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Symposia & Events

Spring 2013

Free Shuttle to the Coastal Studies Center
Sunday April 7, May 5, May 12
Departing from the polar bear (outside Smith Union) at 2pm, returning by 5:30pm
Sign up at the SU Desk

Compass Points: Art, Science, and the Arctic
Wednesday, April 10
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

What is the path that an individual takes that leads to a life of art influenced by science? To find out come to Barbara Putnam's, Coastal Studies Artist in Residence, Compass Point's Lecture. From the Italian Alps to the Arctic, from a research station in Manitoba to Bowdoin, this talk will take you on a visual tour of how science informs Barbara's artistic practice and development. 

To learn more about her current Student Art show, click here.


Creating Sustainable Fisheries in the Emerging World - Working Hard to Save Us From Ourselves (Jerry Knecht ’76)
Tuesday, March 5 7:30 pm
Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Jerry Knecht, Bowdoin class of 1976 is founder and president of North Atlantic Seafood, in Portland, Maine and PT Bali Seafood International in the Lesser Sundra region of Indonesia. Jerry will give a talk about his involvement with the development of sustainable fisheries in Indonesia

fishermanDue to the extreme remoteness and lack of infrastructure on Indonesia's islands, the region's fisheries have been protected from major development. The area has been fished mostly by individual fishermen in small boats. In the last decade, however, large collector boats have come to the area to buy whole fish- and this has increased unsustainable practices (use of gillnets, juveniles, fishtraps). North Atlantic, Inc, became interested in setting up mini processing plants in strategic locations on some islands. The plants supply ice to fishermen, and ship fish to Benoa, Indonesia for sale to markets. North Atlantic’s plan secures the company with a regular supply of high quality fish and provides a way for the region's local fishermen to get a premium price for fish they catch and handle in a proper manner. The company has received support from various NGO’s & institutions, including The Nature Conservancy, USAID, GMRI and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Sustainable Fisheries Group.

Fall 2012

Take the free Shuttle to the Coastal Studies Center
departing from the polar bear (outside Smith Union) at 2 PM, and returning by 5:30 pm on the following Sundays:
November 11 & December 2
Sign up at the Smith Union information desk (students only).

Outdoorsy Afternoon Writing Retreat with Alumnus Poet Thorpe Moeckel
Thorpe MoekelThursday, Oct 11, 2012 4:00-7:00 pm
Coastal Studies Center 

Join poet and essayist Thorpe Moeckel '93 for an outdoor-inspired writing get-away to the Coastal Studies Center on Thursday, October 11. Spend a couple hours on a beautiful autumn Maine afternoon in one of the College's most beautiful settings with some quiet to think, and talk about, and do some writing guided by an accomplished alumnus writer. Moeckel is a seasoned outdoorsman and organic farmer who teaches creative writing at Hollins University, and was a recent National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellow in poetry. Trip will leave the Outing Club at 3:30.

For more information about Thorpe Moeckel, or to hear him read his poems, visit From the Fishouse

Fall 2011- Summer 2012

Gulf of Maine in a Changing Climate
June 12-13, 2012
Searles Hall

This two-day workshop focused on the observed trends and variability in the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the Gulf of Maine, with invited lectures introducing the major themes from the
perspective of time series observations.

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

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-Sunday May 5 & 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

Summer 2011- Spring 2012

Cyanobacteria and Human Health: Merging Ecology, Epidemology and Neurologic Disorders
August 3-5, 2011
Searles Hall, Room 315

Bowdoin College sponsored a three-day workshop, preceded by a one-day short course, focused on the linkages between marine and freshwater cyanobacterial blooms, toxicity, and human health impacts. The workshop brought together specialists in medicine, neurology, toxicology, epidemiology, ecology, oceanography and limnology from medical, academic, research, federal, state and tribal institutions to present and discuss the current state of understanding at the crossroads of these diverse fields as they relate to Cyanobacterial Blooms and Human Health.

Many Rivers, One Estuary
Translating Knowledge into Action
A Symposium connecting stakeholders and researchers within the Androscoggin and Kennebec watersheds
November 17, 2011
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall

The Symposium provided an opportunity for conversations among researchers, stakeholders and community members. The goals of the symposium were:

- to build a forum for sharing on-going research findings
- to identify emerging research questions, and establish strategies for moving community initiatives forward, and to strengthen the collaborative community engaged in these intiatives.

The symposium was sponsored by Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Bates, Bowdoin, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, University of Southern Maine, Sustainability Solutions Partners, and University of Maine.

Symposium on National Ocean Policy
October 15-16 2010
Sills Hall

The symposium provided an opportunity for stakeholders and marine policy experts to discuss significant implications for stakeholders and the health of marine ecosystems by the newly unvieled National Ocean Policy (July 2010).