Bowdoin’s Rael on What’s Right and What’s Wrong in Civil War Film ‘The Free State of Jones’ (Muster)

Patrick Rael

Patrick Rael

Professor of History Patrick Rael delves into the recently released film The Free State of Jones with an essay in Muster that examines where it fits in the broader Civil War film tradition. Read Rael’s piece, “Right and Wrong in ‘The Free State of Jones’: Making Sense of the Civil War Film Tradition.”

Rael, a specialist in African-American history, is the author of several books, including the most recent Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865 (University of Georgia Press, 2015), which explores the Atlantic history of slavery to understand the exceptionally long period of time it took to end chattel bondage in America.

Bart D’Alauro ’95 on Running a Movie Rental Business in the Age of Streaming

Bart D’Alauro ’95 jokingly winces when you mention the name of fellow alumnus and Netflix cofounder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83, who drew large crowds when he spoke on campus in March, describing how he used the Internet to revolutionize the way we view media.

The advent of streaming, however, was something that presented fresh challenges for D’Alauro, who owns that increasingly rare type of business model—the video rental store. A movie buff who has been featured on film discussion panels for the German department, D’Alauro co-founded Bart & Greg’s DVD Explosion in downtown Brunswick fourteen years ago, and unlike many movie rental businesses, it has survived.

D’Alauro speaks about the challenges of running a bricks-and-mortar DVD rental store in the age of streaming entertainment:

Are You on the Happy Side of the ‘More Time or More Money’ Question? (Vox)

Hourglass money256 In a recent study, researchers at Penn and UCLA asked the age-old question: would you rather have more time or more money.

Most people surveyed said that they would prefer more money, but it was the people who said that they would prefer more time who tended to be the happiest. Read more about the connection between money, time and personal wellbeing from Vox.

Breaking Down the Popularity of Star Wars (The Economist)

star warsStar Wars is one of the most popular franchises in human history. But how did it become so popular and sustain this level of acclaim over several generations?

The Economist breaks down the film franchise phenomenon.