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February 24, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who wore many hats, among them, Union Army officer; Governor of Maine; and alumnus, professor and president of Bowdoin College.
One hundred years ago, Chamberlain died at his home in Portland, Maine, at the age of 85.
American Thinker takes a look back at Chamberlain’s life and legacy. Also check out the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain digital archive, a project of the College’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.
The country and higher education are currently managing a so-called “crisis in the humanities,” in which enrollments in humanities courses are on the decline as students pursue what are believed to be more lucrative majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly known collectively as STEM. Professor Kevin Dettmar at Pomona College adds his voice to the ongoing conversation through his critical interpretation of the 1989 film Dead Poets Society.
Dettmar critiques the film as propagating “sentimental humanities,” or humanities that is obsessed with emotion at the expense of all methodology. He argues that liberal arts critics are resisting “sentimental humanities,” because it creates “ the conception that the humanities, as a group of disciplines, is more about feeling than thinking. That the humanities is easy, a soft option; that the humanities doesn’t train thinkers. Or more often, and more explicitly, that the humanities don’t train employees.” As professor and chair in the English department at Pomona, Dettmar rejects this portrayal of the humanities for a more professional, critically-engaging view of the liberal arts, in turn also rejecting the premise of Dead Poets Society.
“Everyone engaged in the debates swirling around the humanities, it seems, is willing to let humanists pursue their interests as amateurs,” he concludes, “[However], scholars and teachers of the humanities…We will insist on being welcomed to the table as professionals.”
This week, novelist and travel writer Douglas Kennedy ’76 is the guest of BBC Radio 3′s Essential Classics show. Kennedy’s slot will air each day at 10:30 GMT through Feb. 28.
“Classical music is my High Church; one of the great abiding avocational passions in my life,” Kennedy wrote in an announcement. “Presented by the splendid Sarah Walker, you’ll hear me talk about my musical education beginning when I was brought to one of Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated Young Persons Concerts as a Manhattan schoolboy in 1964. And why I consider Wilhelm Kempff to be the ultimate interpreter of Beethoven’s piano sonatas…,” among other topics.
His conversation with Walker will also touch on Kennedy’s work as a novelist and his travels between North America and Europe.
Nordic Skiing — The Nordic ski team finished seventh of 12 teams at the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association Championship this weekend hosted by Middlebury College.
Men’s Swimming & Diving — Williams College maintained its lead following day- two of the 2014 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Greason Pool.
Women’s Track & Field — The women’s indoor track and field team placed fifth at the New England Division III Championship Saturday at Springfield College.
Men’s Track & Field —The men’s indoor track and field team finished fifth of 30 teams at the Division III New England Championship Saturday at MIT. Due to technical issues, official results were not available at press time.
Women’s Squash — The women’s squash team lost a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Amherst in the semifinals of the Walker Cup Division at the CSA Team National Tournament Saturday.
Women’s Basketball — The women’s basketball team opened the game on a 21-2 run and cruised to a 71-46 win over Williams College in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball — In the first triple-overtime game in NESCAC Tournament history, the Trinity College men’s basketball team survived Bowdoin 71-67 Saturday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Ice Hockey — The Tufts men’s ice hockey team broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period to take their first home win of the season against Bowdoin Saturday evening.
Women’s Ice Hockey — Colleen Finnerty scored the game’s only goal in the first period to carry the Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team to a 1-0 win over tenth ranked Amherst Saturday afternoon.
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.
Colin Burke ’14 has captured a moment of campus beauty, snowy as it has been of late, using time-lapse photography after one of several recent snowfalls.
Men’s Ice Hockey — The men’s hockey team scored a pair of goals in a 13-second span of the second period to pull away for a 5-1 NESCAC victory at Connecticut College Friday night.
Women’s Ice Hockey — The Amherst women’s ice hockey team used a pair of third-period goals to secure a 3-1 win over Bowdoin on Friday evening.Nordic Skiing — After one day of competition, the latest results here.
Men’s Swimming & Diving — Defending champion Williams College holds the lead following day-one of the 2014 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship hosted by Bowdoin College.
Women’s Squash — The women’s squash team survived a scare from Wesleyan to advance out of the first round of the Walker Cup Division at the College Squash Association Team National Tournament Friday.
The Bowdoin basketball teams will host NESCAC Quarterfinals games at Morrell Gymnasium this afternoon. The women’s team will play Williams at 2 p.m., while the men face Trinity at 4 p.m. Follow all of the action live courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network.
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.
Bowdoin has received a grant award of $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s “Digitizing Historical Records” program to support a three-year project to digitize the college’s Oliver Otis Howard Papers.
Howard, born in Leeds, Maine, a member of Bowdoin’s class of 1850, and a career army officer, was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor during the Civil War. Howard’s papers represent a national treasure of research materials documenting America’s military, social, and cultural history throughout the latter half of the 19th century, including: the Civil War, Reconstruction, Western expansion and Indian affairs, social welfare, domestic life, race relations, higher education and religiosity. Read more.
Putney Inc., a private generic pet medication company founded by Jean Hoffman ’79, had a busy year in 2013: the company released its first three medications, now totaling five FDA-approved medications available on the market. According to Putney, its generic medications “can save 20 to 50 percent compared with brand name drugs” and help both vets and pet owners save money.
Based in downtown Portland, Putney owes its success in part to its global network. “One of our secrets is a very complex global supply chain, and we manage complex development projects across multiple partners and manufacturing across multiple partners, says Hoffman, the company’s CEO.
Putney was named one of the top-10 work places in the country by Fortune magazine and business of the year by the city of Portland. Hoffman has also been doing well: she has founded two other companies, Newport Strategies, Inc. and Q Street Advisors, Inc. Watch the segment.
When SolarCity finishes installing more than 4,500 solar panels at Bowdoin — possibly by the end of summer — the College will be home to a solar-energy system nearly eight times larger than any other in Maine. The project, however, will be about the same size as college or town systems in other states.
Bowdoin’s solar arrays will produce about eight percent of the College’s annual electricity usage. The project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 33.4 million pounds over 20 years.
Two SolarCity representatives, John Conley and Matt Gitt, were on campus Wednesday to talk about their company and its plans for Bowdoin. At their presentation in Moulton Union, faculty, staff and students posed questions about the project, asking about such matters as educational opportunities for students, regulatory issues and what happens when the solar field is under two feet of snow. Read the full story.
Professor of Sociology Nancy Riley weighs in on the increasing number of couples choosing not to have children, and the huge role the work-life-kids balance plays in this decision. ”We are the worst industrialized country on this issue,” says Riley in the piece. “We don’t have childcare. We don’t have parental leave policies. We just don’t have what would allow people to balance kids and jobs.” Watch the segment.
A new study has shown that people with the highest sugar intake had a 400 percent increase in their risk of heart attacks. This disproves 50 years of medical advice from doctors who advised patients to reach for their cereal boxes instead of frying pans when choosing their breakfast. The research would suggest the debate has been settled: fat doesn’t cause heart attacks — sugar does.
In one year, Teona Williams ’12 got lost in a slum in New Delhi, visited a fake city in Thailand, celebrated Christmas in Cape Town, lived with a big, friendly family in Brazil, hiked 20 miles to a secluded cove in Trinidad, and watched the sunrise from a mountaintop in Jamaica.
After graduating from Bowdoin, Williams was able to globe-trot because she won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The prestigious $25,000 grant is given to 40 college graduates each year to fund a year of travel. The stipulation is that recipients cannot come home for before the year’s out and must follow one of their passions. Read the full story.
A study conducted in Sweden encouraged children diagnosed with ADHD to practice computerized games for about 10 hours over five weeks. The results indicated that memorizing the games both reduced hyperactivity and increased fluid intelligence. Cogmed turned that working-memory training into a business, one that caters to adults and children with cognitive disorders of all types, and has since sold it to Pearson, the largest education company in the world.
Running a good meeting takes focus. Are you clear on the intended goals and what you want to say? No? Then, for crying in the beer, reschedule it until you have your act together, because our time is valuable. And in the meantime, check out Inc. magazine’s “5 Ways to Get More From Your Meetings.” We are adjourned.
We all know the typical signs of being burned out: fuzzy thinking, drooping eyelids, a short temper. But there are less obvious signs don’t necessarily signal a vacation or some downtime. Inc. runs down a list of 5 less noticeable signs that it may be time to take a break.
Benjamin Jealous stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the NAACP in December. The youngest president in the organization’s history, he has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities. He has been named to the “40 under 40″ lists of both Forbes and Time magazines, and labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Jealous will deliver a Common Hour talk Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. If you can’t make it to campus Friday, we’ll have an excerpt of Jealous’ talk on the Bowdoin Daily Sun soon.
Feeling the pressure of an entire nation and in pursuit of medal glory, some Olympic athletes will do everything and anything it takes to win gold, even at the expense of Olympian ideals of fair play and ethical behavior. Whether it is extra red blood cells for oxygen in the muscles or a lowered body weight, drugs can give athletes an attractive, but illicit, edge on the playing field.
Many of these athletes pay for this moment of weakness later when they are stripped of their medal after a positive banned substance test. The Huffington Post offers a glimpse into the history of doping during the Olympics since 1968 when the International Olympic Committee began instituting drug testing.
“Does the pay make up for the cramped subway ride to work?” you ask yourself everyday. Ask no more: the Office for National Statistics in Great Britain has created a comprehensive survey on the effects of commuting on personal well-being, looking specifically at commute time and mode of transportation.
Data shows that commuters who ride a bus, coach or private bus for more than 30 minutes will have the most negative effects including “lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that daily activities are worthwhile, lower happiness levels and higher anxiety.” See the charted effects of commuting on life satisfaction and other measures of personal well-being here.