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Prof. Erin Johnson Honored for Bringing Community Service to the Classroom

Erin Johnson, a visiting assistant professor in the departments of Visual Arts and Digital and Computational Studies at Bowdoin, is being recognized for making public service an integral part of her classes.

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Variety of Opinions Heard in Campus Conversation on Guns

There was no arguing, there were no raised voices and there was no attempt to change anybody's mind. The contentious issue of gun rights came to Bowdoin's gun-free campus on April 4, 2018.

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First the Alternative Spring Break, Then the Reflection

Over Spring Break, over fifty students travelled to six different locations across the world with the Bowdoin McKeen Center’s Alternative Spring Break program. It is a tradition at Bowdoin that these students gather again, soon after they have returned to campus, for an evening of reflection, hosted by the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

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Rooting Out Gender Inequality with Middle School Boys

Ben Ray ’20 said he jumped at the chance to help launch the inaugural CCLIMB group. The acronym stands for creating compassionate leadership in Maine boys. "I'm an education student and I'm a student of gender and women's students," he said. "I believe gender is not talked about enough at schools, and ignoring it is actively causing problems in our society."

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Far and Wide: Student Excursions Over the Spring Break

From Sicily to Silicon Valley, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, students traveled far and wide over spring break on a variety of trips, some of them academic in nature, some cultural, and some service-oriented, but all of them aimed at enhancing the undergraduate experience at Bowdoin beyond the classroom.

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The Common Good's Next Generation: Bowdoin Public Service Students Prepare for Immersive D.C. Experience

The inaugural cohort of students selected for the new Bowdoin Public Service Initiative is preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., Saturday. For seven days, they will explore the chambers and hallways of the U.S. government and connected institutions, meeting with alumni and extended Bowdoin community members at all levels of the government.

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'What Matters' Campus Conversation Tackles #MeToo Debate

Students debated the pros and cons of a “call-out culture,” where perpetrators of sexual are publicly identified. Some also said the #MeToo movement has demonstrated the need for better sex education. “If more people were comfortable talking about sex, this may lead to less assault,” remarked one.

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Looking at Art, and Considering Gender

The programs have given Bowdoin students the opportunity to try and make sense of this moment of cultural reckoning and to participate, albeit on a relatively small scale, in a national conversation.

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For Alternative Winter Break Students, It's Personal

This January, two Alternative Winter Break groups stayed in Maine. One worked on the issue of homelessness, the other with refugee and immigrant education. A third group traveled to Vietnam to learn about the lingering aftermath of the Vietnam War.

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Sen. George J. Mitchell '54, H'83 Visits Campus To Discuss Public Service, Politics

In a conversation with President Clayton Rose, and in response to questions from the audience, Mitchell addressed a range of subjects, including his humble beginnings in Maine, the value of his Bowdoin education and the current political situation.

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Public Service Students Meet with Longtime Public Servant, US Sen. George Mitchell

After personally greeting each of the students gathered around a table in the library's Nixon Lounge, Sen. George Mitchell ’54 spoke in a quiet and mannered way for a few minutes about his notion of public service.

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Students Write Down the Stories of People with Memory Challenges

The students were part of a new initiative at Bowdoin to help preserve the personal stories of local people who are starting to experience memory loss, to write down memories before they are forgotten.

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Closing the Gap: CS Students Teach Girls to Code

Bolor Jagdagdorj ’19 said she's heard from many female computer science majors at Bowdoin that they were not introduced to the field until they got to college. She herself was just one of two girls in her first computer science class in high school. "It's important to get girls interested in computer science and to get rid of that fear — I don't know if I want to do this, or, I don't know if I'll be good at this," she said.

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'Morality in Politics' Event Brings Together Students, Community Members

The most recent "What Matters" discussion tackled the role of morality in politics, bringing locals together with Bowdoin students, staff, and faculty to talk about questions such as whether politicians should separate their personal morals from their political work, or whether our moral standards have slipped over time.

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528 Volunteer at 47 Local Organizations on Common Good Day

This year, the McKeen Center for the Common Good assigned more than 500 volunteers to more than 50 work projects on Saturday afternoon.

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1st 'What Matters' Conversation Tackles Healthcare

To launch the discussion on healthcare, Associate Professor of History David Hecht began by asking the "deceptively simple question: What is health?"

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A Ukulele Break for Orientation Students Exploring the Western Foothills

After volunteering at the Bethel Historical Society, students on the Western Foothills orientation trip were treated to a concert by the Oxford Hills Ukulele Group. Then they were invited to play.

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Images from Move-in Day and Orientation Trips (So Far)

This is a big week for first-year students. They arrived on campus Tuesday, moving their stuff into their dorm rooms and meeting roommates. At the moment, they're scattered around the state — backpacking, canoeing, sailing, or doing community service. We're collecting photos from Orientation Week as they come in.

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A Morning at Morris Farm, with an Orientation Trip

The seven first-year students and their two leaders — Isabella "Izzy" Vakkur ’20 and Keehoon "Harry" Jung ’20 — were on Day One of their three-and-a-half day orientation trip. Their particular expedition aims to introduce students to a local farm and give them a bit of insight into this region's agricultural sector.

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Join us for Bowdoin’s 19th annual 2017 Common Good Day!

Bowdoin’s 19th Annual Common Good Day will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Bowdoin Fellows Focus on Maine's Food System

A growing number of students at Bowdoin are interested in working with and supporting local food systems.

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Common Good Grant Helps Fund Local Gardening Initiative, Coastal Journal Reports

Local high school carpentry students constructed some raised beds for residents of Bath Housing Anchorage apartments, to add their existing gardening space. Each bed is on a platform about a yard off the ground, allowing those using wheelchairs of walkers to more easily grow vegetables.

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Bowdoin Fellows Kick-off Summer Community Work

Two dozen Bowdoin students have fellowships from Bowdoin this summer to intern for local organizations committed to helping Maine's people and its environment.

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Bowdoin Senior's Immigration Study Contributes to State House Debate

To help ameliorate a looming workforce shortage in the state, state senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has introduced a bill this legislative session that aims to attract and retain new Mainers. The bill aligns with immigration-related work that senior Thomas Freeman did last summer, when he interned for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., in Brunswick with a Denning Fellowship.

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McKeen Center Symposium Celebrates a Year of Doing Good

Each spring, the McKeen Center holds a symposium on campus to recognize community-focused research and service of students over the academic year.

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Students Practice Philanthropy in Common Good Grant Program

The McKeen Center recently hosted the Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony and Reception in Moulton Lounge to distribute grants to eight local organizations. The Common Good Grant Committee is a student-driven program that provides grants to nonprofits in the greater Brunswick area. Since 2001, the committee has given out more than $240,000 in grants to over 85 organizations.

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Purple Media Plunge Project Attracts Media Attention of Its Own

Bowdoin's Purple Media Plunge Project, a month-long challenge in which students stray from their comfortable news sites — where they can reliably read articles with a liberal or conservative bent — and instead make an effort to read news from the other side, finds itself in the news. WCSH's Caroline Cornish interviewed Daniel O'Berry '17, Justin Pearson '17 and Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
 Associate Director Tom Ancona for their perspective on how reading news headlines from the left and right affects views on politics and the media.

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ASB Students Reflect on Visits to Philly, Guatemala, Atlanta, S.F., ME., New Orleans

Perhaps as important as going on Alternative Spring Break trips is the reflection and analysis the students do on their experiences after they've returned home and to campus.

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Four Alumni in Affordable Housing Describe Their Efforts to Shelter People

The McKeen Center for the Common Good recently hosted a panel of four alumni who are providing affordable housing in Maine and beyond. The four guests work for a social services agency, a law firm, a nonprofit affordable housing investment fund, and a nonprofit affordable housing developer. They answered a range of questions, from addressing the nitty gritty of their jobs to speaking about the entrenched social inequalities, market realities, and political inaction that can lead to homelessness.

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