What Chamberlain’s Behavior at Appomattox Could Teach Today’s Politicians (Desert Dispatch)

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

When Confederate General John Brown Gordon surrendered his forces to Union General Joshua Chamberlain at the Battle of Appomattox Court House in April 1865, Chamberlain’s men gave their beaten foes “a soldierly salute — a token of respect from American to American,” writes Brian A. Cook in the Desert Dispatch.

Such honorable behavior, said Cook, could offer an important historical lesson for some of today’s politicians. Cook is the former vice president of the American Civil War Society. Chamberlain, a member of the Bowdoin class of 1852, went on to become president of Bowdoin College and state governor of Maine.

Bowdoin Crews Compete at Prestigious Henley Regatta in UK

Members of the Bowdoin Rowing Club at King’s College Boathouse, Putney, London.

The Bowdoin Navy has been in action across the pond, competing at the famous Henley Royal Regatta west of London on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Bowdoin’s two fours raced in the qualifying races with twenty nine crews needing to finish in the top eight to advance to the Prince Albert Cup. The A Boat finished 10th and the B Boat 17th, so Bowdoin did not advance. Coach Birney said, “Both our crews raced their hearts out in a very talented field and finished ahead of both Williams and WPI.  We are disappointed not to advance but thrilled to have raced so well in such deep competition, on such a storied course.”

Coach Welling agreed the boats raced at a new level of intensity. “Finishing in the A level finals at Marlow was a thrill and the men built on those great finishes in Friday’s competition. Watching the upcoming races at Henley will be an opportunity to observe more great rowing at the international level.”

The Henley Royal Regatta has become one of the highlights of the British sporting and social calendar since it was established in 1839.

Bowdoin’s Franz, Others, Criticize Facebook’s Refusal to Disclose Political Ad Data (Reuters)

Prof. Franz says there’s no capacity to track political advertising on Facebook

Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz was among a number of political researchers quoted in a Reuters article about Facebook’s refusal to reveal information about political advertising posted on its web pages. Political scientists argue that data showing details on ad frequency, expenditure and viewers reached, should be transparent, both to enhance research and prevent fraud.

“We don’t have the capacity right now to track it,” said Franz, “and nobody does, as far as we can tell.” Facebook told Reuters that such data remain confidential under its corporate policy, “which is the same for political advertising as for commercial.”