McKeen Center

First the Alternative Spring Break, Then the Reflection

Over Spring Break, over fifty students travelled to six different locations across the world with the Bowdoin McKeen Center’s Alternative Spring Break program. It is a tradition at Bowdoin that these students gather again, soon after they have returned to campus, for an evening of reflection, hosted by the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

Rooting Out Gender Inequality with Middle School Boys

Ben Ray ’20 said he jumped at the chance to help launch the inaugural CCLIMB group. The acronym stands for creating compassionate leadership in Maine boys. “I’m an education student and I’m a student of gender and women’s students,” he said. “I believe gender is not talked about enough at schools, and ignoring it is actively causing problems in our society.”

Far and Wide: Student Excursions Over the Spring Break

From Sicily to Silicon Valley, from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, students traveled far and wide over spring break on a variety of trips, some of them academic in nature, some cultural, and some service-oriented, but all of them aimed at enhancing the undergraduate experience at Bowdoin beyond the classroom.

The Common Good’s Next Generation: Bowdoin Public Service Students Prepare for Immersive D.C. Experience

The inaugural cohort of students selected for the new Bowdoin Public Service Initiative is preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., Saturday. For seven days, they will explore the chambers and hallways of the U.S. government and connected institutions, meeting with alumni and extended Bowdoin community members at all levels of the government.

‘What Matters’ Campus Conversation Tackles #MeToo Debate

Students debated the pros and cons of a “call-out culture,” where perpetrators of sexual are publicly identified. Some also said the #MeToo movement has demonstrated the need for better sex education. “If more people were comfortable talking about sex, this may lead to less assault,” remarked one.

Looking at Art, and Considering Gender

The programs have given Bowdoin students the opportunity to try and make sense of this moment of cultural reckoning and to participate, albeit on a relatively small scale, in a national conversation.

For Alternative Winter Break Students, It’s Personal

This January, two Alternative Winter Break groups stayed in Maine. One worked on the issue of homelessness, the other with refugee and immigrant education. A third group traveled to Vietnam to learn about the lingering aftermath of the Vietnam War.

Sen. George J. Mitchell ’54, H’83 Visits Campus To Discuss Public Service, Politics

In a conversation with President Clayton Rose, and in response to questions from the audience, Mitchell addressed a range of subjects, including his humble beginnings in Maine, the value of his Bowdoin education and the current political situation.