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.

Join the Conversation Friday: Bowdoin’s Environmental Leadership and the ‘Laboratory’ of Maine

In advance of Earth Day, Maine Public Radio brings its interactive Maine Calling program to campus Friday, April 21.

Dave Carlon, associate professor of biology and director of the Coastal Studies Center; Eileen Johnson, lecturer and Environmental Studies Program manager; and Matthew Klingle, associate professor of history and environmental studies, and director of the Environmental Studies Program will engage in a conversation around Maine as a laboratory for environmental study.

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. on April 21.

Purple Media Plunge Project Attracts Media Attention of Its Own (WCSH)

Daniel O’Berry ’17 (left) and Justin Pearson ’17. Click image to watch segment (Courtesy: WCSH)

Bowdoin’s Purple Media Plunge Project, a month-long challenge in which students stray from their comfortable news sites — where they can reliably read articles with a liberal or conservative bent — and instead make an effort to read news from the other side, finds itself in the news.

WCSH’s Caroline Cornish interviewed Daniel O’Berry ’17, Justin Pearson ’17 and Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
 Associate Director Tom Ancona for their perspective on how reading news headlines from the left and right affects views on politics and the media.

Maine Public Radio and Keith Shortall ’82 Bring ‘Maine Calling’ to Campus to Discuss Maine and the Environment

Join in the conversation as Maine Public Radio brings Maine Calling, its interactive call-in program, to the Bowdoin College campus Friday, April 21, 2017, in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. The program airs live from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

In advance of Earth Day, April 22, Maine Public Radio News Director Keith Shortall ’82, host of Maine Calling, will moderate a discussion around Maine as a laboratory for environmental study. Read about the panel of Bowdoin experts appearing on the program and where you can tune in to hear the discussion and ask a question in Bowdoin News.