Presidents’ Day: Remembering President Franklin Pierce, Class of 1824

 

On this Presidents’ Day, we remember Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States and a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1824. Pierce remains the only president hailing from New Hampshire and, at Bowdoin, formed lasting friendships with writers who would go on to greatness of their own, 1825 classmates Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Comic Hari Kondabolu ’04 Among ‘Fresh Air’ Best of 2014 (NPR)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

Terry Gross interviewed comic Hari Kondabolu ’04 on NPR’s Fresh Air in April 2014. She included Hari in her Fresh Air holiday series of favorite interviews of the year.

Eric Goldwyn ’03 On the Design of Times Square (Next City)

Times SquareEric Goldwyn ’03, a doctoral candidate in urban planning at Columbia, writes about the design of Times Square and its recent “people-centered” redesign that makes it a more pleasurable place to be on New Year’s Eve.

Why Comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 is ‘Waiting for 2042’ (New York Times)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

 

The New York Times debuted a new video series on its website this week with a segment on comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04, who recently released the comedy album, “Waiting for 2042,” which refers to the year in which the U.S. Census projects caucasians will become the minority in this country.

Conscious of race since growing up in diverse Queens, Kondabolu speaks of turning pain into laughter and confronting racial stereotypes head-on. Watch the clip.