Reports of Congressional Duel Prompt Recollection of Bowdoin Alumnus, US Rep. Jonathan Cilley

Silhouette of Jonathan Cilley, of the Class of 1825

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a four-term Texas Republican, told a Corpus Christi radio host that “female senators from the Northeast” were “absolutely repugnant” in their act of opposing the recent GOP health care plan, and went on to add: “If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

Talk of a congressional duel prompted some to recall U.S. Rep. Jonathan Cilley of Maine, a member of the Class of 1825, who “wound up dead in the dirt,” reports the Sun Journal, after accepting a challenge from U.S. Rep. William Graves of Kentucky to “preserve the honor of the New England states.”

Professor of History Patrick Rael shared some insight with local ABC affiliate WMTW. Watch the clip here.

For more on Cilley and his fate, check out “A Bowdoin Grad and the End of the Duel” in the Winter 2015 issue of Bowdoin Magazine.

Pardon Me: Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on What You Need to Know about Presidential Powers (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s recent tweet that “all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon …” has sparked conversation and debate on many fronts. Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, dives into the topic for Monkey Cage, the Washington Post‘s political science blog.

Read Rudalevige’s analysis, “Here’s what you need to know about the presidential power to pardon.”

Former Ambassador Laurence Pope ’67 and Government Professor Barbara Elias Talk International Affairs on ‘Maine Calling’

Barbara Elias Klenner and Laurence Pope ’67

Former Ambassador Laurence Pope ’67, a thirty-one-year Foreign Service veteran, and Assistant Professor of Government Barbara Elias Klenner paired up on the Maine Public Radio call-in program Maine Calling to discuss President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy.

They were joined by Gordon Adams, professor emeritus at the School of International Service, American University, and a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He served as the Senior White House Budget Official for National Security Budgets from 1993 to 1997.

Listen to the Maine Calling program (aired live July 21, 2017).

John Walker’s View — On View in Museum of Art ‘Why Draw?’ Show (Portland Press Herald)

Works by contemporary artist John Walker, who paints from his home in South Bristol, Maine, comprise “John Walker: A Painter Draws,” part of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s Why Draw? exhibition.

The Portland Press Herald’s Bob Keyes takes a closer look in “John Walker’s view ‘From Seal Point’ gets more relaxed, post-retirement.”