Sophie de Bruijn ’18 Jokes Her Way to an Honor’s Project on Comedy and Politics

Sophie de Bruijn doing stand-up last spring

Sophie de Bruijn is funny, and at some point she started taking that seriously: performing comedy for audiences rather than just spontaneously amusing family and friends. But this summer she is taking comedy seriously in a new way. In preparation for her senior thesis she is researching the way comedy can subvert power.

The rising senior has a Micoleau Family Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts from Bowdoin to begin investigating the relationship between comedy and politics for her upcoming yearlong honor’s project. She plans on writing a thesis paper and also developing a one-woman show.

To lay the groundwork for this undertaking, she is reading everything from ancient Greek and Roman texts to modern gender theory. “As far as form goes, the first-ever comedy was political comedy, making fun of people in positions of power,” she said, explaining her book list, which includes Aristophanes and Aristotle. “That has always been the crux of what comedy is.” Read the full story on Bowdoin News.

President Rose Throws a BBQ For Summer Students

More than 200 students spend the summer on campus, either working college jobs, doing research for independent projects or for professors, or interning for nearby organizations.

Many of them have fellowships through Bowdoin to support their pursuits. It’s become a tradition fo the college president to host a party for them, organized by the president’s office.Check out more photos.