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Beyond the Bowdoin Hello: Ask, Listen, Engage
January 22-31, 2012

Story posted January 18, 2012

Bowdoin College is a diverse community that brings together students, faculty and staff from all walks of life to live and learn together. With this variety of backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints comes a need for continuing dialogue on issues of identity and diversity, both in the classroom and in our wider community.


Students have been at the forefront of this ongoing dialogue. Their efforts have led to the development of "Beyond the Bowdoin Hello: Ask, Listen, Engage"—a weeklong series of events at the start of the spring semester designed to encourage discussion, interaction and collaboration at the College and in Brunswick.

This week of lectures, presentations and activities is meant to be a catalyst for continuing a meaningful and sustained conversation about how to unite as a larger community while also celebrating differences. The Bowdoin and Brunswick communities are invited to listen, to ask tough questions, and to engage in what it means to be part of a vibrant and inclusive society.

Note: Events are marked with P (public event open to all) or B (Bowdoin community event). For more information call 207-725-3375 (most events), 207-725-5242 (Community Read), 207-725-3433 (Common Hour), or 207-729-8515 (Community Conversation about Prejudice).

David Zirin

Sunday, January 22, 2012

  • 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Screening of Not Just a Game, a movie by sports commentator and writer David Zirin (Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center) P
  • 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. From Global to Local Dinner (Thorne Hall) B
  • 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. "Not Just a Game: Politics and American Sports," a talk by sports commentator and writer Dave Zirin (Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center) P

Monday, January 23, 2012

  • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tea Time forum for reflection and engagement (Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center) B
  • 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Human Barometer interactive activity (Main Lounge, Moulton Union) B
  • 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Screening of Smoke Signals and discussion facilitated by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kelly N. Fayard (Reed House) B

Heather Gold

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Noon-1:30 p.m. "From Law School to The Laugh Factory—Careers in Entertainment" with comedian and activist Heather Gold. (Hutchinson Dining Room, Thorne Hall) B
  • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tea Time forum for reflection and engagement (24 College Street) B
  • 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Facilitation Training with Steve Wessler (Russwurm African American Center) - Discussion to be held 1/31/12 B
  • 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie, a one-woman show performed by comedian and activist Heather Gold, presented by Proud of My Whole Self. (Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center) P

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tim Wise

Thursday, January 26, 2012

  • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tea Time forum for reflection and engagement (Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good) B
  • 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Privilege Circle interactive activity (Main Lounge, Moulton Union) B
  • 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. "Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity," a talk by anti-racist author and educator Tim Wise (Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center) P

Barbara Ehrenreich

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sunday, January 29, through Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

  • 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. "Community Conversation about Prejudice" with Steve Wessler, former director of the Portland Center for the Prevention of Hate, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick (Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library) P
  • 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner following community discussion (Curtis Memorial Library) P

Description of Interactive Activities

Cross the Line — Controversial statements are read and participants move farther from a line according to their personal opinions and experiences. Participants see where they and their peers stand on a variety of issues. Return

Dinner with Several Strangers: Beyond the Bowdoin Hello — Come to dinner with several strangers in Thorne Hall and take a seat with other members of the Bowdoin community to talk about the "hello," what it means, what it promises, what it delivers, what it avoids, and more. Students, staff and faculty are all welcome to join this event occurring in the back section of Thorne dining hall. No reservation required. Return

From Global to Local Dinner — Thorne dining hall will serve foods from various regions of the United States that have international influence. The dinner is representative of the variety of places Bowdoin students call home. Return

Human Barometer — Jokes will be read aloud and participants will move from one side of the room to the other based upon their reaction to the joke. Participants will be able to share with the group why they have decided to stand where they are standing. This activity will allow participants to learn from each other about the impact jokes can have on others. Return

Privilege Circle — Controversial statements are read and participants move closer or farther from a circle according to their personal experiences. This allows participants to become aware of personal privilege associated with race, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, sexuality, country of origin, etc. Ultimately, two circles will be formed and participants will see where they stand in relations to others. Return

Tea Time — Participants are provided a forum to sit, talk, engage and learn about the events taking place during the week with other members of the community in an informal setting. Participants are encouraged to share why they chose to participate or not participate in certain events, to debrief the programs they’ve attended, and to share their thoughts, feelings and reactions. Return

Beyond the Bowdoin Hello: Ask, Listen, Engage events were made possible by the following:

African-American Society
Africana Studies Program
Asian Student Association
Athletic Counsel
Bowdoin Outing Club
Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance
Bowdoin Student Government
Counseling Service
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
Gay and Lesbian Studies Program
Gender and Women's Studies Program
Health Services
Latin American Student Association
MacMillan House
Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
Office of Multicultural Student Programs
Muslim Student Association
Native American Student Association
Department of Philosophy
Office of the President
Reed House
Residential Life
Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Office of Special Academic Programs
Student Activities
The Undiscussed
Women's Resource Center

Sponsors' financial contributions as well as their time, energy and creativity are greatly appreciated. Thanks also to those who have pledged their support and given individual time and energy.

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