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Common Hour

Fall 2001

Friday, August 31

Pickard Theater
Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture
Enrique Yepes, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College
Audio available in .mp3 format

Enrique Yepes grew up in MedellÌn, Colombia, where he graduated as a Licenciado (B.A. equivalent) in Modern Languages from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish-American Literature from Rutgers University (New Jersey), and came to Bowdoin in 1996, where he has taught courses on Latin American cultures and literatures. He has published articles on contemporary Spanish-American short story, Ecuadorian and Colombian literature, and classroom semiotics. His book, Oficios del goce: PoesÌa y debate cultural en HispanoamÈrica (1960-2000), studies Hispanic poetry from Latin America and the U.S. written during the last four decades of the 20th century, in the frame of contemporary cultural debate, social transformation and the re-vision of identities. He is currently studying contemporary South American indigenous poetry and the International Poetry Festival in MedellÌn. Professor Yepes' talk is entitled "To be at Home: Reflections on the concept of 'home' in personal and collective transformation."

The Karofsky Family Fund was established by Paul I. '66, his son David M. '93, and his brother Peter '62 in memory of their father and David's grandfather, Sydney B. Karofsky. The Fund, which has underwritten the Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, recently added the Common Hour Karofsky Lectures. Each semester the Karofsky Encore Lecture will feature a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Friday, September 7

Pickard Theater
Marcia Barinaga '77, Correspondent, Science magazine
Audio available in .mp3 format

Marcia Barinaga is a correspondent for Science magazine, where she writes about a wide range of topics, including neuroscience, science policy, and the culture of science. A graduate of Bowdoin College, she majored in biochemistry and environmental studies. She received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and completed postdoctoral research in molecular neurobiology at Stanford University before training as a science journalist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to her work for Science, she has written for a variety of other publications including Nature, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. She will talk about some of the new ways in which biologists are encountering ethical dilemmas in their work today.

Friday, September 14

Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
Library Re-opening

Enjoy music, performances and light refreshments while you tour the recent transformation of the main and basement levels, and Special Collections and Archives, in the H-L Library. Achievements include enhanced lighting, refurbished study and soft seating areas, a reference technology commons, upgraded computer connections to every seat, new high-density collection shelving, an expanded and newly equipped electronic classroom, and a new multi-media production lab, and Special Events Room.

"H-L" houses humanities and social sciences materials, government documents, and distinguished Special Collections and Archives holdings of rare books and manuscripts. The Library's collections, historically among the largest and strongest among peer colleges, have expanded in recent years to include a broad range of electronic information resources.

Designed by architects Steinman, Cain and White, and named for two "Men of Letters" of the Class of 1825, H-L opened in 1965. Regarded by some as one of the most handsome college libraries of its day, the building exemplifies modernist architectural trends of the 1960's. Connected underground to the Hubbard Hall stacks in 1980, the original design has remained virtually untouched, except for reorganization of the first floor in 1993. Over the years, as collections and operations expanded, the library became crowded and in need of refurbishment, as well as technological upgrades to accommodate the integration of electronic resources into library collections and services, and research and teaching. During the last 18 months, much of H-L has been revitalized, by Ann Beha Architects, Boston, and H.P Cummings General Contractors, Winthrop Maine, with the guidance of a campus Library Building Committee.

H-L belongs to everyone in the Bowdoin Community! Join the party to celebrate the rejuvenation of your library as a campus intellectual and cultural center!

Friday, September 21

Pickard Theater
Common Good Day
Mark Swann '84, Executive Director, Preble Street Resource Center, Portland
Audio available in .mp3 format

Mark Swann has been the Executive Director of Preble Street Resource Center since 1991 and the Executive Director of Stone Soup Foods since its inception in 1998. Prior to his work in Maine, Mark was the Director of Social Services at the International Institute of Boston, a refugee resettlement agency. Mark received his A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1984 with a major in History. He received his M.S. in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts ≠ Boston in 1989. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and three small children. He is a volunteer basketball coach with the Portland Recreation Department and serves on the boards of York-Cumberland Housing, Spring Harbor Hospital, the Board Network, and the Immigration and Legal Advocacy Project. The title of his lecture is "Local Approaches to the National Problems of Homelessness and Hunger."

Friday, September 28

Pickard Theater
Mary Jacobsen, MSW, Ph.D., Author and psychotherapist
Audio available in .mp3 format

Dr. Jacobsen is the author of Hand-Me-Down Dreams: How Families Influence Our Career Paths (NY: Three Rivers Press, 2000). She has more than fifteen years of experience as a psychotherapist, teacher, career coach, and workshop leader. Jacobsen has taught courses at Wheelock College, Canisius College, and SUNY Buffalo. She also served as an Assistant Dean at Empire State College of the State University of New York.

Jacobsen received her bachelor's degree in English from the College of William and Mary, and her Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned her master's degree in social work from Boston University's Graduate School of Social Work.

Friday, October 12

Morrell Gymnasium
PARENTS WEEKEND, Student Performances

A celebration of student music, dance, and theater featuring performances by Miscellania, the Indecisions, the Meddiebempsters, VAGUE, the Unity Step Team, Masque & Gown, and more.

Friday, October 19

Kresge Auditorium
Kary Antholis '84, Vice President, HBO Films

Kary Antholis was named vice president, HBO Films in November 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the development and production of original movies for HBO. He has worked as the program executive responsible for films including "Wit," "Shot in the Heart" and "Point of Origin."

Antholis first joined HBO in 1992 as director, documentary programming, where he oversaw the development and production of HBO's documentaries and acted as program executive on award-winning documentaries such as "Educating Peter," "The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter" and "Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock." He left HBO in 1994 to create and executive produce "The Cape," a one-hour drama syndicated during the 1996-97 television season. He also produced and directed the documentary "One Survivor Remembers" which debuted on HBO and won an Oscar® and a Primetime Emmy® in 1996 and two CableACE Awards in 1995. Antholis rejoined HBO in April 1997 as a consultant on the Emmy®-winning miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." He was promoted to vice president, original programming, drama events in 1998.

Antholis started his television career in production as vice president, business affairs and documentary production for ZM Productions in 1990. Previously, Antholis practiced law and taught history. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the New York, New Jersey and District of Columbia Bar Associations.

He holds an A.B. in History and French Literature from Bowdoin College, an M.A. in European History from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen and their children Evanthia and John.

Friday, October 26

Pickard Theater
Torsten N. Wiesel, M.D., Nobel Prize recipient; Vincent and Brook Astor Professor Emeritus, The Rockefeller University
Audio available in .mp3 format

Dr. Wiesel and his colleague, Dr. David Hubel, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1981 for their pioneering research on information processing in the visual system. Their research led to improved care for children with visual problems.

Dr. Wiesel earned his M.D. degree in 1954 from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Wiesel then taught psychology at the Karolinska Institute for a year before traveling to the United States to study with neurophysiologist Stephen Kuffler at Johns Hopkins Univeristy. Wiesel became an assistant professor of ophthalmic physiology at Johns Hopkins in 1957, where he stayed for two years before becoming an assistant professor of physiology at Harvard University. In 1964, Wiesel was made a full professor at Harvard, and in 1974 he was appointed Robert Winthrop Professor of Neurobiology. Wiesel remained at Harvard until 1983, when he accepted the position of Vincent and Brooke Astor Professor of Neuroscience at Rockefeller University. He served as president of Rockefeller University from 1991 to 1998.

Friday, November 2

Pickard Theater
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer
Audio available in .mp3 format

A former Harvard professor and White House fellow under Lyndon Johnson, Ms. Goodwin is the author of bestsellers, The Fitzgeralds and The Kennedys and Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream. In 1995, she was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for History, for her bestseller, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Ms. Goodwin has also received various other honors and awards, including the Charles Frankel Prize given by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sara Joseph Hale medal. In addition, as an expert on baseball, she has provided commentary for the Ken Burns PBS series, BASEBALL and has also written numerous articles on baseball and politics.

Friday, November 9

DaPonte String Quartet
Audio available in .mp3 format: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

The DaPonte String Quartet, formed in Philadelphia in 1991, and praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for their "incredibly rich, expressive tone," is considered one of the most exciting young groups on the international scene. The Juilliard and Peabody Conservatory trained players include: violinists Ferdinand (Dino) Liva and Dean Arthur Stein, who alternate playing first violin, violist Mark Preston, and cellist Myles Jordan.

The DaPonte String Quartet came to Maine on a three year Rural Residency grant. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America, the residency led the members of the DaPonte to choose Maine as their home. Mainers have responded in kind, with an ever-increasing audience from across the state that has come to know and love them.

The DSQ was profiled in a Postcard from Maine segment that aired on CBS Sunday Morning. The Quartet's commitment to developing the love of music in children is expressed in their many in-school programs, often presented in conjunction with local concert appearances. They are also frequently invited to coach at chamber music workshops throughout the country.

Friday, November 16

Morrell Lounge
Elizabeth Pritchard, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College
Audio available in .mp3 format: Introduction

Elizabeth Pritchard teaches on the topic of religious thought in the modern West. She approaches this topic from a standpoint of critical theory, asking how religious rhetoric and practice establishes and reinforces various arrangements of power pertaining to gender, race, class, ethnicity, nationality and religious affiliation. Her research projects include a study of the relationship between feminist theology and radical democratic theory; a reconstruction and critique of the theological commitments of the Marxist philosopher Theodor Adorno; and an analysis of the foundations of consent in modern political philosophy and religious thought.

Friday, November 30

Gibson Hall, Room 101
Lunchbreak Music Concert

Lunchbreak Music Concerts are generally held at 12:30 in Gibson Hall, Room 101, every first Friday of the month during the fall and spring. They provide both faculty and students with an opportunity to perform in an informal setting.

This Common Hour event is co-sponsored by the Music Department