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).

Lonnie Hackett ’14 Heading to Oxford as Rotary Scholar

Lonnie Hackett ’14 with Zambian teachers trained by Healthy Kids/Brighter Future to be school health workers

College footballer-turned-child health activist Lonnie Hackett ’14 has received an international scholarship to study at Oxford University for a year, according to The Times Record. Hackett is getting $35,000 as a Rotary International Scholar to study for a master’s in public health at the prestigious UK institution.

Back in 2013 Hackett, with the help of a Thomas A. McKinley ’06 and Hannah Weil McKinley ’08 Summer Fellowship grant from Bowdoin, launched a nonprofit aimed at improving the health of schoolchildren in Zambia, where he had worked as a volunteer and where he now lives. Healthy Kids/Brighter Future employs the concept of using classroom teachers as “frontline health care workers,” and claims to have improved the health of more than 30,000 children in the southern African country.

Hackett said he hopes to use the skills gained studying at Oxford to help him expand the school health program to reach 100,000 children by the end of 2018.

After More Than Three Decades, Michael Perry ’74’s Kayaking Odyssey Nears Completion

If all goes according to plan, October 18, 2017, should mark the end of a 3,200-mile adventure for Michael Perry ’74—an adventure that has spanned more than three decades. Perry, along with his friend and fellow traveler, Tom Armstrong, plan to kayak 120 miles from Hudson, N.Y., to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Grads’ Shakespeare-Inspired Comedy Show Gets Rave Reviews in NYC

Olivia Atwood ’17 and Maggie Seymour ’16

Maggie Seymour ’16 and Olivia Atwood ’17 have taken their show 15 Villainous Fools to New York City, and the reception couldn’t be better. It’s described by Shani Friedman in Time Out New York as a “highly modern and clever take on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors,” and a “riotous showcase for two performers with standout comedic timing.”

Writing in the online theater magazine Curtain Up, Deirdre Donavon said “15 Villainous Fools has winning simplicity,” describing Atwood and Seymour as “terrific clowns,” who give the old play a “new immediacy.”

The website Show-Score, which aggregates critic and audience reviews for all shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway (the category this show falls under), gives the production a high score of 92.

The show was also listed in New York Magazine recently as one of the “top twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.”

15 Villainous Fools runs at the People’s Improv Theater’s Loft Theater (aka the PIT Loft), until August 19. Click here to purchase tickets.