Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College has been educating leaders on the coast of Maine since the dawn of the American republic. Founded in 1794, Bowdoin is a highly selective college of approximately 1,800 students of distinction from across America and around the world. Bowdoin offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 majors, including interdisciplinary programs. A Bowdoin liberal arts education and residential life experience instill principled leadership, lifelong learning, and service to the common good. Visit Bowdoin College online at Bowdoin.edu and follow the college on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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A crowd gathers around speakers during a rally for free speech near the University of California, Berkeley campus. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

How free should speech on campus be?

On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, we asked the presidents of Bowdoin, Elon and the University of Washington whether free speech should be treated differently on campus.
Say cheese … or not. A woman works a stand at a cheese festival in Moscow, Russia. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Why are Russians so stingy with their smiles?

In the US, smiling is a reflexive gesture of goodwill, but Russians view it as a sign of stupidity. Social psychology research could help explain this cultural contrast.
Citizens protesting at the Volokolamsk town hall, after noxious fumes from a local landfill sent 50 children to the hospital. Radio Free Europe

Will a garbage revolt threaten Putin?

Massive noxious garbage dumps piling up around Moscow have sparked citizen protests. And those protests are turning into criticism of the political system, which could threaten the Putin regime.
People protest at a demonstration in Market Square, in Cleveland. The demonstration was organized in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration order. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

What motivates moral outrage?

A lot of moral outrage has been expressed lately – over Trump's travel ban and other issues. The expression of such outrage is more than a response to perceived injustice.
The “engineer” of civil rights legal victories law2.umkc.edu

Black leaders matter

The civil rights movement produced many different types of leaders. Thurgood Marshall, argued successfully before the Supreme Court that racial segregation laws violated the US Constitution. Diane Nash…

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