Bowdoin News: Clam Farming and Green Crab Soup; Maine Muslims Describe Life After Trump

Bowdoin College hosted two speakers this week who are exploring ways that Mainers who earn their livelihoods from the sea might respond to a warming ocean and changing marine ecosystem. The Gulf of Maine is heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, and scientists foresee a time when historically lucrative fisheries—like lobstering and clamming—are gone, replaced with fish species unfamiliar to us. Read more about a future of clam farming and green crab soup.

The Muslim Student Association and Howell House on Tuesday night invited to campus a panel of Muslim immigrants who are working as educators, writers, activists, and politicians in Maine. The speakers shared their stories about starting their lives in the US and how President Trump administration’s rhetoric and actions have affected them and Muslim communities in the state. Read the story by Busra Eriz ’17.

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.

Bowdoin News: Economist John Fitzgerald Addresses Income Inequality; Iconoclasm and the Power of Images

John Fitzgerald, Bowdoin’s William D. Shipman Professor of Economics, joined a discussion on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling to speak about the growing problem of income inequality, its causes, and possible solutions.

Fitzgerald, along with Robyn Merrill of Maine Equal Justice Partners, spoke with Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home and Committing for the Common Good. Listen to the discussion.

The destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra by the Islamic State and the dynamiting of the giant Bamiyan buddhas by the Taliban have shocked and horrified the world. Yet these acts of contemporary vandalism of artworks by today’s religious fantastic are only the latest episode in a millennia-long struggle to control images. Five professors discuss art desecration by fanatics in Bowdoin News.

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Mini Maine: A Super-Cool Time-Lapse, Tilt-Shift Look at Portland (Little Big World)

Maine’s largest city—shot in a way that makes it look like it could fit on a child’s play table. Check out the time-lapse, tilt-shift film by Joerg Daiber for Little Big World.