Story posted September 19, 2008
Adam Weinberg, Bowdoin Class of 1987, will give a public talk titled "Educating for Democracy" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 26, 2008, in Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium. Admission is free.
Weinberg's talk is presented in conjunction with the opening and dedication of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin. The mission of the McKeen Center is to enable students to use their unique talents, passions and academic pursuits for the benefit of society through public engagement.
Adam Weinberg is executive vice president and SIT provost of World Learning, a global non-profit organization operating international education and development programs in more than 70 countries worldwide.
He joined World Learning in December 2005 from Colgate University, where he held a number of faculty positions since 1994, including vice president and dean of the college from 2002 to 2005. During his 11-year tenure at Colgate, Weinberg applied his background in sociology to both academic leadership and administrative oversight.
His work on civic education has garnered national attention from a number of major foundations and he has achieved a considerable record in the area of sustainable development, including micro-enterprise development, poverty reduction programs and educational initiatives. He has also been involved in a national effort directed toward youth political engagement, an activity that began as a project in a course he taught.
Weinberg has written extensively on universities as catalysts for social and economic development. He served as a taskforce member on President Bill Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development and has been involved in the development of numerous organizations that connect universities and communities, including the Partnership for Community Development, the COVE, Democracy Matters, and the Upstate Institute.
He was also the architect of Colgate's Residential Education program, which has attracted significant national attention for its innovative approach to civic education.
Weinberg graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin, and did work at Cambridge University before earning his master's degree and doctorate from Northwestern University.
For more information about Weinberg's talk at Bowdoin contact the McKeen Center for the Common Good at 798-4156.