Story posted September 04, 2008
Join the campus community as it celebrates the opening of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good during a week of dedicatory events. The schedule begins with a Common Hour talk with Senator George Mitchell '54 and concludes with the dedication of the McKeen Center.
Common Hour with Senator George J. Mitchell '54
Celebratory Common Hour with the former Senate majority leader, architect of the Northern Ireland peace accord, leader of the investigation into illegal steroid use in Major League Baseball, chancellor of Queen's University of Belfast, and former chairman of The Walt Disney Company. Advance tickets are now sold out. Same-day tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis when the Pickard Theater Box Office opens at 11:30 a.m. Bowdoin ID required. The event will also be projected into Wish Theater to allow overflow seating for anyone not able to obtain a ticket.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall
“Tapas: A Taste of Spindleworks”
This inaugural installation of the McKeen Center’s Community Art Wall features pieces created by clients of Spindleworks, an Independence Association affiliate.
On display through November 19
McKeen Center for the Common Good, Banister Hall
For her public art course with Mark Wethli, Carina Sandoval '10 worked with the McKeen Center for the Common Good's staff to understand the center's mission and the purposes of its Banister Hall space. Her design was chosen for installation, and she worked to create "Quilt Squares" during the summer of 2008 in preparation for the opening of the McKeen Center. Members of the campus community are encouraged to stop by the McKeen Center to view the project. View time-lapse photography of the project.
McKeen Center for the Common Good, Banister Hall
The 10th Annual Common Good Day
Some 500 students, faculty and staff will volunteer for an afternoon of service projects in the Midcoast region, ranging from gardening and trail maintenance to grant research and spending time with the elderly. In addition, alumni will convene in cities throughout the country for projects of their own. Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols, a former major with the Maine State Police, will speak at the event’s lunch gathering. Advance registration required.
Noon to 4 p.m.
Cleaveland Quad and in the community
Faculty Seminar: “Waiting for Section 8”
How do families on the list for Section 8 rental housing vouchers manage during the 12 to 18 months they must wait before vouchers become available? Student-faculty research with the Brunswick Housing Authority provides the answer. Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology Craig McEwen, the senior faculty fellow for the McKeen Center, will speak. Open to faculty and staff.
Noon to 1 p.m.
Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Slideshow: Opportunities in Service Abroad
This past summer, Kyle Dempsey '11 volunteered at one of Nicaragua's largest public hospitals. His offer of assistance turned into the experience of a lifetime, and with the support of mentoring doctors Kyle was able learn and then perform significant medical procedures. His service was supported by a Global Citizens Grant, which provides students with the opportunity to pursue summer volunteer and public service projects outside of the United States. Join Kyle for a slide show about his summer in Nicaragua and his experiences in the clinic, and be sure to check out former Global Citizen Grant recipient Willy Oppenheim '09's web site containing international service opportunities.
8 to 9 p.m.
Room 106, Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, Banister Hall
"Seeking the Common Good" Series: "Manufactured Landscapes"
“Narmada: A Valley Rises”
This film screening is the first event in "Seeking the Common Good," a yearlong series of lectures, films, exhibitions, and other activitiesthat explore the varied views of the meaning of the common good as well asproblems and issues of wide public concern. "Manufactured Landscapes," the first portion of this series, uses global perspectives to examine the environmental crisis of waste disposal. "Narmada: A Valley Rises" follows 6,000 farmers and tribal people as they embark on an epic march to draw national and international attention to human rights abuses and to pressure the Indian government into conducting a comprehensive review of a dam project. The march is modeled on Gandhi’s famous Salt March against British Imperial rule. Introduced by Mellon Global Scholar Ashish Kothari. Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
Open House and Reception for the McKeen Center for the Common Good
Featuring the exhibit "Bowdoin and the Common Good." The exhibit highlights what “serving for the common good” has meant to different members of the Bowdoin community over the past 200 years; features profiles of the public engagement activities of students, faculty, staff and alumni; and provides opportunities for all to share personal and collective commitments to advancing the common good together.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Morrell Lounge, Smith Union
Dedication with Public Talk by Adam Weinberg '87
President Barry Mills will formally dedicate the McKeen Center and introduce the keynote speaker, Adam Weinberg '87. A former professor of sociology and dean of the college at Colgate University, Adam is the executive vice president of World Learning, a global non-profit organization operating international education and development programs. He serves as the provost of World Learning's SIT Graduate Institute, which prepares students to become informed and effective leaders, professionals, and global citizens. His work on civic education has garnered national attention from a number of major foundations and he has achieved a considerable record in the areas 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. He will give an address entitled "Educating for Democracy."
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
Also on September 26:
Taste for Change Dinner
The student-led community service group Food Forward will host its first Taste for Change dinner of the semester. The menu and discussion will center around Cuba, which has been devastated by four consecutive hurricanes in this season and is in need of international aid. Dinner will be followed by a discussion led by Ian Yaffe '09, who spent spring 2008 at the University of Havana. Please click for reservation information.
Dinner at 6 p.m., discussion at 7 p.m.
"Seeking the Common Good" Series: "Peculiar Obligations"
Special Collections Display
The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives will display artifacts that illuminate our understanding of McKeen's call. This exhibit complements the research conducted for "Historical Perspectives on the Common Good," the collection of original scholarship that will be unveiled at the McKeen Center's open house and reception.
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 2nd floor gallery
September 26, 2008 to January 20, 2009
"The center's concept expands beyond any single physical space, as it offers the resources to connect people and projects across campus and throughout our local, state, national, and international communities."