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Common Hour

Spring 2002

Friday, January 25

Pickard Theater
Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Allen L. Springer, Professor of Government at Bowdoin College
Audio available in .mp3 format: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Allen Springer has been a member of Bowdoin's Department of Government and Legal Studies since 1976, offering courses in international law and organization, United States foreign policy and international environmental policy. A graduate of Amherst College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Allen is the author of The International Law of Pollution: Protecting the Global Environment in a World of Sovereign States, and articles and monographs in the field of international environmental law and policy. He is presently completing a study of regional ocean management in the Gulf of Maine and is continuing a larger project exploring the role of international law and legal institutions in the resolution of transboundary environmental disputes. The most recent product of this project is an article on international responses to the 1997-98 Indonesian forest and brush fires, to be published later this year as part of a volume on East Asian environmental diplomacy.

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.

Friday, February 1

Pickard Theater
James H. Meredith, Civil rights leader, author, and lecturer

In 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to attend the University of Mississippi, an experience he recounted in his 1966 book, Three Years in Mississippi (Indiana University Press, Bloomington). In 1966, Meredith started a "March Against Fear" from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. Shortly after he began the march, Meredith was shot by a sniper, prompting other civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, to join the march. Meredith himself rejoined the march after recovering from his injuries.

Meredith continued his education at Columbia University, earning his LL.B. in 1968. He became an active member of the Republican Party, and worked as a domestic policy advisor for senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) from 1989-1991. Meredith is the author of Mississippi: A Volume of Eleven Books (Meredith Publishing, Jackson, 1995), and a number of other self-published works. He is currently focusing his efforts on improving literacy among African Americans. His talk is entitled "Full First-Class Citizenship for Every American."

Friday, February 8

Pickard Theater
Holly Hughes, Performance artist and playwright
Audio available in .mp3 format

Holly Hughes, performance artist and playwright, will deliver a talk entitled Whose Homeland? Whose Security? in which she will discuss making and viewing art after September 11th.

Holly Hughes is one of the "NEA Four" - artists who had their grants revoked by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 because they offended "standards of decency." The four subsequently sued the government, claiming that the revocation violated their right to free speech. They won their case as well as two appeals, before losing in the Supreme Court in 1998.

Hughes will perform her latest work, Preaching to the Perverted, which recounts her appearance before the Supreme Court, in Pickard Theater at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8.

Friday, February 15

Pickard Theater
Melissa Franklin, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Harvard University
Audio available in .mp3 format

Melissa Franklin is an experimental physicist who has been working on the Collider Detector at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, an experiment designed to study the collisions of subatomic particles at the highest energies possible. Physicists at Fermilab, including Franklin, announced in early 1995 that they had discovered the top quark - the sixth and final quark predicted by the current model of quantum physics. Franklin, the first tenured female professor of physics at Harvard University, continues her work at Fermilab, where she is currently upgrading one of the central muon detectors. She was profiled in "High Energy," the lead film in the 1995 PBS series, "Discovering Women."

Friday, February 22

Pickard Theater
Barry Dana, Chief of the Penobscot Nation
Audio available in .mp3 format

Barry Dana, Chief of the Penobscot Nation, grew up on Indian Island on the Penobscot River in Maine. From his family and elders, he learned traditional lifeways such as basket making, dancing and drumming, herbal medicine, and plant identification. In 1983, Dana graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor's degree in education and an associate's degree in forest management. Since then, he has worked to educate people about the traditional lifestyles of the Wabanaki, and to help his people regain control of their culture and ancestral lands, including the river they hold sacred.

This Common Hour e vent is in conjunction with the Race, Justice, and the Environment conference taking place on Saturday, February 23. It is co-sponsored by the Evergreens, the Latin American Student Organization, the African American Society, Environmental Studies, and Africana Studies.

Friday, March 1

Kresge Auditorium
Joseph Featherstone, Poet, author, and educator
Audio available in .mp3 format

Joseph Featherstone is a poet and professor of teacher education at Michigan State University. For more than a decade, he has been a faculty leader of one of the teams in the acclaimed MSU teacher education program. He has long been interested in social policy, the history of education, issues of democracy and justice in education, and the humanities curriculum from preschool through graduate school and beyond. He has written about school reform at every level and has a longstanding fascination with progressive education and with traditions in the United States and elsewhere that seek to expand democracy in school and society. Featherstone taught for many years at Harvard and served as headmaster of the Commonwealth School in Boston, Massachusetts. He has done a lot of work on John Dewey, and as a writer and poet takes a special interest in the expressive arts, especially writing. For many years he was an editor for The New Republic, where he wrote on literature, politics, and education. His poems and articles have appeared in publications including The Nation, Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and the Green Mountain Review. He is the author of Schools Where Children Learn (1972), What Schools Can Do (1976), and a forthcoming selection of his educational writings for the Teachers College Press. His recent book of poetry is Brace's Cove (2001, New Issues Poetry). His Common Hour talk will blend a reading of some of his poems with some thoughts on poetry, teaching, and children's imaginations.

Friday, March 29

Pickard Theater
Savion Glover, Tap dancer and choreographer

In 1996, at the age of 23, Savion Glover won the Tony Award for his choreography of the Broadway hit Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Glover has danced on concert stages throughout the world, including the Moulin Rouge, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. His Broadway appearances include, in addition to Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, The Tap Dance Kid, Black and Blue, and Jelly's Last Jam. He co-starred in the film Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., and with Tommy Davidson and Damon Wayans in Spike Lee's Bamboozled. His television appearances include Dance in America: Tap! and Sesame Street.

Savion Glover will give a performance in Pickard Theater on Thursday, March 28th at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 5

Kresge Auditorium
Donald Orlic, Ph.D., Stem cell biologist
Audio available in .mp3 format

Dr. Orlic is an associate investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, who has focused his research for most of the last decade on stem cell biology and techniques to purify stem cells and improve their use in gene therapy. More recently, he has worked in the area of adult stem cell plasticity.

Dr. Orlic received his B.S. degree from Fordham University in 1959 and his Ph.D. in biology from New York University in 1966. He then did postdoctoral research at The Institute for Cellular Pathology in Paris, France and in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at Harvard Medical School. From 1969 until 1993 he served on the faculty in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College.

Dr. Orlic was appointed Special Expert for stem cell studies at NIH from 1993-1997. He received the National Human Genome Research Institute Merit Award in 2001, and was elected Fellow of the Academy 2001, New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Orlic was the recipient of the 2001 Robert E. Stowell Lectureship, Department of Pathology, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. His Common Hour talk will focus on stem cell repair of damaged heart tissue.

Friday, April 12

Kresge Auditorium
Masque and Gown Performance

Masque and Gown will perform "The Ghetto Life", written and directed by Kevin Robinson '05.

Friday, April 19

Kresge Auditorium
Marilyn Reizbaum, Professor of English at Bowdoin College

Marilyn Reizbaum is Professor of English at Bowdoin College and recently was visiting professor in the English Department at Tel Aviv University. She is the author of James Joyce's Judaic Other (Stanford) and numerous essays on Joyce, as well as coeditor with Kimberly Devlin of Ulysses-En-gendered Perspectives: Eighteen New Essays on the Episodes (South Carolina). She writes comparatively on contemporary Scottish and Irish literatures and postcoloniality. Her current work includes projects on the Jewish Degenerationists (Max Nordau, Cesare Lombroso, Otto Weininger), and Scottish writing and film.

Friday, April 26

Kresge Auditorium
Kathryn S. Fuller, President, World Wildlife Fund
Audio available in .mp3 format

Kathryn S. Fuller became president and chief executive office of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 1989, after serving in various other capacities at WWF since 1983. Prior to joining WWF, Fuller practiced law with the U.S. Department of Justice, first in the Office of Legal Counsel, then in the Land and Natural Resources Division, where she headed the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section.

Fuller received her B.A. degree from Brown University and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas. She pursued graduate studies in marine, estuarine, and environmental science at the University of Maryland. Her work at WWF has emphasized innovative conservation methods such as debt-for-nature swaps and environmental trust funds, the inclusion of women in grassroots conservation programs, and the design of projects that provide both environmental and economic benefits.

Friday, May 3

Walker Art Building Steps
Museum Pieces XXI
Sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance

The Department of Theater and Dance presents the 21st annual Museum Pieces, an hour of merriment featuring music and dance performances by Bowdoin students.