Archives for February 2017

Bowdoin Among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges

The Peace Corps has announced that Bowdoin College ranked thirteenth among small schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 10 Bowdoin alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

This is the third year that Bowdoin has ranked among the top small schools, moving up from the No. 14 spot in 2016.

“Many students are trying to figure out a way to be active in and contribute not only to their local communities, but on also on a global level,” said Meg Springer, herself a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Thailand.

Read more about it in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige Part of Congressional Briefing on History of Executive Orders (AHA Today)

Andrew Rudalevige at the National History Center’s Congressional briefing on the history of executive orders in Washington, D.C., February 17, 2017.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, was invited by the National History Center of the American Historical Association to be a panelist as part of a Congressional briefing on the history of executive orders.

NHC Director Dane Kennedy writes about the briefing in the American Historical Association blog AHA Today.

Why Has Famine Returned to Africa? (BBC)

Famine-hit refugees from Somalia, 2011. File photo.

For the first time in six years, the United Nations has declared a famine. The UN says 100,000 people in South Sudan, the world’s newest country, are facing starvation, and a further one million “are classified as being on the brink of famine.” Also under the threat of famine are parts of Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. The BBC asks: “Why are there still famines and what can be done about it?”

Why Boards Aren’t That Concerned About—Or Ready For—Cyberthreats (Harvard Business Review)

Cyber securityCyberthreats have become ubiquitous across all sectors, ranked as a top political issue for corporate directors. Yet, directors have failed to link the prevalence of cyberthreats to their own susceptibility.

Instead, cybersecurity has been overshadowed by more strategic company objectives, such as talent acquisition and the regulatory environment. Read more.