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Today’s edition of the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor honors Bowdoin’s own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Class of 1825), 207 years after the illustrious poet’s birth in Portland, Maine.
He entered Bowdoin College at the age of 15, and one of his classmates was Nathaniel Hawthorne; the two would remain lifelong friends. When Longfellow graduated, the college gave him a chair in modern languages, and he worked with translations for the rest of his life.
Awards honoring outstanding leadership and service to the College will be presented May 31, 2014, during Reunion Convocation.
The Common Good Award, selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, this year has three recipients, each of whom embody a profound and sustained commitment to the common good: Communities Without Borders co-founder Dr. Richard Bail ’64, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor Ed Lee ’74, and Forest Foundation founder Mike Poor ’64.
The Alumni Service Award and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, chosen by the Alumni Council, recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication. The Alumni Service Award will be presented to Bowdoin College Trustee Emerita Tracy Burlock ’81, and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff goes to 40-year Dining Service veteran Patricia Pye.
Acclaimed feminist writer Susan Faludi, currently Tallman Scholar in Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin, will deliver a lecture called ”Feminism, Interrupted: Why Can’t the Women’s Movement Pass Down Power?” as part of her 2013-2014 Tallman residency. The lecture will be held Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Nation, Faludi is also a bestselling author. Her book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.
“This is someone who can take knowledge and theory and research, and package it in a way that a lot of people will read and be interested in,” Ghodsee said. “When Susan Faludi weighs in, the public listens.”
As the U.S. government becomes increasingly wary of escalating tensions in Asia, Christopher Hill ’74 offers his insight on China’s hawkish diplomatic strategy and its potential repercussions. China has been described as a “bully” by Southeast Asia, evidenced by its desire to “turn the South China Sea into a southern Chinese lake” and its declared sovereignty over the South China Sea and Diaoyu Islands (known by Japan as the Senkaku Islands). China has also “unilaterally established an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea,” asserting its claim over the Diaoyu Islands.
What, beyond for purely economic reasons, drives China’s recent aggressive foreign policy in East and South Asia? Hill posits that China’s domestic political tensions have led President Xi Jinping to “pick his battles and set his priorities.” Xi has chosen to prioritize adjudicating domestic institutional competition and “maintaining a strong relationship with the security and military bureaucracy” over pacifying international tensions.
Hill cautions against China’s current international tactlessness; he asserts, “Unless China improves its relations with its neighbors, its international image will continue to take a beating.” If China continues its “unilateral assertions of [territorial] claims,” it will only continue to ”create tension and increases the threat of violent conflict – often the result of miscalculation or accident.”
Hill is a former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Macedonia and Poland. He served as a U.S. special envoy to Kosovo and was a negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords. Hill is currently the Dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Diamonds, perennially a girl’s best friend, now also count investors among their besties. The demand for diamonds has been on the rise recently in the emerging world, and investors are setting their sights on a new investment asset to replace gold. The growing demand, is due, in part, to Chinese brides looking for diamond engagement rings, a concept foreign to China until recently. Read more about the growing interest in diamonds.
Mark Wethli, Bowdoin’s A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, is curating the first show of a new gallery in New York City. The Curator Gallery, founded by former Time Inc. chairman and CEO Ann Moore, will differ from other commercial galleries by inviting guest curators to organize its exhibitions.
The Curator Gallery wanted to open with a show of Maine art that focuses on mid-career artists doing “important work that deserves wider exposure in the city,” according to Wethli. The inaugural exhibition, called “Second Nature,” will include work by John Bisbee, Meghan Brady, Clint Fulkerson, Cassie Jones ’01, Joe Kievitt and Andrea Sulzer. In addition to Bisbee’s and Jones’s Bowdoin connections, Brady has taught at the College and Andrea Sulzer is a former lab instructor in biology here. Read the full story.
Climate change might not be all bad — at least for English winemakers. Once deemed “undrinkable” land, warmer climates have helped sparkling English wine compete favorably with its French cousin. However, England still has a ways to go before it can truly be on par with France. Last year, England developed four million bottles of wine, while France supplied eight billion.