Though studies have shown student musicians do better academically than their peers, many have questioned the causation between the two. However, new research from Germany provides evidence that improved academic performance is truly a result of musical training, providing strong evidence for the benefits of continuing musical programs in schools.
Daniel Pink’s “Drive” speaks to how autonomy is an intrinsic motivator — it’s also one of the eight ways to find more meaning at work.
When you consider you’ll spend more than 80,000 hours of your life at work, you may not want that experience to feel empty or inconsequential.
Whether your work pays the bills or pays cash for Land Rovers, your work hold more meaning than you may realize.
The Huffington Post looks at eight ways work can become more meaningful.
Space and time, Garret English ’16
This semester, the nine students in Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster’s photography seminar pursued independent projects based on the concept of exploring with their cameras. The final projects, which the students recently presented to the public, displayed a range of ideas and objects. Yet they all shared a common theme — photography’s power to allow us to see the world anew.
Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
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The turkey feast may be behind them, but a smorgasbord awaits those who effected a turkey drop over break.
All over the land, many college first-years are returning to campus to a clean slate and sweet freedom. For many of these freshmen, Thanksgiving break was their first trip home since leaving for school in August. Because of this, their time at home was not only filled with delicious food and familiar faces, but also self-reflection. They have had the opportunity to look back on those confusing, exciting and overwhelming first few months of college, and decide whether to stick it out with their high school sweetheart, or succumb to the phenomenon known as The Turkey Drop.
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Inviting people to learn with their eyes is a big part of Accra Shepp’s mission. A photographer, educator, social documentarian, and soon-to-be Visiting Artist In Residence at Bowdoin, Shepp records the natural and social phenomena that surround him, bringing those subjects into focus for others.
“One of the responsibilities that you have when you’re an artist is to see the world ‘officially,’” Shepp said during his Nov. 19 lecture in the Digital Media Lab of the Edwards Center, sponsored by the Visual Arts Department. Shepp, a professor at Pratt Institute, will teach all of Bowdoin’s photography classes (two per semester) during Spring and Fall 2014, as a visiting replacement for Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster, who will be on leave during that time while working on a Guggenheim-funded photography project.
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BBC Radio 4 recently came to Brunswick to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe house and interview Tess Chakkalakal, associate professor of Africana Studies and English, about the lasting impacts of Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Chakkalakal’s comments were featured as part of the radio program, “The Legacy of Uncle Tom,” which aired on Nov. 25.
“One thing that Stowe wasn’t, was ambivalent about slavery,” Chakkalakal said. “She knew it was wrong; and really the reason for the novel … was to speak out against the fugitive slave law” — that is, the law that prohibited northerners from harboring escaped slaves. Stowe herself harbored a runaway slave in her Brunswick home.
“When Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852, it immediately caused a stir and created a groundswell of anti-slavery feeling,” reads the BBC’s description. The program “traces the reactions to this work from the Abolition Movement, through the Civil Rights Movement to the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the murder of Trayvon Martin last year.”
Chakkalakal and Professor of English Peter Coviello will be co-teaching a Spring 2014 course called “Uncle Tom and Its Afterlives” as part of the College’s new Civil War course cluster, funded by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
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Alexander Gardner, Ruins of the Arsenal, Richmond, Virginia, April 1865, Albumen print. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund.
The exhibition “This Mighty Scourge of War: Art of the American Civil War” brings together paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s collection, depicting the diversity of ways in which artists responded to the Civil War.
Curated by museum co-director Frank Goodyear, the exhibition features six of Winslow Homer’s many wood engravings, which became the dominant illustrations of the war through widely-read publications such as Harper’s Weekly. While Homer portrayed poignant scenes of daily life (both on the front lines and at home), other artists such as Martin Heade and Jervis McEntee infused the war into the their paintings metaphorically through storm-filled skies and other symbols of unrest. Continue reading This Mighty Scourge of War