Peter Simmons '78
Peter Simmons ’78, executive director of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, writes of the recent experience of having a visit from Clive Tillotson, son of Professor Frederic “Tilly” Tillotson, chair of the music department from 1936-1963. Clive was visiting at the urging of his wife, whom Simmons had met by chance last fall at Brunswick’s Curtis Memorial Library.
Continue reading Tilly Was Here: Music and Stories from the Former Home of Prof. Frederic Tillotson
When making books and making art intersect, the results are sometimes provocative, often unpredictable and always engaging. Artists’ books take many shapes: the familiar codex form, scrolls and banners, pop-up and flag books, to name a few.
The Bowdoin College Library’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives collects artists’ books to complement other examples of fine bookbinding, printing, type design and printmaking in its book arts collection, primarily in support of the College’s curriculum. Classes in printmaking and drawing, in art history, and in literature and linguistics draw heavily from these resources for inspiration and for learning.
Continue reading Book Sculpture: Transforming Books into Works of Art
Sociologists are hypothesizing that online networks allowing people to give away their stuff for free, such as Freecycle.com, can enhance a person’s sense of solidarity with neighbors and build community.
The Atlantic Cities reports that Freecycle, which has nearly 9 million users, tends to generate feelings of group cohesion. “First, you sort of build this feeling of group identification,” Robb Willer, assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, says. “Then you build this feeling of solidarity. Then after that you’re more motivated to give to the system.”
So both giving away and picking up a box of cast-offs could be good for one’s spirits, beyond the satisfaction of having gotten rid of clutter or not having spent any money. “It’s entirely possible,” Willer continues, “that these feelings of solidarity with one’s geographically identified Freecycle group spill over and help build feelings of solidarity with your larger community.”
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered how mosquitoes and other fragile insects survive during the rain. Their bodies are so tiny and lightweight, that when they collide with a raindrop, they absorb little of its energy. Rather, they combine with it and begin falling to the ground. They just need to extract themselves before the droplet smashes them into the ground.
“As well as helping explain how the insects thrive in damp, humid environments, the research could ultimately help researchers to design tiny, flying robots that are just as impervious to the elements,” the BBC reports.