Sophie de Bruijn ’18 Jokes Her Way to an Honor’s Project on Comedy and Politics

Sophie de Bruijn doing stand-up last spring

Sophie de Bruijn is funny, and at some point she started taking that seriously: performing comedy for audiences rather than just spontaneously amusing family and friends. But this summer she is taking comedy seriously in a new way. In preparation for her senior thesis she is researching the way comedy can subvert power.

The rising senior has a Micoleau Family Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts from Bowdoin to begin investigating the relationship between comedy and politics for her upcoming yearlong honor’s project. She plans on writing a thesis paper and also developing a one-woman show.

To lay the groundwork for this undertaking, she is reading everything from ancient Greek and Roman texts to modern gender theory. “As far as form goes, the first-ever comedy was political comedy, making fun of people in positions of power,” she said, explaining her book list, which includes Aristophanes and Aristotle. “That has always been the crux of what comedy is.” Read the full story on Bowdoin News.

Students Take Over Bowdoin’s Instagram, Offer Glimpses of A Maine Summer

Check out Bowdoin’s Instagram to see what some students who stayed local are up to this summer.

They’re interning at Eagle Island, the retirement home of polar explorer Robert Peary. They’re conducting science experiments in a Druckenmiller lab, interning for The Nature Conservancy, or working for Bowdoin facilities, Bowdoin Day Camp, or the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.

These “takeovers” — plus many others — are the students living and working on campus or nearby who have become Bowdoin’s social media ambassadors this summer, providing a look into what life in Maine can be like for a student. They’ll continue to post to Bowdoin’s Instagram through mid-August.

The project was dreamed up by social media intern Mariah Rawding ’18, who was impressed by what students were doing this summer and wanted to showcase the diversity of activity on campus and nearby. Check out the Instagram, or go to Bowdoin News to catch up on a few recent posts.

Bowdoin Professor Outlines Legal Risks of Local Climate Change Regulations

Assistant Professor of Government and Environmental Studies Shana Starobin

Shana Starobin, a newly appointed assistant professor of government and environmental studies who will teach Environmental Policy and Politics in the fall, has published new commentary on climate change regulation in Public Administration Review, a leading journal for scholars and practitioners of public administration.

Starobin’s writing is part of an online symposium reflecting on how the country’s current political environment will affect the policy landscape for future action on climate change.

In the article, Starobin and her co-author analyze efforts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to enforce more energy-efficient standards in building codes. “With the federal government’s receding role on climate change, subnational governments may offer the only meaningful hope for the United States to make significant policy progress,” they argue. “Although state and local affirmation of the Paris Agreement provides reason for optimism, a necessary condition for success of subnational regulation will be careful attention to larger legal constraints, a hard lesson Albuquerque officials learned nearly a decade ago.”

Art Fellow Logan House ’17 Gets Lost in a Crowd

As an enthusiastic underclass student, Logan House made a habit of snapping photos at Bowdoin. “I always took a lot of college photos for when I wanted to look back nostalgically 20 years from now,” he said recently, standing in flip-flops among his paintings in an Edwards Center studio.

But while House hoped to capture mementos of the fun side of college life, he now uses those photos as a starting point to explore more complex human terrain. For when he began to inspect his photographs more closely, particularly the ones he took at parties, he was struck by the unguarded expressions of the people caught within the frames. Read more in Bowdoin News.