McKeen Center

Join us for Bowdoin’s 19th annual 2017 Common Good Day!

Bowdoin’s 19th Annual Common Good Day will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Bowdoin Fellows Focus on Maine’s Food System

A growing number of students at Bowdoin are interested in working with and supporting local food systems.

Common Good Grant Helps Fund Local Gardening Initiative, Coastal Journal Reports

Local high school carpentry students constructed some raised beds for residents of Bath Housing Anchorage apartments, to add their existing gardening space. Each bed is on a platform about a yard off the ground, allowing those using wheelchairs of walkers to more easily grow vegetables.

Bowdoin Fellows Kick-off Summer Community Work

Two dozen Bowdoin students have fellowships from Bowdoin this summer to intern for local organizations committed to helping Maine’s people and its environment.

Bowdoin Senior’s Immigration Study Contributes to State House Debate

To help ameliorate a looming workforce shortage in the state, state senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has introduced a bill this legislative session that aims to attract and retain new Mainers. The bill aligns with immigration-related work that senior Thomas Freeman did last summer, when he interned for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., in Brunswick with a Denning Fellowship.

McKeen Center Symposium Celebrates a Year of Doing Good

Each spring, the McKeen Center holds a symposium on campus to recognize community-focused research and service of students over the academic year.

Students Practice Philanthropy in Common Good Grant Program

The McKeen Center recently hosted the Common Good Grant Awards Ceremony and Reception in Moulton Lounge to distribute grants to eight local organizations. The Common Good Grant Committee is a student-driven program that provides grants to nonprofits in the greater Brunswick area. Since 2001, the committee has given out more than $240,000 in grants to over 85 organizations.

Purple Media Plunge Project Attracts Media Attention of Its Own

Bowdoin’s Purple Media Plunge Project, a month-long challenge in which students stray from their comfortable news sites — where they can reliably read articles with a liberal or conservative bent — and instead make an effort to read news from the other side, finds itself in the news. WCSH’s Caroline Cornish interviewed Daniel O’Berry ’17, Justin Pearson ’17 and Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
 Associate Director Tom Ancona for their perspective on how reading news headlines from the left and right affects views on politics and the media.