A forthcoming book about the Civil Rights Movement by Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Brian Purnell has been awarded the 2012 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize by the New York State Historical Association.
The prize recognizes the best unpublished, book-length monograph relating to the history of New York State.
Purnell’s book, titled “A Movement Grows in Brooklyn: The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Civil Rights Movement in Brooklyn, New York,” will be published by the University Press of Kentucky.
During the Spring 2012 semester, Purnell’s course, The Wire: Race, Class Gender and the Urban Crisis, was featured on C-SPAN as part of their “Lectures in History” series. Watch the segment.
Ursus Verses at a 2011 spring concert in the Bowdoin College Chapel
A song sung by Ursus Verses, one of Bowdoin’s co-ed a cappella groups, has been included in a compilation album of selected a cappella songs from around the world. Voices Only, a company that yearly produces an album of collegiate a cappella songs, accepted Ursus Verses’ arrangement of ‘Time to Pretend’ for its 2012 album.
“It’s really cool to be on the album and to be recognized in the a cappella world,” Michael Hendrickson ’13 said. Hendrickson, who sings bass for Ursus Verses, said the song is part of his group’s recently recorded album, No More Crazies, which is for sale at the Bowdoin bookstore.
Hendrickson said this is the first time a Bowdoin group has made it onto a Voices Only album, which this year includes songs sung by groups from Bates College, Middlebury College, Columbia University, Tufts University and others. The Voices Only album and its songs are available on iTunes.
Hendrickson said “Time to Pretend,” by MGMT, is “a unique song” that falls into the indie-electronic genre. “It’s upbeat and exciting, and the arrangement is really cool. We use our voices to sound like the crazy electronic effects that the band uses.”
Caroline Blake '14
Caroline Blake ’14, a government and legal studies major and Spanish minor, is interning this summer at a small nonprofit in Portland that helps refugees and immigrants navigate the American financial system. Community Financial Literacy teaches newcomers to the United States about basic money management, such as how to set up a checking account, as well as skills that include how to use an ATM machine, avoid credit card scams, apply for a car loan, or save for their children’s college tuition.
Claude Rwaganje, who emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States in 1996, founded Community Financial Literacy in 2009 after he graduated with a degree in business administration and finance from the University of Southern Maine.
This summer, Blake — who is from Raymond, Maine — was awarded a Community Matters in Maine fellowship from Bowdoin to intern at CFL. The fellowship provides students with a stipend to work for a Maine-based nonprofit addressing local community issues. The Bowdoin Daily Sun recently caught up with Blake to ask her about her experience. Continue reading Caroline Blake ’14 Helps New Mainers Figure Out the Financial System
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From Maine Lobster Festival 2011. Photo: Michael Whitman.
The Maine Lobster Festival is underway in Rockland with a big weekend of events planned, including a parade down Main Street, activities for children and their families, and the eating and celebrating of all things lobster.
The first festival was in 1947 and featured all-you-can-eat lobsters for $1 as a way to unload surplus “shedders” — lobsters that have abandoned their old casing to grow into a new, hard one.