Things can get pretty intense in online-multiplayer games. With no regulation comes unmitigated bitterness and salt, rage and shattered glass—it’s just too easy to throw stones from behind a screen. And so it’s no wonder why, when home over summer break, I was hesitant to start down this toxic path.
Last Thursday night, Portland’s State Theatre came alive—velvety bass slipped through the cracks of the drums as an enthusiastic crowd danced, bathed in a violet light. In name, this was Digable Planets’ 30th Anniversary Tour, celebrating the Brooklyn hip-hop trio’s release of their debut album, “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)” in 1993.
Last fall, WBOR station manager Mason Daugherty ’25 stumbled upon a number of old magazines—or more specifically, zines, a more counterculture, grassroots type of publication reserved for freer, more unfiltered media that might not be published elsewhere.
When movies were just minutes long and seeing them cost only a nickel, theaters often named themselves after the French word for jewel: bijou (early cinemas often resembled the luxurious inside of a jewel box). As films evolved, large, multiplex theaters became king, leaving many of these intimate theaters behind.
Mr. Mallard may not have been in the lead, but this summer, 75,000 visitors still made their way to Curtis Memorial Library in downtown Brunswick for the “Robert McCloskey: The Art of Wonder” exhibit. Visitors came from 49 states (all but Mississippi) and 22 countries.
“As for me, nothing in the universe can be the same if somewhere, no one knows where, a sheep we never saw has or has not eaten a rose …” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The Little Prince.” The best sentences are like constellations, their words shining stars strung together to create stories.
If you’ve spent the last four days of cloudy weather riding your bike around campus and listening to “Jackie Onassis” by Sammy Rae and the Friends, you’re in luck. Next Wednesday, Sammy is playing the State Theatre in Portland, and a slate of wonderful artists (and a few comedians) play shows in the greater Portland area in the following weeks.
Hip-hop artist busterwolf celebrates artistic possibility with BCMA-sponsored performance and discussion
On Thursday, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) hosted a community concert and discussion in Kresge Auditorium to commemorate the closing of “Mina Loy: Strangeness is Inevitable.” The event featured experimental hip-hop artist busterwolf and artist-composer Ross Cisneros.
As Mina Loy’s works hang on the walls of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) for just a few more days, a captivated audience listened as the notes of a piano danced about the room, bringing the extraordinary artist back to life this past Tuesday at “Music at the Museum.” The performance featured Artist-in-Residence and Director of the Bowdoin Orchestra George Lopez alongside guest artists Katelyn Manfre and Gulimina Mahamuti, performing at noon and again at 4 p.m.
Joshua O’Donnell is always seeking. He’s wandered for a lot of his life and has been writing poetry the whole way through. “I’ve been in Zen monasteries, I’ve been in deserts and I’ve been all over the place, and I think for poetry, it’s the one thing where the prayer is enough.
Yesterday, students, faculty and community members gathered on the Ladd House patio for No Man’s Land Film Festival’s return to campus, marking the second consecutive year the organization has held a screening at Bowdoin. The event, co-hosted by the Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC) and the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center (SWAG), consisted of a series of short films that focused on “un-defining the feminine” in athletics and outdoor adventure.
This evening, on the steps of Baxter House, indie rock band Vundabar will headline the WBOR Fall Concert alongside opener Gemma Laurence. Laurence’s performance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by Vundabar at 8:45 p.m.
The screening of the 2023 film “Past Lives” at Brunswick’s Eveningstar Cinema drew a large crowd of students and town residents alike this past Sunday. Some hopeful moviegoers were even turned away at the door due to a lack of seating availability, a far cry from initial concerns of low turnout.
Last month, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) unveiled a new exhibition, “Metamorphosis and Malice: Pontormo’s Three Monochrome Paintings from Renaissance Florence and Related Works.” The exhibition is the first time that all three known monochromatic paintings of Jacopo Da Pontormo—a leading painter in sixteenth century Florence—have been shown together.
A new exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA), “People Watching: Contemporary Photography Since 1965,” explores the human habit of observing other people through a collection of over 120 photographs from nearly 50 photographers.
This summer, Celtic and fiddle student band YONC hopped across the East Coast to promote its new album entitled “The Yalbum.” The band finished recording the project in July and promptly went on tour in the Bronx, N.Y., Providence, R.I., Boston and Portland.
First years, sophomores and upperclassmen alike filed into Jack Magee’s Pub Monday night for the Smith Union spot’s first concert of the academic year: a brief but dynamic show from student band Far From Juno organized for first year orientation.
“My mother’s womb,” Sajel Surati ’25 said, when asked where she was really from. In the Lamarche Gallery, hanging neatly below their speaker’s portrait, are dozens of similar replies—some punctuated and to the point, some dreamy and meandering, but all exploring the same, loaded question: What are you?
Writers, poetry lovers and literature enthusiasts will gather in Burnett House next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for The Moth Radio Hour, a live storytelling performance event. A tradition at Bowdoin before Covid-19, this event was reestablished by three students this year.
After trekking past rows and rows of bookshelves in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library’s basement, students headed for the Hubbard Hall stacks pass by the library’s ramp gallery. Traditionally an exhibition space for student art, this Monday the gallery unveiled its new exhibit, “Snapshots of Life at Bowdoin,” designed by Cora Dow ’24 and Alexandra Camargo ’25.
Bowdoin Chorus and Oratorio Chorale bring composer Snider in residency for choirs’ final performance together
Editor’s Note May 6, 2023 at 5:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this article referred to Oratorio Chorale as Portland-based. This article has been updated as the Chorale works throughout Maine and has a long history in Brunswick.
Tomorrow and Sunday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., Masque & Gown will replace theater seating with lawn chairs and stage lights for sunshine as it performs Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” on the art museum steps. Until the 1980s, Bowdoin students performed a Shakespeare classic on the museum steps each spring.
Mina Loy was a pioneer in the feminist and modernist movements and within the visual art and literary worlds. An exhibit of her life’s works, “Mina Loy: Strangeness is Inevitable,” has been brought to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) and is set to stay open until September 17, 2023.
As we sit on the verge of an AI revolution and our emails autocomplete as our art is being generated, it’s easy to feel that the human experience is losing a shred of its aura. Because after being thoroughly throttled by bots on the chessboard, and now reading villanelles penned by poet ChatGPT, we of humble humanity are posed with a question: What do we still have over the machines?
I feel like I’ve been having some real difficulties in saying goodbye to people in the past couple months. There’s a heftiness, a profound weight to goodbyes, that I haven’t really felt before. Nothing permanent, but these goodbyes are the type that just float in the air, intangibly.
For Sophia Wei ’23 and Emily Jacobs ’24, co-directors of two student-led groups, the Art Society and the Student Museum Collective, life at Bowdoin has been shaped by connections made over a love of art. Wei joined both clubs during her first year and found in her leaders valuable friends and mentors.
Although it’s not his first film that has screened at Bowdoin, “Palisadia” is Henry Spritz’s ’23 last before he graduates. The film, which premiered in Sills Hall last Friday, tells the story of an actress living in New York City as she navigates both the acting in a movie and her life outside her work, as the experiences begin to increasingly mirror one another.
Last Friday, students gathered in Jack McGee’s Pub & Grill to watch the friends of their friends perform for their friends. The Friend of a Friend concert, put on by the Entertainment Board (E-Board) and the Bowdoin Music Collective, brought in artists with direct connections to Bowdoin students to perform on campus.
The Atlantic Piano Trio—composed of pianist Chiharu Naruse and Bowdoin faculty members violinist Dean Stein, Chamber Ensemble Director, and cellist Christina Chute, Applied Music Instructor—reunited this past Saturday with a program of works by Debussy, Brahms and Shostakovich for an audience in Studzinski Recital Hall.
Despite the nearly two decades that have passed since his graduation, the Bowdoin that Matt LeJoie ’05 inhabited as a student wasn’t all that different from the one of today. He was a DJ on WBOR, played in a student band on the weekends and even wrote a couple of articles for the Orient.
Bright lights, a disco ball, a swing and a two-foot layer of fog accompanied Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki as she took to the stage last Saturday in her multidisciplinary dance performance: IzumonookunI. On either side of Aoki were her fellow performers: her husband Ryan MacDonald and their six-year-old daughter, Frankie.
On Monday afternoon, Alexa McCarthy ’09 returned to Bowdoin to speak about her research on handmade blue paper in the Baroque period in a talk sponsored by the Department of Art History and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA).
The Francophone Film Festival is back at Bowdoin. After showing three films over three weeks last fall, the festival returned on Tuesday, screening the first film of Francois Truffaut’s beloved Antoine Doinel series, “400 Blows,” to an audience of Brunswick residents, students and faculty in Searles Hall.
Masque & Gown’s student-led production of “Dr. Ride’s American Beach House” Dives into Friendship, Loss and Embracing Change
This weekend, Bowdoin’s student-led theater group, Masque & Gown, will debut its rendition of Liza Birkenmeier’s “Dr. Ride’s American Beach House,” a production that features a group of women navigating love, loss and change on the evening before Dr.
Though the audience was familiar with the scenery of coastal Maine projected on screen, the black-and-white film, lack of dialogue and live piano music immersed the audience in a pastime seldom experienced since the early 20th century.
Playdead is an independent game company that has produced two of the most striking and surreal platformers that the genre has ever seen. The gamescapes of “Limbo,” its first project, and “Inside,” its second, are both abstract, rendered heavily symbolic and may at first seem as obscure as our most cryptic dreams.
I find it difficult to remember my childhood self. I remember certain sensations, certain small stories. I remember running and falling in my first elementary school’s soccer field by myself. I imagine the grass is incredibly green and the sky larger than I’ve ever seen.
Rarely ever does a physics professor share the stage with a Colombian flutist and a classical pianist, but Professor Mark Battle proved himself capable this past Monday. The idea for this performance, entitled “National Idioms,” began as a pre-Covid conception meant to take place in Ohio in 2020.
As a continuation of a series highlighting Joseph McKeen 2022–23 visiting Fellow Toshi Reagon, artists Daniel Minter and Abigail DeVille convened in front of an eager audience in Kresge auditorium on Wednesday evening to discuss their art and involvement in Parable Path Maine, an organization dedicated to artistic expression and community engagement based on Octavia E.
Though roughly two millennia and 4000 miles separate present-day Bowdoin from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” the text assumed new life on Wednesday evening as Stephanie McCarter, a professor of classical languages at the Sewanee: the University of the South, delivered a lecture on her 2022 translation of the Roman epic.
This past Monday, dozens of current and former students, faculty members and other community members filled Kresge Auditorium to celebrate the career of Professor of Art Mark Wethli. Wethli gave a talk in honor of his career at Bowdoin entitled “Arrivals & Departures: An Artist’s Talk,” where he enumerated eighteen vignettes that framed his career at Bowdoin through a term he referred to as “patterns of making.” The talk was varied in style, including everything from Wethli recalling the story of the life-sized model of a Piper Cub aircraft he created out of wood with his father to him reading singular jokes, which were met with laughter from the audience as he delved into his next topics without pausing.
Editor’s note 04/07/2023 at 1:26 p.m.: This article mistakingly reported that Abby Wang ’23 is an ASA co-president. This version of the article has been corrected to reflect that Jacey Song ’23 is co-president. As the weather warms and the days grow longer, the Asian Students Alliance (ASA) is celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander History Month.
From Purity Pact to Masque & Gown, Mira Pickus ’25 has made an impact on Bowdoin’s stage within her first two years on campus. Pickus is best known for her comedic roles as a sketch and stand-up performer in Purity Pact, a comedy group made up of women and non-binary students on campus, but her work has touched countless aspects of the theater community from acting to technical design.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) recently unveiled the exhibit “Human Nature: Environmental Studies at 50.” The exhibit attempts to expand conventional ideas of what is part of the environment and celebrates the 50th year anniversary of Bowdoin’s environmental studies department.
Tonight in Smith Union, indie rock singer Sophia Allison, better known by her stage name “Soccer Mommy,” will headline for this year’s spring concert. Originally from Nashville, Tenn., Soccer Mommy began recording music in 2015 before attending New York University (NYU).
When Marpheen Chann tells people that his first book is a memoir, he is usually met with confusion. “I kind of get this quizzical look,” Chann said. “‘You wrote a memoir at age 30, 31?’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, I’ve experienced a lot.’” Chann is a gay, first-generation Cambodian adoptee of a white, Christian, working-class Maine family.
This contains spoilers for “Eighth Grade.” “Can you help me burn something in the backyard?” “…Yes.” Kayla (Elsie Fisher) and her father Mark (Josh Hamilton) sit in lawn chairs before a campfire. Kayla sets a time capsule with the fire, an old shoebox her fifth-grade self had stuffed with little mementos and trinkets, upon which she wrote with multicolor foam letters “TO THE COOLEST GIRL IN THE WORLD.” There’s a blankness on Kayla’s face as her father asks her if there was anything inside.
Bowdoin alumnus Dr. Bob Lochte ’72 recently made a donation of roughly $13,000 to WBOR, which the station will use to update its equipment and heighten its production value. Lochte himself was involved with WBOR during his time at Bowdoin, and his passion for radio has extended far past his graduation.
This March, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) debuted its new exhibition “Figures from the Fire,” displaying priceless bronzework pieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. “[The exhibition] brings together approximately 20 ancient Greek and Roman bronzes from the Wadsworth Atheneum and puts them in conversation with a group of other artworks from the ancient world from Bowdoin’s own collection,” Co-Director of the BCMA Frank Goodyear said.
Last Saturday, the annual Winter Concert filled Morrell Gymnasium with music and dancing. This year, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) organized the concert, which featured guests Maude Latour and Social House as well as student band Teen Dads.
Ever since his debut role as the provost in his high school’s production of “Measure for Measure,” Souleman Toure ’23 has captivated audiences on the stage. When he arrived at Bowdoin as a first year, he quickly joined the ranks of the improv group Office Hours and made a home for himself in the College’s theater productions.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Elif Batuman speaks on autofiction, editing and tampons in ADP Society lecture
Laughter filled Searles 315 on Wednesday evening as writer Elif Batuman read from her 2022 novel, “Either/Or,” a sequel to her 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist novel, “The Idiot.” “‘I had tried, on multiple occasions, to put in a tampon,’” Batuman read aloud in the voice of Selin, the novels’ protagonist.
Loraine Hansberry’s 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun” follows the Younger family as it confronts obstacles both within and outside of its home. The Department of Theater and Dance has recreated the Younger’s South Chicago home on the stage of Wish Theater.
On Tuesday night, members of the Bowdoin community dusted the snow off their jackets and poured into Kresge Auditorium for the long-awaited arrival of Alison Bechdel, who delivered this year’s Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture. Bechdel is a celebrated cartoonist and graphic memoirist whose notable works include “Dykes to Watch Out For,” “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “Are You My Mother?” Her graphic memoirs are considered by many to be touchstones of the form and have found particular resonance with queer audiences, so much so that “Fun Home” was adapted into a critically-acclaimed Broadway musical in 2015.
Nissim Black occupies a unique niche in the world of hip-hop. He began his career as a secular artist, but since his conversion to Judaism, he has shifted to creating religion-oriented rap music. Black performed at the College on Wednesday, with a student-led reflection set for this afternoon.
My family owns a small Mexican bakery and restaurant and has run the place since 2008. It was a consolation after scrambling from the recession, a way to build back up—home lost, business bought. Growing up there I met a lot of strangers over the years, some of whom became good family friends.
This year, hip hop celebrates its 50th anniversary. From basement block parties in the South Bronx to the Olympics at Paris 2024, hip hop as a culture has come incredibly far. This poses the exciting question of what more innovation could come in the next decade or two?
On Saturday, the Africa Alliance hosted its African Fashion Show with music and outfits from countries all across the continent. Though the fashion show is an annual tradition for the Africa Alliance, the introduction of outside guests and performers made this year’s show a unique event for both audience members and participants.
On Friday evening, Duane Edwards played selections from his new jazz album “Birds” with a talented ensemble in Studzinski Hall. Despite the inclement weather, attendance was strong and the audience’s reviews were enthusiastic. “[My favorite part of the performance] was the way they closed it out with the Nirvana cover,” Brooks Peters ’23 said.
On January 9, 2022, French television broadcast a live news interview with renowned Belgian singer Paul van Haver, better known as Stromae. During the last few minutes of the broadcast, Stromae answered the final question of the interview, which was directed towards his struggles with depression, by singing his latest song “L’enfer.” A year later and 3,398 miles away in Brunswick, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Simon Fraser University Roxanne Panchasi hosted a talk at the College discussing the significance of the moment.
Kde je kino? After studying abroad in Prague last fall, Ben Allen ’23 and Eduarado Mendoza ’24 have more than a handful of memorized Czech phrases to show for their time; the two students have films, too.
Chloe Hillard, a comedian who writes for multiple television shows including “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” delivered a stand-up comedy show on Saturday night in a packed Jack Magee’s Pub. The show is a part of a series of events the College is putting on in celebration of Black History Month.
Since being cast in the role of a murderous old woman during her freshman year of high school, actor, writer and director Julia Jennings ’23 has only grown in her understanding and appreciation of theater. From studying at the National Theater Institute (NTI) in 2022 to, more recently, writing and developing a play titled “In the End, we all go to Providence,” Jennings has been involved in many different facets of theater production, ranging from writing to acting to stage management.
As technology increasingly enters the musical realm, genre-bending music is on the rise. Though the rich tone of the trumpet is rarely associated with the contortions of the electronic synthesizer, musical artist Sarah Belle Reid seeks to bend the predominant perceptions of music.
This contains major spoilers for “Aftersun.” Before I started writing this, I rewatched the ending of “Aftersun.” I’m shocked it was only five minutes that made me smile (again) and laugh at the brilliance of the artistry, of the command of the form, to see that here is a director (Charlotte Wells) who is moving the medium forward and will help keep film alive—only to then burst out into uncontrollable sobbing.
Last Thursday, students of all class years flocked to Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill in Smith Union to witness Bowdoin’s first ever “Art-Chopped” competition. The event, piloted by Assistant Class Dean Roosevelt Boone and Assistant Director of Student Activities Eunice Shin, aimed to provide students with an outlet to showcase their artistic capabilities.
There’s nothing more scrumptiously subversive than a game that deals in delayed gratification. It’s something not commonly associated with screens, with spending hours upon hours in the world of instant inputs, stunning colors and frantic beep-bloops.
Beyond the classics and language departments, discussions about language and translation now have a new on-campus home at the College: in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA). “Turn of Phrase: Language and Translation in Global Contemporary Art,” a new exhibit at the museum, opened at the BCMA in December and will run through June 4.
Professor of Music Tracy McMullen’s journey into jazz was neither direct nor without resistance. Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, McMullen’s introduction to jazz came from a high school stage band visiting her elementary school. “For me, it’s definitely mysterious how I had this love of jazz,” McMullen said.
On Wednesday, Artist-in-Residence Abigail DeVille explored the relationship between marginalized communities and America’s past of oppression through a lecture on her sculptures and site-specific installations. DeVille is a Halley K Harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld Artist-in-Residence—the sixth artist to participate in this program.
Harpswell resident John McGuigan began his collection of early Roman photography as something of a side project to his work as an independent art historian. Now, more than a hundred of these photographs fill the Halford Gallery and the Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery on the first floor of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA), representing one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind.
This weekend, the Meddiebempsters are meeting in the WBOR record vault to record its first studio album in several years. This is the result of collaboration between Meddiebempster alumnus John Galushi ’20, the Meddiebempsters themselves and WBOR.
This coming weekend, two of the College’s a cappella groups will perform at St. Mark’s High School in Southborough, Mass.. BOKA and Miscellania will be taking part in the Wick Festival, where high school and college groups perform together for a shared audience.
“Whisper of the Heart” isn’t a Ghibli movie on a grand scale. Unlike the epic nature of “Spirited Away” or “Princess Mononoke,” this one is small, intimate and down-to-earth. Director Yoshifumi Kondo is interested in the moments between breaths and frames scenes with more interest in subtlety rather than monumental motions.
Over this year’s holiday break, in a moment of serendipitous nostalgia, I stumbled upon my childhood copy of “Kirby’s Epic Yarn.” And lifting the case from its stack of stagnant clamshells, I was struck by some vaguely profound memories.
While Bowdoin students may recognize Alex Washburn ’25 as the drummer of campus band Lily in the Weeds, over winter break he swapped college house shows for California campuses as he toured Southern California with his musically-inclined home friends.
In 2019, when Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Carolyn Wolfenzon Niego set out to curate an exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) on Mexico, Chile and Peru, she found works from the latter two countries lacking in the museum’s collection.
Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. – Jazz Night Join the various jazz combos of campus for bossa, blues and ballads at Studzinski Recital Hall. Dec. 2 & Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – December Dance Concert Students of Bowdoin’s dance courses will show off the results of their semester’s work in Pickard Theater.
In September, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) opened a showcase of two groundbreaking female printmakers. Entitled “Helen Frankenthaler and Jo Sandman: Without Limits,” the exhibit highlights two pioneers of modern art, who were trained within the realm of Abstract Expressionism.
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.
There is a lot of discourse surrounding the accessibility of games. I am not referring to accessibility for those with physical disabilities, which is something I think games should have; I’m talking about the accessibility of a game’s aesthetic experience, the approachability of a game and the scope of its audience.
This weekend, student theater group Masque and Gown put on three performances of Philip Dawkins’s “Failure: A Love Story.” Directed by Sinclaire Ledahl ’23, this fantastical tale expertly combines humor and tragedy, eliciting emotional responses from audiences.
This Thursday, Jack Magee’s Pub swapped trivia night for something a little louder: Portland-based pop-punk band Weakened Friends. Headlining WBOR’s second concert of the semester, the trio’s sound was punctuated by angsty guitar riffs, a noisy rhythm section, and lyrics interested in longing, self-worth and the music industry itself.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) presented its new acquisitions yesterday in the Zuckert Seminar Room to members of the campus and community. The works discussed by the curatorial staff spanned decades and came from as far as Uruguay to as close as Cape Elizabeth.
This fall, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) opened its new exhibition of Papua New Guinean funeral masks titled “The Masks of Memories: Art and Ceremony in Nineteenth Century Oceania.” The exhibition shares the powerful history of the masks, detailing their creation on the island of New Ireland, their significance as cultural artifacts and the way in which they were acquired by the BCMA.
After cold-calling pub after pub in Montreal, student band Bowdoin Éireann Ye Olde Neo-Celtic Ensemble (BEYONCE) played its first Canadian show at Pub McLean in Montreal this past weekend. The band formed in the fall of 2019 when Natsumi Meyer ’23 and Luke Bartol ’23 returned from their Orientation Trip.
This review contains spoilers for Derry Girls season 3. Derry Girls is an Irish comedy that follows 16-year-old Erin Quinn and her group of friends as they grow up against the backdrop of The Troubles in 1990s Northern Ireland.
The decades following The Animals’ smash hit brought with them a host of “House of the Rising Sun” reincarnates, the song’s narrative thrust never succumbing to marketplace inertia. By the dawn of the seventies, slipstreams opened for sprawling innovations over a deep-seated tradition.
[This article contains spoilers for the movie Dune] The sci-fi genre is teeming with worlds of the future marked by technological advancement beyond our wildest dreams. We see how such technology and scientific knowledge influence society’s view of the world and how they affects the ways in which characters interact with each other.
On Halloween Monday, leaflets containing two “spooky stories” cropped up in campus spaces. The Foundationalist, a Bowdoin-founded intercollegiate literary journal, selected and distributed these zines as part of their first annual “Spooky Flash Fiction Contest.” “We imagined it [as a] fun [opportunity], to write a story anonymously and then hear someone talking about that thing that you wrote on the other side of the Thorne Dining Hall table,” Foundationalist editorial board member Jack Wellschlagler ’23 said.
“Growing up, I wanted to be a gangster,” poet and musical artist Weatherspoon ’25 said, reflecting on their childhood in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio. “I wanted to sell drugs and shoot people. [I was a] product of the environment … Life happened to me really early.
The walls of Smith Auditorium faded away as the short film “Noche’’ by Miguel Pavon ’25 flooded the screen. From the first few moments, the audience was immersed in atmospheric twilight shots as they drifted through scenes of Houston nightlife.
What is the fabric of our society, a tool of imperialism and a decades-long research topic? According to Director of Ohio Valley Center for Collaborative Arts and Assistant Professor of Instruction and Art History Sam Dodd, it’s a brick.
On Wednesday evening, 2022-23 Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow Toshi Reagon performed original work in Pickard Theater that featured music and conversation steeped in themes of unity. The acclaimed creator was accompanied by a panel of professors, fellow artists and community activists.