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Bowdoin’s Inaugural Symposium

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin Colleger
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine 04011
United States

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“The Power of the Liberal Arts,” a symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as the 15th president of Bowdoin College, convenes a roster of thought leaders for two panel discussions to be held 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Friday, October 16, 2015.  Open to the publicScreen Shot 2015-10-14 at 3.16.07 PM

The program begins with a keynote address by Hanna Holborn Gray, president emerita at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gray is a historian with special interests in the history of humanism, political and historical thought, church history, and politics in the Renaissance and the Reformation. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Bryn Mawr College in 1950 and, after holding a Fulbright scholarship at Oxford, her Ph.D. in history at Harvard University in 1957.

Following the keynote are two panel discussions. The first, “Yes, It Still Matters: Why and How We Teach the Liberal Arts,” is moderated by Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin’s Interim Dean for Academic Affairs and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Panelists include William Adams, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, and president emeritus, Colby College; Camille Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania; Adam Weinberg, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1987 and president of Denison University; and Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin’s R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics.

The second panel, “Making a Living and Making a Life: The Liberal Arts in Commerce and Citizenship,” will be moderated by business journalist and Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief Andy Serwer, of the Class of 1981, and comprises American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth I. Chenault, a member of the Class of 1973 and a 1996 honorary degree recipient; Ruthie Davis, Bowdoin Class of 1984, a luxury shoe designer who has outfitted Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys; Shelley Hearne, of the Class of 1983, visiting professor, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, a member of the Class 1954, and a 1983 recipient of an honorary degree.

More information on the panels and participants here.

Bowdoin CollegePickard Theater, Memorial Hall
Brunswick, Maine 04011

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