Archives for September 2016

Students, McKeen Center Make Voter Registration Push on Campus

Liam Gunn ’17

Liam Gunn ’17

Bowdoin has a new “engagement election fellow,” a student who is leading a voter registration push on campus this semester and laying down a basic infrastructure for future voter-registration efforts.

The McKeen Center for the Common Good created the position last spring, hiring Liam Gunn ’17 to take charge of signing students up to vote in Maine or in their home states. Gunn is also tasked with helping students  get up to speed on national issues and Maine ballot questions.

Gunn and his campus partners last night organized a debate viewing party in Jack Magee’s Pub, where a voter registration table was set up. Today, which is National Voter Registration Day, students are tabling from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Smith Union, helping more students register. Read more about voter registration and education efforts at Bowdoin.

The Shared History of Maine and the Arctic (Our Arctic Nation)

Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine at the site of Arctic explorer Robert Peary’s 1908–09 shore camp on Floeberg Beach, Ellesmere Island, Canada.

Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine at the site of Arctic explorer Robert Peary’s 1908–09 shore camp on Floeberg Beach, Ellesmere Island, Canada.

The U.S. Department of State selected Portland, Maine, as the location for the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council October 5-6, 2016, in recognition of Maine’s significant engagement in the Arctic region.

In advance of this high-level meeting, Bowdoin’s Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine have written a piece for the State Department’s Our Arctic Nation blog.

“Maine is not in the Arctic, but in many ways it is part of the Arctic,” writes Kaplan, an anthropologist and director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, with LeMoine, an archaeologist who serves as the Arctic Museum’s curator and registrar.

Read about Bowdoin’s and Maine’s connections in their piece, “Maine & the Arctic: A Shared History.”

Blooming Book: Watch the Launch of ‘Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors’

From 1870 to 1908, artist and botanist Kate Furbish traveled Maine, collecting, classifying, and illustrating the native flora of her state. Plants and Flowers of Maine: Kate Furbish’s Watercolors, a new two-volume set produced by Bowdoin College Library and Rowman & Littlefield publishers and in collaboration with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, faithfully reproduces some 1,300 of Furbish’s drawings.

Jed Lyons ’74, CEO of Rowman & Littlefield; Richard Lindemann, director emeritus of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives; and Melissa Cullina, director of education and staff botanist at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are the team behind the book and discuss Furbish and the importance of bringing her work to a wider audience. Watch the video from the event on Bowdoin Talks, where you will find a host of lectures and discussions by newsmakers, distinguished experts, invited musicians and artists.

The talk coincides with the exhibition, “Botanizing America: Citizens, Scientists, and the Quest for a National Identity,” on the second floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

The Strange Career of Jim Crow North and West

Night Catches Us poster

Mention the Black Panther Party and images may come to mind of armed, beret-clad, African-American males, fists raised in a black power salute. This revolutionary group was an extreme offshoot of the civil rights movement that grew to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was at one time a powerful political force, often associated with radical, community-based programs and violent action.

The FBI viewed the Black Panthers as dangerous terrorists, but many of them were just ordinary people fighting for their communities, said University of Kansas English professor Ayesha Hardison, who is also professor of women, gender and sexuality studies.

Hardison, who is currently working on a literary history of the civil rights movement, visited Bowdoin recently to take part in a symposium on race issues.  She talked about the Black Panther Party as it was portrayed in the award-winning 2010 movie Night Catches Us