Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College

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Bowdoin College, founded in 1794, is a private liberal arts college situated in the coastal Maine town of Brunswick. The college enrolls approximately 1,700 students and has been coeducational since 1971. It offers 33 majors and 4 additional minors, and the student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Famous alumni include Joshua Chamberlain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry W. Longfellow. It is a highly selective liberal arts college.

In addition to its Brunswick campus, Bowdoin also owns a 118-acre coastal studies center on Orrs Island and a 200-acre scientific field station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy.

As of 2012, Bowdoin is ranked 6th among the National Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. News Report Ranking and is ranked 14th on Forbes Magazine's list of America's Top Colleges.

Honors: A Top Liberal Arts College

Bowdoin College News on NYT

In many ways, universities and their museums are drawing closer. You might even see students hanging artworks.
March 15, 2017
The mammoth Yale endowment fund run by David Swensen has been a training ground for investment managers, its alumni now scattered through the nonprofit world.
November 5, 2016
The Bowdoin Christian Fellowship group will cease to be recognized on campus after refusing to adhere to rules barring discrimination based on a person’s religious beliefs.
June 9, 2014
The cellist David Ying and his brother, the violist Phillip Ying, have been named artistic directors of the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
December 4, 2013

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On the Road to Nowhere:

A Reading of Franz Galich’s Managua, Salsa City (¡Devórame otra vez!)

This article examines how Franz Galich, in Managua, Salsa City (¡Devórame otra vez!), narrates the Central American neoliberal experience from the perspective of the underprivileged. I explore how, beginning with the title, the author positions his protagonists in the neoliberal, fragmented moment. From there, Galich proceeds to document a night in the life of the marginalized. Here, Beatriz Cortez’s concept of cinismo is used to understand how the role-playing, that is central to the novel, brings into question arbitrary social barriers. In so doing, the role-playing affords the protagonists momentary delusions of being able to achieve something other than what they know, therein giving them the agency they need to survive another day. This cynicism, though, is an object of derision because it is shown to be an inadequate tool of social change since, as the author concludes at the end of his novel, it is ultimately futile because it serves only to perpetuate the current system. Instead, something not yet imagined is needed.

We estimate US household monthly elasticities of demand for some of the more popular organic fruits. To our knowledge, this is the first US-wide, multi-year analysis of price and income elasticities for various organic fruits. We calculate elasticities of demand for low-income, middle class, and rich income bracket households using three estimation techniques: two econometric methods and one machine learning method (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO)). Demand estimates are based on Nielsen scanner data from approximately 60,000 households collected from 2011 to 2013. Generally, we find that own-price conditional and unconditional elasticities of demand for organic fruits are negative. Unconditional elasticity magnitudes tend to be largest in the representative middle-class household. Income elasticities of demand measurements are inconsistent and often statistically insignificant. This finding is consistent with the survey literature finding that many consumers buy organic food for mostly moral or ethical reasons. We run two policy experiments: a 10% subsidy of organic fruits, and a 10% tax on conventional fruits. Our hypothetical policies engender a stronger reaction among the general public than habitual buyers of organic fruit; unconditional purchase and expenditure elasticities are generally larger than conditional purchase and expenditure elasticities. Finally, we find that elasticities measured with the LASSO technique are not radically different than those measured with econometric methods. The most noticeable difference between the two analytical techniques is that LASSO is more likely to find price and income elasticities of demand that indistinguishable from zero, both substantively and statistically.

El 10 de octubre de 1868 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (1819-1874), un hacendado criollo de la provincia de Bayamo, se alzó en contra el gobierno español, y así fue que comenzó la guerra de independencia de Cuba. Esta guerra duró diez años, al final de la cual, los cubanos no pudieron obtener su libertad. En este ensayo me propongo analizar varias obras del teatro independentista que muestran las diversas tensiones que acontecieron en el conflicto bélico. En especial, analizaré las obras escritas por Luis García Pérez, Francisco Víctor y Valdés, y Francisco Javier Balmaseda, en las cuales las mujeres ocupan un papel protagónico, representando junto con sus parejas, lo que Doris Sommer llamó “una erótica política,” que tiene el objetivo de fomentar la ideología revolucionaria, heterosexual, y racial con vistas al futuro de Cuba.

La última niebla [The Final Mist] (1935) by María Luisa Bombal presents a female protagonist traumatized by the restrictive gender norms of 1930s Argentina. One would expect that the protagonist’s increasing alienation throughout the novel and her ultimate surrender to an identity that she loathes would generate a compassionate response from readers. However, the text has generated a significant body of notably unsympathetic—and even censorious—criticism from scholars. In an effort to analyze why Bombal’s novel and the protagonist’s performance have been problematic for critics, I turn from literary theory to philosophy. By combining Richard Rorty’s vision of a “literary culture” with Kelly Oliver’s theory of “witnessing,” I argue that we’ve been asking the wrong questions of this text. Rather than asking if the text, the author, and/or the protagonist are socially committed enough or experimental enough or feminist enough for us to care, we should be asking what this text reveals about the process of human subjectivity in general, marginalized subjectivity in particular, and how we can create more ethical relationships between self and other.

Since 2011, the private ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have expanded into more and more US cities. We use regression discontinuity design to examine the impact of Uber and Lyft’s entry on public transportation use in the US’ largest urban areas. In most cases, entry into cities by the two ride-hailing companies was staggered: Uber entered first followed some months later by Lyft. We find that public transportation use increased in an urban area, all else equal, immediately following the first entry. However, we find that the spike in public transportation use after first entry disappeared following the entry of the second company. In fact there is some evidence that monthly public transportation ridership levels fell below their pre-first entry levels. In other words, the joint presence of the two major private ride-hailing services transformed ride-hailing services from a public transportation complement to a public transportation substitute, at least in the studied urban areas. We speculate that the first entrant complemented public transportation use for some in an urban area by solving the “last-mile” problem and by providing a potentially safer option at night when public transportation service has been reduced. However, we speculate the second entrant is likely to have spurred price competition in the urban area’s ride-hailing duopoly market and an increase in ride-hailing car supply. This competitive effect could have tipped the scales, making an entire trip with a ride-hailing service more cost-effective and convenient than splitting a trip between a ride-share company and public transportation.