Ambassador Christopher Hill ’74, H’14 Says China Cooperation Key to North Korea Issue

Christopher Hill ’74, H’14

Decorated foreign service veteran Christopher Hill ’75, H’14, told the Bowdoin community that increased US cooperation with China is necessary in dealing with the nuclear ambitions of North Korea. In an April 24 lecture, four-time ambassador Hill—whose last posting was to Iraq in 2010—said it’s important to understand what is motivating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Chorus to Premiere Musical Response to Violence (Portland Press Herald)

Aaron Robinson

The Bowdoin Chorus and Orchestra is preparing to perform the premiere of a choral anthem composed in response to the Paris terror attacks of November 2015, which killed 130 people.

Maine-based composer Aaron Robinson told the Portland Press Herald that watching media coverage of the attacks inspired him to write the piece. “One of the people interviewed was quoted as saying, ‘We’ve become numb with sorrow,’ ” Robinson told the newspaper. “When I heard ‘numb with sorrow,’ I was already creating in my head.”

The anthem is called “This Will Be Our Reply to Violence,” and quotes the words of the legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein, commenting on the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. The Bowdoin Chorus and Orchestra, under the direction of Anthony Antolini, will premiere the work May 4-5 in Studzinksi Recital Hall at 7:30 pm.

Teddy Roosevelt, Conservation and the Legacy of Executive Orders (Smithsonian)

Over his eight years in office, President Theodore Roosevelt issued more than 1,000 executive orders.

With a focus on conversation, Roosevelt quadrupled the amount of protected land.

Unfortunately, Roosevelt’s legacy has inspired some subsequent presidents to use executive actions as loopholes. Read more in Smithsonian Magazine.

The More You Use Facebook, The Worse You Feel (Harvard Business Review)

A Harvard Business Review study measured participant well-being and its relationship with Facebook usage. Despite positive effects of real-world social networks, the study confirmed a negative association between mental health and Facebook.

The study also suggested that declines in well-being depended on quantity of use rather than quality, contrasting with previous research. Read more in Harvard Business Review.