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Common Hour

Spring 2015

Common Hour is held on select Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., during which time no classes or committee meetings are scheduled. Open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff. Common Hour statement of purpose.

Additional events may be added to the Spring 2015 program; please check back for news and announcements.

Dallas Denery, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Dallas Denery,

Friday, January 30
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

How We Learned to Live With Lies

Dallas G. Denery II is an associate professor specializing in medieval and early modern European history. His most recent book, The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment, is now available from Princeton University Press.

Emilie M. Townes, Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecturer

Emilie M. Townes,

Friday, February 27
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

The Dancing Mind / Queer Black Bodies

The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a distinguished scholar and leader in theological education, is dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society. Dr. Townes' broad areas of expertise include Christian ethics, cultural theory and studies, postmodernism and social postmodernism. She has been a pioneering scholar in womanist theology, a field of studies in which the historic and current insights of African American women are brought into critical engagement with the traditions of Christian theology. Townes has a strong interest in thinking critically about womanist perspectives on issues such as health care, economic justice, poetry and literary theory.

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, April 17
Studzinski Recital Hall

Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of wonderful music performed by students in the Bowdoin Department of Music.

Museum Pieces 

Museum Pieces

Friday, May 8
Museum of Art Terrace

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than twenty years, will conclude the 2014-2015 Common Hour series. The annual event celebrates the arrival of spring through dance and music provided by the Department of Theater and Dance, class projects, and independent student work.

Past Common Hour Speakers

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Sen. George Mitchell '54

Former Senate Majority Leader, negotiator of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord and chair of the investigation into illegal steroid use in Major League Baseball.

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Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is an internationally acclaimed playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues.

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Salman Rushdie

One of the most successful, controversial novelists of his generation, his work includes Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses.

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Dina Temple-Raston

Adding to the coverage of NPR's national security team, Dina Temple-Raston is the FBI correspondent for NPR News.

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Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brought the audience to its feet with a speech that swayed between preaching politics and just plain preaching.

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Marjora Carter

Marjora Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. 

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Tony Kushner

American playwright and screenwriter, Tony Kushner received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Angels in America.

Nominate a Speaker

Do you have a great idea you'd like to see realized?  Did you know that Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff can nominate someone at any time of the year?  It's extremely easy and only takes a minute.  Nominate a Common Hour speaker now!  Your feedback is much appreciated and any nominations you submit help drive the content of the program.

Common Hour
Common Hour aims to provide an occasion for faculty, students, and staff to absent themselves from daily concerns, gather in common spaces, and engage in the ideas of speakers and the presentations of artists, and with each other in discussion of shared interests and concerns. The hour will seek to bring into the public Bowdoin forum the best of what happens in our academic departments, student groups, and the wider world: political commentary; discussion of scientific and technological issues; the work of writers, poets and journalists; philosophical ideas; the visual and performing arts; sports; business; and international affairs. 

· All speakers' books available at the Bowdoin Bookstore
· Browse the  Common Hour Archives
· Listen to Podcasts of past speakers' talks

Contact Common Hour at CHour@bowdoin.edu