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1829 — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Class of 1825, writes to the president of Bowdoin, William Allen, informing him he must turn down the offer of a professorship because the $600 salary is "disproportionate to the duties required.” The trustees raise his salary to $800 with an additional $100 to serve as the College's librarian, a post that required one hour of work per day, and he accepts the offer.


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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.

Druckenmiller ’75 on Investors Who Still Have ‘Guts’ (CNBC)

Investor Stanley Druckenmiller ’75 talks about two of the investors he says still have the “guts” to make the big market calls in this clip from CNBC.

Whispering Pines: A Suitable Monument

threepines-BDSEarlier in June, Americans commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the massive deployment of Allied troops during World War II to gain a foothold on the coast of France at Normandy. The speeches and ceremonies of June 6th focused on the events and sacrifices of that first day; less attention has been given to the subsequent landings in June and early July of 1944 that provided combat reinforcements and logistical support for the difficult 77-day Normandy campaign.

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A Bowdoin Father’s Day

A Bowdoin Father’s Day from Bowdoin College (Video by Catherine Yochum ’15)

One of Bowdoin’s most celebrated dads visited campus this week with his daughter, just in time for Father’s Day.

Wil Smith ’00 enrolled at Bowdoin at age 27 with four-year-old Olivia in tow, and spent his college career juggling the roles of single parent, student, athlete, and member of the Navy Reserves. He went on to get a law degree and served for a decade as Associate Dean of Multicultural Students at Bowdoin, before becoming Dean of Community and Multicultural Affairs at the Berkshire School. Today, Olivia is getting ready to start her own college career at Howard University.

“He’s always putting other people before himself,” Olivia said, and “he never gives up.”

Listen to a recent NPR interview with Wil and Olivia, and read more about their incredible story.

Cynthia McFadden ’78 Interview with Hillary Clinton Tonight

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NBC News senior legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an interview that is to air tonight on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

The interview is part of a media blitz Clinton is undertaking in support of her latest book, Hard Choices, which hits store shelves today.  Some have said the book tour serves as a dry run for a 2016 presidential campaign.

McFadden reportedly will interview Clinton about her new book, focusing on her accomplishments, future plans and her record as a world diplomat.

Hubbard Classroom Renovation Honors Ambassador Pickering ’53

Aerial Hubbard HallLast year at this time, Ambassador Thomas Pickering ’53 returned to campus for his 60th reunion and presented a lecture sharing his remarkable insights into U.S. foreign policy. Now, as Bowdoin alumni once again journey back to their alma mater from around the country and the globe, the College is embarking on a classroom renovation project in Pickering’s name.

Thanks to a gift of more than $100,000 gift from the Class of 1953 in honor of their illustrious classmate, along with a $150,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust, the Hubbard West classroom in Hubbard Hall will be transformed over the summer into a restored, refreshed, digital-age version of its former self. The renovation reflects the College’s ongoing commitment to preserving the historic integrity of its classrooms while upgrading them to contemporary standards. Read the full story.

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‘Be Not Afraid’ — A Commencement Video by Alex Colby ’10

Using the moving words of Rev. Robert Ives, Bowdoin’s Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and words of wisdom and encouragement from President Barry Mills, video editor extraordinaire Alex Colby ’10 offers an inspiring perspective on Bowdoin’s 209th Commencement.

Be Not Afraid from Alex K Colby on Vimeo.

Joanie NCAA’s ‘Student-Athlete of the Week’

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.


The NCAA has named Olympic gold medalist and repeat Boston Marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 this week’s “40 in 40″ student-athlete.

During a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary, is publishing 40 weekly profiles of student-athletes who’ve attended member institutions during the past four decades.

The profile highlights not only Benoit Samuelson’s athletic accomplishments, but the ways in which she has given back — using her platform to champion a healthy environment, and founding the Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which supports a number of charities in her beloved home state of Maine. Read the profile.

One on One: Paul Miller ’92 aka DJ Spooky and Deepak Chopra (Newswire)

Multimedia artist Paul Miller ’92, aka DJ Spooky, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first artist-in-residence, founder of Origin magazine, and professor of music at the European Graduate School, sat down with Deepak Chopra, renowned physician, and alternative medicine and New Age guru, for a One World conversation on Newswire.

Whispering Pines: Awakening

Whispering Pines

Fifty years ago this month, on May 5 and 6, 1964, civil rights leaders Bayard Rustin and Martin Luther King, Jr., were on campus at the invitation of the student leaders of the Political Forum. A 1995 article in Bowdoin Magazine by Frederick Stoddard ’64, Berle Schiller ’65, and Christos Gianopoulos ’64 gives an account thirty years removed from the event itself, written by the students who had organized it. It would be difficult to overstate the degree to which the public speeches and private conversations with two giants of the civil rights movement changed the perspectives—and even the career trajectories—of Bowdoin students at the time.

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