Designer Lauren McGrath ’07 Shares Ideas for Your Small Spaces (Architectural Digest)

Design duo Suzanne Grua McGrath (left) and daughter Lauren McGrath '07 (Image: McGrath II)

Design duo Suzanne Grua McGrath (left) and daughter Lauren McGrath ’07 (Image: McGrath II)

Design is in Lauren McGrath’s bones. Her mother, Suzanne Grua McGrath, earned five Emmys over her decade-long career as style editor and producer at Martha Stewart Living Television, and together this mother-daughter team wrote Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces To Carry You Through a Lifetime and are behind the McGrath II design blog.

Lauren and her work are showcased in the Architectural Digest piece, “The One Must-Have Investment Piece for a Small Space.”

Lauren McGrath ’07 is the niece of Peter Grua and Mary O’Connell, both of whom are members of the Class of 1976.

Maine Reporter Speaks at Bowdoin about New Bio of Sen. Mitchell ’54

Doug Rooks, left, at a book signing at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

Doug Rooks, left, at a book signing at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library

Doug Rooks recently stopped by the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library to give a talk about his new biography of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1954.

The third floor of the library, where Rooks spoke Wednesday afternoon, was an appropriate venue. To research Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible, Rooks spent many hours in the archives here, which are named for Mitchell, and which hold many of Mitchell’s papers, as well as more than 300 oral interviews about him. Read more about Rooks’s new biography.

Hyde School Founder Joseph Gauld ’51 to Receive Lifetime Achievement in Character Education Award

Joseph Gauld '51

Joseph Gauld ’51

Joseph Gauld ’51, founder of the Hyde School in Bath, Maine, has been chosen by Character.org to receive the 2016 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.

Gauld, the author of four books on parenting and education, has also written columns that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes and the Today Show. More about Gauld, his work, and the award here.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 Discusses ‘White Fragility’ (NPR)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Speaking on NPR’s Morning Edition, comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 said some white audiences don’t like it when he jokes about race. Speaking to interviewer David Greene on Friday September 16, 2016, he observed that it’s sometimes not the content that offends them, but his choice of the phrase white people: “Because a lot of white people are not used to being called white. They get to be ‘people,’ ‘human beings,’ their first name.”

Kondabolu, whose parents were born in India, talked about the concept of “white fragility,” which he described as “the idea of when you question white people about race, or privilege, or things like that, they fold because they’re fragile because they’re not used to those discussions. The rest of us,” he says, “we’ve had to get used to being the other. We’ve had to get used to constantly answering those questions.” Listen to Hari Kondabolu on NPR.