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Fall 2012

Common Hour is scheduled every other Friday from 12:30-1:30 p.m., during which time no classes or committee meetings are scheduled.  Open to Bowdoin students, faculty, and staff. Common Hour statement of purpose.

Brock Clarke, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Brock Clarke,

Friday, September 14
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

A Loser's Love Song

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. He has taught at Bowdoin since 2010.

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Student Performances,  Family Weekend

Friday, September 28
Studzinski Recital Hall

Join us for a cappella performances by Bowdoin’s very own student groups. Limited seating; please arrive early.  Don't miss this popular Common Hour!

Dr. Thomas Seeley,  President's Science Symposium

Dr. Thomas Seeley,

Friday, October 12
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

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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Karen Gordon Mills,  Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Karen Gordon Mills,

Friday, October 19
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Leadership and Entrepreneurship in a Rapidly Changing World

Karen Gordon Mills was sworn in as administrator of the Small Business Administration in April 2009 after being appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She has served in the president’s cabinet since January 2012. As part of the cabinet, Administrator Mills is a key member of the president’s economic leadership team, reflecting the important role that small businesses and entrepreneurs play in our nation’s long-term economic growth and prosperity. Mills leads a team of more than 3,000 employees and manages a portfolio of more than $90 billion in loan guarantees. The agency also helps small businesses access nearly $100 billion in federal contracts each year and supports counseling and technical assistance to more than one million entrepreneurs. Prior to the SBA, Mills held leadership positions in the private sector. Most recently, she was president of the MMP Group, which invested and grew businesses in sectors such as consumer products, food, textiles, and industrial components.

Moderated by Daniela Chediak, ’13, President, Bowdoin Student Government. Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities Leadership Series with support from the Healey Family Fund for Leadership Development.

Dr. Scott Smith '85 

Dr. Scott Smith '85

Friday, November 16
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Scott grew up in Boulder, Colorado and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1985.  Later he attended medical school at the University of Colorado.  He went to public health school at Harvard University where an interest in Tropical Public Health was further developed, leading to a year-long adventure on a Fulbright Scholarship.  In Cali Colombia, he studied improved diagnostic technologies to understand the epidemiology of leishmaniais, and onchocerciasis (River Blindness), a leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide.  He teaches at Stanford Medical School and directs a course in Human Biology entitled “Parasites & Pestilence”.  Scott practices at Kaiser Permanente in California where he heads the HIV/AIDS clinic and oversees travel medicine services.  He heads the clinical sector for MENTOR-initiative training workshops about Malaria and Vector-borne diseases as well as Emergency Responses, working in Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, and Myanmar. 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, November 30
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of wonderful music performed by students in the Bowdoin Department of Music.