Presidential scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin gave the keynote address at Bowdoin College’s 2012 Reunion Convocation, held Saturday in the Sidney J. Watson Arena. She shared stories about three historical figures — Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln — all of whom, she said, “triumphed over adversity,” one of the main capacities of a great leader.
Here’s a three-minute excerpt from Goodwin’s speech, which begins with an anecdote of when she and her husband spent the night in a White House bedroom where Winston Churchill once slept. That room is the scene of one of Goodwin’s favorite stories, which has Franklin Roosevelt bursting into the suite to tell Churchill about his new name for the United Nations.
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Marijane Benner Browne '83 with Staci Williams Seeley '90, president of the Alumni Association
At the 2012 Reunion Convocation, the College presented three awards to two alumnae and a retiring staff member. Jill Shaw Ruddock ’77 received the Common Good Award; Marijane Benner Browne ’83 was awarded the Alumni Service Award; and Sherrie Bergman received the Alumni Service Award for Faculty and Staff.
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Craig McEwen with Jordan Payne '12 (left) and Ally Kuriloff '12 (right) at Commencement.
Ally Kuriloff ’12 and Jordan Payne ’12 spent much of their senior year poring over more than 100 case files of couples whose divorces were so contentious that a judge, concerned with the welfare of their children, ordered them to take a co-parenting course. The students’ task was to determine if the course was working. Their conclusion: That is easier than it sounds.
“They clearly learned that it’s challenging to do research in the field,” said Craig McEwen, Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology, their advisor on the project. This is particularly true with research subjects who are not eager to talk about the difficult subject of their divorce and how it affected their children.
Kids First, the Portland non-profit that offers the parenting course amid a range of resources for children and families, collects self-assessments completed by the participants but does not have the resources to analyze the data.
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