Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Seeking the Common Good Series: Fall 2010

Story posted September 29, 2010

Your Cause.  Your Community.  Your World.

How do you translate your passion for an issue or a cause into action? What makes you engage in addressing a problem in your community? This series explores multiple notions of and approaches to activism with a focus on connections between activism and community, the impact of new media on engagement, and the different faces of activism internationally.

Schedule of Events


Women in Action: a Nicaraguan Dance Troupe
Thursday, September 30
Workshop – 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Performance – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
Interested in dance? Participate in this dance workshop with Compas de Nicaragua, an organization that strives to arrange community health initiatives, business programs, and education programs in Nicaragua. The dance troupe consists of members of a women’s group in Managua called Women in Action. For more information contact Christina Pindar.
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization, Latin American Studies, Departments of Romance Languages and Sociology/Anthropology 

Latinos and Health Policy: Dinner Discussion with David A. Morales '97, Massachusetts Health Policy Commissioner
Friday, October 1
6:00-7:30 p.m., Multicultural House (30 College St.)
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, Health Policy Commissioner David A. Morales '97 will be speaking on Latinos and health policy, cultural-community engagement, and his own story as a Latino Bowdoin graduate who became involved in government.
Co-sponsored by LASO and the Dean’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs. 

Bowdoin Pakistan Flood Relief Week
Wednesday, October 13 - Thursday, October 21
Gelato and A capella Kick-Off Night, Gelato Fiasco, Wednesday, October 13, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Multicultural Coffeehouse with Latin American Students Organization
, Russworm House, Thursday, October 14, 7:30-10:00 p.m.
African American Society Bake Sale
Smith Union, Thursday, October 14, 12:00-4:00  p.m.
Documentary screening of "Battle for Islam" with a student panel
, Frontier Cafe, Friday, October 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Pakistani Bazaar Fundraiser
, Morrell Lounge, Saturday, October 16, 1:30-6:00 p.m.
African Alliance Multicultural Potluck
, Daggett Lounge, October 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rockistan Relief: a Bowdoin Musical Collective concert
, Jack Magee's Pub, Saturday, October 16, 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
 Bowdoin Chapter Habitat for Humanity Box Sleep Out
, Quad, October 16, late night-Sunday morning
"Take Back the Night V-Day Walk
, start at the polar bear in front of Smith Union, Monday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.
An Evening of Lectures about Pakistan: Pre and Post flood with Asst Prof of History Rachel Sturman, Mark Richey, Central Asia Institute, and Nadim Afridi, Chair, Flood Relief Division, APPNE
, Kresge Theatre, Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Bollywood Pub Night
, the Pub, Thursday, October 21, 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
For updates and more information contact BPFRW or follow along on FACEBOOK: Bowdoin Students and Friends for Pakistan Relief
Co-sponsored by African Alliance, African American Society, Amnesty International: Bowdoin College Chapter, Anokha, Asian Students Association, Bella Mafia, Bowdoin Christian Fellowship, Bowdoin Music Collective, BSG, Catholic Students Union, Habitat for Humanity: Bowdoin College Chapter, Haitian Alliance, Hillel, LASO, McKeen Center, Muslim Students Association, Residential Life, Student Global Aids Campaign, Ursus Versus, V‐Day

Princeton in Africa Info Session
Thursday, October 14 8:00-9:00 p.m., 106 Banister Hall
Join Frank Strasburger, a founder of Princeton in Africa, to learn about this program which develops young leaders committed to Africa's advancement by offering them year-long fellowship opportunities with organizations across the African continent. In 2009-2010, the first year that Princeton in Africa began accepting applications from graduating seniors beyond Princeton, Jamie Nadeau '10, became a Fellow and is working with the Kucetekela Foundation in Zambia. This year's application deadline is Friday, November 19. Come hear more about the program and bring your questions. For more information:
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Fellowships and the McKeen Center.

Examining the Impact of the new National Ocean Policy: a symposium
October 15-16
Hosted by the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center, this symposium will examine the impact and implications of the policy reforms in the recently unveiled new National Ocean Policy.  These reforms by the Obama Administration could have significant implications for many stakeholders and for the health of marine ecosystems.
Co-sponsors: Biology Department, Bowdoin College, Bowdoin Scientific Station, Coastal Studies Center, Environmental Studies Program, Government Department, McKeen Center, Sea Grant Maine, and through a gift from Trustee Geoff Rusack '78, P'13, and Alison Wrigley Rusack P'13.

Empowering Tibetan Girls: a Presentation
Wednesday, October 20
8:00 p.m., Banister Hall 106
Ruiqi Tang '13, a 2010 Global Citizens Grant recipient shares her experiences of community activism with a home for girls in Tibet.

Building Connections for Civil Society: a Public Lecture by Joshua Stern, founder of ENVAYA
Tuesday, October 26
7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Learn from recent Stanford University graduate Joshua Stern about using technology to empower and connect grassroots organizations around the world.
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, Department of Computer Science, McKeen Center, Career Planning Center.

Striking for Change
Alumni Perspectives on the 1970 Bowdoin Student Strike
Friday, November 5
1:00 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, VAC
In May of 1970, outraged at the invasion of Cambodia by U.S. troops and the killing of four students protesting the ROTC at Kent State University, Bowdoin students, faculty, and administrators voted to begin a campus-wide strike that would last the rest of the academic year. How and why did Bowdoin students decide to strike? What did student activism look like at Bowdoin then? What was the impact of the strike on campus and in the Brunswick community? Hear about the events that inspired and followed the 1970 Student Strike from alumni and faculty who were present, including President Barry Mills '72. Moderator: Elyse Terry '11.
Student Panel and Perspectives on the 1970 Strike
Tuesday, November 8
7:00 p.m.
, Buck 211
Sponsored by the Departments of Education and History, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good. 


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