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.

Dorn Essay ‘What Is College Good For? (Hint: More Than Just a Job)’ in Chronicle of Higher Education

Charles Dorn

In an essay published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Charles Dorn, professor of education and associate dean for academic affairs, shares a personal account of his family’s encounters with the question: “What, exactly, is college good for?”

Against a backdrop of higher education’s occupational advantages, Dorn explores other aspects the college experience has to offer, including the pursuit of self-improvement, and that of becoming useful citizens.

Read Dorn’s essay, “What Is College Good For? (Hint: More Than Just a Job).”

Dorn is the author of the book For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America (Cornell University Press, 2017), in which he argues that we can’t understand what’s going on with colleges and universities today until we examine where they have come from, why they were founded, and how society has viewed their function at different points in time.

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.

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.”