A World Without Federal Arts Funding (Bloomberg)

Amid the prospect of major cuts in funding for the arts, specifically the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, writes of a world without investment in culture, civic pride, and a sense of national identity. Read “In the Absence of Federal Arts Funding.”

Remembering Associate Professor of Romance Languages Emeritus Robert Raymond Nunn

Bob Nunn

In a letter to the Bowdoin community, President Clayton Rose writes of the passing Associate Professor of Romance Languages Emeritus Robert Raymond Nunn, who taught French at the College for forty years. He died March 16, 2017, at the age of 87. Read more.

Bowdoin Announces 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

(L. to r.) Anthony Doerr ’95, Hanna Holborn Gray, Fatuma Hussein, Chuck Leavell

Bowdoin College will bestow four honorary degrees at its 212th Commencement exercises May 27, 2017. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Quad in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony E. Doerr ’95; Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and president emeritus, University of Chicago, Hanna Holborn Gray; Immigrant Resource Center of Maine founder and executive director Fatuma Hussein; and Grammy-winning musician and conservationist Chuck Leavell are this year’s honorands. Read more about them in Bowdoin News.

Mills Named to Senior Post at UMass Boston

Barry Mills, who served as Bowdoin’s fourteenth president from 2001 to 2015, has been named deputy chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston, where he will oversee the academic and research program and campus operations, and will work with Chancellor J. Keith Motley on developing and refining long-term strategy for the campus.

“When I left Bowdoin, I spoke often about finding the next challenge and about my interest in public higher education,” said Mills. “In retirement, I have done some consulting for UMass and the challenge of public higher education has become even more interesting and compelling to me—the mission is central to the common good. So, when UMass approached me about getting involved with UMass Boston, I agreed to take this on to make an impact at a public urban research university.”

UMass Boston, with approximately 14,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students, is known for conducting research in public health, education, and the environment. UMass Boston faculty researchers played a significant role in planning and executing the cleanup of Boston Harbor and are now working to eliminate racially-based health disparities. UMass Boston has a major cancer-research partnership with the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The university attracts students from throughout the nation and 150 countries.

Read more about the Mills appointment at the UMass website.