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Upcoming Virtual Events and Programs

For the time being, all in-person gatherings have been canceled. Please visit the COVID-19 FAQ page for Alumni for more information about Bowdoin events and visitors to campus.

Two Danish Treasures: Exploring Copenhagen and Greenland

Join Michael Perry '74 for cross country skiing above the Arctic Circle in Greenland’s second largest town, Sisimiut, and early April sightseeing in Copenhagen, Denmark. We have entered you in the Arctic Circle Race; three days of challenging up’s and down’s, tenting out in the snow each evening, and beautiful mountain vistas as far as the eye can see. Billed as the Toughest Ski Race in the World come see if it lives up to its legendary billing. 

We will spend time before and after the race walking around the waterfront of Copenhagen and taking one of their iconic canal boat tours. Along the way we will stop to see The Little Mermaid, the domed Marble Church, the Queen’s Palace of Amalienborg, the much talked about Copenhagen Opera House, and more. Come see why Denmark is touted to be “The Happiest Country in the World.”

Wednesday, January 27th at 12:00 p.m.EST

Harlem Rising: A Community Changing the Odds

Join the Bowdoin community for a special film screening and conversation with Geoffrey Canada ’74, H’07, Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07, and George Khaldun ’73, moderated by President Clayton Rose. Harlem Rising is a new documentary that chronicles the remarkable history and the lives transformed by Harlem Children’s Zone. More than twenty years ago, Geoffrey Canada dared to imagine a different, better future for the impoverished, vulnerable community of Central Harlem. Canada, along with a group of dedicated people including Druckenmiller and Khaldun, turned his vision into reality as the pioneering Harlem Children’s Zone, serving one block in the 1990s to ultimately reaching ninety-seven blocks. The film explores how one organization demonstrates real change through the stories of students, educators, and the visionaries who are still helping children and families succeed. The Harlem Rising trailer can be viewed here. A link to the full documentary will be sent to registrants to view before February 2. 

Tuesday, February 2nd at 4:00 p.m. EST

What Would the Nation’s Founders Think of Our Country Today? 

Bowdoin College Visiting Fellow in History Thomas E. Ricks takes questions and discusses his new book, First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Countrywith Meghan Roberts, associate professor of history. Ricks’s book offers a revelatory new look at the founding fathers, examines their educations—in particular, their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics and their focus on the decline of the Roman Republic—and demonstrates how that influence shaped their ideals and the fledgling United States. His findings offer poignant perspectives on how we got to where we are now as a nation. 

Wednesday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m. EST

Spindel Memorial Lecture presents Robert Alter: "Translating the Bible”

The Hebrew Bible incorporates a great deal of artfully fashioned narrative prose and finely articulated poetry. These are essential to the vision of God, creation, and humanity conveyed in the texts, and so a translation should strive to suggest in English something of the stylistic power of the Hebrew--its rhythms, its deployment of expressive syntax, the fine precision of its word choices, the eloquence of its diction. The challenge to the translator is that there are such large structural and semantic differences between biblical Hebrew and modern English, and strategies have to be worked out to bridge that distance.

Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. Professor Alter has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature.  He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-two published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses. Sponsored by the Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture Fund. No registration required.

Thursday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m. EST
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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture: Dr. Beverly Tatum H’06

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award.

The author of several books including the best-selling Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race, and Can We Talk About Race?, and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topics of racial identity development, race and education, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership. Dr. Tatum is also a 2006 honorary degree recipient from Bowdoin College.

Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. EST

A Conversation with Civil Rights Activist DeRay Mckesson ’07

On November 2, 2020, the US Supreme Court handed down a 7-1 decision in DeRay Mckesson’s favor stemming from a Black Lives Matter rally he attended after the murder of Sterling Brown by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in July 2016. Join us as DeRay speaks to the Bowdoin community about the case, the police reform movement, his experience as a Black Lives Matter organizer and leader, and his path from Bowdoin. Q&A to follow.

DeRay Mckesson ’07 rose to national prominence in the Black Lives Matter movement beginning with the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown was killed by police. The former math teacher and school administrator is the author of last year’s On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, and he continues his activism with his podcast, “Pod Save the People,” with Campaign Zero, an organization focused on policy solutions to end police brutality in America, in his role as Director of the Council on Criminal Justice Task Force on Policing, and speaking engagements across the country. To learn more about DeRay, visit and read Bowdoin Magazine’s recent interview Hope the Hard Way.  

Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. EST 

Black Alumni Organization of Bowdoin Kick-Off Gathering

The newly formed Black Alumni Organization of Bowdoin will host a kick-off gathering to network, build community, and mark Black History Month. The intellects, energy, and insights of the 68 Black alumni who’ve already shared their commitment to this effort will be invaluable as we form the group’s structure, mission, and path forward. If you have not yet responded to the invitation from Michael Owens ’73, P’15 to join the organization, please sign up by emailing Karen Shea in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Additional event details and registration information will be available soon and emailed directly to organization members.

Friday, February 26th at 12:00 p.m. EST

There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art

As we close out Black History Month and kick off Herstory Month, join BCMA curatorial assistant and manager of student programs, Elizabeth Humphrey ’14, for a preview and talk of the upcoming exhibition There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art. The exhibition brings together more than fifty works of art to challenge histories of marginalization and make visible the presence of Black women in American art history. Humphrey will be joined in conversation with Ramiro Storni ‘23.

Friday, March 5th at 3:00 p.m. EST

Tres Sabores Wine Tasting

Join the Bowdoin community for an in-depth wine tasting and “virtual visit” to Tres Sabores in St. Helena, California led by winemaker and owner, Julie Johnson ’76. The experience will consist of a tasting of three different Tres Sabores wines (Sauvignon blanc, Zinfandel from her organically certified Rutherford Estate, and her fun and famous blend ¿Por Qué No?), information and photos, stories from Julie’s forty years in the wine business, a discussion on sustainability and regenerative farming, and plenty of time for Q&A!

Wine Tasting Pack: 2019 Sauvignon blanc; 2018 Zinfandel, Rutherford Estate; 2019 ¿Por Qué No? Red Blend plus three Repour Wine Savers. Price per tasting pack: $116 + tax + shipping. Julie will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to Bowdoin’s sustainability programs.

Those wishing to participate in the wine tasting and those who just want to simply listen and learn are encouraged to registered. Upon registration through the Office of Alumni Relations, those who wish to purchase a wine tasting pack will be directed to contact Tres Sabores directly for payment and shipping information. The deadline for purchasing a wine tasting pack is Friday, February 26th.

Saturday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST