Events with President Spencer

This spring President Clayton Spencer toured the country and hosted five events. Topics included college priorities, the future of liberal arts higher education, and what Bates is doing to prepare students to lead lives of meaningful work.


2016 Event Slideshows

We hope you enjoy these photos from our 2016 Events with President Spencer.

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2016 Events

Cambridge, MA
Thursday, April 7
7–9 p.m.
Harvard Art Museums
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.

New York, NY
Tuesday, April 5
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.


Santa Monica, CA
Sunday, March 13
5–7 p.m.
Hotel Casa Del Mar
1910 Ocean Way

President Clayton Spencer will be joined by Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of French and Francophone Studies Kirk D. Read for a discussion of Bates curricular initiatives and other innovations at the college.


San Francisco, CA
Thursday, March 10
7–9 p.m.
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.

Chicago, IL 
Wednesday, January 20
6–8 p.m.
2033 W North Ave

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San Francisco
Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m.
The Exploratorium
Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

President Spencer was joined by technology leaders Chris G. Barbin ’93, CEO and Co-Founder at Appirio and Patrick Pichette P’17, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Google, for a discussion on “The Liberal Arts in a Digital Age.”

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Los Angeles
Sunday, March 29, 5 p.m.
Marina del Rey Hotel
13543 Bali Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

President Spencer shared an update on college priorities — Opportunity & Excellence, Purposeful Work, and the Engaged Liberal Arts — as well as news from campus.

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Portland
Tuesday, May 12, 6 p.m.
Grace
15 Chestnut St
Portland, ME 04101

President Spencer shared an update on college priorities — Opportunity & Excellence, Purposeful Work, and the Engaged Liberal Arts — as well as news from campus.

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New York City
Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014

President Spencer; Trustee Emeritus J. Michael Chu ’80, P’12, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Catterton; and Former Trustee Bryant C. Gumbel ’70, Host of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; discussed “The Liberal Arts in an Age of Disruption.”

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Boston
Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m.
Artists for Humanity
100 West 2nd. Street
Boston, MA 02127

President Spencer was joined by Chair of the Board of Trustees Michael Bonney ’80, P’09, P’12, P’15; Professor of Psychology and Department Chair Amy Bradfield Douglass; and Director of Program Design, Purposeful Work, Rebecca Fraser-Thill for a discussion of “The Liberal Arts in an Age of Innovation.”

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Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
Long View Gallery
1234 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

President Spencer discussed “The Liberal Arts and the National Context” with two of Washington’s prominent experts in higher education policy: Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President at the American Council on Education (ACE) and Sarah Flanagan, Vice President for Government Relations at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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