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

New JSTOR Ecology & Botany Collection

botanyWith summer here on campus comes a new journal backfile collection from JSTOR for researching all (well, most)  green (and other colored) living things:  the Ecology and Botany Collection!  From the 1914 issue of the American Journal of Botany to the 1952 issue of Systematic Zoology, there is a nest of back issues for your research needs.

New Library Database Content: Nineteenth Century Collections Online

 Just in time for your summer research, some fascinating new content has been added to the Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) database:

Photography: the World Through the Lens assembles collections of photographs, photograph albums, photographically illustrated books and texts on the early history of photography from libraries and archives from across the globe.

Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925 covers every aspect of nineteenth-century science: electricity and electromagnetism, mathematics and engineering, astronomy and astrophysics, color theory and the theory of natural selection, geology and mineralogy, chemistry and medicine. This period was also considered the last great age of discovery, as explorers charted the interiors of the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Women: Transnational Networks focuses on issues at the intersection of gender and class from the late-eighteenth century to the era of suffrage in the early-twentieth century, all through a transnational perspective. The collection contains deep information on European and North American movements, but also expands its scope to include collections from other regions.

Happy summer (researching)!

Meet Some Therapy Dogs


I’m Too Sexy For My Fur!

Meet me outside the H-L Library for a snuggle!

Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00pm

Meet some therapy dogs and de-stress from exams

Meet Our Pals!


Dogs are “courtesy of” Casco Bay Dog Training Club and Positively Best Friends! Dog Training LLC … To learn more about both organizations, visit their websites

Stress Relief Activities During Finals

Stress Relief Activities During Finals

Sponsored by Peer Health and Active Minds


Monday, May 13th
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nixon Lounge in H-L

Stress-Busting Activities

Monday, May 13th
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
First Floor of H-L and Hatch

Stress-relief games, coloring books, chalk, hula hoops,
jump ropes and more!

Refreshments Provided by the Library

Monday, May 13th through Friday, May 17th
9:00 p.m. to closing

Chandler Room, first floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library and
Circulation area, Hatch Science Library
Coffee and tea will be available as well as cookies, brownies, or muffins
(the choices will rotate throughout the week).

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Lecture Series

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

Sunday, May 5th at 9:00pm in the Nixon Lounge on the 3rd floor of H-L Library.

Maura Allen, ’14 : “Flying with a Mullet: Stories from my Childhood”

Brian Kim ’13: “Game Theory and the Senior Seven: Strategy in the Game of Love”

Food and Refreshments Provided

See you there!