Digipo: A ‘Wikipedia’ by College Students (Nieman Lab)

The Digital Polarization Initiative (Digipo) has piloted a claim-checking wiki for college students that helps them examine the online environments from which false claims originate.

Students collaborate to analyze and summarize topics from hate speech to neuroscience, in search of the truth. Read more in Nieman Lab.

Students Answer ‘What Is Love?’ Query

Clip of photo by Sam Hoegle ’17

In one of the pieces hanging in a new student-curated art show in Smith Union, two middle-aged people lean over a cake and a diminutive white-haired woman, helping to blow out three numbered candles, 1-0-1.

In the accompanying text, photographer Samantha Hoegle ’17 explains that the man in the photo is her father, the woman her aunt, and the small woman her 101-year-old grandmother. “101 years of caring for others and 101 years of loving life,” she writes. “In my book, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The show “This Is Love” will be in the Blue Gallery through April 16, and is the inspiration of Sam Halpert ’20. Read the story in Bowdoin News.

History of the Picnic: How the Whole Romantic Notion Ended Up Tabled (Atlantic)

For 250 years, picnics served as popular entertainment; as pleasure excursions or escapes from the city.

Today, they act as a “cultural memory” rather than activities. The Atlantic recounts the history of American picnics dating back to the eighteenth century and the Industrial Revolution.

Artist Stephen Hannock ’74, H’09 Selected for Inclusion in Met Masterpiece Book

Stephen Hannock ’76, H’09 stands before his painting “Oxbow for Bowdoin College,” a gift from the artist on the occasion of the Museum of Art’s renovation and re-opening in 2007.

Acclaimed artist Stephen Hannock ’74, H’09, internationally known for his luminous and atmospheric landscape paintings of flooded rivers, rockets launched into the sky, as well as his depiction of the Connecticut River Oxbow, has been selected for inclusion in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Masterpiece Paintings, a new volume that celebrates the greatest and most historically important paintings from the Met’s collections. Read more about it in Bowdoin News.