At the McKeen Center’s “Bowdoin and the Common Good” symposium, held recently in Morrell Lounge, students presented individual and class projects that have, over the past year, linked the College with the community. Their projects included both community service as well as independent research in biology, math, sociology, Spanish and environmental studies.
The symposium stands as a “beautiful example” of the value of a liberal arts education, according to Janice Jaffe, associate director of the McKeen Center. The projects are not only diverse but often multidisciplinary in their scope. “Students [at the symposium] talk to one another and they see the relationships between projects,” she said. ”It takes a community and all its different perspectives and research skills to address these issues.”
Some of the issues presented at the symposium this year were equal access to education, sustainable communities, poverty and social justice, and international connections. Read about a few of the student projects.