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2011-2012 Calendar

Spring 2012

The New Politics of Parenthood Symposium: Family, Citizenship and Inequality in America Today
A Symposium to examine the role of family and parenthood in the nation’s current atmosphere of extreme social inequality and extreme political partisanship

Thursday & Friday, April 5-6, 2012
Main and Lancaster Lounges, Moulton Union

Lectures by: June Carbone, Author of Red Families v Blue Families, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City (Thursday, 7:30 pm), and
Paul Tough, Author of Whatever it Takes Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, and editor of the New York Times Magazine. Mr. Tough is a leading author on poverty, education and the achievement gap (Friday 12:30 pm).

Today the way people parent - when they have children and how they raise them - closely correlates both to social class and to political loyalties. Many commentators believe that that the nation is "splitting apart" into two groups with different kinds of families. They believe that differences in parenting, especially the rise in single parenthood among low income groups, is the driving force behind this growing inequality. They wonder how public policy might address it, and how we might agree on a strategy to adopt.

The New Politics of Parenthood examines both the premises of this debate, and the political difficulties of finding solutions. Bringing together scholars and leaders of organizations confronting the problems of poverty, the symposium will address the fundamental questions: What is the role of family and parenthood in creating the profound inequality that marks America today? And do our ideas about family make it harder to find political solutions to the problems of inequality?

The State of Marine Ecology in the Gulf of Maine
Saturday May 5- Sunday May 6, 2012
Druckenmiller Hall

This year's event will take place on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th on the campus of Bowdoin College, with a field trip on Sunday afternoon to the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island. The symposium invited research talks are open to the public and will feature talks from a distinguished group of invited speakers representing 17 different institutions. In addition, there will be a poster session featuring undergraduate presentations on current research in the Gulf of Maine. On Sunday graduate students will give Pecka Kucha Presentations (20 slides/20 seconds) on current Gulf of Maine research (This portion of the program is open to researchers, students and the Bowdoin community only).

The symposium has two main goals. The first is to bring together a large group of marine ecologists to present and discuss current research within their area of specialty. This symposium is one of the few formal opportunities for ecologists in the Gulf of Maine to gather and discuss their research and its implications. The second goal, new this year, is to increase awareness of student involvement in research in the Gulf of Maine. The poster session and Pecka Kucha Presentations will highlight student research and allow students to receive feedback on their work from leaders in the field.

This program is hosted by Bowdoin College and Trevor Rivers, Bowdoin College's Doherty Marine Postdoctoral Scholar.
Research talks open to the public free of charge. If you are a participating researcher, or student researcher please see the webpage to register. Community members are welcome to attend the talks Saturday and Sunday morning, and the poster session Saturday

Fall 2011

Biodiversity Conservation, and Climate Change Mitigatoin and Adaptation (Biology Seminar)
September 8, 2011 4:00 pm
Druckenmiller Hall, room 20

Shahid Naeem, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University.

Travels by Canoe in Alaska's Western Arctic: Experience a wilderness journey through the words and pictures of Emmy award-winning New England filmmaker Richard Kahn
October 27, 2011 7:30 pm
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

Lunch with Pat Fiorelli, Public Affairs Officer, New England Fishery Management Council
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 12:00-1:15
Mitchell South dining room, Thorne Hall

Pat is public affairs officer anda  fishery analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council. She serves on the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee and represents the Council on various multi-stakeholder commissions, such as marine mammam take reduction teams.

Many Rivers, One Estuary: Translating Knowledge to Action
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A Symposium connecting stakeholders and researchers within the ANdroscoggin and Kennebec watersheds.

Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative: The 'Messi' Road from Biology to Sustainability Science (David Hart)
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Drcukenmiller Hall, Room 20 4:00

David Hart is Research Leader for Sustainability Solutions Initiative, Director, Senator George Mitchell Center, Professor, School of Biology and Ecology and Founder, Institute for Potamological Biofluiddynaics