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Common Hour

Updated on: 1.28.13, part of Office of Events and Summer Programs

Collin Roesler, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Collin Roesler joined Bowdoin College in 2009, teaching oceanography in the Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science. She adheres to the earth system science approach tapping into her degrees in geological, physical, and biological oceanography. Her current research focuses on understanding ocean ecosystem responses to changing climate. She was one of the principle scientists responsible for developing the Gulf of Maine Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System, which allows scientists, students, and the public to access oceanographic data in real time. She is passionate about teaching and bringing authentic research experiences into the classroom.

Roesler's talk, "A Scientist Looks at the Ocean: Thoughts on Developing Students' Scientific Identity," is presented as part of Bowdoin's Common Hour, a series created as an occasion for students, faculty and staff to gather, at at time absent of classes or committee meetings, to engage in the ideas and presentations of the speakers.

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Dr. Thomas Seeley, Honeybee Democracy

Thomas D. Seeley is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the functional organization of honeybee colonies. He grew up in Ithaca, New York, and began keeping and studying bees while in high school. He left home to study at Dartmouth College in 1970, but returned to Ithaca each summer to work at the Dyce Laboratory for Honeybee Studies at Cornell, where he learned the craft of beekeeping and began probing the inner workings of the honeybee colony. Thoroughly intrigued by the smooth functioning of bee colonies, he went on to graduate school at Harvard University. His research focuses on the behavior, ecology, and social life of honeybees. In recognition of his scientific work, he has received the Senior Scientist Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Brock Clarke, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Brock Clarke is the author of five books of fiction, most recently the novels Exley and An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, both of which have appeared in a number of foreign editions. His short fiction and nonfiction have been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, and The Believer, as well as in the annual Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South anthologies. He has twice been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and has been awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Mary McCarthy Prize, the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, and an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. Professor Clarke's talk was titled "A Loser's Love Song."

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Abigail Killeen, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Abigail Killeen juggles her teaching schedule with a full performance calendar in Portland, Boston, and New York. She also specializes in developing new material for the stage. Together with Rose Courtney she created a stage adaptation of Isak Dinesen's Babette's Feast. Killeen played Babette in the premiere production in New York in 2010, and publication of the adaptation is pending through Dramatic Publishing. Babette's Feast will next be presented as part of Acacia Theater Company's (Milwaukee) current season.

Premiering this spring is Ordinary Mind/Ordinary Day, Killeen's collaboration with Adrianne Krstansky (Brandeis University). Ordinary Mind/Ordinary Day, which incorporates the text of four short stories by Virginia Woolf, is part of the Brandeis Theater Company's 2011–2012 season. Killeen performed the piece at Brandeis in November and Bowdoin in March. Professor Killeen's talk was titled "Learning to Read Through Form and Failure."

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Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of 21 books, including another New York Times best seller, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. (2010). She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, the Progressive and Time magazine, and has appeared on Oprah, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and The Joy Behar Show, to name a few.

Barbara Ehrenreich spoke at the first Common Hour of the 2012 spring semester in Pickard Theater's Memorial Hall, presented in conjunction with the Brunswick-Bowdoin Community Read of her New York Times best seller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

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Ann Kibbie, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Ann Kibbie earned her bachelor of arts degree at Boston University, and her doctorate at the University of California–Berkeley. Her area of specialization is Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. She also teaches courses on the poetry and prose of John Milton, the Gothic novel, and Jane Austen. She has published essays on Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana, on Samuel Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa, and on the eighteenth century object narrative. Her current project is On the Brink of the Grave: Transfusion in Literature and Medicine from the Late Seventeenth Century to the End of the Victorian Era.

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Craig McEwen, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Craig McEwen is a professor of sociology at Bowdoin College where he has taught since 1975, as well as Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Common Good, a position he has held since 2007. Over the years he has also served as Acting Dean of the Faculty and Dean for Academic Affairs.

Craig earned his B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. His research and commentary on mediation programs, courts and professionalism have been published widely in law reviews, social science journals and professional magazines. He is co-author with Lynn Mather and Richard Maiman of Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice and of the legal treatise Mediation: Law, Policy, Practice (with Sarah Cole, Nancy Rogers, Peter Thompson, and James Coben). From 2007 to 2010, he particularly enjoyed the challenge of teaching Maine Social Research, a course which partnered each semester with community organizations and engaged students in research on issues of housing, homelessness, hunger and health.

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Andy Serwer '81, FORTUNE Magazine, September 24, 2010
Andy Serwer was named managing editor of FORTUNE in October 2006, responsible for overseeing and directing the multi-media proposition, including not only the bi-weekly magazine but its brand representations on the Internet, on television, and radio. Due to his success as business anchor of CNN's American Morning news show, Serwer also continues to be a regular contributor on a variety of programs produced by CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and other broadcast outlets.

He was named 2000 Business Journalist of the Year by TJFR Business News Reporter, which called him "perhaps the nation's top multimedia talent, successfully juggling the roles of serious journalist, astute commentator and occasional court jester.

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Steven Cerf, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, September 10, 2010
This year, Steven Cerf is celebrating his fortieth year on the Bowdoin College faculty. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Queens College, CUNY and his doctorate degree at Yale University. As a "survivor child," Cerf finds the Holocaust a challenging field of study both professionally and personally. He is dedicating his Common Hour talk to the memory of his parents, Hans and Kate Cerf.

Professor Cerf's talk is titled, "Hearing My Grandparents' Voices: Their Letters Before Deportation"

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Thomas Conlan, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, September 11, 2009
Medieval Japanese historian Thomas D. Conlan describes his journey to medieval Japan, explores the wonder of the past, and urges those who study history to follow the evidence — especially when it upends cherished assumptions.

Professor Conlan's talk is titled, "The History You Do Not Know: My Journey to Medieval Japan."

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Senator George J. Mitchell '54, September 19, 2008
Senator George J. Mitchell was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College and Georgetown University Law Center. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1980 and went on to an illustrious career in the Senate that spanned fourteen years. In January 1989 he became Senate majority leader. He held that position until he left the Senate in 1995. During his tenure, Senator Mitchell earned enormous bipartisan respect. It has been said "there is not a man, woman, or child in the Capitol who does not trust George Mitchell."

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Henry Laurence, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, September 12, 2008
"You Can't Say That! Keeping Terrorists, War Crimes and Gay Marriage off TV." Henry Laurence is an associate professor of government with a joint appointment in Asian studies at Bowdoin. He teaches courses in Japanese and comparative politics, media and politics, and international political economy. In 2007–2008 he was a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He is currently writing a book on broadcasting politics that compares the BBC, PBS, and Japan's NHK. He has also written on financial politics, the "Comfort Women," Japanese gangsters, the Asian currency crisis, and satellite television.

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Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill '74, February 16, 2007
Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill '74 head of the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue, spoke at Common Hour Friday, February 16, 2007. Hill discussed recent developments in the talks during his presentation entitled "A Report from the Denuclearization Talks in Beijing."

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Evan Wolfson, November 3, 2006
Evan Wolfson is the Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Mr. Wolfson worked for the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in New York City, where he represented several gay marriage cases in front of the Supreme Court. In 2000, Wolfson was honored by the National Law Journal as one of "100 most influential attorneys in America."

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Professor Paul Franco, September 27, 2006
Paul Franco, Bowdoin College professor of government, delivers his talk on "Friedrich Nietzsche on Liberal Education" at the first Common Hour of the 2006-07 academic year.

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Dr. Charles Johnson, February 10, 2006
National Book Award winner Dr. Charles Johnson talks about storytelling, history, philosophy, and imagination in making post-modern fiction.

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Matthew Pearl, November 19, 2004
Author Matthew Pearl talks about first novel, The Dante Club, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Dante Prize from the Dante Society of America.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin, November 2, 2001
Former Harvard professor Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about being a White House fellow under Lyndon Johnson and authoring the bestsellers The Fitzgeralds and The Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.

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Campus Life

Updated on: 03.1.13, part of Featured Events

Santagata Lecture: Author Colm Toibin
Irish writer Colm Toibin is the author of multiple works of fiction and nonfiction, including novels The Blackwater Lightship and The Master (both shortlisted for the Booker Prize), the short story collection Mothers and Sons (winner of the Edge Hill Prize), the journalism collection The Trial of the Generals and the biography collection Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar, among many others. Toibin has been a visiting writer at Stanford, the University of Texas and Princeton, and currently is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia. This lecture is sponsored by the Kenneth V. Santagata Memorial Lecture Fund.

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Peter Cole, "The Poetry of Kabbalah, The Kabbalah of Poetry: Ruminations and a Reading."
Poet and translator Peter Cole presented his talk, "The Poetry of Kabbalah, The Kabbalah of Poetry: Ruminations and a Reading" as the 2012 Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture on April 17, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Peter Cole is a visiting fellow in the Judaic Studies Program at Yale University. He is a poet and translator of poetry and prose from Hebrew and Arabic whose work has received much recognition, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, and the PEN Translation Award for Poetry.

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Updated on: 03.20.12, part of Featured Events

Angus King - JFK and the Cuban Missiles: How Procrastination, a Made-Up Committee, and a Grasp of History Saved the World
Former Maine Governor and Bowdoin Distinguished Lecturer Angus King presents a talk, titled "JFK and the Cuban Missiles: How Procrastination, a Made-Up Committee, and a Grasp of History Saved the World." King describes how Kennedy's unique leadership approach navigated the United States through the Cuban Missile Crisis, one of the most dangerous moments in the country's history.

King was elected Maine's 71st governor in 1994 and was reelected in 1998 by one of the largest margins of victory in the state's history. He was one of only two independent governors in the country at that time. He was appointed Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College in 2004. In addition to teaching the class Leaders and Leadership, he has participated in lectures and discussions hosted by various campus groups, offering students insight into the worlds of public service and politics. He was conferred with an honorary doctor of laws degree at Bowdoin's 2007 Commencement Exercises.

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Angus King - History Usually Rhymes: The Tea Party, the Framers, and the Argument over States' Rights
Former Maine Governor and Bowdoin Distinguished Lecturer Angus King gives a public talk about states' rights titled "History Usually Rhymes: The Tea Party, the Framers, and the Argument over States' Rights".

King was appointed Distinguished Lecturer at Bowdoin College in 2004. In addition to teaching the class "Leaders and Leadership," he has participated in lectures and discussions hosted by various campus groups, offering students insight into the worlds of public service and politics. He was elected Maine's 71st governor in 1994 and was reelected in 1998.

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Angus King - An Independent's View of Health Care
Former Maine Governor and Bowdoin Distinguished Lecturer Angus King gives a public talk about health care titled "An Independent's View of Health Care: Politics, Policy and Prescriptions".

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Bowdoin College Scholarship Luncheon 2009
On May 7, 2009, 410 student scholars, alumni and parent scholarship donors, and staff gathered together for the Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon in Thorne Dining Room.

Tamara Nikuradse '84 served as emcee of the program. Following remarks by President Barry Mills, Barbara Tarmy '75 and Kyle Dempsey '11 spoke about the impact of scholarship assistance at Bowdoin on each of them personally, as a giver and a recipient. The reception before the luncheon featured music by guitarist Akiva Zamcheck '11, and the luncheon program included a performance by the student a capella group Ursus Verses.

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Kibbe Lecture - National Medal of Science Laureate Susan Solomon
Susan Solomon is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of atmospheric science. She obtained some of the first chemical measurements that helped to establish chlorofluorocarbons as the cause of the ozone hole in Antarctica. The Solomon Glacier in Antarctica was named after her. Solomon is a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group One.

Solomon's lecture, titled "A World of Climate Change: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," addresses both scientific aspects of climate change and some of the reasons international agreement on climate change policy has proven particularly difficult.

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Cassidy Lecture - Author/Foreign Correspondent Chris Hedges
Author and longtime New York Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges will delivers the 2009 Tom Cassidy Lecture, titled "Covering War and Conflict as a Foreign Correspondent." He is the author of the best seller "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," a book that draws on the many conflicts he covered to explore what war does to societies and individuals. He has examined faith and belief in American society in his books "Losing Moses on the Freeway: The Ten Commandments in America", and his New York Times bestseller "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America". His most recent work on the subject is titled "I Don't Believe in Atheists".

Chris Hedges, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East.

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McKeen Center Adam Weinberg '87: "Educating for Democracy"
A former professor of sociology and dean of the college at Colgate University, Weinberg is currently executive vice president and SIT provost of World Learning. Weinberg has garnered national attention from major foundations for his work on civic education and promoting youth political engagement.

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.

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Bowdoin Breakfast - Douglas Kennedy '76: "Everything is Narrative"

The Bowdoin Breakfast is a lecture series with full buffet breakfast, featuring prominent Bowdoin alumni, faculty, parents, staff or Maine leaders who speak on topics of business, academia, arts, or community affairs. The public event is held approximately five times during the academic year and typically draws 150-200 community members.

Douglas Kennedy has been described by book critics as a master storyteller with a trademark genius for writing serious popular fiction and is currently one of the bestselling novelists in Europe. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and, in 2006, Kennedy was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Ambassador Thomas Pickering '53: Priorities for the Next President of the United States in Foreign and Security Policy
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering '53 holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he has served as U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He served as U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations in New York from 1989 to 1992, a period that saw an international coalition move effectively against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. He also served as U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs from 1997 to 2001.

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Gary Hirshberg: Make Money and Save the World
Environmental activist and businessperson Gary Hirshberg calls on individuals to realize their power to effect change in the marketplace — "the power of one" — while proving that environmental commitment makes for a healthier planet and a healthier bottom line.

Hirshberg, president and "CE-Yo" of Stonyfield Farm, Inc. — the world's largest organic yogurt company — discusses how business can both save the planet and deliver higher growth and superior profits.

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Bowdoin College's 207th Convocation
Bowdoin College's annual Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 207th academic year, was held September 3, 2008, in Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater.

Following remarks by President Barry Mills, Daniel J. O'Leary, the John S. Osterweis Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, gave the Convocation address. O'Leary's talk was titled "Transformative Chemistry."

Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster presented "Voices from Bowdoin's Past". Music for the processional and recessional was provided by Robert James Hao Zhang-Smitheram '11 along with an interlude performance by Elizabeth Hayes Eypper '10.

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Bowdoin College 203rd Commencement
Bowdoin's 203rd Commencement Exercises were held Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. from the terrace of the Walker Art Building on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick, Maine.

This live video webcast of the 203rd Commencement features student speakers Nathan Reuben Chaffetz '08, Vanessa Lisbeth Vidal Castellanos '08, and Senior Class President Andrew Richard Fried '08.

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Bowdoin College Scholarship Luncheon 2008
On May 8, 2008, 430 student scholars, alumni and parent scholarship donors, and staff gathered together for the eleventh annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon in Thorne Dining Room.

Student entertainment was provided during the reception by violinist Michael Krohn '09 and during the program by jazz pianist Hassan Muhammad '10. Dennis Hutchinson '69 served as emcee of the program. Following remarks by President Barry Mills, Sheldon Stone '74 and Jessica McGreehan '08 gave heartfelt speeches about the importance of financial assistance at Bowdoin.

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David McCullough, Kary Antholis '84 Introduce Segments from HBO's 'John Adams'
Author David McCullough, upon whose Pulitzer Prize-winning biography the miniseries is based, and Kary Antholis '84, senior vice president, miniseries for HBO films and executive in charge of the John Adams production spoke about the miniseries in Pickard Theater on March 6. The miniseries is currently airing on HBO and will be available on DVD in June.

The epic miniseries explores American history through the eyes of one if its greatest founding fathers, John Adams, a fiercely independent spirit whose unwavering vision steered America through a tumultuous period.

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Excerpts of Longfellow's poem "The Song of Hiawatha"
February 27, 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Bowdoin Class of 1825, a native Mainer, and one of the College's most illustrious graduates. The occasion is being celebrated on campus, locally, and around the country during the entire month of February.

Among the holdings of the George J. Mitchell Archives & Special Collections in Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library are various translations of Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha" in six languages.

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Africana Studies: The State of the Field
"Africana Studies: The State of the Field," Feb. 8, 2007, a Bowdoin-sponsored forum exploring new directions in the field, featured leading scholars Gabrielle Foreman, Kevin Gaines, Noliwe Rooks, Ken Warren, and Tukufu Zuberi.

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Bowdoin College Franco American Symposium
Bowdoin College honored its own French roots with the three-day symposium Celebrating the Franco-American Heritage of Maine co-sponsored by the Bowdoin College Multicultural Affairs Program and the departments of Government and Romance Languages.

The November 13th panel discussion was the first of three held through November 15th, 2006.

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President Barry Mills Introduces the Bowdoin Campaign
Bowdoin College President Barry Mills '72 speaks about the goals of the Bowdoin Campaign. He discusses how these priorities reflect the most important aspects of the College and its mission: Financial Aid, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Annual Giving, and Building projects.

The Bowdoin Campaign seeks to raise $250 million by June 30, 2009.

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Reunion Lectures 2006: Church & State
During Reunion Weekend 2006 Paul Franco, professor of government, discussed the relationship between religion and politics, and examined the implications and complications of the separation of church and state in the context of recent Supreme Court cases.

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Reunion Lectures 2006: Media & Society
How does the media influence our reactions to events at home and abroad? During Reunion Weekend 2006 Lawrence B. Lindsey '76, president and CEO of The Lindsey Group, and Jane R. Seagrave '76, vice president for new media at the Associated Press, examined this question.

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Bowdoin Cable Network: BCNews
BCNews was founded in the fall of 2004 by Priya Sridhar ‘07 and Ali Sozio ‘07. Members of the Bowdoin community quickly recognized the program as one of the most consistent features of the Bowdoin Cable Network, and it is now the only weekly taped news show on the closed circuit network.

Each episode is formatted for viewing and download on a Apple video iPod or listening on a portable .MP3 player.

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Bowdoin College 205th Convocation
Bowdoin College's 2006 Convocation ceremony, marking the official opening of the 205th academic year.

Bowdoin College's President Barry Mills welcomes Bowdoin Students and their families followed by the Convocation address delivered by Cristle Collins Judd, Bowdoin College's Dean for Academic Affairs.

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President's Welcome to Parents
Bowdoin College President Barry Mills and Cristle Collins Judd, Bowdoin College's Dean for Academic Affairs, welcome familes and guests of first year students at Bowdoin.

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Excerpts of the 2006 Commencement at Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College's 201st Commencement Exercises were held Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. on the Terrace of the Walker Art Building.

This audio features excerpts of the 201st Commencement beginning with an address by President Barry Mills and featuring student speakers David Duhalde-Wine '06, Alexandra Yanikoski '06, and Senior Class President Harry Jones '06.

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Bowdoin College Baccalaureate Ceremony 2006
The Baccalaureate ceremony marks the official close of the academic year and the coming together of graduates and their families.

The ceremony includes music, readings from Bowdoin's past by Dean Craig Bradley, speeches by President Barry Mills, Ely Delman '06 and honorary degree recipient Beverly Daniel Tatum.

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Careers in Advertising
Jason Moyer, Vice President and Account Manager at Young and Rubicam and Stella Grizont, Brand Planner at Young and Rubicam spoke with students about the exciting field of Advertising. Mr. Moyer graduated from Bowdoin in 1997 and now oversees the creation and management of advertising spots (print, broadcast and new media) at Y&R, one of the leading marketing communications companies in the world. Ms. Grizont is a 2003 graduate of Barnard College and is the “consumer cartographer” for Y&R.

During their conversation with students they discussed: how to get started on the creative side of advertising, what skills you'll need and what skills are transferable, which agencies are best in terms of training during internships and first jobs, day to day life and challenges at an agency, and what you need from Bowdoin to prepare you for success in the field.

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College Life Outside the Classroom
Bowdoin is one of a few colleges and universities to have codified the values of its learning community. The Residential Life office is committed to supporting the learning process that takes place both inside and outside of the classroom.

Bowdoin College's Director of Residential Life, Kim Pacelli and Bowdoin students Kristen Van Der Veen '07 and Sam Kamin '08 meet with Scott Hood for a discussion about dorm rooms, roommates, and how to make college life outside the classroom a rewarding experience.

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Upward Bound at Bowdoin
For six weeks each summer, Upward Bound students come to Bowdoin College for a taste of the college experience, a chance to make new friends, and the opportunity to build new skills both in and out of the classroom.

Bridget Mullen, Director of Upward Bound at Bowdoin College, talks with Scott Hood about the challenges of raising college aspirations among low-income high school students, preparing these students for success in college, and the specter of federal budget cuts that could eliminate Upward Bound programs nationwide.

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Community Service & Service Learning at Bowdoin
Bowdoin‘s Community Service Resource Center (CSRC) helps students, faculty and staff engage meaningfully in the community through public service, while developing strong leadership skills. Scott Hood speaks with CSRC Director Susie Dorn and Bowdoin students Eliza Hutchinson ‘06 and Colin Beckman ‘07 about making a difference in the community, alternative spring break and answering the call to serve the common good.

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Faculty Series

Updated on: 10.26.11, part of Academic Spotlight

Taking Women Seriously, Wherever We Find Them
Jennifer Scanlon presents a lively view of women's history in a lecture inaugurating her appointment as William R. Kenan Professor of Gender and Women's Studies.

In her Oct. 17, 2011, talk, "Taking Women Seriously, Wherever We Find Them," Scanlon presented three case studies from her work that reflect themes in the discipline: The Shopper, The Popular Women's Magazine Reader, and Behind-the-Scenes Political Organizer.

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Kristen Ghodsee reads "Comrades"
Kristen Ghodsee, John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies reads "Comrades," a poignant essay from her book Lost in Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Communism (Duke University Press, 2011).

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Mathematical Modeling in Biology
Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin's R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics, discusses the emergence of mathematical modeling in studying biology, population growth, and species interactions.

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The Economics of Childcare in the U.S. and China
Rachel Connelly, Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics, discusses her pioneering research on the economics of childcare — both in the U.S. and in China.

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Poetry and Social Activism in Latin America
Enrique Yepes, Bowdoin's Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Romance Languages, examines the vibrant emergence of new poetic voices in "Poetry and Social Activism in Latin America."

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Cuba's Favorite National Pastimes: Baseball and Politics
Was a young Fidel Castro scouted by a major league baseball team? Find out as Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History, regales an audience of Bowdoin Trustees with an animated tale of baseball's intriguing, politically charged history in Cuba.

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Psychologist Probes the Origins of Temperament
Assistant Professor of Psychology Samuel Putnam is in the forefront of new research on toddler temperament. He discusses Bowdoin's Toddler Temperament Laboratory and new insights his work is shedding on personality development and parenting styles.

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Compression Wood
In a 2001 recording at Bowdoin College, Harrison King McCann Research Professor of the English Language Emeritus Franklin Burroughs reads the full text of his award-winning essay "Compression Wood," originally published in The American Scholar. It examines the "world of words," in which "we seems to have words only for thoughts that already have been thought, and for emotions and perceptions that don't quite feel like our own," writes Burroughs.

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Unlocking the Secrets of Lobsters
Neuroscience Chair Patsy Dickinson studies the physiology of neurons in lobsters, specifically, those involved in its stomatagastric system. It is a relatively simple nervous system that is helping scientists understand more about motor patterns in humans, such as respiration and locomotion. She discusses recent breakthroughs and discoveries.

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Helping to Spread Prosperity to the "Other Maines"
David Vail, Bowdoin's Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics. Discusses past efforts - and promising new ones - to stimulate rural economic development in Maine's "rim counties," which face chronic economic and social distress. He is joined by Lauren Withey '06, who discusses her field research in Maine's Katahdin region, which has been affected by the declining paper industry.

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Bowdoin's Composer of Note
Nationally recognized composer Vineet Shende, Bowdoin assistant professor of music, talks about what inspires him to write, the state of classical music today, and his recent works including a film score, an opera, and the highly rhythmic romp, "Throw Down or Shut Up."

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A New Approach to Acting
Visiting artist J.Ed. Araiza, from the internationally acclaimed SITI Theater Company, teams up with Bowdoin student Theo Salter '07 to discuss a new approach to acting.

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Discovering the Mandaeans
Assistant Professor of Religion Jorunn Buckley, the world's leading scholar on the Mandaeans - an endangered Middle Eastern religious sect - talks about how she became involved in human rights work on their behalf.

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Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

Updated on: 04.20.09, part of Arctic Studies

Northward Over the Great Ice
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum opened its new exhibit Northward Over the Great Ice: Robert E. Peary and the Quest for the North Pole on April 18, 2008 to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Robert E. Peary's 1908-09 expedition. Through the use of hundreds of objects, rare photographs and film clips, and historic recordings, the exhibit tells some of the little-known stories behind Peary's quest to reach the North Pole.

This podcast presents an audio and video tour of Over the Great Ice: Robert E. Peary and the Quest for the North Pole.

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Summer at Cape Grinnell: The Inglefield Archeology Land Project
Bowdoin has launched an audio blog offering satellite phone reports from members of a research team as they excavate two 19th-century winter houses on northern Greenland's Cape Grinnell to recover animal bones and artifacts.

The six-week project (June 23 to August 8, 2008) is funded by the National Science Foundation with additional support from Bowdoin, the Greenland National Museum and Archives, and UC Davis.

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This Extraordinary Paradise: Audio Guide
An iPod-based tour of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum's exhibit, This Extraordinary Paradise: Living in Northwest Greenland. Take a virtual tour of the gallery from home or download the tour and visit us on the Bowdoin College campus.

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An Introduction to the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
An introduction to Bowdoin College's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Discussions with Susan A. Kaplan, Director, Genevieve LeMoine, Curator/Registrar and Emma Bonanomi, Curatorial Assistant for Exhibitions.

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Creating the Audio Guide
A discussion about the development of Bowdoin College's Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Audio Guide.

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Student Aid

Updated on: 11.25.08, part of Student Aid

The Myths of Financial Aid
Scott Hood, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Bowdoin College, speaks with Steve Joyce, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College, and Gary Weaver, Associate Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College and a certified financial planner about some of the myths surrounding financial aid.

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Making Sense of Financial Aid
Scott Hood, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Bowdoin College, speaks with Steve Joyce, Director of Student Aid at Bowdoin College, about the differences between various offers of student aid; how to evaluate those offers; and questions to ask before accepting a particular aid package.

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Music

Updated on: 12.18.06, part of Academics

Music at Bowdoin
Music from the Bowdoin College Music Department archive is now available as a podcast within Apple's iTunes Music Store. Music tracks feature the department's recent 2006 Mozart's Birthday Faculty Concert as well as classical selections from Rachmaninoff and selections performed by the Bowdoin Chamber Choir.

(All music tracks are in 160kbps, stereo .MP3 format.)

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Raise Songs to Bowdoin - Remixed
Assistant Professor of Music Vineet Shende, a talented and prolific composer, worked with a group of students to produce a special video version of Raise Songs to Bowdoin that he composed for the launch of The Bowdoin Campaign this fall. Wellesley Wilson '08 performs the lead vocals, and Shawn Stewart '08 wrote and performs the rap segment.

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Athletics

Updated on: 10.21.06

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Bowdoin College Sailing Relaxation & Mental Focus
An audio podcast of a relaxation and meditation session put on for the Bowdoin College sailing team.

The meditation and relaxation session is led by Dr. Bernie Hershberger, the head of Bowdoin College's Counseling Service, and focuses on relaxation, mental clarity, and overcoming the setbacks teammembers face during a race or regatta.

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Asian Studies

Updated on: 06.15.06, part of China Lecture Series

China's Real Energy Crisis
Associate Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward S. Steinfeld specializes in the political economy of reform in socialist and post-socialist systems. His book, Forging Reform in China (Cambridge University Press, 1998), explores the process of state enterprise restructuring in China and attempts to illuminate the institutional drivers of economic behavior in the Chinese system.

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The Story of Hong Kong and Shenzhen in Multiple Dimensions
Peter Yum Tak-Shing is the Dean of Engineering and Professor of Information Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He joins the lecture series as the 2005-2006 Hong Kong Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, which is sponsored by the Hong Kong Government Information Services Department and the U.S. Department of State.

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Elections and Chinese Understanding of Democracy
Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University, Tianjian Shi specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on political culture and political participation in Chinese politics. He is the author of Political Participation in Beijing (Harvard University Press, 1997).

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Updated on: 01.13.06, part of Asian Studies

Japanese Scrolls Project
The scrolls illustrate the valor and travails of a Japanese warrior named Takezaki Suenaga, who fought during the Mongol invasions of 1274 and 1281. Suenaga commissioned the original scroll to chronicle his deeds and to give praise to his commanders, and the gods, for his success in both campaigns.

The Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan is a project co-developed by Asian Studies and Educational Research and Development at Bowdoin College. This podcast contains interviews with Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies Tom Conlan and Multimedia Designer Kevin Travers discussing the development of the scrolls project.

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Japanese Gardens Project
The primary goal of the Japanese Garden Project is to create an in-depth resource for students composed of information on the history, aesthetic character, and philosophical context of the Japanese Garden.

This podcast contains interviews with Professor of Art History Emeritus Clif Olds and Designer Kevin Travers discussing the development of the Japanese Garden project.

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Educating Women in Rural China
A specialist and activist in the field of gender, Wu Qing has been the leading figure and voice for the interests and education of women in rural China.

This podcast contains a recording of the presentation given at Bowdoin College by Wu Qing on November 14, 2005.

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