Fall Symposia Bring International Scholars to Bowdoin

Fall 2013 SymposiaBowdoin has been a nexus for international scholarship, hosting several symposia that brought together participants from around the country and the world to discuss topics in pharmaceutical medicine and Chinese women’s art.

Scholars explored 21st century challenges of medical intervention in Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Technoscience on Sept. 26-27, led by Professor of Social Sciences Susan Bell, who chairs the sociology and anthropology department at Bowdoin. On the heels of that event was Female Embodiment of the Visual World: Women’s Art in Contemporary China on Sept. 27-28, led by Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Film Studies Shu-chin Tsui. Including talks by experts from China, Hong Kong and the U.S.,the symposium was presented in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists.

Two more events round out the college’s full slate of diverse symposia led by Bowdoin faculty this fall. Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiation Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World takes place Oct. 3-4, led by Assistant Professor of Sociology Ingrid Nelson. Rounding out the program is the Oct. 19-20 symposium American Political Economy from the Age of Jackson to the Civil War, led by Assistant Professor of Economics Stephen Meardon.


  1. Peter H.Dragonas,'59, M. D. says:

    Too much about the past we can not change. Too little invested into our insights from the past and foresight clearing on making improvements to our future.
    President Obama has joined his hands with leaders of Hollywood’s Film & Entertainment Leaders during the past Seven Years. The present war including Africans who are part of the Terrorist activities here and abroad have gone to the extreme to reignite race wars internationally. The cost is beyond our grasp. The loss of our Sons and Daughters of our Darker Skinned Americans and many of all ethnic origins must be mourned first. The voice over big monies Hollywood is an ever changing show of characters. Our students at Bowdoin and in all Higher Education venues need to focus on being “the best they can be” as they prepare to love up to the standards for “The Common Good”.
    My remarks have been drawn by my many visits to movie and documentary sets where my three Dragonas offspring devote their energies in a community of all races, creeds and beliefs.

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