Bowdoin Student Techies Go West for Spring Break

West Trek participants, and some alumni, at Google

Forty Bowdoin students — from across class years, majors, and backgrounds — trekked to California over spring break to explore career opportunities in technology. Now in its second year, the West Trek, a Bowdoin Career Planning program, was expanded this year to allow twice as many students to participate.

West Trek is designed to put students who would not otherwise be exposed to California’s tech culture in contact with graduates working for innovative companies, from Airbnb and Pinterest to Facebook and Google.

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Policing the Police: Alex Reed ’10 Describes DOJ Internship

Alex Reed ’10

Alex Reed ’10 is in her final year at University of Michigan Law School. She spent last summer as a legal intern with a unit of the US Department of Justice, where she had the opportunity to work with experienced civil rights attorneys on investigations into police misconduct in Baltimore and Chicago. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Honoring AIDS Activist Peter Staley and Trustee Jes Staley ’79, P’11

(L. to r.) Jes Staley ’79, P’11, Kate Stern, Peter Staley. Click image to view slideshow.

Nearly eighty members of the Bowdoin community were on hand at Yahoo in New York City March 9, 2017, to honor the work of AIDS activist Peter Staley and his brother, Barclays CEO and Bowdoin College Trustee Jes Staley ’79, P’11.

“It was an evening of powerful stories—of Peter Staley’s life-saving activism and personal fight against AIDS, of Jes Staley’s promotion of LGBT causes—and combatting of homophobia—in the banking world, and of their relationship and tremendous mutual respect,” said Matt Roberts ’93, a member of the Alumni Council’s Diversity Committee.

“I found it particularly moving to share the evening with so many members of the Bowdoin family— including alumni, parents, and trustees—a warm and welcoming group.” More about the event, including a slideshow, in Bowdoin News.

Whispering Pines: Written by Himself

Whispering Pines

The man called “America’s first political satirist” and Abraham Lincoln’s favorite humorist was born in a log cabin in Buckfield, Maine, in 1792. Seba Smith had a hardscrabble childhood. After the family relocated to Bridgton he worked in a brickyard and an iron foundry and also taught school. Thanks to support from a “generous and philanthropic relative” in Portland, he entered Bowdoin at the age of twenty and graduated at the top of his class in 1818.
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