Professor Linda Docherty to retire after 27 years of teaching
Students filed into the packed Shannon Room last Friday afternoon to listen to Associate Professor of Art History Linda Docherty’s Uncommon Hour, “Art Theft and Why it Matters.”
“I was very touched by the turnout,” said Docherty. “You know, students are always late to these things. Then all of a sudden I looked around and they were behind the refreshment table.”
Docherty plans to retire at the end of this year after 27 years of teaching at Bowdoin.
Arctic Museum celebrates opening of Inuit sculpture exhibit
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum celebrated the opening of its new exhibit, “Spirits of Land, Air, and Water: Antler Carvings from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Wednesday night with a lecture by Norman Vorano, curator of contemporary Inuit art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Quebec.
The Tolls, Inuit art enthusiasts from California, are in the process of donating their entire collection to the Arctic Museum.
“[The Tolls] made one donation in 2009, about a third of their holdings, and they will continue over the coming years to donate the remainder of their collection to us,” said Arctic Museum Curator Genevieve LeMoine. “This has been a really big and important development that enables us to do a lot of exhibits of contemporary art.”
Student-produced 'Vagina Monologues' voice female gender issues
Conversations that are usually kept under wraps were professed to a full house as 36 Bowdoin women clad in red and black filed onto the stage for Bowdoin’s 16th annual rendition of the Vagina Monologues at Kresge Auditorium.
Sponsored by V-Day, a global organization that works to end violence against women throughout the world, the Monologues broach largely undiscussed topics about the female body and sexuality in an accessible and often lighthearted way.
The show began with cast members reading quotes taken anonymously from female Bowdoin students.
Art museum appoints new co-directors
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will soon have two new directors, Dean of Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd announced on Wednesday. Frank H. Goodyear III and his wife, Anne Collins Goodyear, will serve as co-directors starting June 1. The search for a new director began early last year when Kevin Salatino, director of the museum for three years, accepted a position as the director of art collections at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. “Foremost in our search was the desire to appoint a director who would exude a passion for the art museum’s unique and important collection,” wrote Judd in an email to the Orient.
How Maine does the holidays: Seasonal activities for all
December is here, as the light snowfall last Sunday briefly reminded campus before sending along unseasonal echoes of spring. Putting this aberration aside, Maine generally goes all out when it comes to holiday festivities, seen in the multitude of outdoor activities and the cozy indoor events replete with hot cocoa and Christmas lights. And for those who need a distraction from reading period—take a break to explore some of the local attractions that define a Maine holiday experience. Melding intrinsic Maine-ness with holiday cheer, L.L. Bean lights up Freeport every December with the L.L. Bean Northern Lights. From November 16 to December 31, the store illuminates downtown Freeport with a nightly Musical Holiday Light Show. The ubiquitous Maine company also hosts horse-drawn wagon rides, musical performances, and sled dogs throughout the holiday season. Stop and admire one of the largest Christmas trees in the state outside of L.L.Bean while you are shopping at the outlets, or soaking up the glitz of Freeport Sparkle Weekend, which starts today and continues through this Sunday.
First Friday Art Walk opens up loud Portland art scene
The Flat Iron gallery at the corner of High Street and Congress Street stands as the perfect microcosm of the First Friday Art Walk in Portland. In many ways it exemplifies a stereotypical art gallery: the wooden floors are shiny, and shoes—no matter how discreet they are on normal surfaces—are bound to make an audible sound. Visitors casually hold glasses of Pinot Noir while seeming to speak knowledgeably about perspective and artistic influence. However, this is where the stereotype ends, and the diversity that epitomizes First Friday begins. On one wall, a photograph of a small child laughing in a brown fleece vest is juxtaposed with a stoneware pelican, while a makeshift stereo system in the form of a scratched green laptop sits on top of an exhibited sculpture. Oh, and did I say glasses of Pinot Noir? I meant red Solo cups of the Franzia equivalent.
The truth behind TA’s at Bowdoin
This fall, 77 quantitative reasoning (QR) tutors are leading weekly study sessions, holding drop-in hours, and grading all homework assignments in the math and economics departments. They are paid $8.75 an hour, with an additional 25 cents an hour for each successive year that they tutor.
The examined life: A night with the Peucinian Society
“Work hard, play hard” was the topic up for debate at last week’s Peucinian Society meeting. Members went head to head over whether the mantra promotes a balanced lifestyle, or a clash of extremes that cheapens both work and play.
Shake and Kolster raise awareness of epilepsy through son’s plight
On her birthday one chilly fall morning in 2010, Christy Shake woke up and decided to write a daily blog about her son Calvin’s ongoing battle with epilepsy. She wasn’t sure exactly what she was going to write at the beginning, but she just “knew it was something [she] had to do.” Nearly two years later, Shake’s blog, titled “Calvin’s Story,” has received more than 155,000 hits.