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Common Hour

Fall 2000

Friday, September 1

Pickard Theater
Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Tricia Welsch, Associate Professor of Film Studies at Bowdoin College on the Marvin H. Green, Jr. Fund

"Hollywood Goes to College"
Tricia Welsch is the sole faculty member and chair of Bowdoin's smallest department. Her work has appeared in numerous film journals, including Film Quarterly, Griffithiana, Film Criticism, and Cinema Journal. She is currently writing a book on Fox Films before the company's merger with Twentieth Century in 1935. She is a passionate devotee of the silent cinema.

The Karofsky Family Fund was established by Paul I. '66, his son David M. '93, and his brother Peter '62 in memory of their father and David's grandfather, Sydney B. Karofsky. The Fund, which has underwritten the Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, recently added the Common Hour Karofsky Lectures. Each semester the Karofsky Encore Lecture will feature a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Listen to Tricia Welsch's speech

Friday, September 8

Morrell Lounge
Stephen Hannock '74, landscape artist and designer of award-winning special effects for What Dreams May Come

A graduate of Hampshire College who spent his freshman and sophomore years at Bowdoin, Stephen Hannock was born in Albany, New York, and spent his formative years in Northampton, Massachusetts, under the apprenticeship of Leonard Baskin and Elizabeth and Agnes Mongan. He is internationally known for his luminous and atmospheric landscape paintings. Hannock's technique of polishing the surface of his paintings with a power sander produces his signature light effects and has brought him wide recognition as one of the foremost contemporary American luminist painters. His work has been reproduced in numerous publications, and the recent motion picture What Dreams May Come features Academy Award-winning visual effects, many coordinated by Hannock. His presentation will focus on life as a painter in the third millennium.

Friday, September 15

Morrell Lounge
Common Good Day Common Hour
Lisa Ann McElaney '77, producer of award-winning educational and documentary films

McElaney is President and Co-Founder of Vida Health Communications, Inc. which produces and distributes award-winning educational and documentary programs about women's, children's and family health. After graduating from Bowdoin with an A.B. in History, McElaney went on to earn her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She has produced and directed films on topics ranging from architecture to social justice. In 1996, McElaney received the Common Good Award, which honors alumni who have demonstrated an extraordinary, profound and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest of society, with conspicuous disregard for personal gain in wealth or status.

Listen to Lisa McElaney's speech

Friday, September 22

Pickard Theater
Carl Bernstein, award-winning journalist and author

"Inside Politics 2000"
In the early 1970s, Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post and set the standard for modern investigative reporting. His investigations into the scandal that brought down the Nixon administration were recounted in two best-selling books: All The President's Men and The Final Days, both co-authored with Bob Woodward. After leaving The Washington Post in 1977, Bernstein served as Washington Bureau chief and eventually Senior Correspondent for ABC-TV. In 1996, he published a book on the collaboration between Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II that helped to bring about the fall of Communism in Europe. Bernstein is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, and is working on a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He recently joined Voter.com as executive vice president and executive editor.

Friday, September 29

Morrell Lounge
Charles R. Baquet III, Deputy Director of the Peace Corps and former ambassador

Baquet was sworn in as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps on March 26, 1994. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Somali Republic from 1965 to 1967, then served as a VISTA volunteer upon his return. He then joined the Foreign Service, serving in Asia, North America, Africa and Europe. Prior to rejoining the Peace Corps in 1994, Baquet served as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti.

Friday, October 6

Morrell Lounge
Parents Weekend Common Hour

A celebration of student music, dance, and theater. Performances by Masque & Gown, Miscellania, Ballroom Dance and others.

Friday, October 13

Pickard Theater
Alvin Hall '74, investment expert and guidebook author

Alvin Hall majored in English at Bowdoin and went on to receive an M.A. in American literature from the University of North Carolina. Hall moved from college teaching to positions as director of course management, director of financial services marketing, and executive director of the New York Institute of Finance. Often referred to as the "Professor of Wall Street," Hall has published several investment guides, including Getting Started in Stocks and Getting Started in Mutual Funds, and has hosted BBC programs. He is now president of Cooperhall Press, Inc. (formerly Alvin D. Hall Associates), a firm that conducts seminars about investment markets for financial companies around the world.

Listen to Alvin Hall's speech

Friday, October 20

Morrell Lounge
Homecoming Common Hour
Bill Bradley, author, former U.S. Senator and All-American and Olympic basketball legend

"America: The Path Ahead"
Bill Bradley has been a national leader for more than 30 years and is well known for his hard work, intelligence, candor and vision. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Bradley was a three-time All-American basketball player and won an Olympic gold medal in basketball in the 1964 Tokyo Games. He later played professional basketball for the New York Knicks, and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

After earning his bachelor's degree in American history from Princeton, Bradley went on to earn a graduate degree from Oxford University. From 1979 to 1996, he represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. He is the author of Time Present, Time Past, Values of the Game, and The Journey From Here, to be published in September 2000. Fresh from his quest for the nation's highest office, Bradley will comment on the current state of American politics from the unique perspective of a former candidate.

Friday, October 27

Morrell Lounge

The Casco Bay Tummlers, a Klezmer ensemble based on Peaks Island. Klezmer music is a blend of Eastern European Jewish and Gypsy folk music and twentieth-century jazz. Combining popular songs and dances from Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, and Rumania with jazz improvisation and instrumentation, the "Klezmorim" continued their tradition in the New World while creating a fresh sound. The Casco Bay Tummlers sing in Yiddish and teach traditional dances. Don't miss this Common Hour performance sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

Friday, November 3

The Chapel Faculty
Encore Lecture
David Collings, Associate Professor of English at Bowdoin College

A faculty member since 1987, Collings has taught courses on subjects ranging from English Romanticism to queer theory as well as seminars on carnival, disaster, artifice, and lyricism. His research interests include British writing and culture, in the Romantic era, radical and avant-garde traditions, and literary and cultural theory. He is the author of Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 1994, and is currently writing a book about the transformations of the carnivalesque common body in England in the wake of the French Revolution.

Each Encore lecture will feature a faculty member nominated by members of the senior class.

Listen to David Collings' speech

Friday, November 10

The Chapel
Stanley F. Druckenmiller '75

Stanley F. Druckenmiller '75, graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Economics and English. He is the Chairman and CEO of Duquesne Capital Management, an investment firm in New York, which he founded in 1981. From 1988 through last spring, Mr. Druckenmiller was also the managing director at Soros Fund Management in New York. As a philanthropist, Mr. Druckenmiller has generously supported a host of educational and cultural organizations, including the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families, the Robinhood Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Children1s Scholarship Fund. At Bowdoin, his support has been legendary and includes his gift of Druckenmiller Hall, named in honor of his grandfather, the renovation of Searles Science Building, several faculty chairs and endowment support to financial aid, and information technology. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1991.

Listen to Stanley Druckenmiller's Speech

Friday, November 17

The Chapel
Campus Crosstalk

"To Be or Not To Be: The Future of a Liberal Arts Education" This Campus Crosstalk debate, sponsored by the Student Government of Bowdoin College, will explore the question, "Is double-majoring contrary to the goals of a liberal arts education?" Professor John Turner and student John Hahn '01 will argue in favor of double-majoring, Professor Clifton Olds and student Dominique Alepin '03 will argue against.

Listen to the campus crosstalk

Friday, December 1

The Chapel

Luncbreak Music Concert
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B Minor, Opus 115 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Allegro Adagio Andantino Con moto
Stacy Barron '03, clarinet
Anne Barmettler '03, violin
Erica Pisaturo '03, violin
Louise Huntington, viola
Paul Ross, cello

First Friday Lunchbreak Music Concerts are generally held at 12:30 in Gibson Hall, Room 101, on the first Friday of every month during the fall and spring. They provide both faculty and students with an opportunity to perform in an informal setting. Please check the calendar listings for locations and dates.