This spring, seniors C. Agustin Vergara and Stanton Plummer-Cambridge will publish the fourth issue of a new magazine they introduced to campus last year. Called The Bowdoin Globalist, their magazine’s coverage goes far beyond Brunswick, tackling issues around the world from the Mexican drug war to the food crisis in North Korea.
Vergara and Plummer-Cambridge said they launched the magazine to reflect Bowdoin’s broad reach. “We’re located in Midcoast Maine, but we have a tradition of being involved internationally,” Vergara said, naming alumni with international careers, such as George Mitchell ’54 and Christopher Hill ’74, as well as numerous professors. “We’re bursting that Bowdoin bubble and delving into every part of the world.”
The Globalist also provides a platform for international students or students who have studied abroad to write about foreign issues, according to Plummer-Cambridge. “This is an important place for them to write about the things they’ve seen or on issues they’re passionate about,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for people to analyze topics through a different lens.”
“It’s an opportunity for people to analyze topics through a different lens.”
The reporters are urged to write in a descriptive magazine style about current events. “The main goal of the magazine is to tell a story,” Vergara said. “Their story or someone else’s story.”
The Globalist‘s first issue had a theme of “Youth in Revolt.” Articles in that issue ranged from Christopher Wedeman ’15′s first-person account of the revolution in Egypt, where he lived for 10 years, to Christiana Whitcomb ’14′s essay on the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe reservation, where she worked in 2011.
The second issue, which came out last fall, was called “The Age of Austerity;” the third, published this winter, is titled “Realities of Food.” Stories in the food issue include Mark Pizzi ’16′s “Could Sugar be Toxic?” and Dylan Hammer ’14′s “Overfishing in Japan.” Writers pitch story ideas based on the magazine theme, and the two editors select the ones that make for the most well-rounded magazine, they said.
While The Bowdoin Globalist is written, edited and published entirely by Bowdoin students, and is funded by the College, it is part of Global21, a student-run network of international affairs magazines. Bowdoin was the first liberal arts college to join the network and publish a journal, and the second school in the United States to do so. Yale University was the first.
Vergara said when he heard about his brother writing for The Yale Globalist, he knew a similar magazine would be a good addition to Bowdoin’s two other student publications, The Bowdoin Orient and The Quill. “Bowdoin students are surprisingly diverse,” Vergara said. “Like me, for instance. If you look at me, you think, ‘Oh, he’s just a kid from Connecticut.’” But in truth, Vergara’s father is from Mexico City, and his mother’s parents immigrated from Ireland. He has triple citizenship.
Plummer-Cambridge, too, has an international background: His mother was born in Jamaica and grew up in England, and his father is from Guyana. And though Plummer-Cambridge was born in New York City, he spent some of his childhood in London. “Having an international background is a prominent part of my life,” Plummer-Cambridge said. “It’s helped me to consider multiple viewpoints.”
Next year, Plummer-Cambridge will live in France, teaching at a school in Nantes. Vergara has accepted a job as a merchandiser for American Eagle in Pittsburgh.
In these weeks leading up to their graduation, Vergara and Stanton-Plummer will be putting out their final issue of The Globalist. So far, possible themes include civil rights, vices or energy. After they leave, they hope to hand off their editor duties to other Bowdoin students who want to see the magazine continue.
“We’re excited to come back for our five-year reunion and see two issues being published a semester,” Vergara said. “We’re happy to leave having set the foundation.”