Bowdoin’s Killeen in Venice for an Unusual Production of Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant’

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Abigail Killeen

Associate Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen is currently in Italy for the premiere this week of a production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, in the city where the play is set. The production is being staged in Venice by the New York-based Compagnia de’ Colombari, and it’s of particular interest to Killeen: She’s due to play Nerissa in the American transfer of the Compagnia’s production of the play in the fall of 2017.

The production, which was staged in Venice to mark the 500th anniversary of the city’s Jewish ghetto, also attracted the attention of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose involvement in the event was covered by The New York Times.

Five Years Out: College-access Champion Zully Bosques ’11

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The series “Five Years Out” catches up with Bowdoin alumni to learn what they’re up to and where they’ve been since earning their diploma.

Zulmarie “Zully” Bosques was so grateful to her high school guidance counselor who steered her to Bowdoin that she felt, upon graduating, that it was practically compulsory that she, too, extend her hand to another young person. Read more about Zully Bosques and her work with students.

Local Novelist Makes Booker Prize Longlist (Portland Press Herald)

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Elizabeth Strout

Maine native Elizabeth Strout, who lives part time in Brunswick, has made it onto Britain’s Man Booker Prize longlist for her book, My Name is Lucy Barton.

In 2014, Bowdoin Professor of English and novelist Brock Clarke invited Strout to speak at Bowdoin College, describing her as “one of the best living American fiction writers.”

Strout is one of five authors from the US who are among the thirteen nominees for the prize. Read more about Elizabeth Strout’s nomination.

Mystery (Partially) Solved: The Story Behind That Iconic ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ Photo (Smithsonian)

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You’ve seen the photo: eleven workmen casually having lunch—on a steel beam high 850 feet above 41st Street in Manhattan.

For a long time the workers names have remained unknown, but a new documentary, Men at Lunch, explores the mystery. More in Smithsonian Magazine.