Abelardo Morell ’71, H’97 Talks Photography, Life and Dancing (ArtDaily)

Photographer Abelardo Morell ’71, H’97 discusses his development as an artist and his interest in the photographic special effects created by the camera obscure technique in this video featured on ArtDaily.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition A Mind of Winter: Photographs by Abelardo Morellopens May 5. Morell completed the works in Maine over the winter; it’s his first  project created in response to the issues of climate change.

BSG Gifts President Mills With Student’s Oyster Shell Sculpture


Photo by Eliza Graumlich ’17

With a 14-year tenure as the president of a prestigious liberal arts college under his belt, the world will be President Barry Mills’ oyster when he steps down from his position this spring. And the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) won’t let him forget it.

Last night, at their final meeting of the year, the BSG and class councils gave President Mills a sculpture made of oyster shells. The piece, a life-size female silhouette, was imagined and constructed earlier this year by Ben Eisenberg ’17.

“We thought a long time about what to give President Mills,” said Chris Breen ’15, BSG president. “What do you get someone who’s already been gifted everything Bowdoin-related?” Read the story by Eliza Graumlich ’17.

Philosopher Jeff McMahan Lectures at Bowdoin on the Morality of War

Jeff McMahan, the White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, spoke at Bowdoin recently about the responsibilities of participants in war. His view is that soldiers must be able to morally justify the killing of others, even if they do so as uniformed members of an armed service.

On the more commonly held view, it is states — rather than individuals — who wage war, and who ultimately bear the responsibility when wars are entered into unjustly. On this view, soldiers are deemed mere instruments of the state, and their actions are not subject to the same kind of moral scrutiny as are those outside of the context of war. Read more.

Professor Crystal Hall Receives Digital Fellowship

crystall-hall-bowdoin-1This summer and next, Crystal Hall, a visiting assistant professor of digital and computational studies, will attend a new institute in North Carolina that’s been designed to teach humanities scholars about cutting-edge digital tools that can broaden and deepen their research.

The Digital Textual Studies workshop, to be offered for the first time this summer by the North Carolina-based National Humanities Center, will be run by two leaders in the emerging field of digital humanities — Willard McCarty and Matthew Jockers. Read more.