Special Collections Director Urges Students, Others to ‘Come Visit the Reading Room.’


Kat Stefko

The special collections room of a library can sometimes seem like an intimidating place, admits Kat Stefko. An inner sanctum, cocooned from the rest of the establishment, home to ancient tomes, manuscripts and other artifacts which need to be protected from the general public.

But Stefko wants to dispel that perception. She’s the new director of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archiveat the Bowdoin college library. ‘We exist to be used,” she says. Read more

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige: How Effective is Obama’s Gun Control Action? (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

Andrew Rudalevige

President Obama’s executive action on gun safety highlights how little unilateral authority the American leader has over gun violence in the U.S.

In a piece for the Washington Post political science blog The Monkey Cage, Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, says Obama’s action is far less aggressive than his critics charge. Read more

Bernard Osher ’48, H’00 Paves the Way for Lifelong Learning (New York Times)

A Graduation mortar on top of books

The lecture halls of America’s colleges and universities are not the sole preserve of the young. A lot of retired folks – so-called lifelong learners – also attend classes. But they do so purely for the joy of learning, with no intention of taking exams, earning a degree or finding a job.

Some 150,000 men and women are enrolled in nearly 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, affiliated with schools across the nation. These programs are supported by grants from Bernard Osher Foundation, founded nearly 40 years ago by philanthropist Bernard Osher ‘48, H’00 to support higher education and the arts. Read more in The New York Times.

Rural Pathways to College.

According to Sociology Professor Ingrid Nelson, high school students students from rural backgrounds do better than their urban counterparts when it comes to getting into college, despite a number of setbacks.  Read more

Ingrid Nelson

Ingrid Nelson