‘We the People:’ Rudalevige Explains Role of Public Opinion in US Constitution

Founding Principles Chapter 6: Public Opinion from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

How important was public opinion to the framers of the US Constitution? How do we know what the public really wants? And how qualified is the general public to answer questions about US government?

These are some of the issues raised by 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 sixth of fifteen—explains how American government rests on what Alexander Hamilton called a “due dependence on the people.”

Lawrence Lindsey ’76 Writes ‘Thoughtful and Compelling Indictment’ of Elected Leaders

Lawrence Lindsey ’76

Lawrence Lindsey ’76 served as a senior staff economist during the Reagan administration and went on to hold prominent positions under presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. His latest book—Conspiracies of the Ruling Class: How to Break Their Grip Forever (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017)—is described by Aaron Hughey in the Bowling Green Daily News as a “thoughtful and compelling indictment of our elected leaders.”

Describing Lindsey’s work as a “exceptionally well-researched,” Hughey went on to praise the book for its lack of partisan leaning. “His words tend to ring true regardless of whether the reader is liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. Indeed, it is difficult to argue against many of his talking points.” Read Aaron Hughey’s review of Lawrence Lindsey’s Conspiracies.

Six Bowdoin Professors Appointed to Named Chairs

(Top row, l. to r.) Jackie Brown, Belinda Kong, Robert Morrison. (Bottom row, l. to r.) Brian Purnell, Allen Springer, Birgit Tautz

Six members of the Bowdoin faculty have been appointed to named chairs at the College. The appointments were made by President Clayton Rose on the recommendation of the now-departed Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon, and after consulting with senior members of the Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure. Holders of named chairs are entitled to additional research funds. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Vineet Shende’s Solo Violin Work ‘A Dazzling Showpiece’ (Portland Press Herald)

Vineet Shende

Associate Professor of Music Vineet Shende’s latest piece for solo violin had its world premiere recently and is garnering high praise from at least one critic. Former New York Times music and culture writer Allan Kozinn described Prakash And Saoli — which in the Indian Marathi language means “Luminescence and Shadow” — as a “dazzling showpiece, that draws on just about anything a solo violinist can do.”

Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Kozinn said the work could be a “substantial addition to the repertory for unaccompanied violin.” Kozinn reviewed a July 20 performance of the piece at Portland’s Space Gallery, the day after it enjoyed its world premiere in Belfast, Maine. Both concerts were part of the Seal Bay Festival, in which the Cassatt String Quartet performed chamber works by contemporary American composers.