Parents and Families
Kurt Eichenwald P’14, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a senior writer at Newsweek, and a New York Times bestselling author of three books, delivered the November 15, 2013, Common Hour talk.
Eichenwald previously worked for 20 years at the Times as a investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2000 and 2002.
Eichenwald’s second book, The Informant, was called “one of the best nonfiction books of the decade” by The New York Times Book Review and made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon.
Published in 2012, his most recent book, 500 DAYS: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, chronicles the 18 months following 9/11 and lays bare the harrowing decisions, deceptions and delusions that changed America and the world forever.
Eichenwald is also the author of Conspiracy of Fools, an “all-true financial and political thriller” about the intersection of Washington and Wall Street, and Serpent on the Rock, another real-life thriller chronicling kickbacks, payoffs and “shady deals struck with known felons.”
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Memory is an elusive, curious phenomenon that scientists have spent centuries studying and have yet to scratch the surface.
Recently, researchers have found that the unique handful of people with hyperthymesia, a highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), who can remember the tiniest details about everyday back to their childhood, can still be deceived into recalling memories they never experienced.
When health problems threaten, how do American families cope? According to Dan LaFave, we deal with health risks not just through formal insurance but by working longer and harder, drawing down assets, and turning to family and community when illness strikes.
LaFave, a professor of economics at Colby College, came to Bowdoin Nov. 13 to present the lecture Mitigating the Consequences of a Health Condition: The Family in the PSID as part of the economics department’s seminar series. Read the full story.
Bowdoin’s first “Pop-Up Museum” popped up in Hubbard Hall for a couple of hours on the evening of Nov. 12, sponsored by the Arctic Museum and Museum of Art. Community members were invited to bring favorite items from home and tell the stories behind their objects.
Video by Ali Ragan ’16
As if the work you do isn’t stressful enough at times, how about those piles on your desk? And what’s the deal with your cubicle neighbor coming in and out all the time with stories and dumb jokes? Hello? Working here. Forbes offers nine pieces of advice to de-clutter and refocus from Sherry Burton Ways, an interior designer and color therapist. Ways recommends adding personal touches to your work space and redecorating using neutral tones. Find your workspace zen here.
Years ago when Josh Friedman ’15 first started diving, he was afraid of sharks. That is, until he met Rodolphe Holler, a marine biologist who told him the truth about the big fish. Compared to many other dangers, sharks don’t present a real threat to humans. Since then, Friedman has made it his duty to carry the message forward.
Friedman spent a month producing a shark documentary, The Plight of the Sharks, which he recently screened at Bowdoin.
The documentary displays some of the wealth of footage Friedman captured while swimming alongside schools of sharks. It follows his journeys across places such as the Southern Pacific, Bahamas and French Polynesia. Throughout the film, Friedman reminds the audience that the creatures we have been taught to fear are beautiful, peaceful and shy. Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15 and see more of Friedman’s gorgeous shark photography.
You may think because you’re creative you’re more of a right-brain person, or because you’re so logical, you use your left brain more.
Take this quick test to find to what degree you use creativity, intuition and curiosity versus all those rules, details and rationality.
In the last academic year, Bowdoin increased its recycling rate by 6%, from 29% to 35%, which is one percent greater than its goal. When it joined EPA’s voluntary WasteWise program last year as a partner organization, Bowdoin made a goal to increase the percentage of waste it recycles by 5% in the first year.
The College’s achievement is good news in a number of ways, according to Yoni Held ’14, Sustainable Bowdoin’s zero-waste coordinator. Not only does recycling remove garbage from the waste stream and decrease the College’s carbon footprint (recycling produces fewer greenhouse gases than waste disposal), it also reduces waste handling fees. To dispose of one ton of trash costs almost 10 times more than to dispose of the same amount of recyclables, according to Held. Continue reading about Bowdoin’s reduced recycling rate.
Why on earth does it cost so much to stay in a hotel? For the most part, you’re just using it to lay your head down for the night. Why should it rival a car payment? The answer, in part, finds The Huffington Post, is that room can cost between $67,200 and $610,500 to build. Check out the other reasons why you’re paying what you’re paying.
Finding love can be a challenging undertaking. It’s no different at Bowdoin, where the dating scene can use a bit of a boost, according to Laurel Varnell ’14, an organizer with Josh Friedman ’15 of this year’s Date-apalooza.
Date-apalooza is the latest Bowdoin incarnation of what used to be known as Date Week or Date Month, an annual tradition at the college to promote healthy relationships and new connections. This year, dating festivities took place over two and a half weeks, and included a range of activities to help students meet new friends or, if they were interested, new partners.
“Our goal behind this is to foster deeper relationships, both dating relationships and friendships,” Varnell said. She’s observed many students on campus fumbling when it comes to striking up new connections, and she wants those people to not fall back on easy options, such as picking people up in a “dark, sweaty basement. …We realize that’s not the best way to meet people,” she noted, “so we want to create different venues for meeting people.” Read the full story and see more photographs of Date-apalooza.