Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 is ‘Waiting for 2042′ (New York Times)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.


The New York Times debuted a new video series on its website this week with a segment on comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04, who recently released the comedy album, “Waiting for 2042,” which refers to the year in which the U.S. Census projects caucasians will become the minority in this country.

Conscious of race since growing up in diverse Queens, Kondabolu speaks of turning pain into laughter and confronting racial stereotypes head-on. Watch the clip.

Alumni at Google, ESPN Offer Career Advice to Students

mattvolkAlumni from Google and ESPN recently visited campus to enlighten students on how to break into the technology or sports broadcasting fields.

Tom Hazel ’05, Kira Chappelle ’07 and Matt Volk ’03 were invited to campus by Bowdoin Career Planning, which organizes talks by many professionals throughout the academic year.

Hazel and Chappelle gave tips on getting jobs at Google, while Volk spoke about his programming and content development work at ESPN and what he found helpful in getting to where he is today. Read the full story.

Bowdoin Classmates Antholis and Putnam Team Up For ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Sneak Peak (Boston Globe)

OliveKitteridgeHBO President of Miniseries Kary Antholis ’84 teamed up with his Bowdoin classmate and JFK Library Director Thomas Putnam ’84 Tuesday evening to treat Bostonians and several visiting Mainers—including Bowdoin Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd—to a preview of the upcoming HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”

The event—held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston—was also attended by Harpswell resident and author Elizabeth Strout (Bates College Class of 1977), whose novel, “Olive Kitteridge” won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The series based on the novel premieres on HBO on Sunday, November 2.

Bowdoin Dedicates New Classroom to Ambassador Pickering ’53, H’84

The Thomas R. Pickering ’53, H’84 Classroom in Hubbard Hall

After transforming the former reading room on the second floor of Hubbard Hall into a classroom, Bowdoin held a small ceremony last night to dedicate the new space to Thomas Pickering ’53, H’84.

Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in U.S. Foreign service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Several of Pickering’s friends from the Class of 1953 joined Pickering for the celebration. The class made a generous donation to the room, helping pay for the acoustic and technological upgrades that make it usable now as a teaching space. Read the full story and see the slideshow.