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Maile Winterbottom

Orient Staff — Class of 2025

Number of articles: 22

First Article: September 24, 2021

Latest Article: April 21, 2023

Artificial Intelligence

Professor Hall leads student group discussion on AI fears and optimism

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.

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College Houses

Baxter House banned from hosting basement events due to puzzling fire safety concerns

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.

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From Outlaw to Rebel: Belkaïd launches book on the documentary and Algerian national identity

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.

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Ogunnaike talks decolonizing academia

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.

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Former WNBA player and pro sports owner Renee Montgomery talks activism and allyship

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.

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Community panel confronts public mural art and Indigenous representation in Brunswick history

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.

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Math Department

Wanlin Li gives talks on number theory and her career

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.

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