Whispering Pines: ‘Those Who Do the World’s Work’

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Earlier this month, as Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction across Haiti and eastern Cuba and threatened the Atlantic coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, US Coast Guard personnel prepared for the worst, tracking the hurricane, warning residents, preparing for search and rescue missions by air and water, and coordinating efforts with local and state officials.

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Bowdoin Honors Annual Yellow Shirt Day


Students in yellow for Yellow Shirt Day, a unique Bowdoin tradition

Since 2005, when a speaker came to Bowdoin to advocate against same-sex marriage, students have worn yellow for one day in October. The color commemorates the way students decided to peacefully show their support for the LGBTQ community during Michael Heath’s talk—they all wore yellow to his lecture.

Yesterday evening, students also held an emotional vigil to remember the 49 people killed and the many more injured and traumatized when a gunman opened fire at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016.

See more photos by Eliza Graumlich ’17.

18 Days and 89,000 Distinct Governments: The Founding Principles of Federalism

Founding Principles Chapter Two: Federalism from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

With just 18 days until the election, our dive into how America works continues with this look at federalism—the constitutional relationship between US state governments and the federal government of the US. The Founding Principles pool is full of lessons to bring you up to speed on civics and American government. Jump on in; the water’s warm.

Does Morality Shift When Speaking a Foreign Language? (Scientific American)

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How much is language tied to our moral compasses?

Several psychology studies suggest that when people are confronted with moral dilemmas, they respond differently when they consider them in a non-native language.

If this is indeed the case, why is this happening? One explanation is that “our childhood languages vibrate with greater emotional intensity than do those learned in more academic settings. As a result, moral judgments made in a foreign language are less laden with the emotional reactions that surface when we use a language learned in childhood.”

Read “How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language.”