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Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Bracket Reed Professor of Government, has been in demand of late — appearing in Washington Post blogs left and right. On the heels of his latest regular appearance in the political science research blog, The Monkey Cage, his observations and insights also appeared in the August 12 edition of the Post‘s daily political blog, The Fix, in the article, “Second Term Presidents Almost Always Fail. Should We Get Rid of Term Limits on Them?”
“I think that the need to run for re-election keeps presidents honest,” says Rudalevige in the piece. “If anything, the 22nd amendment limiting presidents to two terms is the problem; Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers waxes eloquent about the accountability imposed by the desire to make the voters want to vote for you.”
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice… Or that’s what we’d like to think. It’s comforting to believe that musical ability is related to the amount of time you invest and this time alone — but could it be that musical ability is also dependent on your genes? This is essentially a question of nature vs. nurture, like so many others, and research suggests that genes do influence musical ability — as well as the inclination to practice in the first place.
Each year, many Bowdoin students seek ways of working with Maine’s refugee and immigrant populations. They intern with nonprofit legal clinics, teach English as a second language, and tutor the children of immigrant families. This summer, several students took advantage of Bowdoin grants to pursue more in-depth and professional experiences. They interned with organizations that work closely with refugees and immigrants, both in Maine and around the country. Read about the experiences of Emily Weinberger ’15, Brian Golger ’15, Justin Ehringhaus ’16, Margaret Webster ’16 and Alex Sukles ’17.
The Earth was formed about 4.5 billion years ago — so why is it that the oldest rocks we know of come from 8 million years later than that? Scientists have developed a new model that blames a storm of asteroids for “excavating, mixing and burying the Earth’s crust” — not to mention blasts by asteroids 620 miles across, that would likely have sterilized the earth and turned the oceans from water to steam. Learn more about this new model — and its one missing piece.
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Bracket Reed Professor of Government, sheds some light on the matter of the U.S. House of Representative suing President Barack Obama over the alleged abuse of executive powers.
In the Washington Post political blog, Monkey Cage, Rudalevige examines some of the claims, and points to a difference between executive orders and executive powers.
Having withstood the weather and elements of Maine for 120 years, two life-size bronze statues outside the Bowdoin College Museum of Art are being rejuvenated.
Crafted by renowned Neapolitan bronze caster Sabatino de Angelis, the 19th century sculptures of the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles and the ancient Greek orator Demosthenes are original to the 1894 Beaux Arts Walker Art Building.
Noted architect Charles Follen McKim of McKim, Mead & White, designed the building, which underwent a $20.8 million award-winning renovation and restoration in 2007. Read more about the conservation project.
Spend money on experiences, not things, says traditional wisdom. But think about it: some goods can too be “experiential.” Imagine you buy (and subsequently learn how to play very well) a guitar: you get the psychological benefits of mastery, self expression, and connection with others through music. The Atlantic gives you a quick and handy guide for which categories of goods are likely to boost happiness – and which are likely to lose their luster.
It’s always evident when the ArtVan comes to town: it’s a 12-passenger van splashed with multicolored designs over every visible surface, filled to the brim with art supplies — and you can spot Elena Schaef ’16 behind the wheel. ArtVan is a non-profit art therapy organization that brings the arts to disadvantaged kids of all ages who would not otherwise have access to the same type of creative outlet.
Building on her experience working and performing with Bowdoin’s theater department, Schaef has developed an improv theater program to do with ArtVan participants this summer, including costume design and warmup games. “Art just crosses all kinds of boundaries,” Schaef says, “and really digs into your subconscious in a way that you don’t need to train or hone.”
This video was shot at the ArtVan headquarters in Fort Andross and at Tree Street Youth in Lewiston, Maine.
This summer, Bowdoin students Hannah Marshall ’16 and Alex Reisley ’16 trekked through the world’s deepest river gorge, visited Buddhist monasteries and investigated geological phenomena. They were part of the School for International Training’s Geoscience in the Himalaya program, which immerses students in Nepalese culture and trains them in field research methods and GIS technology before setting them off to pursue independent projects. Read the full story and check out what other Bowdoin students are up to this summer.
Around the globe, elements of each culture’s relational, behavioral and cognitive styles are numerous and nuanced. Erin Meyer, author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, has compiled a quiz for Harvard Business Review that allows you to see where you fall on eight cultural dimension scales as compared to your own or other cultures.