Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz weighs in on the role of superPACS in an NPR piece looking at how these funding machines are tied into the apparent increase in negative campaign ads. Franz is part of a team examining the political ads on broadcast TV and national cable.
Franz is co-author of Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (3rd ed.), which delves into how recent reforms and campaign finance laws have substantially changed the roles interest groups play and how these changes are affecting the 2012 elections.
Bowdoin’s 16th annual Honors Day celebration acknowledging the exceptional academic accomplishments of students and faculty will be held on the academic year’s last day of classes, Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
The festive program begins at 7 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. In addition to the presentation of departmental prizes, David K. Hecht, assistant professor of history, will give the Honors Day address, “Telling Stories About Science.”
Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd will present the Sydney B. Karofsky Award for Junior Faculty.
Music will be provided by pianist Sarah Liu ’13.
Composer Carl Ruggles was 90 years old — and his music all but forgotten — in 1966, when the College gave him an honorary degree and put on a weekend festival devoted to his music. “It was one of the very last Bowdoin Biennial Institutes,” recalls Elliott Schwartz, Bowdoin’s Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus, who calls Ruggles one of the great figures of the early 20th century.
Left: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Jean Martinon receives congratulations from President James Coles at the premiere performance of Carl Ruggles' "Sun-Treader." Right: Professors Robert Beckwith, John Rogers and Elliott Schwartz prepare for the Carl Ruggles Festival. Images from 1966 Bowdoin Bugle.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra was hired by Bowdoin to perform a concert that would include the U.S. premiere of Ruggles’ 1931 masterpiece “Sun-Treader,” says Schwartz who adds that the concert took place in Portland and also comprised music by Richard Strauss and Felix Mendelssohn.
Now, all these years later, new life has been breathed into Ruggles’ music. The Complete Music of Carl Ruggles, originally released in 1980 (nine years after his death), has for the first time been reissued on CD, heralded by a glowing review in The New York Times, and Elliott Schwarz couldn’t be prouder. ”As someone who was directly involved in the 1966 Ruggles Institute, I want to make sure future scholars and historians recognize Bowdoin’s role in the revival of this wonderful music — and it really is very special.”
Baseball — Bowdoin College and University of Southern Maine combined for 22 runs, 36 hits and 11 errors in a wild 13-9 win for the Huskies in a non-conference baseball game Thursday afternoon at Pickard Field.