What’s So Funny? Andrew Cawley ’17 Investigates Social Criticism in Stand-up Comedy


Andrew Cawley ’17

Andrew Cawley had somewhat of a funny job this summer. He spent his days alternately laughing and taking notes as he watched videos of stand-up comedy.

Cawley, an English and environmental studies major, did independent research looking at identity and social criticism in stand-up comedy. He was supported by a Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship and advised by Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal.

Cawley is one of more than 200 students who lived on campus this summer. Many of these students received fellowships from Bowdoin to pursue in-depth research in their major. These projects often continue into the academic year as independent studies or honors projects. Read more about Cawley’s research.

Laurence: Pokémon Go Unlikely to Boost ‘Cool Japan’ Economy (The Diplomat)

pokemonDespite breaking records since its release in early July, Nintendo’s new online augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, is not likely to have any wider positive impact on Japan’s creative economy, according to Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies Henry Laurence.

Writing in The Diplomat, Laurence said that while the hugely popular game, in which players track down virtual Pokémon characters in real locations, is undoubtedly a boost for Nintendo, it’s unlikely to have any wider impact, due to “the absence of major structural reforms” in Japan. Read Henry Laurence in The Diplomat.

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: