Michael Kolster, "Rapids, Lisbon Falls (grid)," 2010.
The Androscoggin River, once devastated by contamination and labeled one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the country, is now partially recovered and in a new phase. The complexities of the river’s legacy and its potential are captured in a cross-disciplinary, collaborative project by Bowdoin professors Matthew Klingle and Michael Kolster.
Klingle, an environmental historian, and Kolster, a photographer, pose important questions about its shifting cultural and economic status in their interactive installation, A River Lost and Found: The Androscoggin in Time and Place, a companion to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s William Wegman: Hello Nature, both of which opened July 13.
Citing examples from the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform and reactions to foreign policy regarding Syria, Christopher Hill ’74, formerly the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, and currently dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, stresses the importance of “the useful democratic art of respectful debate” with those who hold opposing views.
“Instant access to information does not mean instant access to knowledge, much less wisdom,” writes Hill in “The Politics of Anger Management,” his latest opinion piece for Project Syndicate. “One aspect of knowledge, as we know from 19th-century philosophy (and who studies that anymore?), reflects the integration of information with experience. Today, information is integrated with emotion – and with suspicion, sometimes bordering on paranoia, about the underlying motives of the leadership classes.”
MIT’s Sloan School of Management has profiled Eric Silverman ’85, who graduated from Sloan in 1991 and is a member of the Bowdoin Museum of Art Advisory Council. In the short video, Silverman explains why he came to MIT and passes on some sage business advice about the importance of partnering with the right people. “It may be counter-intuitive because you think I invest in real estate — I’m looking at the numbers, I’m looking at the bricks and mortar,” he says. “The truth is, the numbers and the bricks and mortar can look great but if I have the wrong partner to do that deal with, I don’t do the deal.”
While excessive heat continues to grip many parts of the country, perhaps this video of small, months-old Polar Bear cubs tussling in the snow can help cool things down, if only in your mind. Nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen traveled to Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba in March 2010 to photograph polar bears and their young emerging from their winter dens.