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Spring 2011

Craig McEwen, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Craig McEwen,

Friday, January 28
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Stories and the Common Good

Craig McEwen is a professor of sociology at Bowdoin College where he has taught since 1975, as well as Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Common Good, a position he has held since 2007. Over the years he has also served as Acting Dean of the Faculty and Dean for Academic Affairs.  Craig earned his B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. His research and commentary on mediation programs, courts and professionalism have been published widely in law reviews, social science journals and professional magazines. He is co-author with Lynn Mather and Richard Maiman of Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice and of the legal treatise Mediation: Law, Policy, Practice (with Sarah Cole, Nancy Rogers, Peter Thompson, and James Coben). From 2007 to 2010, he particularly enjoyed the challenge of teaching Maine Social Research, a course which partnered each semester with community organizations and engaged students in research on issues of housing, homelessness, hunger and health. 

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Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder of Kiva, the Revolutionary Microlending Website

Jessica Jackley,

Friday, February 11
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Love, Money, and Work: Social Entrepreneurship as a Career

Jessica Jackley is a Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of Kiva, the world's first peer to peer microlending website. Kiva lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises. Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, Kiva is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history, loaning nearly $200 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 206 countries.  Jessica drew from an unlikely background - studying philosophy and art; seeing microfinance firsthand in Africa; earning an MBA while launching Kiva - to become one of the world's leading female entrepreneurs.  Jessica’s talk will focus on the inspirational path that led her, just after graduation, to create Kiva.


Frank Warren,  Founder of PostSecret

Frank Warren,

Friday, February 25
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank Warren's PostSecret

Frank Warren is the sole founder and curator of the PostSecret Project: a collection of more than 200,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. Warren’s first book, PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives (ReganBooks) is a New York Times bestseller. He followed it up with My Secret: A PostSecret Book, The Secret Lives of Men and Women: A PostSecret Book, and A Lifetime of Secrets. In 2009, he released a PostSecret book focusing on religion and spirituality, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, which reached No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The PostSecret website, which receives over 3,000,000 visitors every month, has been named Best American Blog and Blog of the Year.

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, April 15
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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