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.
This month is the College’s first annual OUTtober, a month of programming by Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance (BQSA) celebrating various sexuality and gender identities. In the past, BQSA has organized events during the week of National Coming Out Day on October 11 and has hosted a month of programming in February, known as “Februqueery.” OUTtober will replace “Februqueery” as BQSA’s month-long series of events, although BQSA will continue to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31.
Courtesy of the Bowdoin College Museum of ArtRUSSIAN REVOLUTION: “Did You Volunteer” is a 1920 lithograph by Dmitry Moor, from the collection of Svetlana and Eric Silverman ’85 P ’19. When viewed in a modern context, the Soviet propaganda posters in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s (BCMA) newest exhibit provide not only insight into the rise and fall of the Soviet Union but also a framework for understanding the present.
Jenny IbsenRabbi Lisa Vinikoor joined the Bowdoin community at the start of the school year. She discussed August's bias incident with students and hopes to help students navigate the current political climate. To Lisa Vinikoor, the journey from elementary school teacher to social justice worker to rabbi was a natural progression.
Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of ArtMemento Mori: Finials of a “Chaplet,” an ivory carving on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art featuring macabre motifs intended to serve as a reminder of mortality.
Meghan ParsonsREAD BETWEEN THE LINES: Members of the Bowdoin community gathered in the Museum of Art on Tuesday evening for the opening reception of “Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolor.” The exhibition will be on display until September 3rd, 2017.
Jenny IbsenIrfan Alam '18 After being announced as winners in the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) elections on Sunday, BSG President-elect Irfan Alam ’18 and Vice President-elect (VP) for BSG Affairs Ben Painter ’19 are looking forward to enacting their vision for a better Bowdoin.
At its Wednesday meeting, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) discussed a revision to its bylaws that would allow any student to introduce legislation for discussion by BSG. The change would make BSG more accessible to students, according to BSG President Harriet Fisher ’17.
A formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Roux Center for the Environment—a new environmental studies building to be located on the corner of College Street and Harpswell Road—will take place on May 12. The project remains on track to open in the fall of 2018.
At Spindleworks, a staff of seven professional “artist mentors” helps participants develop their artistic skills in a variety of media including writing, painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, animation, filmmaking and musical theater. The center also provides artists with the opportunity to display and sell their work in local shows. Several Bowdoin students volunteer each year.