‘Maine’s Most Unique Geological Exhibit’ To Honor Professor Arthur M. Hussey

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum rock garden in Bethel formally opens August 18.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel is dedicating a new rock garden to former Bowdoin geology professor Arthur M. Hussey. Described by the museum as “Maine’s most most unique geological exhibit,” the garden officially opens at 6 p.m., Friday August 18, 2017, and will feature twenty-two “truly amazing geological specimens from around the state (and one mammoth specimen from outer space!)”

Hussey taught at Bowdoin for thirty-nine years and died last year. He was 85. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Reports of Congressional Duel Prompt Recollection of Bowdoin Alumnus, US Rep. Jonathan Cilley

Silhouette of Jonathan Cilley, of the Class of 1825

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a four-term Texas Republican, told a Corpus Christi radio host that “female senators from the Northeast” were “absolutely repugnant” in their act of opposing the recent GOP health care plan, and went on to add: “If it was a guy from South Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”

Talk of a congressional duel prompted some to recall U.S. Rep. Jonathan Cilley of Maine, a member of the Class of 1825, who “wound up dead in the dirt,” reports the Sun Journal, after accepting a challenge from U.S. Rep. William Graves of Kentucky to “preserve the honor of the New England states.”

Professor of History Patrick Rael shared some insight with local ABC affiliate WMTW. Watch the clip here.

For more on Cilley and his fate, check out “A Bowdoin Grad and the End of the Duel” in the Winter 2015 issue of Bowdoin Magazine.

Rockin’ It: Covering the Indie Music Scene in Portland

Sam Kyzivat ’18 and Miles Brautigam ’19

This summer two Bowdoin students are interning in Portland at nonprofits that support artists, both ones already established in their careers and also younger ones not yet graduated from high school.

Miles Brautigam ’19 is working behind the scenes at an alternative arts and music spot, helping book bands and set up art exhibitions. He is interning for Space Gallery, a contemporary visual and performing arts venue. A couple blocks away, Sam Kyzivat ’18 is supporting musical kids who play orchestral backup to rock bands performing in Portland. He is the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra’s sole intern this summer, helping the founder/director run the unique organization.

Both students have a Delta Sigma Arts fellowship through Bowdoin. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Fellows Focus on Maine’s Food System

More Bowdoin students are expressing a desire to both better understand and support local food systems. Reflecting this interest, a relatively significant of students this year (at least seven) have summertime fellowships from Bowdoin to work in some way with Maine’s food economy. While their projects are diverse, and include both research projects and farming internships, all the students share an interest in improving our food system to decrease hunger or to help the environment. Check out the Storymap link to learn more.