Story posted November 10, 2008
At the dedication of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good in September, the Bowdoin community was pleased to welcome Adam Weinberg '87, Executive Vice President of World Learning and Provost of SIT Graduate Institute, who spoke on "Educating for Democracy." Focusing on the shift in higher education from service and volunteerism to "community engagement that enhances student learning while also benefiting the community," Adam emphasized the importance of strong partnerships and empowering students to become problem solvers in the context of "doing the work of democracy - the work of the people by the people." In this way, Adam communicated a provocative vision for the future of the McKeen Center and the Center's work at Bowdoin. We invite you to listen to Adam's full talk.
Since January 2006, Adam Weinberg has served as Executive Vice President of World Learning, a global non-profit organization operating international education and development programs. The SIT Graduate Institute, one of the organization’s education programs of which Adam is Provost, prepares students to become informed and effective leaders, professionals, and global citizens. Weinberg joined World Learning from Colgate University, where he held a number of faculty positions since 1994, including vice president and dean of the college from 2002 to 2005. During his eleven-year tenure at Colgate, Weinberg applied his background in sociology to both academic leadership and administrative oversight. His work on civic education has garnered national attention from a number of major foundations and he has achieved a considerable record in the area of sustainable development, including micro-enterprise development, poverty reduction programs, and educational initiatives. He has also been involved in a national effort directed toward youth political engagement, an activity that began as a project in a course he taught. Weinberg is a member of Bowdoin’s Class of 1987 and did work at Cambridge University before earning his master’s degree and doctorate at Northwestern University.