Twelve Days To Go — And How Are You Feeling? The Role of Public Opinion

Founding Principles Chapter 6: Public Opinion from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

“President Dwight Eisenhower argued that public opinion is the only force that has any validity in democracy,” says Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, narrator of Founding Principles.

Read about polls—and the importance of how issues are framed—in “Chapter Six: Public Opinion.”

A Reading List for Those Disillusioned with American Politics (The Atlantic)

Bookshelf libraryThe Atlantic offers nearly three dozen book recommendations for anyone disillusioned with the imminent presidential election.

Each book provides a deeper look into issues discussed in debates or the media. The recommendations were provided by those who have influenced culture around the election—an ideologically diverse group of thinkers.  Check out the list.

The Real Reason Why People Vote? (Fast Company)

ballot-box-photo-public-domainWhy do so many people vote in general elections? More importantly, why do so many of them choose to sport “I Voted” stickers?

According to research reported in Fast Company, many of us step into the balloting booth on election day simply to avoid the potential shame of being thought of as a non-voter.

Video: Predators on Campus, But Don’t Be Alarmed

Wildlife Expert Brings Predators onto Campus from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

It’s one way to chill out after a day’s studying. Students, along with other members of the Bowdoin community—younger and older—recently crowded into a function room at Reed House to get a close-up view of some of mother nature’s most efficient hunters, and they can all be found right here in Maine. A wildlife expert from the Chewonki Foundation visited campus October 19, 2016, for an educational session where he demonstrated three very different types of predator.