2017 Common Good, Alumni Council Awards Announced

(L. to r.) Gerald C. Chertavian ’87, P’20; Margaret L. O’Sullivan ’92; Charles E. Prinn III ’61

Awards honoring outstanding leadership and service to the College will be presented during Reunion Convocation June 3, 2017.

The Common Good Award, selected each year by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, recognizing a profound and sustained commitment to the common good, will be presented to Trustee Emeritus Gerald Chertavian ’87, P’20, founder and CEO of Year Up, a non-profit providing an intensive training and education program for low-income youth across the country.

The Alumni Service Award and the Distinguished Educator Award, chosen by the Alumni Council, recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication. Charles E. Prinn III ’61 has been chosen to receive the Alumni Service Award; the 2017 Distinguished Educator Award will be presented to Margaret L. O’Sullivan ’92.

Registration for Reunion 2017 (June 1-4) begins in March.

Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07 on the Economy, Politics and Education

Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07

Legendary investor and philanthropist Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, H’07 presented An Investor’s Perspective on Trump, Trade, and Global Populism, a Q&A event facilitated by President Clayton Rose February 8, 2017, in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Welsch Celebrates Longfellow Through Film

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The annual Longfellow Days celebration is underway in honor of one of America’s most celebrated poets. Among the College’s most illustrious alumni, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow graduated in 1825.

A series of events, including poetry readings, lectures, and a chapel service, will be held in the Brunswick area throughout February—all free and open to the public.

Among the treats this weekend is a cinematic offering: A screening on campus of John Ford’s 1939 classic Young Mr. Lincoln, hosted by  Cinema studies professor Tricia Welsch. “Since Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries, born just two years apart,” she said,  “a film about Lincoln’s early manhood brings us closer to Longfellow’s America.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

Ambassador Laurence Pope ’67 Warns of 21st Century Security Risks (WCSH)

Former diplomat Laurence Pope ’67 warned of the dangers of abandoning established international alliances and drifting toward a policy of “America-first”-style isolationism in “American Security in the 21st Century,” a talk he delivered February 6, 2017. Read the text of his talk here.

Pope, a thirty-one year Foreign Service veteran, was recalled from retirement in 2012 by the Obama administration to serve as senior US envoy in Libya following the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Pope’s talk was sponsored by the Department of Government and Legal Studies with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund and the Bowdoin Marine Corps Society.

While on campus, Pope was interviewed for a segment that aired on the WCSH newsmagazine 207. Watch the interview.