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Common Hour

Fall 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.

Sarah Elgin, President's Science Symposium

Sarah Elgin,

Friday, October 24
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Sarah Elgin is the Viktor Hamburger Professor of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She is noted for her work in epigenetics, gene regulation, and heterochromatin and her contributions to science education. She received a B.A. in chemistry from Pomona College and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.


Student Performances, Family Weekend

Student Performances,

Friday, October 31
Morrell Gymnasium

Entertain your parents and join us for dance, poetry, and a capella performances by Bowdoin's very own student groups. Don't miss this popular Common Hour!


Student Chamber Ensembles Concert 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, December 5
Studzinski Recital Hall

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


Past Common Hour Speakers

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Sen. George Mitchell '54

Former Senate Majority Leader, negotiator of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord and chair of the investigation into illegal steroid use in Major League Baseball.

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Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is an internationally acclaimed playwright and author of The Vagina Monologues.

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Salman Rushdie

One of the most successful, controversial novelists of his generation, his work includes Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses.

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Dina Temple-Raston

Adding to the coverage of NPR's national security team, Dina Temple-Raston is the FBI correspondent for NPR News.

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Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brought the audience to its feet with a speech that swayed between preaching politics and just plain preaching.

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Marjora Carter

Marjora Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. 

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Tony Kushner

American playwright and screenwriter, Tony Kushner received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Angels in America.

Nominate a Speaker

Do you have a great idea you'd like to see realized?  Did you know that Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff can nominate someone at any time of the year?  It's extremely easy and only takes a minute.  Nominate a Common Hour speaker now!  Your feedback is much appreciated and any nominations you submit help drive the content of the program.

Common Hour
Common Hour aims to provide an occasion for faculty, students, and staff to absent themselves from daily concerns, gather in common spaces, and engage in the ideas of speakers and the presentations of artists, and with each other in discussion of shared interests and concerns. The hour will seek to bring into the public Bowdoin forum the best of what happens in our academic departments, student groups, and the wider world: political commentary; discussion of scientific and technological issues; the work of writers, poets and journalists; philosophical ideas; the visual and performing arts; sports; business; and international affairs. 

· All speakers' books available at the Bowdoin Bookstore
· Browse the  Common Hour Archives
· Listen to Podcasts of past speakers' talks

Contact Common Hour at CHour@bowdoin.edu