The Pros and Cons of a Nuclear Weapons Ban (War on the Rocks)

Nuclear bomb test. File image

The prospect of a ban on nuclear weapons is causing division within the global community, writes Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Rebecca Gibbons in War on the Rocks, a news site specializing in national security and foreign policy issues.

More than 120 countries, said Gibbons, have spent much of the summer finalizing a treaty that would ban the ownership of a nuclear weapons, arguing that they are “inherently immoral.” However, she continued, “the United States and its allies reject that argument,” contending that such an agreement could undermine a key treaty that serves as “the cornerstone of the global nuclear nonprofileration regime.'”

‘For the Common Good’: Dorn Book Challenges ‘Crisis in Higher Ed’

Professor of Education Charles Dorn researched 200 years of higher education history to gain a unique perspective on some of the most vexing issues facing the field today.

In his new book, For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America, Dorn 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.

Rudalevige: If You Don’t like Congress, Blame the Constitution (Monkey Cage)

Founding Principles Chapter Three: Congress from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, reflects on the consistently bad approval ratings scored by Congress in the Washington Post political science blog, The Monkey Cage, asking, “If Congress is so bad, why do we keep so many of its members around for so many years?”

Every week this 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 third of fifteen—explains the role of Congress.

Bowdoin and the Environment: Students Experience Iceland in the Making

Earth and Oceanographic Science professor Collin Roesler offers a glimpse of what she, three other Bowdoin faculty, and 20 Bowdoin students experienced on a recent scientific trip to Iceland.

“Iceland is an ideal location to study the causal relationships and the interactions between tectonics, volcanism, glaciation, ecology, and oceanography,” said Roesler, who led the trip. “Rather than being a show-and-tell tour, this field seminar is designed to foster collaboration, active learning, and discovery for students and staff,” she added.

Videographer Wilder Nicholson ’16 joined the students and Earth and Oceanographic Science Department faculty on their trip, capturing the group’s field research in some spectacular settings.

Stay tuned for more video and stories from Nicholson and writer/illustrator Abby McBride, who also traveled with the group.