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Spring 2013

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.

Collin Roesler, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture

Collin Roesler,

Friday, January 25
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

A Scientist Looks at the Ocean: Thoughts on Developing Students' Scientific Identity

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.

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Ying Quartet 

Ying Quartet

Friday, February 8
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world.  George Lopez, Bowdoin College's Beckwith Artist-in-Residence, will perform with the group as part of this special Common Hour concert.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required.  The Ying Quartet’s performance is part of a multiday residency at the College.  For more information on residency events go to: bowdoin.edu/events/yingquartet

Sponsored by the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship Fund.

Paul Kaiser, Digital Artist

Paul Kaiser,

Friday, February 15
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Specific bodies, specific thoughts

Paul Kaiser’s work is all about drawing, but he himself cannot draw; often entails dance, though he has neither dance ability nor training; increasingly explores complex spatial arrangements in 3-D despite his having no sense of direction (getting lost as often in virtual spaces as in physical ones); and relies on highly advanced code, which he can neither program nor even read a single line.

Despite but also because of these limitations, Kaiser has created a significant body of work for stage, gallery, screen, and public space with his two colleagues, Marc Downie and Shelley Eshkar, in OpenEndedGroup, with work presented in such venues as Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival, the ICA Boston, the Hayward Gallery, Sundance, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, the Festival d’Automne, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Barbican Centre, and many others.

Co-sponsored by Computation and the Liberal Arts Colloquium.

Kevin Newbury '00, Director of Opera, Theatre, and Film

Kevin Newbury '00,

Friday, February 22
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Opera, theatre and film director Kevin Newbury '00 leads a discussion with composer Heidi Rodewald and playwright Donna Di Novelli about collaboration in the arts.  The panel discussion will focus on the development of new work for the stage - featuring live musical selections from the world premiere musical THE GOOD SWIMMER, which the team is developing here at Bowdoin this month. 

Co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Dance and the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for Performing Arts.

Gerald Chertavian '87, Founder and CEO, Year Up

Gerald Chertavian '87,

Friday, April 5
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Gerald Chertavian is dedicated to closing the Opportunity Divide that exists in our nation. Determined to make his vision a reality, Gerald combined his entrepreneurial skills and his passion for working with urban young adults to found Year Up in 2000.  Year Up is an intensive one-year training and education program that serves low-income youth ages 18-24, Year Up provides the technical, professional and communication skills needed to empower urban young adults to make successful transitions to careers and higher education. With its annual operating budget exceeding $50M, Year Up is one of the fastest growing non-profits in the nation.  It has been recognized by Fast Company and The Monitor Group as one of the top 25 organizations using business excellence to engineer social change.

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert 

Student Chamber Ensembles Concert

Friday, April 19
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

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