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Hutchinson's Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Remarks Now Online

Story posted October 11, 2000

Dennis J. Hutchinson, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1969 and the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago, delivered the keynote year's address at this year's Sarah and James Bowdoin Day convocation. the text of his remarks are now online at

Hutchinson's address, titled "Teaching and Learning: Martial Arts?," was delivered on Friday, October 6, in Morrell Gymnasium.

Members of the College gather annually on Sarah and James Bowdoin Day to recognize Bowdoin's highest ranking scholars and to hear speeches by an outstanding student and a highly recognized practitioner in one of the liberal arts disciplines. The recognition of James Bowdoin Scholars was begun in 1941 to honor those undergraduates who distinguish themselves by excellence in scholarship and to commemorate the Honorable James Bowdoin III (1752-1811), first patron of the College. In 1997, by faculty vote, the College determined that both the commemorative day and the distinction as scholar be changes so as to recognize both Sarah and James Bowdoin. Like her husband, Sarah Bowdoin gave many gifts to the College, including most of the family portraits, which were bequeathed to Bowdoin upon her death.

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