Bowdoin Economist Sheds New Light on Bestseller ‘The Undoing Project’ (Quartz)

Daniel Stone

Daniel Stone

Assistant Professor of Economics Daniel Stone started Bowdoin’s first behavioral economics course in 2013. Now two giants of the behavior economics field, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, are the subject of best-selling author Michael Lewis’s new book, The Undoing Project. Lewis chronicles the surprising tension and falling out that developed between the great researchers.

Stone has written an op-ed arguing that the problems in Kahneman and Tversky’s relationship may have ironically been caused by the very cognitive biases they studied – but that Lewis fails to note this. Stone also says the link between cognitive biases and the success or failure of interpersonal relationships may be stronger than is currently thought, and should be further studied. Read more.

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.

Rare and Vivid 2,000-Year-Old Mummy Mask on Display at Museum of Art

The portrait of the young boy, on dry and cracked wood, is roughly 2,000 years old. Yet the boy’s large brown eyes still appear vivid and lifelike under his gilded laurel. His pupils shine and his expression is serene.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will display this mask, which once adorned a mummy, in a new show, AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World. The exhibition explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. Read more.

Executive Powers: Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on the Power of the Memorandum (Stars and Stripes)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum aiming to make a military buildup policy. Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, comments on the power of the memorandum in “Trump taps executive power on military—with limits,” an article in the American military newspaper Stars and Stripes.