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Spring 2003

Friday, January 24

Pickard Theater
Faculty Encore Lecture
Joe Bandy
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Joe Bandy received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, but many are cross-listed in the Programs of Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women's Studies on topics that include globalization and social change, environmental sociology, social movements, revolutions, identity, and US/Mexican relations. His research is on social movement organizations and their responses to global economic change, especially environmental justice and labor movements in the U.S. and Mexico.

He has published several articles, has two books in preparation, and has presented twenty three professional papers. He has received research fellowships from Stanford University's Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and the University of California, San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. He also has received a two-year National Science Foundation research grant for his work on coalitions between U.S. and Mexican labor movements. He is in his fifth year at Bowdoin.

Friday, January 31

Kresge Auditorium
MaryBeth Mathews
Coach, women's rugby, Assistant Coach, women's basketball

A longtime fixture in the Maine rugby scene, MaryBeth Mathews joined Bowdoin in 1994 as the head coach for women's rugby team, which has since won two New England Championships. She expanded her coaching role in 2001 when she became the assistant coach of the Bowdoin women's basketball team. In addition to her coaching duties at Bowdoin, Mathews is a designer and product developer of active sports apparel and travel goods for L. L. Bean. An outdoor enthusiast, Mathews has played rugby since the mid 1970's, and enjoys many other sports including cycling, camping, hiking, and mountain climbing. She has competed in several triathlons and had a successful summit of Mt. Rainier in June 2002.

Friday, February 7

Kresge Auditorium
Dennis Hutchinson '69
Senior Lecturer in Law, William Rainey Harper Professor, Master of the New Collegiate Division, and Associate Dean of the College, University of Chicago

"The Achilles Heel of the Constitution"

Following his graduation summa cum laude from Bowdoin College, Dennis Hutchinson attended the Law School for one year, then obtained law degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and from the University of Texas at Austin. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Elbert Parr Tuttle of the (then) Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Byron R. White and Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court of the United States. He began teaching in 1976, and since then has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and at Cornell Law School as well as in the College and the Law School. He also chairs the College concentration program Law, Letters, and Society.

Friday, February 14

Kresge Auditorium
Dylan Rodriguez
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of California Riverside

"The Industrial Prison Complex: Mass Immobilization and the Logic of Death"

Dylan Rodriguez received his B.A. degree from Cornell University in Africana Studies and the College Scholar Program, with a concentration in Asian American Studies. He received his Ph.D. and his M.A. degrees in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. While working for his Ph.D. at Berkeley, Professor Rodriguez became involved in a number of political projects, including the formation of the national prison abolitionist organization Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex. This project culminated in a conference in 1998 at U.C. Berkeley that articulated and popularized a radical critique of U.S. criminal justice, imprisonment practices, and the symbiotic connections between prisons and public and private industries.

Friday, February 21

Kresge Auditorium
John Perry Barlow
Founder and Vice-Chair, Electronic Frontier Foundation

John Perry Barlow has been called "One of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Services" by FutureBanker Magazine, "The Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace" by Yahoo Internet Life, and a "Cyberspace Cadet" by the Wall Street Journal. He writes, speaks, and consults on a variety of subjects, ranging through digital economy, the perils of excessive copyright protection, the intelligence agencies, and the spiraling decline of civil liberties.

In 1990, at the dawn of Internet inhabitation, he co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and remains its Vice-Chair still. In 1997, he was a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics. He has been, since 1998, a Berkman Fellow at the Harvard Law School.

Friday, February 28

Kresge Auditorium
SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble

Through art and music, SHARQ provides an articulate and compelling perspective on Arabic Music and Culture offering a thoughtful anecdote to the common preoccupation with religion and politics.

SHARQ combines improvisation (taksim) with precise interpretations of important compositions. The musicians play authentic, acoustic string instruments and hand percussion. The traditional Arabic compositions range from medieval court music (Muwashahaat and Samai'aat) to modern suites and songs (Abd Al-Wehab and Oum Koulthoum).

Friday, March 29

Pickard Theater
Thomas Cech
Nobel Prize-winning Chemist, President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Currently the president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Thomas Cech has been an investigator with Institute since 1988. Additionally, he has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado in Boulder since 1978. He is also a professor of biochemistry, biophysics and genetics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. He attended Grinnell College as an undergraduate and earned his doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied under John E. Hearst. As a postdoctoral fellow, he worked in the laboratory of Mary-Lou Pardue at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cech is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry, the Award in Molecular Biology (National Academy of Sciences), the Heineken Prize (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), the Lasker Award and the National Medal of Science, which was presented to him by President Clinton at a White House ceremony in 1995. He has received honorary doctorates from Grinnell College and the University of Chicago.

Friday, April 4

Kresge Auditorium
Dr. Ned Hallowell

Psychiatrist and Author

“Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness”

Edward “Ned” Hallowell, M.D. is a child and adult psychiatrist and has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School since 1983.  He is the founder and director of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health, an outpatient treatment center for emotional and learning problems.  Dr. Hallowell is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, the Tulane Medical School, and Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Child Psychiatry. 

As coauthor of the ground-breaking book, Driven to Distraction, a 1994 bestseller about Attention Deficit Disorder, and author of When You Worry About the Child You Love, Worry, Connect, Human Moments, and his newest book, Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness:  Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy, he has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s most caring and compassionate psychiatrists.

Friday, April 11

Pickard Theater
Tony Kushner

Playwright, Angels in America, Homebody/Kabul

Tony Kushner intends his plays to be part of a greater political movement; his work is concerned with moral responsibility during politically repressive times. He has a way of bringing the lofty into the sphere of the approachable by creating everyday characters that collide both comically and tragically on stage. The recipient of numerous awards, Kushner continues to write, and collaborate with luminaries such as Maurice Sendak.

Friday, April 18

Kresge Auditorium
Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Elizabeth Muther
Associate Professor of English

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, April 25

Kresge Auditorium
George Bandy II

Manager of Sustainable Strategies, Interface Research

The Sustainable Campus: the Next Educational Revolution

George Bandy II currently serves as manager of sustainable strategies at Interface Research Inc. In this capacity he is continuously assessing Interface's commitment to the environment and customer solutions. He serves on a strategic team designed to develop, educate, support, and implement sustainability strategies and initiatives.

Bandy formerly served as sustainable development officer for the University of Texas-Houston. He is chair of the Atlanta Chapter of USGBC and member of the steering committee of the Higher Education Network for Sustainability and the Environment. He is a consultant to the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee and many other groups such as The Natural Step, Second Nature, American Institute of Architects, and the EPA.

Friday, May 9

Kresge Auditorium
Howard Marks
Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management, LLC

“Whad’Ya Know?”