‘Maine Calling’ Broadcasts Bowdoin Environment Expertise to the Masses (Maine Public Radio)

The environment, how it’s studied at Bowdoin and how Maine is a living laboratory for that endeavor were aspects of a conversation originating on campus and shared with listeners statewide on Maine Public Radio’s interactive call-in program Maine Calling Friday, April 21, 2017.

Before a packed crowd in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, a panel comprising three faculty members from disciplines across the spectrum of environmental studies shared insights while answering questions from Maine Public Radio news director and program moderator Keith Shortall ’82, as well as others from members of the live audience and from those asking questions over the phone, email and social media. Read the story, listen to the program and view a slideshow from the event on Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Marches for Science

Two busloads of Bowdoin staff, students, and faculty headed to the Saturday morning March for Science in Portland, Maine, joining the many thousands of people who marched in defense of science in the US and around the world.

The Bowdoin group was organized by Professor of Physics Madeleine Msall, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Bethany Taylor, Emily Ruby ’19 and Zoe Wood ’18. Students and professors from across the sciences and humanities came out for the event.

Hadley Horch, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, said she decided to march because she wants society to be data driven. “We should gather as many facts as we can about a problem and use what we know to solve problems and make policy. And that, to me, should not be a political issue,” she said.

In Demand: Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 is Everywhere and Tonight He’s at Bowdoin (Charlie Rose/TIME)

Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 on Charlie Rose (Image: Charlie Rose) Click image to view segment.

When TIME magazine unveiled its annual “The 100 Most Influential People” list, it asked Ambassador Christopher Hill ’74, H’14, who had been the head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue, to write the profile of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un.

Hill was also Charlie Rose’s guest on his eponymous show, during which he spoke of the rising tensions in that country.

Hill returns to campus Monday, April 24, 2017, when he will deliver the talk, “State of the World: America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Challenges,” at 7:30 p.m.

Hill is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. A former career diplomat and a four-time ambassador, his last post was as ambassador to Iraq. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He was the US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to Poland, and to the Republic of Macedonia, and he was special envoy to Kosovo. Hill also served as a special assistant to the president and a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council.

Listen Online: Maine Public Radio’s ‘Maine Calling’ Talks Environment Live from Campus

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Today is the day; tune in or log on 1 p.m.–2 p.m. EST to hear Bowdoin faculty members share their expertise and engage in conversation around the topic of Maine as a laboratory for studying all aspects of the environment.

Listen to this program on the radio stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, including 90.1 FM (Portland) and 90.9 FM (Bangor), or stream it live on MainePublic.org from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Can’t listen today? We’ll include a link to the conversation in Monday’s Bowdoin Daily Sun.

Maine Public Radio and Keith Shortall ’82 bring Maine Calling to Campus to Discuss Maine and the Environment from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Professor Jean Yarbrough: ‘How I Became a Conservative’

Jean Yarbrough

Taking her cue from the Lady Gaga song “Born This Way,” government professor Jean Yarbrough announced at a recent talk about her politics that she “was not born this way.”

“I was not born into a conservative family, I was not born into a Republican family, and I am still an outlier in my birth family,” revealed Yarbrough, who is Bowdoin’s Gary M. Pendy Professor in Social Sciences, Government and Legal Studies and an expert in political philosophy and American political thought.

The talk was organized by the Eisenhower Forum, a conservative-leaning political discussion group at Bowdoin. Read the story in Bowdoin News.