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Bowdoin in the News: March Review

Story posted March 31, 2011

Three alumni, two viral videos and a national curling title are among the stories making headlines across the country, putting Bowdoin in the news in March 2011.

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Andrew Walker '87. Photo courtesy: Amon Carter Museum.

Star-Telegram [Fort Worth, Texas] (March 23, 2011)

Andrew J. Walker ’87, who was recently appointed Director Designate of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, officially takes over April 1. In this transition period, Walker was interviewed by the Star-Telegram and spoke of the journey to Texas and his plans for the museum.

Boston Globe (March 20, 2011)

Bowdoin's curling team, which came together only months ago, clinched the national title for its division at the 2011 National College Curling Championships in Chicago, held Sunday, March 13. View a photo gallery on the Bowdoin Daily Sun.

All Atwitter about Bowdoin's Pop-Up Books

Word of Bowdoin's extenstive pop-up book collection, a selection of which is on display in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, has, well, popped-up all over Twitter, sending thousands of people to watch this video about the exhibition (at one point getting nearly 9,000 hits in a day). Inexplicably, the video has been a hit in Japan, and tweets have been coming in from Spain, as well.

Those virtual visitors aren't alone. "Staff agree this exhibit is attracting more visitors than any we’ve had," says Bowdoin College Librarian Sherrie Bergman. "People of all ages—entire families, parents with small children, groups of women—have been in. Every time I look up at the second floor or am on that floor, there are visitors to the exhibit."

The New York Times (March 17, 2011)

HeadBlade, the company behind various head-shaving razors and headcare products, and founded by Todd Greene '89, has pulled off something of a marketing coup.

A short video ostensibly demonstrating the Shaving Helmet (picture multiple razors gliding back and forth on tracks while pressed against your scalp) provoked "Is this thing real?" buzz as it collected more than a million hits in less than a week on YouTube, and a fair amount of media attention, to boot. That was the plan, according to The New York Times, which examines the viral video-as-marketing tool phenomenon. Watch the February 15 CNN segment covering the shaving helmet hoax.

The Writer's Almanac/American Public Media (March 16, 2011)

On March 16, 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, of the Class of 1825, published what is considered to be his magnum opus, The Scarlet Letter, a story of adultery and betrayal in colonial America.


In observance of the occasion, The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor highlighted Hawthorne's publication process, from showing his wife the newly finished manuscript, to dealing with the fallout from unhappy residents of Salem, Mass., upon which the fictional setting was based.

History (March 16, 2011) offers biographical information of Nathaniel Hawthorne, of the Class of 1825, on the anniversary of the publication of The Scarlet Letter, including the fact that, in 1853, "Hawthorne's old college friend, President Franklin Pierce, appointed him American consul to England."

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (March 9, 2011)

Harlem Children's Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada ‘74, who has risen to national prominence because of his efforts to educate thousands of New York City public school kids, talks about his reasons for remaining in the trenches even as the fight for education reform grows more contentious.

Boston Globe (March 6, 2011)

R. Crumb, American, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, Chapter 1, 2009, ink and correction fluid on paper, Courtesy of the artist; Paul Morris; and David Zwirner, New York

"A Graphic Display of Biblical Proportions" offers a review of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition The Bible Illuminated: The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb.

Yankee magazine (March/April 2011)

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has been named one of New England's best five attractions for kids by Yankee magazine in its March/April 2011 issue. Guidebook writers Patricia Harris and David Lyon, whose newest books are Top 10 Boston and Top 10 New England, made the selections.

Down East magazine (March 2011)

The article, “An Education in Green Living,” notes that Bowdoin and other Maine colleges are “at the top of the national list when it comes to getting a green education.”

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