Poetry, Plays Kick Off Bowdoin’s Black History Month

blackhistorymonthBlack History Month was launched at Bowdoin last week with a celebration, a poetry performance and an exhibition in Smith Union. A couple days later, students performed a series of short plays addressing Trayvon Martin’s death.

A number of other events will take place over the month, including a talk by Bowdoin’s MLK Jr. keynote lecturer, Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, a pioneering scholar in womanist theology. She will speak at the Feb. 27 Common Hour. Read the full story.

Children’s Literature: Not For Children Only (BBC)

Michael Kuch’s An Alliterative Abecedarium of Anthropomorphic Animals.  Asparagus Valley [Hadley, Mass.]:  Double Elephant Press, 2010.  Purchase (Stones-Pickard Book Fund), 2011.

Of course, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is not about munchkins or witches, but the plight of farmers protesting 19th-century U.S. monetary policy. What? Childhood stories have yielded a wealth of adult interpretations, suggesting that children’s literature isn’t as light-hearted or nonsensical as it’s often portrayed. Read the article.

An Evening with Former ‘New York Times’ Executive Editor Jill Abramson

Sponsored by the gender and women’s studies department and the Charles Weston Pickard Lecture Fund, journalist Jill Abramson spoke at Bowdoin Wednesday night. Following her talk, Bowdoin faculty Jen Scanlon and Susan Faludi sat with Abramson on stage for a discussion.

Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington bureau chief, managing editor, and executive editor. Before joining the Times, she was deputy Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics at The Wall Street Journal for nine years.

For more Bowdoin talks, lectures and discussions, visit our Bowdoin Talks page.

Three Profs Put a Digital Spin on Humanities Classes

ann-kibbie_crystall-hall_alison-cooperDigital humanities, a growing interest of faculty at Bowdoin, applies software tools and computational methods to research in fields such as English, history and philosophy. Three professors recently described how they put digital tools to work in their fall semester humanities classes. Read the story.