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.

Founding Principles: Everything You Need to Know about How the Constitution Created the Judicial Branch (Monkey Cage)

The Washington Post political science blog Monkey Cage continues its weekly series presenting episodes from Bowdoin’s Founding Principles, a series of videos designed to explain American government and how it works.

This week narrator Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, examines the Judiciary and the establishment of the Supreme Court — the only court the Constitution actually creates. Read Rudalevige’s Monkey Cage piece, “Here’s everything you need to know about how the Constitution created the judicial branch, in a 15-minute video” and watch other Founding Principles videos here.


Bowdoin Student Among Those ‘Stepping up to Volunteer’ (Portland Press Herald)

Zach Hebert ’18 at Fairwinds Farm.

Rising senior Zachary Hebert ’18 is mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the rise in volunteerism across Maine this summer. Hebert is currently volunteering at Fairwinds Farm in Bowdoinham as part of a summer internship with the Merrymeeting Food Council. Hebert is the recipient of a Denning Summer Fellowship through the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

According to the article, nonprofits are noticing “an increase in volunteerism as Mainers become more concerned about the threats to the state’s treasured areas from factors like climate change and pollution.” One of the most popular volunteer activities is trash-collection. The Maine Island Trail Association said it already had waiting lists for its beach cleanups by early June.

Bowdoin Music Festival Opens With ‘Striking Program of Russian Music’ (Portland Press Herald)

The Ying Quartet

The Bowdoin International Music Festival got underway this week with a concert on Monday 26 June, 2017, with a “striking program of Russian music” performed by the Ying Quartert, wrote Allan Kozinn in the Portland Press Herald.

Phillip and David Ying took over the running of the festival two years ago from its founder Lewis Kaplan, who had been at the helm for fifty years. The Yings, said Kozinn, are now “beginning to find directions that will help them put their own stamp on the festival.”

The festival runs until August 4th, during which time anyone walking across campus during the daytime will likely be able to hear the sounds of musicians practicing inside college dorm rooms.