Current Semester Events

Common Good Day

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September 20, 2014 11:30 AM  – 4:00 PM
Farley Field House, Infield

Common Good Day is a campus-wide day of service. More than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Friends of Bowdoin volunteer with about 60 different service agencies and take on projects such as gardening, trail maintenance, visiting the elderly, painting, yard work, grant research, and spending time with children. This year's Common Good Day will offer plenty of opportunities to have fun and get involved, with events including a catered lunch, service projects, and a free t-shirt for all participants!

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Careers in the Locavore Economy

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September 25, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

There is more to the locavore movement than farmer's markets on the green! Maine is an incubator of entrepreneurial opportunities connected to the food economy, and Bowdoin alumni are playing an active role in its success. Come learn about their work, challenges and areas of growth. Panelists include representatives from the fishing industry, craft beer movement, international tea import start-up, and the role that foundations are playing in supporting local food initiatives. Refreshments will follow.

This will be a moderated discussion with plenty of time for questions and informal conversation over refreshments.The panelists are:

Jay Espy, '79 executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Based in Brunswick, the foundation focuses on the environment, animal welfare, and human well-being, primarily in Maine.

Before joining the Sewall Foundation, Espy served as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization. During his tenure, the Trust accelerated its land protection efforts along Maine's entire coast by conserving more than 125,000 acres and establishing the Maine Land Trust Network, which helps build capacity of local land trusts throughout Maine. Jay has an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin and master's degrees in business and environmental studies from Yale's School of Management and its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Sara Holby, '08 founder Ajiri Tea, Kenya

After graduating from Bowdoin College in May 2008, Sara Holby headed to Kisii, in western Kenya, to volunteer for a health-related non-governmental organization (NGO). When funding ran short for the NGO Sara worked with local women (and her sister and Mom), to found Ajiri tea, a non-profit that directly benefits local women, farmers and aids orphans. Ajiri Tea also supports Ajiri Foundation which together form a sustainable trade cycle to educate orphans in Western Kenya. Sarah was an ES/History major, who went to Kenya after graduation with a Global Citizen Grant from Bowdoin's McKeen Center. In her senior year, Sara was a co-president of the Outing Club.

Sean Sullivan, '08, executive director, Maine Brewers' Guild, and Co-founder, Buoy Local

The Maine Brewers' Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. The guild's mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the craft beer revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer. Buoy Local is a community-minded technology company based in Portland, ME with a mission to help consumers spend locally and grow greater Portland's economy. The company offers a single, community-based, 'open loop' gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent stores and businesses in the Portland region. Sean was an Art History major at Bowdoin.

Lucy Van Hook, '06 Fisheries Program Coordinator, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association

Lucy Van Hook is the Fisheries Program Coordinator at the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association and provides support to the groundfish sector as the Sector Data Analyst. She works on projects that focus on sustaining the inshore groundfish fishermen of Maine. Projects include building a greater constituency and increasing fishermen engagement, fishing gear and monitoring research, business planning for fishermen and expanding communication and outreach efforts to build a strong foundation for the organization.

Though Lucy's fishing experience is limited to trolling for mackeral, she grew up spending time in Penobscot Bay and has spent the last ten years living in Mid-coast Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a focus in biology and environmental studies and spent several years conducting field-based research in a fresh water ecosystem. Most recently, she earned her masters degree in climate science policy with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to building policy.

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Maine, Muskie and Smith [Streamed LIVE]

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October 8, 2014 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

An Election Season Conversation about 20th-Century Maine Politics featuring Muskie Biographer James Witherell, Smith Biographer Gregory Gallant, and Bowdoin Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies Jeffrey Selinger.

Mr. Witherell and Dr. Gallant will sign books following the presentation.

Co-sponsored by Pejepscot Historical Society and Bowdoin's Departments of History and Government and Legal Studies.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts page

For more information, call Pejepscot Historical Society at 729-6606.

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Threatened and Endangered: Flora and Fauna of Maine: Artist's Books by Rebecca Goodale - Streamed LIVE

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October 28, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Book artist Rebecca Goodale will present an illustrated talk about her multi-year project to create artist's books documenting all of the plants and animals on Maine's "Threatened and Endangered Species" lists.
The talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibition of Goodale's work, on display in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, and a related library exhibition, "Envisioning Extinctions," curated by Prof. Susan Wegner (Art History). A reception in the library will follow the talk.

This lecture is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Association of Bowdoin Friends, and the Bowdoin College Library.

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin's Live Webcasts page.

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John Fitzgerald presents: "Does Public Assistance Improve Long Run Outcomes for Children? Avoiding Spurious Correlations"

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October 29, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

John M. Fitzgerald
, William D. Shipman Professor of Economics is the featured speaker.  The title of his talk is: "Does Public Assistance Improve Long Run Outcomes for Children? Avoiding Spurious Correlations"

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Robert Ives: "Bowdoin Has a Chapel, but Does Bowdoin Have Religion?"

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November 6, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Robert E. Ives, Bowdoin's director of religious and spiritual life, presents "Bowdoin Has a Chapel, but Does Bowdoin Have Religion?" as part of the ongoing Community Lecture Series. A popular figure on campus, Ives served three coastal Maine churches after divinity school and also worked as a lobsterman and boat builder. For thirty-three years he was the director of the Carpenter's Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Maine, an apprenticeship school committed to building boats and serving others. 

Community Lectures take place 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union and include time for questions from the audience. Arrive at noon with a bag lunch. Beverages and cookies provided. The lectures are free and open to the public. Questions? Call 207-725-3253.

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Brodie Family Lecture: "Race, Income, and the Reduction of Inequality in American Education."

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November 6, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Sean Reardon delivers this year's Brodie Family Lecture address entitled, "Race, Income, and the Reduction of Inequality in American Education."

Dr. Reardon is the endowed Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and is Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University.  He is the recipient of a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar Award, a Carnegie Scholar Award, and a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellowship.

This event is free, and open to the public.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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"Double Consciousness: Remembering Black Images in American Struggles for Freedom"

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November 11, 2014 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Art historian Bridget R. Cooks will revisit the seminal Bowdoin exhibition The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting in the context of American struggles for racial equality through the visual arts. Cooks is Associate Professor in the Program in African American Studies and Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine. Her book Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum was awarded the inaugural James A. Porter & David C. Driskell Book Award in African American Art History (2013).

This lecture highlights Bowdoin's November 11 launch of Fifty Years Later: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting - A Digital ExhibitionThis innovative website, which features new research about the exhibition and a complete gallery of the artworks in the show, is the result of a collaboration between students, faculty, and staff in the Museum of Art, Department of Art History, Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, and Library.

Cooks' lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. You may RSVP here: http://cooksdoubleconsciousness.eventbrite.com or contact Christine Piontek at artmuseumevents@bowdoin.edu.

This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

Photo: Bridget Cooks

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Independent Summer Research at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science Information Session

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November 14, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)

Interested in applying your science knowledge to issues concerning the Gulf of Maine and the world's oceans? David Fields, Senior Research Scientists and Director of Bigelow's summer research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, will talk about opportunities for Bowdoin students to conduct independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. General areas of research include: marine microbiology, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, bioinformatics, sensory biology and phytoplankton ecology. Students will focus on laboratory-based research with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. Opportunities to participate in seminars, field trips, programs and social events will be provided.

The REU is a 10 week program funded by the National Science Foundation and includes housing in East Boothbay, Maine and a food allowance. For more information about the program and eligibility, go to the website:
https://www.bigelow.org/education/reu

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Abigail Killeen presents: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought"

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November 18, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Abigail Killeen
, Assistant Professor of Theater is the featured speaker.  The title of her talk is: "Words Made Flesh: How the Art of the Theater Serves the Liberal Arts by Embodying Thought."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Erik Nelson presents: "Measuring the Opportunity Cost of Critical Habitat Designation under the U.S. Endangered Species Act"

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December 3, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Erik Nelson
, Assistant Professor of Economics is the featured speaker.  The title of his talk is: "Measuring the Opportunity Cost of Critical Habitat Designation under the U.S. Endangered Species Act."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Children's Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

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January 19, 2015 10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

The Bowdoin College Library presents "A Children's Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr."
Join storyteller Al Miller and singer-songwriter Josephine Cameron for a program full of music, storytelling, and crafts in remembrance of Dr. King.
For ages five and up.
Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

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Assisting Immigrants through the U.S. Citizenship Process

January 29, 2015 4:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Valerie DeVuyst, coordinator of citizenship classes at Portland Adult Education, will explain the citizenship process and train students interested in tutoring immigrants who are preparing for the citizenship exam.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

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February 4, 2015 3:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Morrell Lounge

Did you know just one pint of whole blood can save 3 lives? If you are eligible, please consider giving blood today.

Schedule an donation appointment here (type "bowdoin college" into the Search box), or by calling 1-800-733-2767. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Film: 'For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska'

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

In observance of Black History Month the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center presents the film, For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska.

This one-hour, award winning documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Like Native Americans in the lower forty-eight states, Alaska Natives struggled to keep their basic human rights, as well as protect their ancient ties to the land. The Bill of Rights did not apply to them.

Elizabeth Peratrovich, a young Tlingit woman and mother of three, testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed their vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the U.S. since the Civil War.


Free and open to the public.

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Dinnertime Film and Discussion: 'Growing Local'

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February 10, 2015 6:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Growing Local is a short series by Maine Farmland Trust about small farms and the uncertain fate of the local food movement. The series weaves together three separate but connected stories to create a coherent narrative about local food and local farms. The goal of the project is to help fellow Mainers, and hopefully others around the country, better understand the agrarian landscape surrounding us and the important role it plays in growing community as well as food. The film makers hope to inspire viewers to actively seek out local foods for their own health, the health of their communities and that of the planet. 

We will be joined by Kristin Pierson, Apprentice, Crystal Spring Farm; Tristan Noyes, '05 GroMaine, Aroostock County, and Sarah Wiederkehr, Winterhill Farm

Join us for dinner (get dinner 'through the line' and eat in Daggett Lounge), watch the film (starting at 6:30) and participate in conversation with table mates and local farmers. Open to students with Board Plan and others at Polar Plus rates.

This event is being hosted at Bowdoin by the Environmental Studies Program, Sustainable Bowdoin, and Bowdoin Dining.

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Gallery Conversation: "'Now You Cookin' With Gas': Word and Image in African American Art"

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February 24, 2015 4:30 PM  – 5:30 PM
Museum of Art, Becker Gallery

Elizabeth Muther, associate professor of English, and students from her course "African American Literature and Visual Culture" will lead a tour of Letters and Shadows: African American Art and Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance.

Free and open to the public.

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Film and Discussion with David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg: 'From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction'

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February 26, 2015 5:00 PM  – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This award-winning documentary tells the incredible forgotten story of the passenger pigeon, its unlikely extinction, and its striking relevance to conservation challenges today. Almost 100 years ago on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon in existence (named after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo. A superabundant species of billions that darkened the entire sky disappeared in a matter of decades. 

What happened to the passenger pigeon? You could say we happened. Discover how and why this bird went extinct, and how this anthropogenic extinction foreshadows more recent, rapid, ongoing destruction of species in the wake of the deforestation, rising ocean temperatures, acidification of bodies of water, and melting of polar ice shelves that are of vital concern to the current generation of students. 

Director and co-writer David Mrazek and co-producer and co-writer Joel Greenberg enter into discussions with biologists concerning the current unsustainable taking of sharks, acidification of oceans and bleaching of coral reefs, destruction of reptile habitat, and "de-extinction" of lost species through genetic manipulation. 

View the trailer and information on the filmmakers at passengerpigeon.org.

Sponsored by Bowdoin College Departments of Art History, Biology, Cinema Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, Bowdoin Outing Club, Visual Arts and The Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.


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Portland Playback Theater: "Letting the World In: Stories of Discovery"

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February 26, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The Portland Playback Theater comes to campus for a wonderful evening of storytelling and improv theater! This troupe of highly-trained, multi-talented actors featuring Erin Curren, visiting lecturer in French, will "playback" audience stories of discovery, difficulty, culture, realization and more. The group joins the art of improvisation with real-life stories spontaneously shared by members of the audience. Using movement, dialogue and music, the actors seek to honor the countless moments and events that shape our lives. 

Portland Playback Theatre Company was founded in Portland, Maine in 2005. The Playback Theatre style models transformation; a new way to relate to the world. When trained playback practitioners enact a story told by a member of the audience, a deep bond of understanding is established between the “teller” and the audience. Playback helps people see their common humanity. When people join together in sharing their stories and watching the re-enactments, it engenders an ability to focus on commonalities rather then judgments of otherness.  

Hosted by the Off Campus Study office, along with the McKeen Center and other offices on campus.

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