Eight years ago, Jennifer Egan found herself at a reunion for deep-sea diving army veterans, trying on a 200-pound Mark V diving suit. Research, the Pulitzer-prize winning author told a packed crowd in Kresge Auditorium last night, for her latest and fifth novel, “Manhattan Beach.” Before signing books, Egan read the first chapter of the novel and answered questions about her research and writing process.
PJ SeelertPOINTED PORTRAITURE: Last summer, Charlotte Borden ’19 taught a six-week class to incarcerated men at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center. Her portraits of the men will be displayed alongside their own work. Currently on display in Larmarche Gallery is an exhibit both by and about six incarcerated men at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center, a minimum security facility in Belfast.
Courtesy of Khalid El-HakimCURATION AND EDUCATION: Khalid El-Hakim, founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, is visiting campus today to present his exhibit, “The Three Ms.” “How do you get students in this age to talk about controversial materials and controversial issues?” asked Khalid El-Hakim, the curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.
Jenny IbsenCREATIVE NONFICTION: Through writing, Carly Berlin ’18 grapples with the intersections of her identity as a southerner in New England with a Jewish upbringing and a rich family history. Kodie Garza: What is the most meaningful piece you’ve written and why?
Ann BasuGRAND SLAM: Sanura McGill ’20, a member of the Bowdoin Slam Poets Society, performs original poetry at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art on Thursday night. The group performs regularly at slam events on campus.
This weekend, families and Bowdoin community members will have the chance to experience Ladd House’s transformation from College House to art gallery. Bowdoin Art Society’s fifth annual Fall Art Show gives students, both inside and outside the visual arts department, the opportunity to put their artwork on display.
Ann BasuFLIPPING THE SCRIPT Sam Monkman ’18 takes the stage in “The Laramie Project. Yesterday, Masque & Gown premiered “The Laramie Project,” a production choice that continues the group’s break with the more traditional shows that characterized much of its history.
Although Carmen Papalia lost the use of his vision, he does not identify as blind. “I feel that word doesn’t serve me,” he said. “I often think of myself as a non-visual learner—someone who just made a choice to shift the value from the visual to the non-visual … I’d rather describe myself in relation to my learning style and my approach to learning than refer to a word that kind of means, ‘lack of preparedness or awareness.’ You just have to [search for] synonyms for the word ‘blind,’ and you get a long list of negative associations.” Papalia, a Vancouver-based “social practice artist and disability activist,” delivered a lecture about his work at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) on October 19.
Sam HoneggerCONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM Assistant Professor of Romance Languages Meryem Belkaïd (left) facilitated a question and answer session with award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (right) on Tuesday, entitled “Identity, History, and Race.” Peck’s Academy Award nominated documentary film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” was screened in Kresge Auditorium on Monday.