Visiting Artist, Filmmaker Lyès Salem Inspired by French-Algerian Roots


Lyes Salem. Photo: Savannah Simmons-Grover

Algerian-born filmmaker and visiting artist in Francophone studies, Lyès Salem, is teaching a seminar class on creative writing and filmmaking in which he will help students produce one or two short movies, in French.

Salem’s latest movie, L’Oranais, kicks off Bowdoin’s Francophone Film Festival this coming Friday, November 4, 2016. The film takes a critical look at Algeria in the years following independence from France in 1962. Read more about Lyès Salem.


Behind the Scenes at Bowdoin’s Performance of ‘A Delicate Balance’

Masque & Gown, one of Bowdoin’s student theater groups, recently staged Edward Albee’s play, A Delicate Balance.

Jack Arnholz ’19 directed the play, which Albee wrote in 1966. The drama explores a troubled marriage between a suburban couple.

Busra Eriz ’17 went behind the scenes to check in on the cast preparing for their Friday night performance.


A Reading List for Those Disillusioned with American Politics (The Atlantic)

Bookshelf libraryThe Atlantic offers nearly three dozen book recommendations for anyone disillusioned with the imminent presidential election.

Each book provides a deeper look into issues discussed in debates or the media. The recommendations were provided by those who have influenced culture around the election—an ideologically diverse group of thinkers.  Check out the list.

Book Review: Emry Westacott’s, ‘The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less is More—More or Less’ (The Atlantic)

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The Atlantic discusses Emry Westacott’s new book, The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less is More—More or Less and the tensions between “minimalism” and “effortless cosmopolitanism.”

Westacott, a professor of philosophy at Alfred University, recounts the 2,000-year history of “the simple life,” not simply an indication of financial prudence but also of a range of lifestyle choices and values that appreciate basic pleasures in a materialistic society. Yet, the stagnancy of this country’s median household income has ironically complicated the average American’s access to minimalism. Read more.