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Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
4690 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011

Ph: (207) 798-4133
Fx: (207) 798-4120

We're located in Banister Hall, on the south side of the Chapel.

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Public Housing and Community Development

Public Housing and Community Development

February 24, 2014 4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

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Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

Green Career Series: Corporate Sustainability

February 19, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Making a Difference in the Private Sector: Careers in Corporate Sustainability

Panelists include:
Kevin Bright: Sustainability Coordinator, Colby College
Amy Hattan: Corporate Sustainability Officer, Thornton Tomasetti
John Rooks: Sustainability Consultant, President and Founder, The Soap Group
Brad Bowers: Plant Manager, Oakhurst Dairy

Moderated by Katye Charrette- Emerging Professionals Committee, U.S. Green Building Council

Careers in green building are many and varied. Join us to hear from professionals about their careers in Corporate Sustainability. The Green Careers Series is a fun, casual way to learn about green careers and pick the brains of folks who are working in the field. After a moderated discussion with panelists, there will be ample opportunity for Q&A and conversation.

This program is a project of the Emerging Professionals Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, Maine Chapter, and hosted by the Bowdoin College Career Planning Center and the Environmental Studies Program. Questions? Call 725-3396.

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CANCELLED: For the Rights of All: Jim Crow in Alaska

CANCELLED: For the Rights of All: Jim Crow in Alaska

February 13, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS, THIS FILM SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. This documentary reveals the true-life story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who became an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights.

Free.

Sponsored by the Russell and Janet Doubleday Endowment.

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Michael Franz presents: Attack of the Super PACs: the Impact of Outside Groups in American Elections

Michael Franz presents: Attack of the Super PACs: the Impact of Outside Groups in American Elections

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

Michael M. Franz, Associate Professor of Government is the featured speaker. His talk is titled: Attack of the Super PACs: the Impact of Outside Groups in American Elections.

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

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Environmental Justice: At the Crossroads with Public Health, Conservation Politics, and Generational Change

Environmental Justice: At the Crossroads with Public Health, Conservation Politics, and Generational Change

February 8, 2014 10:00 AM  – 4:00 PM
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership, Beebe Room

Schwartz Outdoor Leadership, Beebe Room

This program will bring together practitioners and experts in the environmental justice movement who will focus on the interconnected issues of environmental health, and conservation politics. Speakers and participants will also explore and discuss the importance of equity, inclusiveness and diversity for the future of the environmental movement and social change.

Angela Park will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Park is the founder and executive director of Diversity Matters (soon to be Mission Critical), a Fellow of the Sustainability Institute's Donella Meadows Leadership Program, and author of Everybody's Movement: Environmental Justice and Climate Change. Ms. Park is a writer and a consultant to non-profits, governments, foundations, and companies. Much of her work focuses on the integration of social, environmental, and economic issues, and she is a leading expert on equity and diversity in the environmental field in the United States.

This symposium is free to Bowdoin students, staff, and faculty. A $10 registration fee to cover lunch is asked of other participants.

REGISTER HERE.

For more information please contact Rosie Armstrong, 207-725-3396, rarmstro@bowdoin.edu.

CO-SPONSORED BY the Departments of Africana Studies, Earth & Oceanographic Science, Gender & Women's Studies, Government & Legal Studies, History, Math, Philosophy, the Asian Studies Program, Environmental Studies Program, the McKeen Center, and Sustainable Bowdoin.

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Common Hour with Professor Ingrid Nelson, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Common Hour with Professor Ingrid Nelson, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

January 31, 2014 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Ingrid Nelson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, came to Bowdoin in 2010. She teaches courses on educational inequality, race and ethnicity, and research methods. Her current research focuses on the ways that families, schools and community-based organizations influence disadvantaged young people as they transition from high school to college. A graduate of Wellesley College, Professor Nelson earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Each semester the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture features a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

For more information and to view the full Spring 2014 Common Hour schedule, please visit: Events and Summer Programs: Common Hour

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Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive

January 30, 2014 12:00 PM  – 8:00 PM
David Saul Smith Union, Morrell Lounge

Be a Hero, Save a Life!

Blood cancer is the leading cause of childhood death in the USA, even though the cure is known: a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor. Everyone has a match somewhere, but most patients never find one.

The solution is simple: a quick Q-tip swab of your cheek cells, and a little paperwork will get you into the database of potential donors. There's no obligation to donate if you end up being a match (odds are 1 in 540). Registering takes just a few minutes and no appointment is needed.

Learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw5HTSEcyxo

This event is sponsored by the Athletics Department, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, and Delete Blood Cancer.

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Climbing PoeTree Performance, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Celebration

Climbing PoeTree Performance, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Celebration

January 20, 2014 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Climbing PoeTree (Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman) is a performing duo from Brooklyn, New York, that explores the intersection of arts and activism by interweaving spoken word, hip hop and award-winning multi-media theater. 


With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to tell powerful stories of love and liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, woman's empowerment and human transcendence.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs.

Free. No tickets required. For more information contact the Office of Events and Summer Programs, events@bowdoin.edu or 207-725-3433.

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Children's Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Children's Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2014 10:30 AM  – 12:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

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Wabanaki History, Trauma, Child Welfare and Healing

Wabanaki History, Trauma, Child Welfare and Healing

December 4, 2013 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Come and listen to a presentation and participate in a Q & A panel discussion with Esther Attean of Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Commissioners Gail Werrbach and gkisedtanamoogk. This truth and reconciliation commission was created in 2012 through a mandate signed by the five Wabanaki Chiefs and Maine Governor LePage to examine what has happened, what is happening, and what needs to happen regarding Maine child welfare practice with Wabanaki people. The process represents the first of its kind effort within U.S. territory that has been collaboratively developed between Indian nations and a state government. Maliseet poet Mihku Paul will open the evening by sharing one of her poems.

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Enrique Yepes presents: Displacement, Poetry, Environment: Maria Mercedes Carranza's Song of the Flies

Enrique Yepes presents: Displacement, Poetry, Environment: Maria Mercedes Carranza's Song of the Flies

December 4, 2013 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Enriques Yepes, Associate Professor of Romance Languages is the featured speaker. His talk is titled: Displacement, Poetry, Environment: Maria Mercedes Carranza's Song of the Flies.

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

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Conversation with Kristin Waters '89 and Project Blue Collar - Support the Underdog

Conversation with Kristin Waters '89 and Project Blue Collar - Support the Underdog

November 15, 2013 3:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Banister Hall, Joseph McKeen Ctr for the Common Gd

Join us as we welcome Kristin Waters '89 and learn more about Project Blue Collar - Support the Underdog.  This is a movement to publicly identify and celebrate the rescue dog and to change the perception of shelter dogs from being damaged to being priceless. It's a way to share stories of how an underdog became a hero and a chance to educate and inspire others to give shelter dogs a chance.
Learn more about PBC at http://www.projectbluecollar.com/

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Voluntary Environmentalists?

Voluntary Environmentalists?

November 6, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Voluntary Environmentalists: Are green clubs a win for businesses and the environment?

Many companies around the world are participating in voluntary programs that require them to do good things for the environment, even beyond the requirements of government regulations. Some environmentalists worry that these programs are yet more corporate propaganda attempting to greenwash companies' poor environmental records. Supporters see in these programs great potential to improve environmental conditions in an era when gridlock prevents government led solutions. In this talk I will propose an analytic lens that focuses on what problems these programs can solve and what types of rules they need to be effective. Voluntary programs can induce companies to reduce their pollution emissions if they offer a mechanism that credibly signals their superior environmental behavior.

Matthew Potoski is a Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses on corporate environmental management, and his research focuses on management, voluntary environmental programs, and public policy. He co-authored The Voluntary Environmentalists (Cambridge, 2006) and was co-editor of Voluntary Programs (MIT, 2009). He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the International Public Management Journal.

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and the McKeen Center for the Common Good, the Bowdoin Globalist, and the Government & Legal Studies Department with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.

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Gay Rights in Russia: Activists Speak Out

Gay Rights in Russia: Activists Speak Out

November 5, 2013 4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM
Quinby House, Living Room

A panel of Russian LGBT rights activists from Arkhangelsk (Portland's sister city) address the challenges of working in Russia's current political climate and look ahead to the international debate surrounding the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. Following the panel, there will be a Q and A session.

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Susan Bell presents: Providing Hospital Care for New Mainers: Bridging Differences in Outpatient Settings

Susan Bell presents: Providing Hospital Care for New Mainers: Bridging Differences in Outpatient Settings

October 22, 2013 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Susan Bell
, A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences is the featured speaker. Her talk is titled: Providing Hospital Care for New Mainers: Bridging Differences in Outpatient Settings.

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

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Colin Woodard on Watchdog Journalism

Colin Woodard on Watchdog Journalism

October 16, 2013 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge

Watchdog Journalism: The Vital Role of a Threatened Discipline

Colin Woodard, an award-winning author and journalist, is State & National Affairs Writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he recently won a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is a longtime foreign correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The San Francisco Chronicle. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He is the author of American Nations: A History of The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Viking Press, 2011), The Republic of Pirates: Being The True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (Harcourt, 2007), the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking Press, 2004), a cultural and environmental history of coastal Maine, and Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction account of the deterioration of the world's oceans. He lives in Midcoast Maine. www.colinwoodard.com

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Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities in an Interconnected World

Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities in an Interconnected World

October 3, 2013 4:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

This two-day symposium (Oct. 3-4) examines the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. 

Participants include leading scholars in Anthropology, Education, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Africana Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies who conduct research in the United States, Canada and Latin America. For more information and the complete list of participants and schedule of events, click here.

ALL PANELS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Education and Sociology and Anthropology, and by the Latin American Studies Program.

Thursday, October 3

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. "Claiming Belonging: Dilemmas of Identity among Adolescents in the Americas"

Friday, October 4

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics"

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. "Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future"

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Bowdoin College's 15th Annual Common Good Day

Bowdoin College's 15th Annual Common Good Day

September 28, 2013 7:30 AM  – 5:00 PM
Farley Field House, Infield

Bowdoin's 15th Annual Common Good Day will take place on Saturday, September 28th from 11:30am to 4:30pm. Over five hundred Bowdoin students, faculty, staff and alumni will volunteer with dozens of local organizations and complete a variety of projects including trail maintenance, arts and crafts, gardening, dog-walking, tutoring and sorting food. All participants will also receive lunch and a free t-shirt. Join us on September 28th to get involved, give back and get to know your community!  Families and kids are welcome.


Students can register starting September 17th at www.bowdoin.edu/mckeen-center.

Other community members can register online now:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MHzQDVXkiandfvh8wd_bMSVT_E1MHnheyPFnLvFE0k0/viewform

Questions?  Email commongoodday@bowdoin.edu or call 207-798-4274.

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Applications of Network Science to Environmental Policy (Mark Lubell)

Applications of Network Science to Environmental Policy (Mark Lubell)

September 17, 2013 7:30 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Professor Mark Lubell, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California-Davis, will share lessons learned from more than 15 years conducting economics valuation research to inform public policy decisions. He will speak about social networks as core components of policy processes and individual decision-making. The emerging field of network science is developing theories and methods for studying networks in empirical settings. This talk will provide an overview of the application of network science to public policy, including case studies of water management, sustainable viticulture, and climate change on public lands. For more information, see the webpage.

Co-sponsored by the Government Department, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, and Environmental Studies Program. For more information call 725-3396.

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McKeen Center Volunteer Fair

McKeen Center Volunteer Fair

September 6, 2013 11:30 AM  – 1:00 PM
Quadrangles, Hyde Plaza

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