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Bowdoin Invited to Join Prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences Affiliates

Story posted April 28, 2010

Bowdoin has come full circle in accepting an invitation to join the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), an organization co-founded by James Bowdoin II during the American Revolution, as a University Affiliate.

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Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., AAAS is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Its elected members are leaders in academic disciplines, business, public affairs and the arts.

As a University Affiliate Bowdoin joins a list of 52 colleges and universities that collaborate with the Academy by participating in its studies on higher education and by helping to support its fellowships and outreach programs.

Bowdoin, John Adams and John Hancock founded the Academy in Boston. In the words of the Academy's charter, enacted in 1780, the "end and design of the institution is ... to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."

An avid amateur scientist, Bowdoin was the first president of AAAS.

Read more about James Bowdoin.

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