From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians, is coming to Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall, to tape a radio broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 29, 2012.
From the Top features performances and personal stories from young classical musicians from across the country. The NPR program, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, was co-founded by Bowdoin alumnus Gerald Slavet, Class of 1961.
The Bowdoin broadcast taping will feature 19-year-old pianist and Bowdoin sophomore Allen Wong Yu from Cohoes, New York. Yu is an alumnus of From the Top, having appeared on the show when he was in high school. This episode will air nationally the week of March 19, 2012. Read more.
Dr. Peter Pressman '77
Students interested in public health and medicine gathered in the McKeen Center Thursday afternoon to have a conversation with Dr. Peter Pressman ’77 to talk about his medical work in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantánamo Bay. Later in the evening, Pressman gave a talk on campus, “Why is it so Hard to do Something Good?” His lecture was part of the Seeking the Common Good Series about the future of Afghanistan.
Pressman has had a long and varied career, earning graduate degrees in the social sciences and psychology as well as medicine. As a doctor, he’s had jobs caring for the most privileged people in the world—Hollywood’s A-list in Los Angeles—to the most downtrodden—prisoners trying to go on hunger strike and patients in war-torn societies.
In 2009, Pressman left his celebrity practice to join the Navy Medical Corps to contribute more meaningfully and directly, he says. In this capacity, he has developed collaborative models for revitalizing Afghan medical education, particularly in the areas of mental health and neurology. In Afghanistan he’s built a distance-learning model with telemedicine to help care for the ill and train medical providers.
But Pressman reminded Bowdoin students that while it’s thrilling and glamorous to ride into a mountain village in Afghanistan on horseback to care for the needy, there’s also need in the United States. He said he designs the projects he does abroad to apply to situations here as well. “What can I do in Afghanistan that I can do better in South Central Los Angeles or South Side Chicago, which might be desperately in need of basic medical services?” he said he continually asks himself.
Women’s Squash — The women’s squash team was bounced in the NESCAC Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon, but rebounded for a win in the consolation round, defeating Amherst, 6-3, before dropping one to Hamilton, 6-3 Sunday.
Men’s Squash —Bates squeaked by the men’s squash team, 5-4, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament Saturday at Trinity College, but Bowdoin rallied in the consolation round to defeat Connecticut College, 5-4, on the heels of a 5-4 loss to Wesleyan Sunday.