Jenny IbsenTodd in her studio, where she hand-paints tiles with intricate designs. Deborah Todd crafts every one of her colorful ceramic tiles by hand, from start to finish, through a process she invented at the start of her career 37 years ago as the apprentice to a potter in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Ann BasuPolar Purusits Taxidermied arctic birds and a polar bear on display in the Peary-Macmillan Arctic Museum With its history of Arctic exploration and museum research, Bowdoin’s connection to the Arctic go way back. Today, with issues still surrounding various polar environments, Bowdoin continues to make strides in the field, as exemplified through a continuous, cross-disciplinary pursuit by faculty members across several academic departments.
Ann Basu There are activists, there are storytellers and there’s Amal Kassir. Unapologetic in her poignant dissections of humanity, the Denver-born, Syrian-American spoken-word poet calls herself an “empathist.” Her Thursday night performance in Kresge Auditorium, sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, presented personal recounts on war, race and religion.
PJ SeelertODES OUT LOUD: Elizabeth Acevedo performs her slam poetry in Jack Magee’s Pub on Tuesday night. Some of her poems take the form of “imaginary clapbacks,” addressing instances of invalidation and injustice. Rats, Cardi B and Catholic iconography each have a home in Elizabeth Acevedo’s award-winning slam poetry.
Associate Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen’s reimagining of the culinary splendor in “Babette’s Feast” was no easy task. A new adaptation of the story directed by Karin Coonrod, currently running at Portland Stage, focuses on a universal message of self-sacrifice and service.
Courtesy of Chareeda RustanavibulLISTENING AND LEARNING: Students spent time doing service work and talking to veterans affected by Agent Orange at the Friendship Village Rehabilitation center in Hanoi. Exploring history, healthcare and humanitarianism in the legacy of the Vietnam War, 13 Bowdoin students embarked on an Alternative Winter Break (AWB) trip to a rehabilitation center for veterans and children who were affected by the U.S.-released herbicide known as Agent Orange.
PJ SeelertACT UP: Peter Staley (left), featured in “How to Survive a Plague,” takes part in a Q&A with Rowan Staley ’18 (right) following the documentary’s screening. Peter Staley was working as a bond trader at JP Morgan when he was diagnosed with AIDS-related complex in 1985.
Ann BasuSOOTHING GROOVES: The up-and-coming Tufts-bred band Crumb played in Quinby last Saturday night. The group distances itself from labels, combining elements of jazz, psychedelic rock, funk and pop to create a unique sound. Memorably eccentric and effortlessly endearing, the Tufts-bred band Crumb was an instant hit at Quinby House last Saturday night.
Courtesy of Ivy PelletierSO LONG, DELONG: Associate Dean of Student Affairs Allen Delong will leave for a position at Bates College to become dean for purposeful work and career development. As Allen Delong, associate dean of student affairs, wraps up the final days of his 12-year Bowdoin career, he reflects with pride as well as nostalgia on the many strides the College has made.
Xenia Rubinos’ music is refreshingly bold and authentic. An up-and-coming singer and composer, Rubinos recently released her album “Black Terry Cat.” Brought to campus by WBOR, she performed a sampling of her music at Ladd House this past Saturday. Rubinos emphasizes the creative capacity of individual experiences and self-expression. Her work documents an ongoing exchange between her state of mind and the exterior world. She describes her style as soulful, with a lot of energy and love.