Yesterday evening, 15 students were joined by Associate Professor of Digital Humanities Crystal Hall for an informal discussion on one of this year’s most contentious topics: artificial intelligence (AI). The discussion, hosted by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and MacMillan House, centered around questions regarding the biases of AI programs, potential interferences with the creative process and proper uses of the technology.
On Saturday, April 1, the Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC) rolled out its new whitewater canoe racing team at the 48th Annual Passagassawakeag River Race in Waldo. With two paddlers per boat over a seven-mile stretch, the team had a strong performance that included three top-three finishes across divisions.
Last week, the Office of Residential Life (ResLife) notified residents of Baxter House that they will not be permitted to register indoor events for the rest of the semester. The decision is the result of an unresolved issue with Baxter’s fire safety system that has caused the fire alarm to erroneously activate on multiple occasions, specifically during large gatherings.
Every Friday at 7 p.m., as the campus celebrates the weekend’s long-awaited arrival, students file into Mass Hall to partake in a tranquil kick-off to the weekend. Classical music plays, conversations flow and, most importantly, tea is brewed; thus begins the weekly convening of Bowdoin’s Tea Club.
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library hosted its second faculty book launch of the semester yesterday, featuring Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Meryem Belkaïd and her new book, “From Outlaw to Rebel: Oppositional Documentaries in Contemporary Algeria.” Belkaïd was joined by Aviva Briefel, professor of the English language and literature and cinema studies, for a discussion on the book’s key topics.
Oludamini Ogunnaike, an assistant professor of African religious thought at the University of Virginia (UVA), visited Bowdoin on Monday to deliver a lecture entitled “From Heathen to Subhuman: Religion, Race, and the Academic Disciplines.” Oludamini Ogunnaike spoke about the development of modern Western racism and the implications of colonial power structures for academics today.
WNBA champion Renee Montgomery journeyed to Maine on Thursday to speak to the community about her life, career and activism. The talk, which took place in Kresge Auditorium, took the style of a Q&A, with field hockey goalkeeper Julia Arsenault ’23 and women’s tennis captain and President of the Athletes of Color Coalition (AoCC) Kennedi Carter ’23 serving as moderators.
The Environmental Studies department partnered with the Nature Conservancy to host a panel entitled “Women in Climate: Community” yesterday in Kresge Auditorium. State Director of the Nature Conservancy in Maine Kate Dempsey ’88 led the discussion alongside three female panelists involved in fighting climate change.
Next week, dance and a cappella groups will perform in a joint winter concert for the first time in the College’s history. Featuring six a cappella troupes and four dance troupes, the show will be held on Wednesday in Pickard Theater at 8 p.m.
Editor’s Note November 18, 2022 at 8:52 p.m.: An earlier version of this article used the word “vindicated” meaning “to justify and to clear something from criticism.” That was not the intended meaning of that sentence as it did not represent the meaning of the event discussed.
On Saturday afternoon in Morrell Gymnasium, the women’s volleyball team (11–7; 6–3 NESCAC) defeated Wesleyan University (16–2; 7–1 NESCAC) in a highly contested five-set match. The Polar Bears’ 3–2 win struck down Wesleyan’s undefeated NESCAC record and earned Bowdoin a third place conference ranking.
On Wednesday evening at the Curtis Memorial Library, the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group (MIAG) hosted a panel discussion entitled “Many Voices: Who Gets to Tell the Story?” The panelists discussed the often erased history of the Wabanaki people and how to acknowledge their continued role in the Brunswick community.
Diversifying participation and representation in the outdoors has been a focus on campus in recent years. In this vein, Bowdoin hosted J.R. Harris, chair of the DEI committee of The Explorers Club for a lecture on Wednesday night.
With its season opener coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 6 against the University of New England, the men’s soccer team has been working hard to prepare for what they hope will be a strong season. Members of the team are utilizing an intense preseason schedule to build their skills and take advantage of one of the most talented rosters in recent history.
May 1 marked the 2021-2022 college admissions cycle’s conclusion, establishing a nearly finalized picture of the Class of 2026. The 521 students who enrolled in the class, along with nine incoming transfer students, will bring unique and diverse perspectives to Bowdoin’s campus next fall.
Transgender rights activist and author Akkai Padmashali spoke to the Bowdoin community over Zoom on Tuesday, April 5. Padmashali told her story as a transgender woman in India, drawing connections between her personal experiences and political issues in India and across the world.
On Tuesday, writer K-Ming Chang visited the Bowdoin community virtually to speak about her work and her experiences in the writing world as a queer woman of color. Prior to a webinar in the evening, Chang hosted a small writing workshop for students of color at Bowdoin.
Mathematician Wanlin Li from the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques in Montreal delivered two talks to the Bowdoin community over Zoom on Tuesday. She first presented a lecture, “Diophantine Problems,” about number theory. The second talk, “Official and Unofficial Stories,” was a question-and-answers session in which Li discussed her journey from being a first-generation college student in China to pursuing a tenure track teaching position at Washington University in St.
At the beginning of winter break, the College barred all those outside of the College’s COVID-19 testing program from attending indoor sporting events for the break’s duration. Whereas the new policy has led to a loss of a community for players, it has provided some surprise positives as well.
Last Sunday, the men and women’s cross country teams competed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship in Manchester, Connecticut, with both teams placing higher than their seeds and recording memorable individual performances.
In its second game of the season, the women’s rugby team dominated Colby-Sawyer by a score of 79-0 on September 17. The Polar Bears are the 2019 defending national champions, but with only two games under their belt and a team that hasn’t competed in-season in over a year, the Polar Bears are focusing on the small achievements.