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Bowdoin in the News: February in Review

Story posted February 24, 2010

Associate Professor of Italian Arielle Saiber, go-to expert on all things Dante, put Bowdoin in the news in February with commentary on the latest must-have video game, Dante's Inferno, and alumnae appeared on The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and in the pages of The New Yorker.

Newsweek (February 22, 2010)

Yongfang Chen '10 and A True Liberal Arts Education (China Publishing Group, 2009), a book he co-authored about the merits of the liberal arts education model, are the subject of "Liberal Applications," an article examining the influx of applications from China to U.S. liberal arts colleges and the educational approach to encourage critical thinking.

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Yongfang Chen '10

"Liberal arts is about fostering your identity," says Chen in the article.

"They want to cultivate your mind. You may not remember all the knowledge you've learned after four years, but they want you to know how to learn."

Read the article.

Dante's Inferno Video Game Ignites Media Interest in Arielle Saiber

The release of the newest action-adventure video game sensation, Dante's Inferno, in which Dante travels through the infernal architecture of hell, sent those in the media on a quest of their own — for Dante expert extraordinaire Arielle Saiber, associate professor of Italian.

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Arielle Saiber

The Atlantic and American Public Media's program, Future Tense, a daily program distributed to 97 radio stations around the country and made available as a podcast, both interviewed Saiber for pieces regarding the intersection of Dante Alighieri's epic poem and its digital incarnation.

Read the February 8, 2010, Atlantic article.

Listen to the February 16, 2010, Future Tense segment.

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (February 9, 2010)

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Shelley Hearne '83

Dr. Shelley Hearne '83, managing director of the Pew Health Group at The Pew Charitable Trusts and a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, appeared in a segment investigating whether feeding antibiotics to healthy farm animals creates new drug-resistant bacteria that ultimately threaten human health.

"How does this go from the farm to the meat counter, to having an adverse effect on humans," asks Couric in an interview with Hearne.

Maine Attractions
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Shoulder decorations are among the items President Mills purchased and donated to the College. Photo courtesy: Portland Press Herald

Memorabilia from Civil War veteran Almon Libby Varney, a Maine native and member of the Class of 1862, that came to the College by way of President Mills' first online auction experience, is the subject of a front-page article in the February 8, 2010, edition of the Portland Press Herald. Read the article.

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DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Chris Potholm discussed his book, Winning at War: 7 Keys to Military Victory Throughout History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), on the WGAN radio program, "Inside Maine with Phil Harriman," February 6, 2010. Listen to the segment.


"If the bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, it can actually spread in many ways," replies Hearne.

"It could be in the food supply, but it also can be in waters that runoff in a farm. It could be in the air. It can happen very quickly in many different ways. It's why it's a practice that has to stop on the farms."

Watch the segment.

The Wall Street Journal (February 3, 2010)

The obituary, "Movie Producer Made Up Half of Media Power Couple," chronicles the life of David Brown, husband of Helen Gurley Brown.

"For both of them, [the marriage] was tied in with work and professional life," says Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Jennifer Scanlon, author of Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, in the article.

"It was a no-nonsense relationship, and they liked that in each other."

Read the article.

The New Yorker (February 1, 2010)


Melissa Roderick '83, an expert on urban education at the University of Chicago, is quoted in "Class Warrior," an article profiling U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Read the article.

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