Parents and Families
For many months, Alithea McFarlane ’14 and Courtney Payne ’15 have been planning a one-day symposium at Bowdoin to explore social justice and diversity in the environmental movement. The event, on Feb. 8 at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, will include 15 experts, including outside speakers, alumni and Bowdoin faculty. Through talks and panel discussions, the guests will address issues such as conservation politics, public health and how to educate young people about environmental issues. The Environmental Justice symposium is open to the public.
Your state of residence can make a big difference in how much taxes you pay, of course begging the question — which states have the “worst” taxes?
The Fiscal Times examined an October 2013 index compiled by the Tax Foundation to offer a breakdown of “The 10 Worst States for Taxes in 2014.“
After Jake Adicoff was admitted to Bowdoin last year, he requested to defer his matriculation by one year. “His plan was to devote his year to training to try to make it to the Paralympic games in Sochi,” Dean of Admissions Scott Meiklejohn said.
His dedication paid off. Last week, Adicoff made it on to the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team, a group of 12 men and four women, the Idaho Mountain Express reports.
Adicoff, who is visually impaired, grew up in Wood River, Idaho. The Nordic skiing competition will take place in Sochi March 8-16. Adicoff will attend a pre-Paralympic training camp at Ridnaun, Italy, starting Feb. 23, and then travel to Germany to sign paperwork and get outfitted in Team USA garb before flying to Russia, according to the paper.
Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, has co-curated “American Cool,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery featuring 100 photographs of icons who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and are symbolic figures of their time.
The exhibition opens February 7 and runs through September 7, 2014.
Goodyear is to be featured in a segment highlighting “American Cool” on CBS This Morning Thursday, February 6, 2014. The program runs 7 a.m.–9 a.m. (locally on WGME/Channel 13).
It’s a When Harry Met Sally world, says The Atlantic‘s Matthew O’Brien, in that working men and women of similar education and income levels bond over similarities (salad dressing on the side, paprikash) rather than over the differences that once defined traditional marriage (he works; she takes care of the house). This arrangement would seem to promise a better world, but, writes O’Brien, it has actually increased inequality. Read how.
The images displayed in the current Hawthorne-Longfellow Library show, “Visualizing Uncle Tom,” are so disturbing that a university in Great Britain decided against presenting them to the public.
After his employer, the University of Birmingham declined to support his exhibit, Professor of American Studies Richard J. Ellis sought another audience. He received invitations from several American colleges and universities, including Bowdoin, to display his sizable collection of 19th- and 20th-century images and objects related to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
In addition to Ellis’ personal collection, the Bowdoin library has contributed some archival material from its Stowe Collection to the exhibition, which will be up through May 31. Read the full story.
“One thing that many biologists do is revel in the beauty of what we see,” says biology department chair Bruce Kohorn — and right now there’s an entire art exhibit to prove his point, on view in the Fishbowl of the Visual Arts Center.
“The Art of Cell Biology” showcases a stunning series of fluorescent microscopic images of plant and animal cells, a sample of those taken by a decade’s worth of students in Kohorn’s Cell Biology and Biochemistry class.
Seasoned diplomat Christopher Hill ’74 explores the conflict in Syria in his latest opinion piece for Project Syndicate, illustrating how the Syrian sectarian conflict is closely linked to the political climate in Iraq. He writes that the political instability within both Syria and Iraq is fed by the Sunni-Shia divide, with Al-Qaeda working to “deal harshly with those they consider to be Sunni collaborators with the Shia-led central government” in Iraq.
Hill discusses Iraq’s current state, noting that “given the strength and territorial concentration of Iraq’s Shia, Sunni and Kurdish communities, any successful Iraqi government must find ways to rule the country through inter-communal consensus. But, in the current climate, it is difficult to imagine that naming an additional Sunni minister would stop the wave of suicide bombers dispatched by Al Qaeda.”
Hill proposes that in order to resolve the conflicts within both countries, external intervention from players like Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia is necessary, further arguing that “the Geneva process on Syria is the right approach … progress toward a stable political order in either country is likely to lead to similar progress in the other.”
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.
Maina Handmaker ’11 was a “totally naive, dreamy-eyed Bowdoin student” four years ago when she proposed using the ramshackle barns next to Bowdoin’s McClellan building to house a permanent farmers market in Brunswick, Mary Pols writes in today’s Portland Press Herald.
As a student in an architecture class, Handmaker followed her professor’s assignment to imagine revamping the 100-year-old freight sheds to serve a modern use. After graduating, she never abandoned the idea. Indeed, she is in an even better place to advocate for it now since she is herself a farmer at Six River Farm in Bowdoinham.
Due to what Pols’ describes as Handmarker’s “persistence, belief and personality,” there is a plan underway to look into renovating the old sheds for about $1.7 million.
The Bowdoin Alpine Team, back for its second season after an 11-year hiatus, competed at the Lost Valley ski area in Auburn over the weekend with support from the Bowdoin Polar Bear, who made the rounds with skiers.
Men’s Track and Field — Bates College claimed the 2014 Maine State Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday evening at William Farley Field House on the campus of Bowdoin College.
Women’s Track and Field —
The Bowdoin College women’s indoor track and field team finished third in a loaded field at the Tufts Stampede Saturday afternoon.
Swimming and Diving — The Bowdoin College swimming and diving teams came away with victories in dual meet action against Colby.
Men’s Basketball — The Amherst College men’s basketball team needed every one of the 15 three-pointers it hit on Saturday to defeat Bowdoin 70-67 before a packed house at Morrell Gymnasium.
Women’s Ice Hockey — Williams used a third period goal to top the Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team 4-3 in a back and forth matchup Saturday afternoon.
Maps provide representations of reality and put data into an international framework that gives us, the tiny inhabitants of Earth, a greater understanding of our place in the world. The Washington Post has compiled exactly 40 representations of our world, that is, 40 maps that show the best and worst places to be born; countries where people are the most and least emotional; countries where people are more or less racially tolerant; and much more. Where are you?
Independent workers currently comprise a third of the U.S. workforce and are projected to increase 40 percent within the next six years. As the forty-hour work week declines, freelancers utilize flexible schedules, interpersonal networks and strong communication skills to navigate the work-life balance. The result? Freelancers have developed a new model for success, one that that emphasizes both mental and physical health.
Bowdoin Organic Garden has made it onto a list of unique Maine farms, along with Crystal Spring Farm and Milkweed Farm in Brunswick, and many others.
Unique Maine Farms is a volunteer project established by a Mainer to “highlight and support the diversity of sustainable agricultural enterprises taking place in Maine.” Mary Quinn Doyle of West Newfield traveled the state for 17 months to find farms offering unique products or services, such as assisting the poor.
What makes Bowdoin’s organic garden unique, according to Doyle, is how it aligns with Bowdoin’s “long-standing commitment of working toward the common good.” Read her full statement about BOG.
Men’s Squash — The Bowdoin College men’s squash team faced little resistance in a 9-0 sweep of Tufts in Friday’s NESCAC First Round Friday evening at Hamilton College.
Women’s Squash — The Bowdoin College women’s squash team won its opening match over Tufts, 9-0, at the 2014 NESCAC Championship Friday evening at Hamilton College.
Women’s Basketball — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team opened the second half on a 25-4 run to pull away from Trinity, 59-46, on Friday evening at Morrrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball — The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team survived Trinity in a physical battle at Morrell Gymnasium Friday night, 46-39.
Women’s Ice Hockey — The William’s women’s ice hockey team used a three goal third period to come from behind and down the Polar Bears 4-2 on Friday evening.
In the age of the Internet, privacy is becoming an increasingly important issue to the public. However, in a new TED talk, health IT expert John Wilbanks argues that the need to ensure privacy can slow medical research. Wilbanks, who successfully petitioned the United States government to make taxpayer funded research free to the public, suggests that increasing public access to medical data to the public can spur innovation in healthcare.
Organized by Bowdoin athletics and the McKeen Center, the drive was “massively successful,” said Andrew Lardie, the McKeen Center’s associate director for service and leadership. Set up in Morrell Lounge, staff from Delete Blood Cancer swabbed people’s cheeks from noon to 8 p.m. on Jan. 30.
Lardie said that Bowdoin’s athletic teams and coaches, in particular football coach Dave Caputi and baseball coach Mike Connolly, were behind the drive’s success. Athletes got swabbed by the hundreds. Read the full story.
Direct from the College’s studio, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, appeared on the PBS NewsHour January 30, 2014, weighing in on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and how the president’s agenda is shaped amid partisan politics.
In a discussion moderated by Gwen Ifill, Rudalevige found himself in the middle, joining Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and Washington Post op-ed columnist Michael Gerson, former chief speech writer for President George W. Bush. Ifill introduces the segment at 10:12.
The short film “Rooms,” by Paul Sarvis, chair of Bowdoin’s theater and dance department, will be screened Feb. 1 as part of the 42nd annual Dance on Camera Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Featured as part of the festival’s Shorts program, the film portrays an elderly life and a youthful life through interlocking images “to suggest a relationship between the two even though one may not exist.”
Sarvis’ film premiered last fall in juried screenings at the Sans Souci Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and at DANCE:FILM 13 in Edinburgh, Scotland. It will also be included in the World of Women Festival in Sydney, Australia, this coming March.