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Remembering Helen Spaulding, Descendant of Bowdoin’s Founder

A descendant of James Bowdoin II, the second governor of Massachusetts and the man for whom the College is named, and part of the Kennedys’ bridal party in 1953, Helen Spaulding led a fascinating life—and that’s just the beginning.

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‘Audubon’s Canadian Epiphany’: A Review of Peter Logan ’75’s Biography of John James Audubon

Peter Logan ’75 focuses on John James Audubon’s Labrador period in his biography, “Audubon: America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery in Labrador.” Read about what The Weekly Standard calls “Audubon’s Canadian epiphany” in its review.

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On The Air: Bowdoin Students and Professor Rudalevige Participate in Election Coverage

As election results were reported Tuesday night, nearly a dozen Bowdoin students were part of the action on WGME/CBS 13.

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‘This is a Portrait’ Exhibition Described as ‘Witty, Ironic and Excellent’ (Portland Press Herald)

The exhibition is described as “an excellent launching point for thinking about how art works.”

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Arctic Lessons Aboard the Schooner Bowdoin

In advance of the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council in Portland, Maine, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.), the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic, boarded the Schooner Bowdoin for a first-hand look at the historic vessel and an afternoon on Casco Bay.

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Bowdoin’s Organic Garden ‘Opens Up the Mind’

When student interns learn how to grow vegetables and flowers in Bowdoin’s organic garden, they don’t just learn the basics of farming, they also learn what a freshly picked red pepper or tomato tastes like. “It opens up the mind,” garden supervisor Jeremy Tardif told the Bangor Daily News. Read the article, “On the farm at Bowdoin […]

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The Shared History of Maine and the Arctic

In advance of the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council in Portland, Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine have written a piece for the State Department’s ‘Our Arctic Nation’ blog.

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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. 

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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.

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

A ‘Portland Press Herald’ article calls attention to the

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Nancy Jennings and Suzanne Lovett Discuss ‘Practice for Life’ on WCSH’s ‘207’

Bowdoin’s Nancy Jennings and Suzanne Lovett shared insights from their book, ‘Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College,’ co-authored with two peers from Wellesley College, on the WCSH newsmagazine ‘207.’

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Boston Globe Art Critic: Museum of Art’s ‘Richly Stimulating’ Portrait Show Asks Questions of Identity

Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee recently visited the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and its ‘This is a Portrait If I Say So’ exhibition, writing that it is “richly stimulating” in his review “Questions of Identity at Bowdoin.”

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Bowdoin Senior ‘Gleans’ Surplus Farm Produce to Help Feed the Hungry (Forecaster)

Shannon McCabe has spent the summer working on a fellowship program that redirects surplus farm produce to food pantries.

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Washington Post: Rudalevige on Trump and the Expanding Power of the Presidency

Andrew Rudalevige shares his insight on the role of expanded powers in a Trump presidency.

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Bowdoin’s MacEachern on Link Between Colonialism and Famine on NPR

Responding to a study recently released by Northwestern University, Scott MacEachern said Britain’s nineteenth century colonization of the Gold Coast was likely a factor in hastening food insecurity in Ghana’s Banda district.

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Wall Street Journal: Museum of Art Portrait Exhibition a ‘Valuable Learning Experience’

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition ‘This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today’ comprising more than sixty abstract, symbolic, and conceptual portraits is a “valuable learning experience,” according to a review in The Wall Street Journal.

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A Day in the Life: Yahoo Finance Editor Andy Serwer ’81 Shares How He Gets It Done

Trustee Andy Serwer ’81, Yahoo Finance’s editor-in-chief, shares a page out of his calendar — one chock-full of the kind of mover-and-shaker meetings it takes to produce 150 articles, videos and live-streams a week.

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Rael on What’s Right and What’s Wrong in Civil War Film ‘The Free State of Jones’

Professor of History Patrick Rael delves into the recently released film ‘The Free State of Jones’ with an essay in ‘Muster’ that examines where it fits in the broader Civil War film tradition.

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Collaborative Initiative Studies How to Aid Recovery of Maine’s Coastal Fisheries

Helping sea run fish gain better river access could be the key to helping Maine’s coastal groundfishing industry recover.

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Rudalevige on What Might Be ‘New Normal’ Under Trump

One of the notable aspects of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been what The Christian Science Monitor refers to as “the way the blustery billionaire keeps promising to do things that are likely beyond the limits of presidential authority set by the Constitution of the United States.” Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of […]