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.


Producer Chris Gary Offers Career Advice to Bowdoin Students

“Game of Thrones” producer Chris Gary speaks about his TV career.

Chris Gary, the former HBO producer who oversaw Game of Thrones and upcoming The Young Pope, began his talk at Bowdoin Monday by looking out at the audience and asking, “What do you want to talk about?” In response to cries such as, “How do I get a job?” Gary discussed his circuitous career path and what it takes to make it in the film industry.

Gary was candid about the competitive nature of the job market. “No one’s going to give you a job. You’re going to have to take a job,” he said. To Gary, this means two things: being willing to beat out another person for the position you want and knowing what makes you unique, or what you can offer. Read more about Chris Gary’s talk.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 on Being a Mainstream American Comic (Washington Post)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 debuted his latest comedy album, “Mainstream American Comic,” this summer. The Washington Post discusses how race, social justice, and whiteness inform the comedian’s routines.

“I don’t like being niched as a South Asian comic, man,” he says. “The values I have, the search for justice, that’s not a niche thing.” Kondabolu navigates the delicate worlds of race and comedy with a frankness that unsettles yet educates audiences.

What’s So Funny? Andrew Cawley ’17 Investigates Social Criticism in Stand-up Comedy


Andrew Cawley ’17

Andrew Cawley had somewhat of a funny job this summer. He spent his days alternately laughing and taking notes as he watched videos of stand-up comedy.

Cawley, an English and environmental studies major, did independent research looking at identity and social criticism in stand-up comedy. He was supported by a Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship and advised by Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal.

Cawley is one of more than 200 students who lived on campus this summer. Many of these students received fellowships from Bowdoin to pursue in-depth research in their major. These projects often continue into the academic year as independent studies or honors projects. Read more about Cawley’s research.