Museum of Art’s ‘Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel and Postwar Art of the Americas’

"SEFT-1 over Metlac bridge, January 25, 2011," by Ivan Puig (Mexican, born 1977) and Andrés Padilla Domene (Mexican, born 1986).

“SEFT-1 over Metlac bridge, January 25, 2011,” by Ivan Puig (Mexican, born 1977) and Andrés Padilla Domene (Mexican, born 1986).

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents an exhibition that explores the impact of the Space Race, science fiction and the explosive growth of technological innovation on artists of the Americas from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar Art of the Americas, which runs through June 7, 2015, features more than 60 works in a range of media and creative style — from expressionist paintings and kinetic sculptures to graphite drawings and conceptual pieces.

Why the American System of Government is Collapsing (Vox)

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The reality of the American constitutional system “is that despite its durability, it has rarely functioned well by the standards of a modern democracy,” writes Matthew Yglesias, executive editor of Vox.

Yglesias’s recent post on the demise of America’s constitutional democracy is surely intended to be provocative, but it also appears to be a probing reflection on the growing frustration and perils of the current partisan gridlock and polarization. Situating the present ideological politics in historical perspective, Yglesias argues that the trend in America’s constitutional system point towards its eventual replacement. Read the article here.

Scholars Explore Science Before the Scientific Revolution

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In a recent Bowdoin symposium on early-modern science, scholars from Bowdoin and elsewhere gave talks on alchemy, astronomy, botany, and the global crosscurrents that transmitted Islamic learning to Europe. Maggie Solberg, an assistant professor of English at Bowdoin, organized the symposium with help from faculty in Bowdoin’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies program. Read the story.

Bad Weather: Perfect Storm for Increased Productivity (The Atlantic)

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“Now is the winter of our productivity,” states The Atlantic, as it delves into the silver lining of the snow-filled cloud that has hung heavy over our collective winter thus far.

Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else” looks at how much we’re getting done when there are no preoccupations with thoughts of what we could be doing on such a nice day.