Mark Wethli, Bowdoin’s A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art, is curating the first show of a new gallery in New York City. The Curator Gallery, founded by former Time Inc. chairman and CEO Ann Moore, will differ from other commercial galleries by inviting guest curators to organize its exhibitions.
The Curator Gallery wanted to open with a show of Maine art that focuses on mid-career artists doing “important work that deserves wider exposure in the city,” according to Wethli. The inaugural exhibition, called “Second Nature,” will include work by John Bisbee, Meghan Brady, Clint Fulkerson, Cassie Jones ’01, Joe Kievitt and Andrea Sulzer. In addition to Bisbee’s and Jones’s Bowdoin connections, Brady has taught at the College and Andrea Sulzer is a former lab instructor in biology here. Read the full story.
Climate change might not be all bad — at least for English winemakers. Once deemed “undrinkable” land, warmer climates have helped sparkling English wine compete favorably with its French cousin. However, England still has a ways to go before it can truly be on par with France. Last year, England developed four million bottles of wine, while France supplied eight billion.
Lego, which has come to fore even more prominently recently with the success of The Lego Movie (“the greatest movie ever assembled,” proclaims the film’s trailer) and Apple (“the greatest consumer electronics company,” say lots of people) have more in common than their respective shiny, candy-like appeal. As Fortune magazine points out, they share a key quality every company should attempt to build.
American Express president and CEO Ken Chenault ’73, and artist and 2012 honorary degree recipient Carrie Mae Weems are among those being lauded on BET Honors, airing Monday, February 24, 2014, at 9 p.m. EST (check local listings for channel). Other honorees include Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube and Nelson Mandela. Watch video clips of Chenault and Weems.
February 24, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who wore many hats, among them, Union Army officer; Governor of Maine; and alumnus, professor and president of Bowdoin College.
One hundred years ago, Chamberlain died at his home in Portland, Maine, at the age of 85.
American Thinker takes a look back at Chamberlain’s life and legacy. Also check out the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain digital archive, a project of the College’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives.
The country and higher education are currently managing a so-called “crisis in the humanities,” in which enrollments in humanities courses are on the decline as students pursue what are believed to be more lucrative majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly known collectively as STEM. Professor Kevin Dettmar at Pomona College adds his voice to the ongoing conversation through his critical interpretation of the 1989 film Dead Poets Society.
Dettmar critiques the film as propagating “sentimental humanities,” or humanities that is obsessed with emotion at the expense of all methodology. He argues that liberal arts critics are resisting “sentimental humanities,” because it creates “ the conception that the humanities, as a group of disciplines, is more about feeling than thinking. That the humanities is easy, a soft option; that the humanities doesn’t train thinkers. Or more often, and more explicitly, that the humanities don’t train employees.” As professor and chair in the English department at Pomona, Dettmar rejects this portrayal of the humanities for a more professional, critically-engaging view of the liberal arts, in turn also rejecting the premise of Dead Poets Society.
“Everyone engaged in the debates swirling around the humanities, it seems, is willing to let humanists pursue their interests as amateurs,” he concludes, “[However], scholars and teachers of the humanities…We will insist on being welcomed to the table as professionals.”
This week, novelist and travel writer Douglas Kennedy ’76 is the guest of BBC Radio 3′s Essential Classics show. Kennedy’s slot will air each day at 10:30 GMT through Feb. 28.
“Classical music is my High Church; one of the great abiding avocational passions in my life,” Kennedy wrote in an announcement. “Presented by the splendid Sarah Walker, you’ll hear me talk about my musical education beginning when I was brought to one of Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated Young Persons Concerts as a Manhattan schoolboy in 1964. And why I consider Wilhelm Kempff to be the ultimate interpreter of Beethoven’s piano sonatas…,” among other topics.
His conversation with Walker will also touch on Kennedy’s work as a novelist and his travels between North America and Europe.
Nordic Skiing — The Nordic ski team finished seventh of 12 teams at the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association Championship this weekend hosted by Middlebury College.
Men’s Swimming & Diving — Williams College maintained its lead following day- two of the 2014 New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at Greason Pool.
Women’s Track & Field — The women’s indoor track and field team placed fifth at the New England Division III Championship Saturday at Springfield College.
Men’s Track & Field —The men’s indoor track and field team finished fifth of 30 teams at the Division III New England Championship Saturday at MIT. Due to technical issues, official results were not available at press time.
Women’s Squash — The women’s squash team lost a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Amherst in the semifinals of the Walker Cup Division at the CSA Team National Tournament Saturday.
Women’s Basketball — The women’s basketball team opened the game on a 21-2 run and cruised to a 71-46 win over Williams College in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball — In the first triple-overtime game in NESCAC Tournament history, the Trinity College men’s basketball team survived Bowdoin 71-67 Saturday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Ice Hockey — The Tufts men’s ice hockey team broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period to take their first home win of the season against Bowdoin Saturday evening.
Women’s Ice Hockey — Colleen Finnerty scored the game’s only goal in the first period to carry the Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team to a 1-0 win over tenth ranked Amherst Saturday afternoon.
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.