Theater and Dance Dept. Presents Annual December Dance Concert Dec. 3-5

Photo: Alex Cornell du Houx

Photo: Alex Cornell du Houx ’06

The Department of Theater and Dance presents the annual December Dance Concert Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 3, 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. The performance is free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the Smith Union Information desk: 207-725-3375.

This December’s program features faculty-directed choreography for students — live original music by the composer Shamou, and performances to music ranging from the Brazilian pop classic “Tiko Tiko” to Louis Armstrong’s “Alligator Crawl.” Read more.

Stories of Mainers: Rwandan Refugee Prosper Ishimwe Recounts his Journey

proper rwandaLast year, nearly 1,000 refugees settled in Maine. One of these refugees was Prosper Ishimwe, a young man from Rwanda.

This past weekend, Helmrich House welcomed Ishimwe as part of their “Whoopie Pies with Mainers” speaker series. Ishimwe was invited by Helmrich residents to talk about his experiences growing up in Rwanda during the civil war and genocide, as well as describe his perspectives on life as a refugee in Maine. Read the story by Talia Cowen ’16.

Infographic: Around the World in 15 Snacks (Expedia)

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Click image to view the 15 snacks around the world (Image: Expedia)

Student Faith Groups Celebrate Together at Gratitude Service

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it has become a tradition for students representing different faith groups to gather at the Bowdoin Chapel for an Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.

This year, students from the Muslim Student Association, Bowdoin Quakers, Bowdoin Orthodox Association, Bowdoin Hillel, The Inklings and Catholic Student Union offered a prayer or reading at the service. A few also shared their personal thoughts about gratitude.

In addition, Dhivya Singaram ’17 spoke about her family’s Hindu tradition. Bob Ives, director of religious and spiritual life, gave the welcome and introduction. Reza Jalali, who is University of Southern Maine’s multicultural student affairs coordinator, ended the service with a “blessing of departure.” Carissa Brown played the organ prelude and postlude. Student performers included solo pianist Chuying Luo ’16, the Bowdoin Longfellows and the Bowdoin Community Gospel Choir.