Watch Online: Bowdoin’s 214th Convocation — Today

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The College’s annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 213th academic year, will be held this afternoon in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.

The ceremony, which will include remarks by President Clayton Rose, Professor of Religion Robert Morrison and Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster, will be streamed live, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Watch online here.

Prospective Students Make Spring and Summer Visits in Record Numbers

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Prospective students have been coming to campus in droves. Led by backwards-walking Admissions tour guides, record numbers of high school students visited during the spring and summer to walk the quad and see what makes the College the place that it is. Over the spring (January 1–April 30), 2,004 students visited Bowdoin. This summer (May 1–August 28), 3,441 students stopped in, for a total of 5,455 visits by prospective students.

“Visiting the campus is one way to learn much more about Bowdoin, Maine, and the opportunities here,” said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn. “We had a great crew of student tour guides and interviewers with us once again, and in true Bowdoin fashion, they carried a huge share of the workload during our busiest summer ever. We’re excited about all of the interest from prospective members of the Class of 2020.”

Bowdoin Library Served Big Batch of American Cookery Books (Portland Press Herald)

19thcenturycookerybooks25082015_08252015-11In the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery — the library’s new collection of more than 700 American cookery books — you can find recipes for federal pancakes, squash pie, flummery (fermented pudding), calf’s head pie and stewed oysters. You can read about how to smoke a herring over a campfire or how to remove freckles.

Along with “receipts” (as recipes were once commonly called), many of the books offer household advice for “young, inexperienced housewives” or frugal housewives, bachelors or servants. The new collection, made possible by a gift from Esta Kramer, includes titles dating from the 1770s to the 1960s. Read more in the Portland Press Herald and in Bowdoin News.

Map: The Most ‘Liveable’ Cities in the World (The Economist)

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Every year, The Economist ranks the livability of the world’s largest cities. Not surprisingly, cities in conflict zones rank low on the list, while cities like Melbourne and Vienna rise to the top. Learn more about the rankings, and how the livability of certain cities has changed over the past year.

Bowdoin Rewind: The Summer of 2015

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On this last day before the official start of the fall semester, we look back at the summer of 2015, as seen through Bowdoin social media on Storify.