After More Than Three Decades, Michael Perry ’74’s Kayaking Odyssey Nears Completion

If all goes according to plan, October 18, 2017, should mark the end of a 3,200-mile adventure for Michael Perry ’74—an adventure that has spanned more than three decades. Perry, along with his friend and fellow traveler, Tom Armstrong, plan to kayak 120 miles from Hudson, N.Y., to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Standing Joe: William Doak ’17 Brews Trilingual Honors Thesis from Chairless Italian Cafés

William Doak ’17 with Massimiliano Rosati from Gran’ Caffè Gambrinus in Naples

It was an observation made when passing through the Bologna airport — that its café, oddly, had no chairs — that led William Doak ’17 to write a trilingual 146-page honors thesis in English, Italian, and French.

The chairless café piqued Doak’s curiosity about why people stand up to drink their coffee in Italy, rather than sitting down as they do in neighboring France. That question led to a research project that covers the cultural history of French and Italian cafés, and how coffee drinking is tied up with modernism, industry, and the national identities of the two countries.

Read the story in Bowdoin News.