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.

For Suffrage Week, Prof. Martin Talks to Students About Women in Politics

Janet M. Martin

Janet M. Martin

Last week was Women’s Suffrage Week, and tomorrow voters will decide whether to elect the country’s first female president. In light of this, students organized a few events to note the important role of women in politics.

On Wednesday evening, the Women’s Resource Center and Bowdoin Women’s Association invited Professor of Government Janet Martin to Burnett House to speak about the role of women in politics, particularly as they relate to this year’s presidential election.

Joy Huang ’19, who helped organize the talk, said she wanted the week’s events to move beyond the spectacle surrounding the candidates and into the deeper issues of women in the political arena. Read the story.

Author Junot Diaz to Launch Symposium on Plight of Haitians in the Dominican Republic


Haitian refugees near the Dominican border. Photo: Robin Derby

Faculty members are hoping an appearance by celebrated author Junot Díaz will draw attention to a crisis of human suffering in the Caribbean that has largely evaded the public eye.

Latin American history specialist Allen Wells and anthropologist Greg Beckett have organized a symposium to focus on the plight of the approximately 200,000 ethnic Haitians living in the Dominican Republic who are now facing the threat of deportation.

Coffin Lids for Floorboards, Mysterious Lights: The Spooky Secrets of Adams Hall (WCSH)


Seth Adams Hall was built in 1860 to house Bowdoin’s Medical School of Maine

Bowdoin has its share of ghostly tales; several of them relate to strange happenings at Adams Hall, said David Francis, author of Haunted Bowdoin College (The History Press, 2014).

Francis, who is also Bowdoin’s senior interactive developer, shared with WCSH stories of floorboards made from coffin lids, ghostly figures crouched on the floor, and lights mysteriously coming on when the power is switched off. Happy Halloween!