The Writing Life of Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

raisa-tolchinskyRaisa Tolchinsky ’17 has had a good month. She learned her essay about poetry as an antidote to the speedy passage of time will be published in the literary journal Side Project. One of her poems, which is part of an epistolary collection addressing loss, will also be published in Yes Poetry. An exhibition of her poems is currently installed in Smith Union’s Lamarche Gallery. And she was named a semi-finalist in the 2016 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest.

Read about Tolchinsky’s thoughts on the writing process, her favorite authors, studying abroad in Bologna, and more.

Educational Justice Talk Kicks off ‘Latinx Heritage Month and Beyond’


Julian Vasquez Heilig speaks at Bowdoin tonight about educational injustice, particularly for students living in poverty, in the context of education reforms. His talk will be live streamed.

The address by Heilig, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, kicks off Latinx Heritage Month and Beyond at Bowdoin. Included in the lineup of events are visits by MIT Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky, who will speak at Bowdoin Oct. 13, and author Junot Diaz, who will give a talk here Nov. 3.

Students Celebrate a Green World at Greenstock Festival

Video by James Jelin ’16

Every September, at the annual Greenstock festival on Coe Quad, Bowdoin students celebrate with live music, ice cream, and an outdoor picnic put on by Dining. The zero-waste festival promotes environmental awareness, and includes green-themed information tables and activities. Students who bring their bikes get free tune-ups.

Student bands performing at this year’s festival included Taiko, Pulse, Accept the Mystery, BOKA, Gotta Focus, and Duck Blind.

The fair was co-sponsored by Green Bowdoin, Bowdoin Music Collective, Bowdoin Student Government, Sustainable Bowdoin, and Student Activities.

The band providing the video’s soundtrack is Gotta Focus, performing a song written by Dave Ruuska ’17.

Video: Symmetry Works! Where Math Meets Art

Symmetry is the buzzword on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works! A lecture September 12 in Kresge Auditorium kicked off three days of events, including a workshop and a seminar, which are all open to the public. Meanwhile a selection of Farris’s work will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Edwards Center for Art and Dance until Sept. 23.

In his book Creating Symmetry: The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, published in 2015 by Princeton University Press, Farris explained a new process for creating art via computational technology based on the mathematical theory of symmetry. During the summer of 2016, two Bowdoin computer science students helped develop open-source software to make the Farris design process accessible to a wider artistic community.