Ellen Baxter ’75: ‘Building Hope and Nurturing Into Housing’ (New York Times)

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Ellen Baxter ’75, H’05


Sugar Hill, the $84 million subsidized housing project in Upper Manhattan, creates Harlem’s first mixed-use development comprising not just affordable housing, but educational and cultural offerings.

It’s the work of Ellen Baxter ’75’s Broadway Housing Communities (whose leadership team also includes Mary Ann Villari ’75) and the subject of the architectural review by Michael Kimmelman in The New York Times.

Working for Health Care Access, Education and Justice


Left to right: Don Blanchon ’86, Lisa McElaney ’77, and Zander Abbott ’08

Left to right: Don Blanchon ’86, Lisa McElaney ’77, and Zander Abbott ’08

Three Bowdoin alumni joined together to show students a multitude of ways to become involved in the dynamic and ever-growing health care sector. Don Blanchon ’86, Lisa McElaney ’77, and Zander Abbott ’08 emphasized that varied skill sets, motivated minds, creativity and passion are crucial attributes of those leading the health care effort in today’s environment. Read about each of the panelists. 

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Eric Goldwyn ’03: Smartphone is Transportation’s Most Important Innovation (The Atlantic)

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“Mobility apps have the power to transform the relationship between transportation networks and travelers,” writes Eric Goldwyn ’03 in The Atlantic blog, “Citylab.”

Goldwyn takes aim at what he calls New York City’s lack of imagination when it comes to figuring out how to deal with “the most important, most obvious innovation in transportation: the smartphone.” Read the article.

Anthony Doerr ’95’s ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ Among Week’s Bestselling Books (Christian Science Monitor)

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All the Light We Cannot See, the World War II-era novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France, by Anthony Doerr ’95, is on the American Booksellers Association/IndieBound bestseller list for hardcover fiction for the week of August 21, 2014.

In her review of the book this spring, New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin included a note of thanks to the author “for deliberately giving this intricate book an extremely readable format, with very short chapters, many about a page and a half long.”

Maslin included what would be a response from Doerr, though in an article published earlier by a blog: “This was a gesture of friendliness, maybe. It’s like I’m saying to the reader, ‘I know this is going to be more lyrical than maybe 70 percent of American readers want to see, but here’s a bunch of white space for you to recover from that lyricism.’” Read the New York Times review.