The George J. Mitchell Oral History Project has earned the 2012 Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award, which is given biennially by the Oral History Association to an outstanding English language oral history project anywhere in the world.
The Bowdoin College Library from 2008 to 2011 collected oral histories from people in former Sen. George Mitchell ’54′s life. Interviewees include Mitchell’s Waterville, Maine friends; family members; college classmates; Maine legislators; political associates and competitors; campaign supporters; U.S. Senate colleagues and staff members; foreign policy specialists; law practice associates; and others.
Cumulatively, their spoken accounts document Mitchell’s life and career from early childhood onward, with particular emphasis on his public service to Maine and to the nation. They complement his personal papers, which are also held by Bowdoin.
The Elizabeth B. Mason Major Project Award is given to projects of noteworthy scholarly and social value that also advance both the understanding of an important historical subject and the practice of oral history.
Charlie Cubeta '13 in Detroit
Last fall, Charlie Cubeta ’13 traveled for four months with the study-abroad program, IHP: Cities in the 21st Century, visiting four far-flung cities: Detroit, Sao Paulo, Cape Town and Hanoi.
In Detroit, Cubeta was introduced to Kurt Metzger, “an experienced demographer and mini-celebrity among Detroit professionals,” Cubeta says, who directs a nonprofit called Data Driven Detroit.
Inspired by Metzger’s mission, Cubeta received a fellowship from the Preston Public Interest Career Fund to work for “D3″ this summer, as Cubeta calls it. The Preston fellowship funds Bowdoin students who want to intern for an organization helping the underserved or disadvantaged. Cubeta, who is from Arlington, Mass, is a government and environmental studies major, and an economics minor. He answered a few questions recently about his summertime work. Continue reading Q&A: In Detroit, Charlie Cubeta ’13 Uses Data to Help a Struggling City
Nathan Krah ’08, currently studying human genetics at the University of Utah, was the winner at the 35th running of the San Francisco Marathon held Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Krah finished the hilly 26.2-mile course in 2:26.45. Read coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle and watch KTVU-TV’s interview with Krah just moments after he crossed the finish line.
Around 200 people gathered in Eastport, Maine, on Tuesday, July 24, to dedicate the first commercial tidal energy generation project in the United States. The project by Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. should be online in early fall, and will eventually produce enough electricity with its 20 underwater turbines to power 1,200 homes. Maine and Alaska are the only two U.S. states with tides strong enough for commercial energy production.
William Wegman, "Fox Hole," 2002, chromogenic print, 11 x 14 in.
The New York Times shines a spotlight on the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition William Wegman: Hello Nature with a full-page spread in Sunday’s Arts & Leisure section, whose online version also includes both a slideshow and a video of Wegman and his famous Weimaraners at the artist’s home in Rangeley, Maine.
“[The exhibition's] ostensible focus is his attachment to the western mountains of Maine, where he has summered for over 30 years,” writes Carol Kino in the review. “Yet the true thread running through it is Mr. Wegman’s lifelong fascination with nature itself, and his affection for the many ways it has been revered, romanticized and interfered with by human beings.” Read the article in its entirety.
Danica Loucks '13 on the top of Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire.
For five weeks this summer, Danica Loucks ’13 hiked the Appalachian Trail by herself, starting at Daleville, Va., and ending at Kent, Conn.
The experienced backpacker wasn’t seeking a transcendental experience in the wilderness, or weeks of nature-induced meditation. Rather, Loucks, who is an anthropology major at Bowdoin, was on the trail to find out why every year many hikers leave behind their regular lives to hike the 2,184-mile trail. What were they looking for? What did they hope to discover after months of logging miles, eating dehydrated lentil soup and suffering sore muscles? And did they find it?
To support her trail research and lay the foundation for an honors project next year, Loucks was awarded a Grua/O’Connell Research Award from Bowdoin this summer. Continue reading Curiosity Peaked: Anthropology Student Hikes A.T. in the Name of Research
The Wall Street Journal goes all out to find the best lobster roll in Maine, serving up not just a round-up of the top spots but a video and slideshow, to boot. The question also went out on Bowdoin’s Facebook page, prompting alums to highlight other lobster shacks, as well — from Brunswick’s own Libby’s Market, to Red’s Eats in Wiscasset and others around Vacationland.
Polar Bears weigh in on Facebook as to where to find the best lobster roll in Maine.
Patrick Millet '14 has a summer research fellowship to work with Biology Professor John Lichter
This summer, more than 175 Bowdoin students are working alongside faculty in hands-on research in fields as diverse as history, Asian studies, government, sociology, English and a host of science disciplines.
It is among the largest groups of summer research students to date, and, according to Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd, it signals “the ways in which our faculty provide authentic, hands-on undergraduate research opportunities for our students.” Continue reading Bowdoin Summer Researchers On The Rise
When James Boeding ’14 was back home in Millerton, N.Y. for the summer, he walked into a downtown art gallery without any prior notice and told gallery owner Deborah Kendig he wanted to show her his portfolio of photographs.
“He walked in off the street, which takes a lot of hutzpah,” Kendig said. “It takes a lot of nerve for an artist to do that.”
But Kendig makes a point of nurturing emerging artists, so she invited Boeding to show her what he had. “I was sitting here, and James started pulling out of his prints, and it just knocked my socks off. Because the whole collection – there’s no question it’s art. I said, ‘Lets have a show.’”
Continue reading Photography Student’s NY Show Transforms Books Into Still Lifes