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Bowdoin Magazine

Winter 2016

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Renovated and Preserved
Brunswick's Historic Harriet Beecher Stowe House

The house at 63 Federal Street where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the anti-slavery novel that some say helped spark the American Civil War, has fulfilled many roles in the Brunswick community since it was built in 1806. The College recently completed a renovation of the house with the help of architect Nancy Barba.

Drawing on Inspiration
By Katie Bennier '99 - Photographs by Rebecca Wilkowski and Netflix
Its once-ubiquitous red envelopes are (mostly) a thing of the past, but Netflix continues to change the way the world enjoys television and movies. Under the guidance of founder and CEO Reed Hastings ’83, Netflix is now poised totake over the world of streaming content.

The Power of the Liberal Arts
By Edgar Allen Beem - Photographs by Fred Field  
Both the popular and professional literature are full of the current conventional wisdom that liberal arts colleges are in dire straits because a struggling twenty-first-century economy has driven students toward vocational and technical educations designed to land them jobs. But that’s not the story Bowdoin has to tell.

Cooking from the Collection
By Christine Burns Rudalevige - Photographs by Russell French
The 700 books in the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery, donated to the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives last fall, offer up some strange concoctions, along with history, quirky words and phrases, and even helpful tips still applicable today. Local food writer Christine Burns Rudalevige writes about a dinner she prepared and hosted featuring recipes taken from some of the books.


Past Features

Spring/Summer 2015:
Bowdoin Says Goodbye to Barry Mills 
As President Barry Mills prepared to step down after fourteen years, we set out to look back this period in Bowdoin's history through the eyes of those who know the College best: faculty, alumni, trustees, students, staff, and members of the local community. We asked for essays from people who would have different perspectives. What we didn’t realize at the outset is just how many of these people would trace the strength of Bowdoin today to the accomplishments, vision, and sheer energy and enthusiasm of Barry Mills. We only had room to print excerpts of the essays in the magazine, but we are able to include the full text here.

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