Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront

The task of explaining how a city became what it is has traditionally fallen to historians, or perhaps novelists. But a Bowdoin student is spending her summer preparing to create a different sort of account of the Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 has Phocas Family Fellowship from Bowdoin to start her capstone project for her self-designed major of urban studies.

In addition to writing a thesis paper, she will be creating an interactive website that combines journalism, sociology, art, and history to tell the story of a transforming Portland waterfront.

Jenny Ibsen ’18 Maps a Changing Portland Waterfront

Art History Professor’s New Bowdoin Show Doesn’t Flinch From Death (Art Daily)

The opening of Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s latest show, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, was kicked off last week with a keynote address from Stephen Perkinson, the exhibition’s curator and Bowdoin’s Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History.

Ivory Mirror explores the visual culture around mortality in Renaissance Europe with its display of almost 70 memento mori, which are artworks meant to evoke life’s preciousness under the shadow of death. The mementos serve as a reminder to viewers to embrace life while they can while not lapsing into sin.

The show will be open through November 26, 2017. In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of public programs will be held at Bowdoin throughout the summer and fall — including film screenings, gallery talks and interdisciplinary programs with health care experts and scholars — that should provide perspectives on death and the choices we make in life.

What Chamberlain’s Behavior at Appomattox Could Teach Today’s Politicians (Desert Dispatch)

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

When Confederate General John Brown Gordon surrendered his forces to Union General Joshua Chamberlain at the Battle of Appomattox Court House in April 1865, Chamberlain’s men gave their beaten foes “a soldierly salute — a token of respect from American to American,” writes Brian A. Cook in the Desert Dispatch.

Such honorable behavior, said Cook, could offer an important historical lesson for some of today’s politicians. Cook is the former vice president of the American Civil War Society. Chamberlain, a member of the Bowdoin class of 1852, went on to become president of Bowdoin College and state governor of Maine.

Happy Birthday, Bowdoin: College to Celebrate 223 Years

The signature of Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams on the charter of Bowdoin College

This Saturday will be Bowdoin’s 223rd birthday. It was on June 24, 1794, the charter for a new college in Maine was adopted by an Act of the General Court of Massachusetts — the District of Maine being a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in those days.

A bill titled “An Act to Establish a College in the Town of Brunswick, in the District of Maine, within this Commonwealth” was passed by both houses of the General Court of Massachusetts.

The Act ordered that “there be Erected and Established in the Town of Brunswick in the District of Maine, a College for the Purpose of educating Youth, to be called Bowdoin College.”

The charter was signed by a gunpowder-producing merchant and founder of Phillips Academy (President of the Senate Samuel Phillips Jr.), by the great-great-grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Speaker of the House Edward Hutchinson Robbins), and by a brewer-turned-rabble-rousing patriot and Founding Father of America (Governor Samuel Adams).

Exactly 216 years later, the timeline of Bowdoin College is a fascinating journey through the history of America and American higher education.