After spending many summers on Cape Cod with her family, Charlotte Richards ’13 says she has a pretty good grasp about what types of services would be most appreciated by tourists. Continue reading The Bowdoin Entrepreneur: Concierge Services For Hassle-Free Vacations
A new book about Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor-winning hero of Gettysburg, governor of Maine and president of the College, has just been released. Joshua Chamberlain: A Life in Letters is edited by historian Thomas Desjardin, who taught a Civil War course at the College in 2006.
“Tom Desjardin has accomplished something remarkable, excavating afresh treasures from the heavily mined Chamberlain archive,” says Associate Professor of History Patrick Rael in a review.
“Scholars, fans, aficionados — indeed, anyone interested in the Civil War — will learn much about one of Maine’s favorite sons and a hero to many Americans. The Chamberlain uncovered in these pages is no stereotype, but a complex man, whose virtues and failings vastly enrich our portrait of him. With sensitivity and wit, Desjardin offers us a new Chamberlain—perhaps less heroic than the one we know, but ultimately far more human. In the process, he adds much to our understanding not just of the Civil War, but of American life in the Victorian era.”
The book includes a forward by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson.
As the Bowdoin College Museum of Art gears up for this summer’s William Wegman: Hello Nature exhibition, last summer’s hit — Edward Hopper’s Maine — continues to score good press, this time for its exhibition catalog.
American Fine Art Magazine (subscription required) calls it “one of the first books to examine in-depth Hopper’s Maine years,” and says it “reveals a side of Hopper only seen through the nine summers he spent in Maine between 1914 and 1929.”
The Bowdoin International Music Festival is preparing to launch a summer of intensive chamber music study, collaboration and performance June 23-August 4 at the College.
The festival will feature the work of Johann Sebastian Bach, including a two-concert appearance by Midori, who will perform all of Bach’s unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas. Read more about BIMF here.
The Bowdoin International Music Festival, which was founded in 1964 by Lewis Kaplan, a distinguished member of The Juilliard School’s violin and chamber music faculties, and by Bowdoin College Professor of Music Robert K. Beckwith, was included in a New York Times compilation of summer classical music festivals.
Wordsmith William Shakespeare
The same continually evolving English language that has recently brought us “Google” as a verb and “mini-me” to describe a person resembling a smaller or younger version of another, has long benefited from the contributions of famous authors. Shakespeare is said to have invented more than 1,700 words, including “swagger” and “obscene,” and we have none other than Dr. Seuss to thank for “nerd.” The Atlantic has compiled a few of its favorite literary neologisms.