Bowdoin Announces 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

(L. to r.) Anthony Doerr ’95, Hanna Holborn Gray, Fatuma Hussein, Chuck Leavell

Bowdoin College will bestow four honorary degrees at its 212th Commencement exercises May 27, 2017. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the Quad in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony E. Doerr ’95; Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History and president emeritus, University of Chicago, Hanna Holborn Gray; Immigrant Resource Center of Maine founder and executive director Fatuma Hussein; and Grammy-winning musician and conservationist Chuck Leavell are this year’s honorands. Read more about them in Bowdoin News.

Mills Named to Senior Post at UMass Boston

Barry Mills, who served as Bowdoin’s fourteenth president from 2001 to 2015, has been named deputy chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston, where he will oversee the academic and research program and campus operations, and will work with Chancellor J. Keith Motley on developing and refining long-term strategy for the campus.

“When I left Bowdoin, I spoke often about finding the next challenge and about my interest in public higher education,” said Mills. “In retirement, I have done some consulting for UMass and the challenge of public higher education has become even more interesting and compelling to me—the mission is central to the common good. So, when UMass approached me about getting involved with UMass Boston, I agreed to take this on to make an impact at a public urban research university.”

UMass Boston, with approximately 14,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students, is known for conducting research in public health, education, and the environment. UMass Boston faculty researchers played a significant role in planning and executing the cleanup of Boston Harbor and are now working to eliminate racially-based health disparities. UMass Boston has a major cancer-research partnership with the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. The university attracts students from throughout the nation and 150 countries.

Read more about the Mills appointment at the UMass website.

Bowdoin’s Chiang on Japanese-American Incarceration Camps

Connie Chiang

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Connie Chiang recently spoke at the Center for Multicultural life about the history of Japanese American incarceration in relation to President Trump’s travel ban.

In her lecture, “Remembering Japanese American Incarceration: How Fear Leads to Persecution and Injustice,” Chiang began by presenting a history of Japanese Americans before the 1942-1946 period of their incarceration in the US. Read the story by Maurice Asare ’19 in Bowdoin News.

Annual Hacks’ Hackathon Generates Flurry of Innovations

Video by Busra Eriz ’17

Smith Union was filled with techies last weekend who were participating in the third annual CBBHacks Hackathon, the largest student hackathon in Maine.

Students from NESCAC colleges spent thirty-six hours throughout the weekend inventing new apps and computer products and services, competing for a selection of prizes that included Amazon and LL Bean gift cards.

As teams worked on their ideas, they got tips from entrepreneurs and professors. The event culminated in a presentation of the inventions to a panel of invited venture capitalists and CEOs. Read the story by Busra Eriz ’17.