Archives for 2017

Scholar, Soldier, Statesman: Town of Brunswick Celebrates Life of Local Hero Chamberlain

The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum

The town of Brunswick is celebrating the life of one of its most heroic former residents, Joshua Chamberlain. A member of the Class of 1852, Chamberlain was also a decorated Civil War general, president of the College and Governor of Maine, among other things.

Chamberlain Days, August 11-13, 2017, take place every other summer and are organized by the Pejepscot Hisorical Society, which also operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum in Brunswick.

The weekend’s events include a presentation of highlights from the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Collection at Bowdoin College. That will be hosted by Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian Marieke Van Der Steenhoven at the George J.Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Joshua Chamberlain

There will also be a walking tour titled “Bowdoin Through the years,” led by John Cross ’76, secretary of development and college relations and Bowdoin’s unofficial historian, as well as lectures, musical performances and an encampment on the town mall by civil war re-enactors, featuring drilling and firing demonstrators.

This year’s festivities also include a Civil War trivia quiz and a “moustache contest,” in honor of Chamberlain’s own impressive set of whiskers. Those events take place at Byrnes Irish Pub on Station Avenue.

 

 

Rudalevige in Washington Post: What Did Founding Fathers Think of the Press?

Founding Principles Chapter 7: The Media from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

What role does the news media play in the functioning of the US government? “The principle of a free press is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights,” wrote Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige in the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage.

Every week over the summer The Monkey Cage is publishing an episode of Founding Principles, a series of short videos presented by Rudalevige explaining how American government works. The latest episode—the seventh—examines the role of the media in government and how that has changed over the years.

A Summer Spent Sifting Through Peary Artifacts on Eagle Island

This summer, two Bowdoin students are, for the first time, inventorying all the contents in the Harpswell home of Arctic explorer Robert Peary. The meticulous work of Tharunkrishna Vemulapalli ’19 and Dana Williams ’18 will culminate in a museum catalog for the historical site.

While the work is deliberate, the setting is dramatic. From every open window of Robert Peary’s bluff-side cottage on Eagle Island, you can hear seabirds crying and the tide pulling in and out over the beach or crashing onto rocks. All around the shingled house — one of just three structures on the 17-acre island — are panoramic views of Casco Bay.

Peary made his fame by reaching North Pole in 1909, an accomplishment that has been disputed. He bought the small almond-shaped island off the end of the Harpswell peninsula in 1881, four years after graduating from Bowdoin, and he built a family home there in 1904. Read the full story at Bowdoin News.

Experience the Bowdoin Organic Garden

Mikyla Kifer ’19, Elena Merserau ’18 (summer interns), Ian Trask ’05 (garden assistant), and Jeremy Tardif (garden manager)

If you’re dining on campus, there’s a good chance that produce from the Bowdoin Organic Garden will be on your plate. In addition to providing fruits and vegetables, the garden, operated by Bowdoin Dining, also provides research opportunities and agricultural experience for faculty and students.

Garden manager Jeremy Tardif, now in his third year on the job, recently hosted a “lunch and learn” session, during which he spoke of the garden’s history and led members of the Bowdoin community on a walking tour of the two locations on campus where crops are grown.