Professor Matthew Klingle and Architect Tim Mansfield Discuss Roux Center for the Environment

Architect Timothy Mansfield and Prof. Matt Klingle Discuss Roux Center for the Environment from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Construction begins this month on the Roux Center for the Environment, a building that will support interdisciplinary environmental scholarship at Bowdoin. During Reunion Weekend, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle was joined by Timothy Mansfield, an architect and principal with Cambridge Seven Associates, to discuss what’s planned. The 29,167-square-foot building is anticipated to open in fall 2018.

How Joshua Chamberlain Influenced Maine’s 2017 Ranked-Choice Voting Decision (Bangor Daily News)

Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain

On May 23, 2017, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the state’s voter-approved ranked-choice voting system—due to be implemented next year—is unconstitutional. It was a decision influenced in so small part by the actions of civil war hero, Bowdoin College president and former state governor, Joshua Chamberlain, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The court’s decision mentions Chamberlain—a member of the Bowdoin class of 1852—three times, making particular reference of his role in “charge of the Augusta police force during a tense 12-day period in 1880, when the results of Maine’s gubernatorial and legislative elections were in doubt.”

Bowdoin to Commemorate Campus Visit by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art on May 6, 1964

Saturday, May 6, is the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s visit to the Bowdoin campus.

A new historical plaque at the College to be unveiled this summer will commemorate the 1964 visit and, specifically, an informal roundtable discussion with King attended by students, faculty, and staff that is remembered by one participant as “the most vivid conversation of my life.”

Read more about it in Bowdoin News.

The Mold Transforming Japanese Cuisine (Atlantic)

Koji is a fungus found in soy sauce, miso, and sake. The mold, known for its toxicity, was domesticated by humans about 9,000 years ago. Though its closest relatives can be deadly, koji is nontoxic.

Originally used for alcohol, the fungus has been implemented by Asian chefs for centuries. Read more in The Atlantic.