Each year the McKeen Center for the Common Good invites students to present the work they've done over the past year—whether for classes, independent studies, or extracurricular community service—that has involved the people and organizations in Brunswick, the local region, or elsewhere in Maine.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.