Workshops and Events

The Baldwin Center offers Bowdoin faculty a wide variety of opportunities for professional development.

Upcoming Events and Programs

Dr. Mignonne Guy: Pedagogy Matters Virtual Keynote (rescheduled from August)

November 5, 2021
Virtual (open to faculty and staff at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby Colleges)


You are invited to register for this virtual talk here. The talk will be open to all faculty and staff at Bates, Bowdoin and Colby Colleges.

Recordings of the August 27 Pedagogy Matters Faculty Panel and Dr. Kim Case’s Workshop are now available on the website along with resources from Dr. Case. Contact Katie Byrnes (kbyrnes) for the password to access the recordings.

We look forward to continuing this conversation in November!

KEYNOTE: Summoning Freire and Evoking Baldwin to Navigate the Politics of Disruptive Pedagogy

In the wake of two pandemics that have disproportionately taken the lives of Black Americans — COVID19 and the killings of Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, VCU alumni Marcus Peters, along with many others in recent months and years, the need to redress historic and present racialized injustices has become a civic imperative. Mirroring inequities across multiple health and social conditions, Black Americans have borne a disproportionate burden of incidence of and mortality from COVID-19.

Among other structural factors, researchers have attributed this inequity to economic and housing policies, and social factors such as essential worker status, multigenerational and family households, and overrepresentation in congregant living environments (Moore et al., 2020). The conditions that have increased the exposure and burden of disease among Black Americans arise from long- standing discrimination and injustices stemming from structural and institutional racism. The racist systems that have rendered Black Americans more vulnerable to COVID19 are the same that fuel the killings of Black men, women, and children with impunity and recent data show that 1/1000 Black men and boys will be killed by police (Edwards et al., 2019).

In response, students, community members, and scholars of all racial and ethnic backgrounds have demanded action in their communities, the workplace, and in classrooms to publicly denounce anti-black racism, and to call attention to the ongoing devaluation and dehumanization of black and brown people in the U.S. These acts have taken the form of public protests, investments in organizations and institutions that support racial justice, and institutional commitments to anti-racism and systemic change by way of decolonizing K12, undergraduate/graduate, and professional education.

Dr. Mignonne C. Guy will address the renewed urgency to teach about race in the U.S., cultivate a culture of anti-racism, and build coalitions to further an overdue and necessary shift towards conscientization in teaching, critical pedagogy and social and political activism, all with the goal of creating a more just, inclusive academy and society.

Dr. Mignonne Guy is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University who teaches courses on health inequities in the Black community and other courses in critical race theory and interdisciplinary research methods.

Mays Imad: Bearing Witness as an Act of Love, Resistance, and Healing

November 16, 2021 
7-8:30 PM
Kresge Auditorium (Bowdoin Community) and livestreamed (public)

m-imad-pic.pngIn this interactive session, we will consider the notion of psychological trauma–why it happens and how it impacts our body and brain.  We will examine the connections between stress and trauma and how stress can become traumatic when not managed.  We will examine neuroscience of traumatic stress and its impact on our ability to engage, connect, and learn. We will reflect on the questions of how we will welcome our students and colleagues to our institutions and classrooms this fall and beyond? What can we, educators, possibly do to help attend to their mental health and ameliorate their exhaustion and distress, while at the same time, intentionally engaging in self-care? We will consider the imperative of self-care while caring for others.  Last, we will examine the principles, notable misconceptions, and practical examples of trauma-informed care, and reflect on the connections between trauma-informed education, healing, and restorative justice. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Education Department, Brodie Lecture and the Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching. 

Mays Imad is a Gardner Institute Fellow and an AAC&U Senior Fellow within the Office of Undergraduate STEM Education. Dr. Imad’s research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these impact student learning and success. Through her teaching and research she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities that are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, justice, and self-realization. 

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Imad works with faculty members across disciplines at her own institution and across the country to promote inclusive, equitable, and contextual education–all rooted in the latest research on the neurobiology of learning. A nationally-recognized expert on trauma-informed teaching and learning, she passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and to systematically support the education of the whole student.


Ongoing: Faculty Orientation Course for Online Teaching and Learning 
The faculty orientation course contains a series of resources to help you deliver an engaging and quality online course experience. There are guides, white papers, and tutorials that are organized and sequenced within three overarching phases of online course development — planning your course, building within the LMS, and teaching students in the online modality. Open to Bowdoin College faculty. Ongoing. This is an asynchronous course on Blackboard. 
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