Professor Gibbons Wins US Grant to Study Proposed Nuclear Weapons Ban

Last December, 113 nations voted at the United Nations to begin the process of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide. These nations will meet in June in an attempt to finalize negotiations and produce a treaty.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Rebecca Gibbons, recently awarded a grant from the US Air Force Academy, will spend the next few months, with help from a student researcher, looking into the possible effects of the wave of anti-nuclear sentiment on US allies.

While the United States and other countries possessing nuclear weapons oppose the Humanitarian Pledge’s approach to banning them, the movement could gain traction and help organize and intensify resistance around the world. “It is not that this treaty will have a big effect initially,” Gibbons said, “but it will galvanize people. It is a normative endgame to stigmatize the weapons, and is affecting populations in Europe.” Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Slideshow: Seniors Enjoy Final Days of College Before Graduation

With their final papers turned in and their end-of-semester exams history, the seniors have at last completed their college education. In the week leading up to Commencement, called Senior Week, the students have a few days to relax and enjoy their last days at Bowdoin.

Student Activities organizes lots of activities for seniors, including BBQs, food trucks on the quad, formal dinners and brunches, “pints with professors,” concerts and dances, as well as a few off-campus outings for zip-lining, trampolining, and playing paintball.

Check out a slideshow of images.

Purple Media Plunge Update: What Happened When Students Read News From the Other Side

Successful participants of the Bowdoin Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge received T-shirts with this logo, designed by Laura Griffee ’17

For one month, fifty-two students and one staff member forced themselves to break from their comfortable routines by reading news from across the political divide.

They were volunteers in the Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge at Bowdoin, an experiment in bipartisan news exposure organized by Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone with help from staff and students. Read about the plunge results in Bowdoin News.

John Walker’s Botanical Creations Augment Museum of Art ‘Why Draw?’ Show

Six of Maine-based artist John Walker’s large ink and acrylic works on paper have been added to a satellite gallery in the Museum of Art. The pieces relate to but are also distinct from the hundreds of drawings and watercolors, spanning 500 years, that are now on display in the Museum of Art’s Why Draw? show.

In an interview in his studio some weeks before the exhibition, Walker talked about the importance of drawing for artists and art lovers. “Drawing is touching,” he said. “I am sure this museum will be rooms full of things that have been beautifully touched.” Read more in Bowdoin News.