Before William S. Cohen ’62, H’75 became a U.S. Senator and then U.S. Secretary of Defense, he was a three-year starter for the Bowdoin basketball team, co-captaining during his senior season and leading the team in scoring his last two years. In 1962, he was recognized as All-State selection. In 2000, he was awarded the NCAA’s highest honor — the Theodore Roosevelt Award — presented annually to a distinguished citizen who is a former student-athlete exemplifying the ideals and purposes of college athletics. Touring campus for his 50th reunion, Cohen couldn’t resist returning to his old stomping grounds, stopping to shoot hoops in Sargent Gym, before revisiting the familiar turf of world politics across the Quad.
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On campus for his 45th reunion, former U.S. Representative Thomas Allen ’67, D-Maine, discussed his forthcoming book, Dangerous Convictions: Why Cherished Ideas Can Be a Source of Congressional Gridlock, about America’s descent into polarized politics in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall Friday.
“This tension between what I call individualism and community runs deeply though our culture, deeply through American politics today,” said Allen. “It works best when it is looked at as the yin and the yang of two necessary outlooks on life that we all share together in some way. In American politics today, I think those two virtues have become divided, and are in such conflict, which underlies this very frustrating political gridlock and polarization that we have today.”
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