Story posted September 29, 2008
Members of the Bowdoin and Midcoast communities came together on September 26, 2008 at an afternoon public exhibition celebrating the opening of the McKeen Center. The exhibition included profiles of publicly engaged students, faculty, staff, and alumni; students' original research on civic activities conducted at Bowdoin over the last 200 years; and Assistant Professor of Art Mike Kolster's series of photographs of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Portions of the exhibition remain on display in Smith Union's Morrell Lounge this week.
The celebration continued that evening with remarks by President Barry Mills and Adam Weinberg '87, the executive vice president of World Learning and provost of SIT. Adam spoke about his experiences with publicly engaged education during his time as a professor of sociology and dean of the college at Colgate University, and he offered his recommendations for the future of public engagement at colleges like Bowdoin.
In these videos, students, faculty members, and community members give their take on the center and the exhibition. Photos from the event will be posted as soon as they are available.
"I realized how extensive the community service culture is here."
— Julia Bond '09