MDS Events with President Spencer

This spring, President Clayton Spencer will tour the country presenting the Bates community with college priorities, the future of liberal arts higher education, and what Bates is doing to prepare students to lead lives of meaningful work.

The following events will feature an exclusive pre-reception with President Spencer for Mount David Society donors in recognition of your generous annual support of the college.


San Francisco: March 10, 2016

San Francisco, CA
Thursday, March 10
6–7 p.m. — Mount David Society Reception
7–9 p.m. — Program and Reception
Terra Gallery & Events
511 Harrison Street“The Liberal Arts in an Age of Innovation”
President Clayton Spencer will be joined by Director of Program Design for Purposeful Work Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kirk D. Read, and Assistant Professor of Economics Nathan W. Tefft for a discussion about developments in the Bates curriculum, including Short Term course redesigns, Purposeful Work, and the integration of big data.
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New York: April 5, 2016

New York, NY
Tuesday, April 5
6:30–7:30 p.m. — Mount David Society Reception
7:30–10 p.m. — Program and Reception
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers
Pier 61
23rd Street and West Side Highway“Purposeful Work Unplugged”
President Clayton Spencer will be joined by Director of Program Design for Purposeful Work Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quill.org Peter J. Gault ’11, and Founding Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative Michael P. Lydon ’04, for a discussion of the “Purposeful Work” concept and how it is taking shape at Bates.


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Cambridge: April 7, 2016

Cambridge, MA
Thursday, April 7
6–7 p.m. — Mount David Society Reception
7–9:30 p.m. — Program and Reception
32 Quincy Street
“The Engaged Liberal Arts”
President Clayton Spencer will moderate a panel featuring Associate Professor and Chair of French and Francophone Studies Alexandre E. Dauge-Roth, Professor and Chair of Sociology Francesco G. Duina, and Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Biological Chemistry Paula J. Schlax for a discussion of their teaching, research, and work with Bates students.

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