The Honorands: A Talk by Fatuma Hussein H’17

Fatuma Hussein, who received an honorary degree during Bowdoin’s 212th Commencement, is the founder and executive director of the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine (formerly the United Somali Women of Maine), an organization developed to help Somali immigrants settle in the state. She spoke at Bowdoin May 26, 2017.

Hussein is a leading voice against gender-based violence in the African immigrant community and in society at large. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, the oldest of thirteen children, Hussein lived in a Kenyan refugee camp after civil war broke out in Somalia in 1991. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1993, where she attended high school. Seeking relief from congestion and crime in urban Atlanta, she moved with her family to Maine, eventually settling in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Bowdoin Senior’s Immigration Study Contributes to State House Debate

Immigration research Thomas Freeman ’17 did last summer with a Denning Fellowship helped buttress testimony given at the Maine State House in Augusta.

Legislators are considering a proposed bill to address Maine’s aging population and looming workforce shortage by attracting and retaining new Mainers to rural areas. Read the story.

John Walker’s Botanical Creations Augment Museum of Art ‘Why Draw?’ Show

Six of Maine-based artist John Walker’s large ink and acrylic works on paper have been added to a satellite gallery in the Museum of Art. The pieces relate to but are also distinct from the hundreds of drawings and watercolors, spanning 500 years, that are now on display in the Museum of Art’s Why Draw? show.

In an interview in his studio some weeks before the exhibition, Walker talked about the importance of drawing for artists and art lovers. “Drawing is touching,” he said. “I am sure this museum will be rooms full of things that have been beautifully touched.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

McKeen Center Symposium Celebrates a Year of Doing Good

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

On Thursday, May 4, Morrell Lounge was decorated with posters representing 87 projects that included direct volunteering, summer fellowships, and community-engaged learning spanning the disciplines, from economics to education.

Dhivya Singaram ’17, a Mckeen Center fellow, organized the symposium, roughly dividing the projects into four broad categories: building sustainable communities, education, public health, and social justice.