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Seeking the Common Good Series

Story posted January 27, 2010

Innovation for Change

In a constantly changing world, we are all called upon to think innovatively to address pressing public issues of our time. What are the emerging challenges we will face in our global and local communities? How do we develop the skills necessary to address these for greater impact? This series invites the campus community to think differently in understanding the intersection of social and environmental problems and brings attention to how the values of a liberal education provide a foundation for addressing these problems.

Public Events

DJ Spooky’s Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica: Public Lecture
Thursday, February 11

7:30 p.m., Pickard Theater (Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Smith Union Info Desk.)
Paul D. Miller '92 is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer best known under his constructed persona, “DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.” Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica incorporates field recordings and audio samples from Miller’s visit to Antarctica, transforming the artist’s first-person encounter with the continent’s harsh, dynamic landscape into a large-scale multimedia performance. By connecting sound, hip-hop, and electronic music with a message, Miller demonstrates what it means to be a composer in the 21st century. Support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, sponsored by Africana Studies, Anthropology/Sociology, Arctic Studies, Coastal Studies, Environmental Studies Gender and Women's Studies, History, Music, Visual Art, the Bowdoin Scientific Station, and the McKeen Center: Seeking the Common Good Series.

A Ton of Carbon Emissions: Installation and Opening Reception

Monday, February 15
4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Morrell Lounge, Smith Union

It takes a ton of energy to keep a college running. Each year Bowdoin emits 24,000 tons of carbon dioxide. One ton of carbon gas fills up a 30’ x 30’ area. By creating a 3-D sculpture, Madelyn Sullivan '10 invites the campus community to consider tangible ways in which to reduce our individual and collective carbon emissions. Opening remarks at 4:30 p.m. This installation will be up for the entire week. Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department.

The Right to Relocation: Disappearing Island Nations and Common Ownership of the Earth: Public Lecture
Tuesday, February 16
7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union (Santagata Lecture)
Using the case study approach, Mathias Risse (Associate Professor of Public Policy and Philosophy at the Harvard Kennedy School) introduces the plight of small island nations whose existence is threatened by global climate change and helps illuminate what moral claims they have to international aid. Highlighting the intersection of environmental and social issues, Risse introduces implications for a range of problems that have recently preoccupied the global community, including immigration, obligations to future generations, climate change, and human rights. Sponsored by the Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund.

London 2012, Olympic Legacy and the Challenge of Sustainable Urbanism with John Gold: a Climate Days event
Thursday, March 4
7:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, VAC

At the heart of its bid for the 2012 games, London promised to offer the first "Sustainable" Games, setting new standards for the world to follow. The design of the Olympics- to be carried out by a number of leading international figures in the realm of architecture- will maximize sustainability through its buildings, and infrastructure, and through the staging of the games themselves. Olympic Park- located in an area of East London in dire need of regeneration- will ultimately become one of the largest urban parks ever created in Europe. Though a much heralded episode in the history of London and the Olympics, the sustainable Games of 2012 have also proved controversial. John Gold is Professor of Urban Historical Geography and a member of the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research at Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, UK. Co-sponsored by Athletics, Environmental Studies, History, Sustainable Bowdoin, and the Visual Art Department.

Sun Come Up: a documentary film by Jennifer Redfearn
Monday, March 8
7:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium

The Carteret Islanders, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, are among some of the world’s first environmental refugees. Rising seas contaminate their fresh water and gardening land, erode the shoreline and contribute to severe and often devastating weather. As their beloved homeland disappears into the sea, the Carteret Islanders will lose their connection to their culture, history, and close community. More information about the project.
Jennifer Redfearn is a New York-based director, producer, and writer. She comes to documentary filmmaking with a background in environmental and research science. She has conducted research at the world’s premiere tropical research station in Costa Rica and the world’s second largest coral reef in Belize. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Co-sponsored by Gender Womens Studies, Environmental Studies & Sustainable Bowdoin.


Sport Revolution Girls: A Conversation with Nok Duany and Aprelle Duany, Founders
Friday, February 5
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., McKeen Center Common Room, Banister Hall

Committed to the health and development of girls in South Sudan, Nok and Aprelle Duany have a vision for providing basic educational, economic and emotional support for the poorest of girls living in post-conflict communities. Using sports as a confidence builder, they have tapped into a compelling idea for social change and are learning how to build an international partnership to support their efforts in the process. http://www.sportrevolutiongirls.org/.

CANCELED Solving Problems by Investing in Research and Communities: A Conversation with Dr. Shelley Hearne '83 CANCELED
Tuesday, February 9
4:00 – 5:00 p.m., McKeen Center Common Room, Banister Hall

The Pew Charitable Trust is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems and invests in programs that accomplish this. In multiple roles Shelly Hearne has applied these concepts to address social and environmental issues related to public health including epidemics, pollution, protection against disease, disaster and bio-terrorism and reducing risks in food, medical and consumer products. Join Shelly for a conversation about Pew, her work as a scientist, and how she has used her Bowdoin education (Chemistry/ES) for the benefit of society.

Water and Energy in the Age of Industrial Agriculture: A look at resource use in our food production with Mark Glauth
Wednesday, February 17
7:30 p.m., Quinby House

How much petroleum does it take to grow a head of lettuce? Mark Glauth grew up on a family ranch in the Colorado mountains. Educated in physics and engineering, he became a Navy Pilot. He has spent much of the last 10 years working with the Northern Arizona University Sustainable Energy Solutions group researching and developing renewable energy technologies. Mark was also a founding board member of the Colorado Harvesting Energy Network and Conservation District board Member. For more information contact Sean Morris. Sponsored by Quinby House.

Innovative Ideas in Sustainable Development: A Conversation with Social Entrepreneurs Sara Holby '08 and Alex Petroff
Tuesday, February 23
4:15 - 5:30 p.m., McKeen Center, Banister Hall 106

Sara Holby '08 spent a year volunteering in Kisii, Kenya working to address issues of health with an organization she connected with during her off campus study program. Returning to the States, she turned her desire to make a long-term change in the community in which she lived a possibility by starting a business, Ajiri Tea, which employs the village women and sends profits to pay school fees for village orphans. TED Senior Fellow and Topsham resident, Alexander Petroff is building a working village in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo that is a model of sustainable self-sufficiency. Working Villages International shows how job creation and improved quality of life is possible without relying on petroleum, costly machinery and borrowed money.

Options for Brunswick's Local Food Network
Saturday, February 27
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Bowdoin Architecture Studio (below Frontier Cafe), Fort Andross

Where do we shop for food?  Where does our food come from in the winter?  How can a farmers' market support local food while being a space for learning and reconnecting with the land and our community?
Rekindling a conversation that started through a Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship, join Maina Handmaker '11, Prof. Wiebke Theodore, and Brunswick's farmers, teachers, and planners for a community forum on how to support our local food network.  Engage in this conversation of options and discover what a permanent year-round farmers' market space could do for our community food system. Space is limited.  For more information and to RSVP contact Maina Handmaker.


The Compelling 3-Minute Video: Workshop in Short Documentary Film Development
Wednesday, February 3
4:15 - 5:30 p.m., McKeen Center, Banister Hall 106

As important as getting your message out to those who can support your cause is constructing that message in a way that is compelling and moves others to act. This workshop provides an overview of the important components of effective documentaries and an introduction to the technological tools available to make them. All participants will be eligible for free consultation from Bowdoin’s IT department on making videos spring semester.  Co-sponsored by the Bowdoin IT Department.

From Prospecting to Proposal Delivery: Workshop in Grant Writing
Thursday, February 4
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., McKeen Center, Banister Hall 106
Good ideas need funding to make them a reality, and funders are ready to support good ideas. The key is in knowing how to make your case. This workshop introduces participants to the basic steps of grant writing from finding a match, to drafting a proposal and creating a budget and provide an overview of the elements of strong proposals.  Co-sponsored by Corporate & Foundation Relations.

Green Global Initiatives: Career Panel
Tuesday, February 9
7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Increasingly, more and more jobs will be addressing issues related to the environment and green global initiatives. Hear from professionals working in green jobs about upcoming opportunities, the changing landscape of 'green careers' and ways to best prepare yourself for working in the environmental field.  Sponsored by the Global Green Initiatives Student Group.

Calling All Entrepreneurs, Money Makers and Change Agents: Workshop in Project Development
Thursday, February 11
4:15 - 5:30 p.m., McKeen Center, Banister 106
Entrepreneurs figure out how to turn innovative ideas into action for a profit, and Social Entrepreneurs innovatively solve public problems in a sustainable manner. If you are either one, or just have a good idea you want to put into a tangible plan, join Bowdoin alums Chris Speh '67 (business entrepreneur) who will provide an overview of how to develop marketable proposals and then workshop specific ideas from Maina Handmaker '11, Sean Morris '10 and Madelyn Sullivan '10 as examples. Participants will also get a chance to hear about a particular Bowdoin opportunity for jump-starting a good idea this summer from Dighton Spooner. Co-sponsored by Career Planning.

Pitch an Angel
Thursday, February 25
1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Room 204, Sargent Gym

For students who have further developed their plans for innovative approaches to problems, entrepreneur Chris Speh '67 and Dighton Spooner from the CPC will listen to pitches, provide input, and help connect projects to resources when applicable. These 20-minute individual consultation periods are particularly useful for moving proposals in the direction they need to go for success. For more information and to sign up, contact Shawn Gerwig. Participants should be ready to submit a short written proposal for panel to review one week in advance.  Co-sponsored by Career Planning.

Coming this Spring!

Literature as a Lens on the Common Good
April 7-30
Literature as a Lens on the Common Good
will take a multi-disciplinary look at the impact of writers and literature on shaping visions of and working for the common good, and explore how literature can provide both inspiration for and reflection on effecting change.

Locovore Dinner
Thursday, April 22 in Thorne Dining Hall

A Ton of Food – an Installation
Tuesday, May 4
What is a ton of food and how far does a ton go in feeding people around the world? What are the ways in which food security and insecurity impact our communities? How does food sustainability illuminate the relationship between social and environmental problems? Through creative installations and collaborations, the Bowdoin community will be invited to consider responses and solutions to these questions.

The yearlong series Seeking the Common Good encourages and supports learning and reflection about the meaning of the common good through multiple events connected by a common theme to help promote the exploration and understanding of public issues.

For more events related to the environment and to climate change visit the ES calendar of events.

The McKeen Center would like to thank event sponsors as well as sponsors who agreed to have their events listed in this series as indicated above. This series is also funded in part through the generous support the Morgan Family Foundation.

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