Conversation with Kenneth Chenault ’73, H’96 and President Clayton Rose

President Rose speaks with renowned leader and business strategist Kenneth Chenault, former CEO of American Express, now chairman and managing director at venture capital firm General Catalyst and board member at Airbnb, Facebook, and more. Introduction by Randy Stakeman, associate professor of history and Africana studies emeritus.

Allen Springer: “Institutional Resilience in Turbulent Times”

Professor Springer discusses how contemporary international institutions are responding to the challenges posed by a wave of populist and nationalist sentiment, which often challenges the relevance of the institutions themselves. How do institutions operating in such diverse arenas as security, humanitarian, and environmental policy absorb and adapt to these pressures and attempt to confront effectively issues ranging from major transboundary movements of people seeking political asylum to global climate change?

Professor Ilan Stavans: “Crypto-Jews: To Be and Not to Be”

“Crypto-Jews: To Be and Not to Be”: If the Jews, a steadfast people united by a single, never-ending book, are praised for surviving across centuries through a variety of assimilation strategies, crypto-Jews are a unique “people-within-a-people.” From before the fateful 1492 to the present, their presence in Hispanic civilization is at once ubiquitous and discreet, their contribution to science, finances, philosophy, and the arts unquestionable. How does their “revealed secret” work?

Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of the Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of Restless Books, the host of NPR’s podcast In Contrast, and a columnist for the New York Times en Español. An internationally-renowned essayist, translator, and literary critic who is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Stavans’ books include On Borrowed Words, Dictionary Days, El Iluminado. He adapted Don Quixote into a graphic novel and is also the editor of The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature, The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry, and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.

The Nov. 7 lecture was sponsored by the Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture Fund.


Commencement 2017: A Conversation with Honorary Degree Recipient Author Anthony Doerr ’95

Bowdoin awarded Tony Doerr, author of two short-story collections, a memoir, and two novels, an honorary degree at its 212th Commencement this year. He spoke on campus last week with Professor of English Brock Clark.

Doerr ’95 was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, for his book, All the Light We Cannot See. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr graduated from Bowdoin cum laude with a history major in 1995, and earned his master of fine arts degree in creative writing at Bowling Green University in 1999. He lives in Idaho with his wife, Shauna E. Doerr ’94, and their two sons.