‘Why African-American [Blank] Matters’ Series Launches with Talk on Voting Rights

black history monthKicking off the first of a series of talks this month called, “Why African-American [Blank] Matters in America,” Professor of History Patrick Rael gave a lecture on voting and why reducing obstacles to voting is important to protect minority rights.

The event, organized by the student-run African American Society, took place in MacMillan house as a part of Black History Month. Read more.

Slideshow: Bowdoin’s Winter Wonderland Weekend


After a few mild weeks, winter arrived in full force here with a snowstorm that dropped nine inches of snow — just in time for Bowdoin’s annual Winter Weekend festival. The activities started with a brave plunge by some students into the sea at Popham Beach. Check out Michele Stapleton’s photos of some of the weekend’s happenings.

Men’s Rugby Team Flexes its Tough and Compassionate Sides

rugbyteam20160130_0053The men’s rugby team plunged into the ocean in late January as part of a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, a Maine summer camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Team members raised $3,795 for the organization before they stripped down to their bathing suits and dunked underneath the ocean before sprinting back to shore.

The team’s leader, Jared Feldman ’16, said that the team has wanted to have a larger presence on campus and to get more involved with social causes. “We have a lot of man power,” he said. “We could make an impact if we did a little bit of work off the field.” Read more.

Nonprofit Symposium: ‘Small, Local Changes Add Up’


Each winter, Meg Springer, assistant director of Bowdoin’s Career Center, organizes the popular Nonprofit Symposium at Bowdoin. She invites faculty, staff, alumni and local nonprofit leaders to the afternoon event to provide a forum for students to reflect with professionals on different aspects of the nonprofit sector. The symposium is also a chance for students interested in nonprofit careers to network with people working on humanitarian and environmental issues in Brunswick and in Maine.

The annual Nonprofit Symposium’s theme this year focused on achieving social justice through nonprofit work. The event’s keynote speaker, Tae Chong, a business counselor for a local economic development organization, narrowed the theme even more to considering the power of small acts. He spoke about how relatively little actions, such as a Pakistani girl defying her elders to go to school, can add up to bring about greater social justice. Read more.