The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

“The overall theme concerns how racial discrimination looked outside the South during much of the last century and how citizen activists addressed those problems.”

Greater Boston Food Bank Crew (Photo provided by Event Host Beth Dunne '02)

Alumni and Parents Nationwide Volunteer on “Common Good Day”

In conjunction with the many volunteer projects that took place on and around campus during the 18th Annual Common Good Day on September 17, more than 100 alumni, parents, and friends volunteered across the country.


Maine Reporter Speaks at Bowdoin about New Bio of Sen. Mitchell ’54

Doug Rooks recently stopped by the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library to give a talk about his new biography of former U.S. senator George Mitchell, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1954.


Slideshow: ‘Botanizing America’ Celebrates the Nation’s Professional and Amateur Scientists

The exhibition, “Botanizing America: Citizens, Scientests, and the Quest for a National Identity,” recently opened on the second floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow library and it explores the rich history of botany in the US through a selections of botanical imprints, field reports, and personal sketchbooks.


Student Government Election Draws Many Candidates, and Funny Posters

On Friday, voting begins to elect new members on the first-year and senior-year class councils. This year, 34 students are running for the 10 open seats. The election closes Sunday at 8 p.m.


Orient’s Marina Affo ’17 Named ProPublica ‘Emerging Reporter’

A student journalist at Bowdoin has been selected by ProPublica to take part in its Emerging Reporters program. The nonprofit news organization launched the program last year as a way to increase diversity in investigative journalism by giving stipends and mentoring help to college journalists of color.

2016 Bowdoin Invitational: John Whipple '97, E.J. Coveney '91, Scott  Stevens '91

The Bowdoin Invitational Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Student Internships and Honors Fred Thorne ’57, H’05

One hundred golfers teed up at Essex County Club in Manchester, Massachusetts for the annual Bowdoin Invitational Golf Tournament on September 13th. The tournament, in Honor of Fred Thorne ’57, H’05, is held each year to foster stronger connections between Polar Bears from across the generations while raising funds to support the College’s most pressing needs. Proceeds benefited the Student Internship Fund thanks to the generous support of tournament sponsors.

Brian Wedge Photography

Remembering Edward Albee H’09’s Visits to Bowdoin

American playwright Edward Albee, who died Sept. 16, made a couple of memorable visits to Bowdoin in the last decade. 


The Untold Stories of Three Black Women Activists

Three biographers of black female activists recently gathered at Bowdoin for a roundtable event to discuss the commonalities and differences in the historical figures they study.

Pejepscot Historical Society: We have two major projects that students can select from, or the group can split and do both. One is repainting the cast-iron fence in front of our building. The other project is moving a number of items in our basement in preparation for some work to the foundation.

Cheerful Volunteers Commit to a Day of Common Good

On Saturday, Sept. 17, more than 500 students, staff, and faculty signed up to participate in Bowdoin’s annual Common Good Day.

Barbara Held

Barbara Held on the ‘Tyranny of the Positive Attitude’ (Newsweek)

The power of positive thinking is often touted by self-help gurus as the path out of hardship toward an improved quality of life. But, as a recent Newsweek article points out, a number of studies find that negative emotions have an important role to play in a person’s overall psychological health.


The Writing Life of Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

In a recent conversation, Raisa Tolchinsky ’17, a dedicated writer, shared her thoughts on the writing process, studying abroad in Bologna, the writers she’s reading now, and more.


How Digital Technologies Are Changing Our Relationship to History and Performance

“I make the argument that digital technologies—computers, audio recordings, smart phones and things like that—change our relationship to history and performance.”


‘What Matters’: The Problems and Possibilities of International Service

Willy Oppenheim ’09 recently visited Bowdoin to meet with students and discuss some of the “problems and possibilities” that come with volunteering abroad. His visit was one of the McKeen Center’s “What Matters” dialogue events. In response to events and cultural debates that arise in the news cycle, the McKeen Center organizes public discussions on campus, inviting staff, faculty, students, and community members to share their thoughts and questions.


Time Lapse: The 2016 Student Activities Fair, By the Numbers and Very Fast

Every September, a good number of Bowdoin’s student groups present their clubs at the Student Activities Fair to recruit new members. This year, more than 124 groups attended the event, which was held Tuesday night in the Smith Union.


Video: Students Celebrate a Green World at Greenstock Festival

Every September, at the annual Greenstock festival on Coe Quad, Bowdoin students celebrate with live music, free ice cream, and an outdoor picnic put on by Dining. The festival promotes environmental awareness, and includes green-themed information tables and activities. Students who bring their bikes get free tune-ups.


Video: Symmetry Works! Where Math Meets Art

Symmetry is the buzz word on campus this week, as Santa Clara University mathematics professor Frank Farris showcases his unique style of digital art in a major, interdisciplinary, multi-event project called Symmetry Works!


Brunswick Art Walk Draws Students Downtown

On the final Art Walk of the season last Friday evening, ukelele players jammed, young unicyclists showed off their balancing acumen, and Brunswick citizens—including some Bowdoin students—strolled along Maine Street, checking out the art galleries and street festivities.


Slideshow: Students Plant Flags to Honor 9/11 Victims

In what has now become an annual tradition for members of the Bowdoin Student Government, a group of students woke up early on the morning of the 9/11 anniversary and planted small American flags across Coe Quad.


Botanist Kate Furbish ‘Gets Her Due’ with Book of Flora Paintings

A ‘Portland Press Herald’ article calls attention to the