Christian Potholm: Memorials, Monuments and Memory

Christian Potholm delivers the talk

Christian Potholm

The essay, “Bowdoin at War: Memorials, Monuments and Memory,” was first delivered as a talk by Christian Potholm, Bowdoin’s DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, in the lobby of Memorial Hall April 9, 2015, the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.




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Elisa Boxer ’93 Writes of a ‘Laugh Stronger Than Death’ (New York Times)

Elisa Boxer '93 and her son, Evan

Elisa Boxer ’93 and her son, Evan

Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist Elisa Boxer ’93 took a few years off from writing to focus on a yoga and meditation practice, but when she returned, she did so with a flourish.

Her touching piece about the death of her grandmother, and how her young son experienced it, was published as a New York Times “Motherlode” essay. Read “Thanks to a 4-Year-Old, a Laugh Stronger Than Death.”

Bowdoin’s 210th Commencement: The Moments That Make the Memories

President Barry Mills '72, H'15 and Karen Gordon Mills H'15 welcome the Class of 2015 to Bowdoin's 210th Commencement.

President Barry Mills ’72, H’15 and Karen Gordon Mills H’15 welcome the Class of 2015 to Bowdoin’s 210th Commencement.

Temperatures in the upper 40s and a stiff wind made for one of the coldest graduation days in recent memory, leaving many at Bowdoin’s 210th Commencement huddling under blankets to keep warm. Still, the sun shone on 473 new graduates, and memories were made during a day of meaningful speeches and moments captured for you here.

In Case You Missed It: Bowdoin’s 210th Commencement — In Two Minutes

Bowdoin’s 210th Commencement ceremony, held May 23, 2015, kicked off at 10 a.m., but the work to make it all happen began much earlier. This video captures the work that was already underway at 5 a.m. to set the stage, and tracks the activity through late afternoon. Here it is in a scant two minutes:

Commencement 2015: From Start to Finish from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.