On Campus Event: Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Northeast (9/25)

Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Northeast Lecture
Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00-8:00 PM
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
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Smithsonian Institution Arctic archaeologist William Fitzhugh and Maine-based photographer Wilfred Richard will speak Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium, on the Bowdoin College campus. Their illustrated lecture coincides with the release of their new book, Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. Following the lecture there will be a reception at the Arctic Museum, where they will sign copies of their book. Also visitors will have a chance to view an exhibit of some of Richard’s photographs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

William Fitzhugh has spent over three decades studying cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, and Scandinavia. His work as an archaeologist and anthropologist has focused on the cultural and environmental history of Labrador and southern Quebec, the evolution of maritime cultures, contact between native populations and Europeans, and the origins of reindeer herding. He is the head of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wilfred Richard is a geographer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide, and research fellow at the Ummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland. He has traveled extensively throughout New England, the Arctic, and Subarctic, photographing landscapes and seascapes, terrestrial and marine floral and fauna, and the everyday activities of local residents and visiting scientists. He has exhibited his photographs widely.

Using fascinating personal stories and stunning photographs, Fitzhugh and Richard will introduce the audience to people and places throughout the northern North Atlantic and explain both the importance and allure of this region. Their appearance is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

On Campus Event: “Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon” (9/18)

Author Pope Brock Speaks Pope Brockon Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
Pope Brock will speak on his current book project, Another Fine Mess: Life on Tomorrow’s Moon, which imagines what might happen on the moon in the mid-to-late 21st century if the schemes various governments, corporations, and obsessed individuals have for it all come true.moon

Brock is also the author of Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam (Crown, 2008), an account of the improbable career of John Brinkley, the most successful quack in U.S. history, and Indiana Gothic (Doubleday/Nan Talese). His work has appeared in GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Talk, The New Yorker, London Independent, Life, People, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

Brock received his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from New York University School of the Arts.  He is currently on the faculty of the MFA Program in Writing at the University of Nebraska.

Brock’s lecture will be followed by a reception in the Visual Arts Center “Fishbowl.”

On Campus Event: Common Good Day (9/20)

Common Good DAyBowdoin’s 16th Annual Common Good Day will take place on Saturday, September 20 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. Join 500 fellow faculty, students, staff and alumni to learn about our local community, and contribute to the efforts of dozens of partner organizations throughout the Midcoast region. Registering online takes just a minute:  There are only about 20 spots left!  Register here

Bring your friends, family and kids. Everyone receives lunch and a beautiful t-shirt, then we’ll all head out to complete volunteer projects including outdoor cleanup, painting, office support, recreating with seniors and kids, and much more.

When you register you can indicate the type of service that works best for you. The deadline for registration is Friday, 9/12. We look forward to seeing you on September 20th!

For more information, contact Will Horne (whorne@bowdoin.edu).

On Campus Event: Careers in Locavore Economy (9/25)

Careers in Locavore Economy
Thursday, September 25, 2014  7:00-8:30PM
Main Lounge, Moulton Union
Informal Conversation and Refreshments Afterwards

There is more to the locavore movement than farmer’s markets on the green! Maine is an incubator of entrepreneurial opportunities connected to the food economy, and Bowdoin alumni are playing an active role in its success. Come learn about their work, challenges and areas of growth. Panelists include representatives from the fishing industry, craft beer movement, international tea import start-up, and the role that foundations are playing in supporting local food initiatives. Refreshments will follow.

This will be a moderated discussion with plenty of time for questions and informal conversation over refreshments.The panelists are:

Jay Espy, ’79 executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Based in Brunswick, the foundation focuses on the environment, animal welfare, and human well-being, primarily in Maine.

Before becoming executive director of the Sewall Foundation, Espy served as president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization. During his tenure, the Trust accelerated its land protection efforts along Maine’s entire coast by conserving more than 125,000 acres and establishing the Maine Land Trust Network, which helps build capacity of local land trusts throughout Maine. Jay has an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin and master’s degrees in business and environmental studies from Yale’s School of Management and its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Sara Holby, ’08 founder Anjiri Tea, Kenyalocavore economy

After graduating from Bowdoin College in May 2008, Sara Holby headed to Kisii, in western Kenya, to volunteer for a health-related non-governmental organization (NGO). When funding ran short for the NGO Sara worked with local women (and her sister and Mom), to found Anjiri tea, a non-profit that directly benefits local women, farmers and aids orphans. Anjiri Tea also supports Anjiri Foundation which together form a sustainable trade cycle to educate orphans in Western Kenya. Sarah was an ES/History major, who went to Kenya after graduation with a Global Citizen Grant from Bowdoin’s McKeen Center. In her senior year, Sara was a co-president of the Outing Club.
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Sean Sullivan, ’08, executive director, Maine Brewers’ Guild, and Co-founder, Buoy Local

The Maine Brewers’ Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in Maine. The guild’s mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the craft beer revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer. Buoy Local is a community-minded technology company based in Portland, ME with a mission to help consumers spend locally and grow greater Portland’s economy. The company offers a single, community-based, ‘open loop’ gift card that enables consumers to buy locally from their favorite independent stores and businesses in the Portland region. Sean was an Art History major at Bowdoin.

Lucy Van Hook, ’06 Fisheries Program Coordinator, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

Lucy is the Fisheries Program Coordinator at the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and provides support to the groundfish sector as the Sector Data Analyst. She works on projects that focus on sustaining the inshore groundfish fishermen of Maine. Projects include building a greater constituency and increasing fishermen engagement, fishing gear and monitoring research, business planning for fishermen and expanding communication and outreach efforts to build a strong foundation for the organization.

Though Lucy’s marine fishing experience is limited to trolling for mackerel, she grew up spending time in Penobscot Bay and has spent the last ten years living in Mid-coast Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a focus in biology and environmental studies and spent several years conducting field-based research in a fresh water tidal ecosystem. Most recently, she earned her masters degree in climate science policy with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary, sustainable approaches to building policy

Grua/O’Connell Research Award Information (Two Phase Application Deadlines this Fall)

As we begin another academic year, I write to remind you of Bowdoin’s Grua/O’Connell Research Award, open to students from all disciplines. Funding from this award can be used to support student travel that will substantially enhance Bowdoin students’ honors projects or research being conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member (e.g., travel to library/archive or to another location to conduct research, or travel to a conference to present results). Awards from this fund may also be used to defray students’ research expenses such as purchasing of books and equipment, publishing research results, or any combination of these expenses.

Students apply through a two-phase process. Phase one is a very simple online application that indicates the student’s intent to apply and notifies the mentor of the request for a recommendation. (This phase one application can easily be completed by the student in less than five minutes.) The phase two application includes the project description, budget, and recommendation.

Phase One Application Deadline (intent to apply): Tuesday, September 23, at noon
Phase Two Application Deadline (final application): Thursday, October 2, at noon

The Internal Student Fellowship Committee anticipates making approximately 12 awards of up to $2,000. For complete details, please visit http://www.bowdoin.edu/student-fellowships/undergrad-research/fellowships/grua-oconnell.shtml

Students interested in applying, particularly those undertaking honors projects, should contact Cindy Stocks in the Student Fellowships and Research office.

Cindy Stocks
Director, Student Fellowships and Research
Bowdoin College
110 Kanbar Hall
ph: 207-725-3607


Off Campus Event: Series: Climate Change and the Built Environment, Wed 9/17, 7:30 am-9

Join us as we kick off a Green Eggs series entitled “Climate Change and the Built Environment.” September’s Green Eggs will focus on sea level rise and the built environment and how green building is part of the solution.

Wed. Sept 17   7:30 am-9:00 am
Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME
Cost: $20 non-members, $15 members

Dr. Sam Merrill is the founder and current President of Catalysis Adaptation Partners. He has spent over 20 years at the interface of local community needs, managed landscapes, and sensitive natural resources. He has received many awards for his work, including in the year 2000 a military medal for distinguished public service (hon. Lt. Col.), and has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 agency technical reports. He has been the principal force behind development of the COAST approach to benefit-cost analysis for sea level rise and storm surge and also its implementation in numerous coastal adaptation planning efforts. From 2001 – 2013 he served as Director of the the US EPA’s New England Environmental Finance Center and Associate Research Professor at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. He holds a BA in Zoology from the University of Maine, and both a MS in Conservation Biology and PhD in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota.

On April 22, 2014, Sam was awarded an Individual Merit Award for his service to EPA Region 1 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, at the historic Faneuil Hall in Boston.

About Green Eggs and to Register:
Green Eggs is the Chapter’s monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic relevant to green buildings. Networking and breakfast, featuring a full breakfast – local, organic, creative – prepared by Local Sprouts Cooperative, will take place from 7:30 – 8:00 followed by a 45 minute presentation and a 15 minute question, answer & discussion period. Attendance is limited and pre-registration with payment is recommended. Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non members. To register for the event, register here or e-mail programs@maineusgbc.org to reserve your spot.

Job Opportunity: Writer & Content Developer about energy efficiency (Fall 2014)

Writer & Content Developer | Portland, ME

A Yarmouth-based marketing company specializing in web marketing solutions for the energy efficiency community — green builders, energy auditors, home performance energy circlecontractors, etc. — is seeking a full-time or part-time writer and content/developer strategist. Find out more via the web site:


Job Opportunity: Change Corps, Grassroots Organizing Training Program (app due 10/10)

Change Corps is looking for graduating seniors who are passionate about getting change unstuck on the issues we care about most. Are you in?

Change Corps is a salaried, one-year, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they’ll know how to organize people to get change unstuck on the issues they’re passionate about and will have an opportunity to become part of a wave of new organizers who will keep pushing and prodding our country forward for years to come. Click here to find out more.

In your year with Change Corps: You’ll make a real impact on issues like women’s rights, gun violence, immigration reform, voting rights, marriage equality and money in politics. You’ll get an amazing experience in the field, working on 3-5 different campaigns throughout the year in cities across the country providing critical field support for partner groups leading the charge on these issues and many more. You’ll learn how to mobilize a community toward a common goal and build the kind of support and grassroots action that persuades decision-makers to stop obstructing change and embrace it instead. And you’ll learn from the best: Our trainers include Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, Justin Ruben, President of MoveOn, and Bill McKibben of 350.org. You’ll even get paid: Change Corps organizers earn $25,000 and receive paid sick days, holidays, and vacation days, and qualifying staff have the opportunity to enroll in our group health care plan and student loan repayment program.

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Change Corps will help connect you to progressive groups looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change.

In the next few months, we’ll invite 25 candidates to join the Change Corps class of 2016. We’re looking for people who are fired up about politics and serious about social change, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, then click here to get more information about joining the 2015-2016 class of Change Corps’ Training Academy for Activists. Change Corps is a yearlong program that begins in August 2015 with introductory classroom training, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the country. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

Sign up here to learn more. You can also contact Dani Neuharth-Keusch, Change Corps Recruitment Director, at dani@changecorps.org.

Early Application Deadline: Friday, October 10th

Apply Today!

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