The Sacred and the Profane: Rome as 21st Century Horror Movie Setting

Allison Cooper

Allison Cooper

Professor Allison Cooper, who teaches Italian and cinema studies, describes how Rome’s richly symbolic history makes the city the perfect setting for a gory twenty-first-century horror movie. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Polar Bear Scoreboard

Nordic Skiing: The Nordic ski team took a ninth-place showing of 13 teams at the season-opening Saint Lawrence Carnival hosted at Mt. Von Hovenburg this weekend.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming &  Diving: The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams put together dominant performances to come away with decisive victories over Wesleyan and Trinity in a two-day dual meet.

Women’s Squash: The women’s squash team won two matches Friday afternoon at MIT.

Men’s Squash: The men’s squash team split a pair of matches Friday at MIT.

Men’s Basketball: The Trinity College men’s basketball team used a suffocating defensive effort in the first half to help defeat Bowdoin Saturday, 71-53.

Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team overcame a ten-point second-half deficit with a dominant fourth quarter to defeat Trinity 76-61 Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

Women’s Ice Hockey: Marissa Fichter ’19 scored with less than a minute remaining in overtime to lift the Bowdoin women’s hockey team to a 2-1 upset over visiting Middlebury.

Men’s Ice Hockey:  Middlebury scored four goals in the second period, three of which came on the power play, as the Panthers netted a 5-1 NESCAC victory over visiting Bowdoin Saturday.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field: The indoor track teams performed well at their second home invitational of the winter season Saturday.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.


Rudalevige: ‘Every President is a Minority Leader. Trump Will Be, Too’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

In his latest contribution of analysis to the Washington Post political science blog Monkey Cage, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, looks at the beginning of the Donald J. Trump presidency, starting with what we might expect from his inaugural address.

Citing historic examples Rudalevige points out that while US presidents claim to speak for the nation, in practice they are more often minority leaders.

Rudalevige also shares insight from growing scholarship suggesting presidents “weight both their rhetoric and their policy proposals heavily toward their partisan base.” Read more in the Monkey Cage.

Bowdoin’s Rael on ‘Abraham Lincoln’s Speech Problem’

Patrick Rael

Patrick Rael

At the recent unveiling of the rare and historic photograph of President Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Professor of History Patrick Rael regaled the standing-room-only crowd with what was going on behind the scenes as President-elect Lincoln prepared to take the oath of office to become the sixteenth President of the United States. 

A month before his inauguration on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln had a speech problem. Soon the President-elect, a man with only two years of public service behind him, would take the oath of office in a time of crisis, and deliver the most important inaugural address ever given. Now the text of that speech, which since the election Lincoln had labored unceasingly to perfect, was missing. This was not just a personal crisis; the manuscript was a state secret. Broadcasting its contents far and wide before Lincoln could even enter Washington might easily shatter the fragile peace, and send the nation headlong into war. Read the whole story here.