News Archives

Common Good Grants Awarded to Nine Local Nonprofits

The McKeen Center recently announced nine Brunswick area non-profits would be receiving Common Good Grants, of up to $2500 each

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Students Gain Perspective on Alternative Spring Break Trips

In March, over 70 Bowdoin students spent their first week of spring vacation participating in intensive public service initiatives as part of Alternative Spring Break.

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'What Matters' Campus Conversations: Diversity in the Science Classroom

'What Matters' campus conversation discusses diversity in the physics classroom.

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Maggie Acosta ’16 Presents Birthing Research at Development Conference

Senior Maggie Acosta applied to present her findings on reproduction in northern India at the International Development Conference held outside of Toronto in early February. Her submission was accepted, and she gave a talk at the event, which is geared toward students, academics and professionals engaged in international development and aid work.

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Alternative Break Participants Connect and Reflect

A part of the Alternative Break program brings back the trip participants several weeks after they return to the routine of Bowdoin life.

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Students Tackle Poverty, Human Trafficking, Other Issues in Alternative Winter Break

"Alternative Winter Breaks are unique because they allow us to really see the kinds of work we can be doing outside of school. It makes the ideas that we talk about at Bowdoin concrete and not so abstract."

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Speak Up: New Campus Series Encourages Dialogue Around Difficult Issues

To respond to and generate discussion around current events as they come up, the McKeen Center has launched a “nimble” new community discussion series called What Matters.

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What Matters: A Global Conversation at Bowdoin About Syrian Refugees

In between classes last week, a group of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered in Hubbard Hall to discuss the millions of displaced Syrians fleeing their violent country.

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A Campus Debate About Anonymous Speech

To hear from students, staff and faculty about the role of anonymous speech at Bowdoin and more widely in the world, the McKeen Center for the Common Good held a conversation last Friday about whether postulating without outing oneself has a place in civil discourse. Professor of Anthropology Sarah Dickey and Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies Jeff Selinger moderated the discussion.

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Local Filmmaker To Show Doc About Brunswick's Spindleworks

The film, I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks, will be shown to the public Dec. 1, in Kresge Auditorium, at 7 p.m.

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Global Citizens Share and Reflect on their Worldly Experiences

Every year, Bowdoin’s Global Citizens program sends several students to do service and volunteer work around the world at locations they choose. This year, nine students were awarded Global Citizen grants, and several of them met to discuss their experiences over dinner at Frontier Cafe.

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Constitution-Day Speaker Addresses Same-Sex Marriage

In celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Bowdoin welcomed Steve Engel, associate professor and chair of politics at Bates College, to lecture on the research and theory of his forthcoming book, Fragmented Citizens: Changing Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Lives.

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Bowdoin in the Community on Common Good Day

On Saturday, more than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends volunteered to help 60 local service agencies. The volunteers gardened, did trail maintenance, visited the elderly, painted, cleaned up yards, assisted with grant research and played with children.

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Service and Adventure at the Coastal Studies Center

This year, the Outing Club and McKeen Center organized 30 orientation trips for approximately 500 incoming first years. Reporter Talia Cowen '16 shadowed one of the hybrid service and adventure trips at the Coastal Studies Center to to see what the trips, and the Class of 2019, are all about.

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Bowdoin’s 17th Annual Common Good Day

Join 500 of your fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni to pitch in and learn about your local community. Dozens of partner organizations will host projects including outdoor cleanup, painting, office support, recreating with seniors and kids, and more.

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'Community Matters' Fellows Work on Social and Environmental Problems

More than two dozen students this summer have grants from Bowdoin to intern for local organizations working on environmental, humanitarian or policy issues. The Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship program places students in a range of Maine-based organizations for 10-week internships, from town agencies and art organizations to housing authorities and environmental nonprofits.

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Housekeeper Hope Marden Receives McKeen Award

In one of his last acts as president of Bowdoin College, Barry Mills on Monday morning presented Hope Marden with an award recognizing her contributions to the community.

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McKeen Center Shines Light on Students Engaging with the Community

Each year, students majoring in subjects that span the curriculum incorporate community projects into their studies, partnering with local agencies from across the street to organizations in places as far away as Asia and Africa.

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McKeen Center Recognizes Community Stand-Outs

The McKeen Center this year has honored a few Bowdoin staff, faculty and students who, outside of their busy jobs and classes, commit hours of their free time to helping others in the community.

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Local 9th Graders Visit Bowdoin to Get Inspired By College

The aim of Aspirations in Maine Day is to inspire high school students from nearby towns to go to college.

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Students Analyze Alternative Spring Break Trips

Student participants of Alternative Spring Break trips gathered recently with faculty, peers and representatives from local agencies to explore opportunities for continued engagement in the social issues they investigated during their March break.

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Reflections from Tom Read ' 15 - ASB Leader and Teaching Minor

Tom Read '15 was fortunate enough to co-lead an Alternative Spring Break Trip to Washington, D.C. that focused on learning more about urban education. The trip proved to be an incredible opportunity to develop many of the skills he learned in the course of completing the Teaching minor at Bowdoin.

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Alumni and Current Students Connect

Bowdoin alumni remain connected to the College in a variety of ways. This semester, Ian Yaffe '09 and Peter Hill '02 are working with current students Christine Rheem '15 and Dominique Wein '15, respectively, to collaborate on community-engaged projects supporting the students' academic and professional growth.

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Russwurm Lecture and Book Discussion with Craig Steven Wilder March 31-April 1

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at MIT and a leading historian of race in America, will deliver the annual John Brown Russwurm Lecture at 6:30 p.m., March 31, 2015, in Main Lounge, Moulton Union. A book discussion follows April 1 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.

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New McKeen Fellowship Fuses Community Engagement and Academics

The Denning Summer Fellowship is unique in that it intentionally links advanced-level students’ summertime internships with their academics.

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Education Reformer George Khaldun ’73 Gives Career Talk

George Khaldun ’73 has forged a career educating and supporting children, and by so doing, has helped strengthen an entire community. He recently spoke to students at the McKeen Center.

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Alternative Break Students Study Poverty and Policy

The intertwining of policy with social issues was deliberate. "We wanted to give students the big picture, an overview of the policies that affect issues on the ground," Garcia explained.

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Congress Passes Wild and Scenic Legislation

Shana Stewart Deeds, Lab Instructor in Biology, worked to achieve Wild and Scenic River designation for two Vermont rivers - thereby qualifying them for federal funds for conservation and management in order to protect the outstanding value of the rivers.

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Bowdoin Art Activists Brighten Local Rec Center

The student club, which is made up of about 10 active members, has just completed its first big project of the year.

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