The 72 students who participated in the McKeen Center’s Alternative Spring Break program gathered for a special dinner at Daggett Lounge recently to reflect on their week of service.
Andrew Lardie, associate director at the McKeen Center, opened the dinner by encouraging students to “celebrate the discomfort that individuals and groups can experience as a result of encounters with difference during service trips.” He said a kind of “creative tension” can come from diverse groups and individuals taking the first steps in learning about each other without the presumption of privilege or domination.
Since its founding in 2004, the Alternative Spring Break program has allowed students to perform community service all over the U.S. and Guatemala during the first week of their spring vacation. Student leaders propose, design and run the trips. They are responsible for recruiting participants, planning trip logistics and coordinating with the host site. Read the full story by Kiyomi Mino ’16.
Despite a few months of poor job reports and other lousy statistics, Fortune points out three indicators that suggest signs of better days to come, including increased retail sales, large numbers of new cars being sold, and significant low numbers of unemployed Americans.
Age 65 comes with its strife–loss of physical acumen, a cynicism toward “da youth” or the successors of the world–but it also marks the age of wisdom, the culmination of experience, and the “liberating urgency of old age.” Writer Mark Jacobson grapples with the feeling of panic and claustrophobia warring the feeling of “fears, nightmares nurtured the bulk of his life [beginning] to lighten.” He discusses the feeling of being on the outside looking in, finally recognizing that “the world no longer belongs to us.” But he does have a least one piece of advice to offer for all the cynical teens who see only a dystopia of a world, including his daughter: “Wait. It will seem better in the morning.”
Jacobson’s article is featured in the New York magazine with portraits of New Yorkers born in 1948, including Abelardo Morell ’77. See these beautiful portraits and Jacobson’s entire article here.
Paul Miller ’92, perhaps better known as DJ Spooky, and art-tech incubator CultureHub have created a series of multi-media performances that will allow viewers to watch performers in Seoul and New York City perform live together communicating through super hi-def, hi-speed live video. The show, called Seoul Counterpoint, grew out of Miller’s residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts and played this weekend in New York. The show is scheduled to tour around the world for the next two years. Read more.
A humanitarian soccer player and an advocate for greater digital privacy have each won a one-year grant from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation to travel the world.
While the two seniors, Alexander Marecki and Rodrigo Bijou, share a strong sense of purpose and a deep curiosity, they have strikingly different agendas for next year. Marecki, a lifelong soccer player, plans to volunteer with nonprofits, from Scotland to Ghana, which help disadvantaged children through soccer. Bijou will investigate hacker communities in South America and Europe.
Each year, the Watson fellowship awards $28,000 to 40 or so graduating seniors, with the stipulation that they don’t return to the United States for 12 months. Cindy Stocks, Bowdoin’s director of student fellowships and research, said the fellowship supports students who have particular passions and specific aims. A compelling Watson project is one whose goals can’t be accomplished by any other means, such as graduate school or the Peace Corps. “Alex and Rodrigo proposed fascinating projects that couldn’t be achieved without the support of a Watson Fellowship,” Stocks said. Read more about the two seniors’ plans.
As part of his Guggenheim-funded project ‘Take Me to the River,’ Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster spent a month this spring photographing the Savannah River in the southeastern U.S., where his old-fashioned camera setup caught the eye of an editor at The Augusta Chronicle (of Augusta, Georgia).
Starting in 2011, with Maine’s very own Androscoggin River as his first subject, Kolster has been using a 19th-century wet-plate photography technique to explore the stories of American rivers that were hit with pollution at the onset of the Industrial Revolution – rivers that went on to experience an age of recovery after the 1972 Clean Water Act.
“As they shed their role as depositories of waste and become cleaner, they are also undergoing large shifts in how we view them,” Kolster said in the story. “I use an older, antiquated photographic process to consider how the past and present uses of these places intermingle to affect their appearance.”
See more photographs and learn more about the project on Kolster’s website.
Alexa Staley ’11, currently a graduate student at Columbia, is featured in the documentary, “LIGO, A Passion for Understanding,” which shares the work of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory and those who help support it. Staley, daughter of Bowdoin College Trustee Jes Staley ’79, thought perhaps she’d be an economics major when she first came to the College, but after encountering Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in a course taught by Professor of Physics and Astronomy Thomas Baumgarte, Staley says she was hooked. Staley speaks of her work in experimental physics about 7:00 into the film.
Breaking news, rolled into a correction: As the Bowdoin Daily Sun first told you Tuesday morning, a number of alumni have earned Pulitzer honors, but sources tell us there are more than first reported.
Boston Globe reporter Joshua Miller ’08, and Globe editors Cynthia Needham ’99 and Scott Allen ’83 are part of the team awarded a Pulitzer in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt. Miller and Allen both reported for the Bowdoin Orient.
Mary Helen Miller ’09 — who was the Orient‘s opinion editor in her first year, features editor the year after, managing editor during her junior year, and co-editor-in-chief as a senior — was nominated as part of a team from the Chattanooga Times Free Press as finalists for their work on “Speak No Evil,” a series exploring the “no-snitch” culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South.