Spring 2014

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.

Ingrid Nelson, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Ingrid Nelson, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Friday, January 31
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Ingrid Nelson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, came to Bowdoin in 2010. She teaches courses on educational inequality, race and ethnicity, and research methods. Her current research focuses on the ways that families, schools and community-based organizations influence disadvantaged young people as they transition from high school to college. A graduate of Wellesley College, Professor Nelson earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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Benjamin Jealous, Former CEO and President of the NAACP

Benjamin Jealous, Former CEO and President of the NAACP

Friday, February 21
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

"That One Big Thing"

Benjamin Jealous stepped down from his post as CEO and president of the NAACP in December. The youngest president in the organization’s history, he has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities. He has been named to the “40 under 40” lists of both Forbes and Time magazines, and labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Tickets are free but required. Tickets available beginning Monday, February 3, at the David Saul Smith Union Info Desk.

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Dan M. Kahan, Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School

Dan M. Kahan, Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School

Friday, April 4
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include science communication and the application of decision science to law and policymaking. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus.

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Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, April 11
Studzinski Recital Hall

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

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Museum Pieces

Museum Pieces

Friday, May 9
Museum of Art Terrace

Museum Pieces, a Bowdoin tradition for more than twenty years, will conclude the 2013-2014 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.

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