wins Emmy

His work on the Tonys won him an Emmy, even though his regular gig deals mainly with a Dave. Matt Roberts ’93, an executive producer for The Late Show with David Letterman, took home a Creative Arts Emmy award in the category Outstanding Writing for a Music, Comedy or Variety Special for his work co-writing […]

Originally posted: October 19, 2011

Diverse Scholars and Scholarship Explored at Mellon Mays Conference

Story posted October 13, 2011 The Northeast Regional Conference of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship brought 100 research fellows to campus.  While most academic conferences focus on the work of graduate students or seasoned researchers, Bowdoin recently hosted a rare undergraduate-centric research conference that brought together 100 fellows from leading colleges and universities around the […]

Originally posted: October 14, 2011

What’s Hiding Behind that Cupcake?

Until recently, being overweight was largely framed as an issue of personal responsibility in the United States. You ate too much, you couldn’t control yourself, you didn’t exercise enough. But it’s not such a simple finger-pointing exercise anymore, said Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University who spoke at Drew’s […]

Originally posted: October 13, 2011

Sustainable Bowdoin: College Installs First ‘Green’ Roof

The Heating Plant has a cool new rooftop. Planting materials for the campus’ first living, or “green,” roof arrived Tuesday and were hoisted to the top of the building housing the College’s high-efficiency, low emissions, dual-fuel (natural gas and #2 oil) boiler. In addition to enhancing the view for neighbors on the upper floors of […]

Originally posted: October 12, 2011

Force ‘Of Nature, For Nature’ Brownie Carson ’69 Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Everett B. “Brownie” Carson ’69, the 2005 Common Good Award winner, was given the 2011 Environmental Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), the organization he led for 27 years, until his retirement in January 2011. “Brownie has been an ever-present force of nature, for nature; a constant reminder that Maine’s […]

Originally posted: October 7, 2011

‘Why people believe weird things’

Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and director of the Skeptics Society, will speak at Augustana College on Thursday, October 13, at 7 p.m. in the Franklin W. Olin Center for Educational Technology (733 35th St.). In his free, public lecture, “Why People Believe Weird Things,” Dr. Shermer will suggest why people often […]

Originally posted: October 6, 2011

Artful Message on Mountaintop Removal

The message was in the mural—and in the words of activist artists who have worked for three years to help alert the world to the dangers of mountaintop-removing coal mining. Students and faculty gathered in Page Commons Oct. 4 to hear members of the Beehive Design Collective, a nonprofit art-activist organization, give an interactive lecture […]

Originally posted: October 5, 2011

Manhattan College’s New Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center To Host Two Fall Events

RIVERDALE, N.Y. –– Manhattan College’s newly expanded Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center is gearing up for its fall semester of programming with two enlightening events, including: Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Kristallnacht: The Diary of Robert Harlan and Preserving Jewish Experiences, as part of the Frederick […]

Originally posted: September 30, 2011

Yo-Yo Ma Opens DePauw Discourse with ‘Reflections on a Life in Music’

[Download Video: “Music & Meaning” – 2007kb] “To me, music, sounds, are always the tip of the iceberg,” world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma told an audience at DePauw University tonight.  “It’s not the sounds that are important — yes, it’s what strikes us, what moves the air molecules that strikes our eardrums — but it’s what […]

Originally posted: September 29, 2011

Former Congressman discusses media, politics, and the future of the U.S. during Russell-Lanier Symposium at PC

Ousted in last year’s Republican primaries by a Tea Party-backed candidate, former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis might have good reason to be a little bitter. It didn’t show, however, during his address at Presbyterian College on Sept. 26 when he shared his hopes for the country’s long-term recovery from the Great Recession. As the guest […]

Originally posted: September 27, 2011

College to host prominent scholar noted for work on the African Diaspora and its impact on history

Since 1960, the Department of History has brought distinguished scholars to campus to deliver the Henry Wells Lawrence Memorial Lecture, established in honor of the professor who chaired the department from 1920 to 1942. This year, the series hosts Michael A. Gomez, professor of history, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University. Gomez […]

Originally posted: September 26, 2011