Food for Thought

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Join us for another Food For Thought,
the Bowdoin Student Government/Library student lecture series

Monday, December 9th at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor of H-L Library.

Oriana Farnham, ’15: “Story of My Life: An Inside Look at the One Direction Fan-girl Phenomenon”

Alexi Robbins, ’14: “Design: Totally Made up and Mostly Useless”

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

Citation Drop-In Clinics: It’s Stylin’ Time

You finished the research for your project or paper, read many articles, books, documents, viewed countless videos, web pages and images, and written your paper.  “It’s Stylin’ Time,” time to document your sources and create your citations.  References? In-text? Bibliography? Works cited? Reference lists? Footnotes? Endnotes?  Whatever you call it….We’re here to help.

The Hawthorne Longfellow Library will host Citation Drop-In Clinics beginning the week of May 5th at the H-L Reference Desk. Librarians will provide dedicated assistance with creating citations for print, electronic, images, blogs, and many other sources, in a variety of citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. EndNote and Zotero assistance will also be available at the clinics.

Citation Drop-In Clinics at the HL Reference Desk:

Monday, May 5th, 8:00-9:00PM
Wednesday, May 7th, 3:00-4:00PM
Thursday, May 8th, 4:00-5:00PM

Not able to drop-in during for our scheduled citation clinics?  Citation help is always available at the H-L Reference Desk, or contact us via email, chat, or schedule an appointment through Ask Us.  24/7 citation assistance is also available on our webpage at:

“The Place Show” – The New Ramp Gallery Exhibit

The Place Show

  • Does understanding of place affect the work we make?
  • When creating a work are we reflecting on a place we are inspired by?
  • Does the space where we create work indirectly or directly influence our process and outcomes?
  • Is your understanding of place metaphoric, for example a “place or time in your life”?
  • What does “place” mean to you?



For this exhibit, curator James Boeding ’14, solicited submissions from peers across campus in response to the theme of “place.” The resulting installation, juxtaposes text and image in an easy and balanced manner.

Please join us in the Ramp Gallery, a student-curated venue on the lower level
of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library,
to celebrate the artists and the results of this collaboration.

Food For Thought November 18

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Join us for another Food For Thought,
the Bowdoin Student Government/Library student lecture series

Monday, November 18th at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor of H-L Library.

Clare Stansberry, ’14: “Welcome to the Mesosoic: Imagining Dinosaurs in Their Natural Habitat”

Jacob Reiben, ’17: “Life Without Brakes: BMX and Extreme Sports Culture in Brooklyn”

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

New York Review of Books Archive Online

Finally, online access to the back issues of The New York Review of Books!!! Just look at the list of reviewers and contributors in the first issue from Feb. 1, 1963: Lowell, Berryman, Dupee, Hardwick, Auden, McCarthy, Rahv, Mailer, Warren, Sontag (I’m not making this up), Kazin, Rich, Hollander, Glazer, Styron, Vidal and even more. And that’s just the first issue. Here’s a gem:
Making a living is nothing; the great difficulty is making a point, making a difference—with words. Elizabeth Hardwick in her piece “Grub Street: New York” from the first issue.

Happy Reading!
Your friends at the Library

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Lecture Series

Join us for Food For Thought,
the Bowdoin Student Government/Library student lecture series

Monday, November 4th at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor of H-L Library.

Chrissy Hayes, ’14: “Headscarves and Beekeeping”

Emma Johnson, ’14: “Polishing the Jewel of Africa: Government and Public Education in Botswana Today”

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!

Call for Submissions for The Ramp Gallery

Call for Submissions

the ramp gallery

Deadline extended: Thursday, February 13th

家庭 | Familie | Famiglia | ةﺓلﻝئﺉاﺍعﻉ | Family | Familia

Family can be a source of inspiration or motivation in our writing and in our art. The Ramp Gallery is accepting submissions for its Spring Show, which will highlight Family and its many definitions.

All two-dimensional work including short form creative writing pieces will be considered.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday, February 13th

Formats for submission:

Image: jpeg file named (last name, first initial, title of work) Example: smithj_KentIsland.jpeg
In your submission, please include the dimensions of the work.

Text: docx file named (last name, first initial, title of work) Example: smithj_wandering.docx

Send all submissions and attachments to from your account

the ramp gallery
is a student driven curatorial project, hosted by
the Bowdoin College Library

Artist’s reception for Jack Mensik (2014), “90 Miles”

90 Miles

90 Miles

Thursday, October 17th , 4:30pm-6pm
The Ramp Gallery in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

The show, “90 Miles” is a photo exhibition complimented by Jack’s written observations about culture and the political climate in contemporary Cuba. Jack will lead a gallery discussion during the reception.

“90 miles across those waters lies a world that is very different from the one Cubans have known all their lives. The US is truly so close yet so far away. Cubans keep up with American pop music by tuning into American radio stations. I would sit on the Malecón at night and wonder if I could see the lights from Key West.”

See video of Jack discussing the photos Capitolo, Malecon, and 90 Miles.

The Ramp Gallery, located underground in the space between H-L and Hubbard Stacks, will be available for exhibitions of student work from all disciplines: photography, fiber arts, science poster presentations, etc. Work completed for classes or independently are both welcome.

Interested in exhibiting your work in the gallery? Email a brief proposal to The Ramp Gallery at

New Databases: NAACP Papers and Afro-American Imprints

The Library now has access to two valuable resources for historical research:

ImageThe NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns–Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, Armed Forces, which includes legal files, correspondence, meeting minutes, news clippings, memoranda, reports, and legal briefs related to these issues.

And Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922, from the Library Company of Philadelphia. This database includes, among much more, congressional addresses, slave narratives, minstrel songs and shows and anti-abolition literature.

Scientific American and National Geographic Archives Now Online

sciamericanThe Bowdoin community now can access the back issues of Scientific American from 1948-1992 and National Geographic from 1888-1994 online. Talk about fun! Read Robert E. Peary’s 1889 address to the National Geographic Society about his adventures in…Nicaragua! (and that other place he’s famous for) or Edward O. Wilson’s 1972 article Animal Communication in Scientific American.

Note that National Geographic does not allow downloading of articles, but you may print. And when you search Scientific American, you will get citations to earlier issues than are available online–you can find those issues at the Hatch Science Library. natgeo

Happy explorations!
Your friends at the Library