Archives for "Politics"

Sunday

January 25, 2009 12:49 pm

Speech of a lifetime

Tom Whalen ’86 was part of a CNN panel that discussed President Obama’s inauguration speech. Whalen, author of A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage, said the speech “overall [was] not a speech for the ages, but a speech for our times and the concerns people have. In many ways, it reminds me of a coach giving a halftime locker room speech to his team that’s behind in the game. What Obama saying is that we have to make improvements or adjustment in order to prevail.”

Thursday

January 15, 2009 2:11 pm

A great first class

In my second class of my first day of the new semester, I was taken aback. The professor, who I only knew through one other class, taken two years ago, recognized me and remembered my name. He walked up to me as soon as he entered the room and said, “Graham, right?” I replied, “You got it.” And he pointed out, “I see you’ve moved from sitting in the back of the class to the front in four semesters.” Later, while reviewing the syllabus, he announced, ‘Graham here works at the Ronj, and has previously arranged video showings for my class. Can we do that again this year?

Monday

January 12, 2009 3:20 pm

The Speech: Have inaugural addresses been getting worse?

In a New Yorker essay about presidential rhetoric, Jill Lepore highlighted the book Rhetorical Presidency by Jeff Tulis ’72, who suggests that the founding fathers didn’t expect or even want the president to communicate directly with the masses.

Tuesday

January 6, 2009 12:00 pm

Bates King Day offers 'Inaugurating Change' theme

Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of politics and African American studies at Princeton, is the keynote speaker for the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Bates College.

Sunday

November 16, 2008 1:16 pm

Trying new things…

I never thought when I came to Bates that I would act in a play, but that’s one of the great things about this college. If you put yourself out there, there are a ton of opportunities to try new things and get involved in programs, clubs, and activities you never imagined you would be interested in.

Friday

November 14, 2008 12:00 pm

State government, MCLU, FBI represented on homeland security panel

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is one of three panelists who will discuss terrorism, homeland security and civil liberties in a Bates College presentation.

Tuesday

October 21, 2008 2:20 pm

Students discuss presidential election in civic forum

The Harward Center for Community Partnerships continues its 2008-09 Civic Forum series with a student panel discussion on possible outcomes and implications of the upcoming presidential election.

Monday

October 13, 2008 12:00 pm

Newspaper columnist, veterans among Iraq War panelists

Newspaper columnist Bill Nemitz and two Iraq war veterans with political aspirations, Adam Cote and Alex Cornell du Houx, will take part in a Bates College panel discussion about the impacts of the Iraq War.

Wednesday

October 8, 2008 12:00 pm

Senate ads misplace blame for fiscal crisis

The Portland Press Herald interviewed David Aschauer, the College’s Elmer Campbell Professor of Economics, to gauge the accuracy of political advertisements being rolled out during Maine’s U.S. Senate race between Rep. Tom Allen, a Democrat, and Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican incumbent.

Wednesday

September 24, 2008 3:46 pm

Crisis in the Caucasus: Cold War 2.0?

The German-Russian Studies Department invites you to this year’s first “Samovar Series for Cultural Inquiry.” The topic will be recent events in the Caucasus and the impact those events are having and might have for the international community.