Events

What’s Happening at Bates

Except as noted, these events are open to the public at no charge. (Where there is an admission fee, the cost for the general public appears first, followed by the cost for students and seniors.)

Monday
19
January

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bates

8:30 AM

Around campus: In observance of the holiday, classes are canceled and special programming takes place across campus, exploring the theme From Selma t…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Address by Peniel Joseph

9:00 AM

Gomes Chapel 104: Joseph's address is titled Reimagining Martin Luther King Jr. in the Age of Obama and the Age of Ferguson. Founding director of the…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Can We Talk? Tools for Talking With "The Enemy" '

10:45 AM

Hedge Hall 106: Discover tools of Nonviolent Communication, a technique pioneered by Marshall Rosenberg. Through role-playing exercises in small grou…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Activism & Interdisciplinary Study: 25 Years of Transformation'

10:45 AM

Hedge Hall 208: In 1990, after years of student organizing, the Bates faculty instituted interdisciplinary majors in African American studies, Americ…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Alcatraz and the American Indian Movement'

10:45 AM

Pettengill Hall G52: In 1969, leaders of the American Indian Movement occupied Alcatraz Island, former site of a federal penitentiary. This session c…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Every Mother’s Son'

10:45 AM

Pettengill Hall G65: This 2004 documentary by Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson follows three brave mothers who each lost her son to police violence, and …

MLK Day Workshop: 'Social Media and Political Change'

10:45 AM

Pettengill Hall G21: A look at the ways in which the use of social media by activists has altered the dynamics of political and social change. Among …

MLK Workshop: 'Social Justice: Text It!'

10:45 AM

Commons 221/222: Staff and students facilitate a session for people who would like to engage with the topic of social justice, but are unaccustomed t…

MLK Day: 'Bates Voices: Honoring Martin'

1:00 PM

Commons 110: In the Commons Fireplace Lounge, students, faculty, staff and Bates leaders including President Clayton Spencer honor Dr. Martin Luther …

MLK Day Workshop: 'Sounds of '65: Civil Rights & Jazz at the Midpoint of the 1960s'

1:30 PM

Pettengill Hall G63: 1965 saw the march on Selma and the enactment of the Voting Rights Act, the assassination of Malcolm X and the Watts riots. This…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock'

1:30 PM

Pettengill Hall G65: Daisy Bates was “a feminist before the term was invented,” says PBS. This film tells the story of the 'First Lady of Little …

MLK Day Workshop: '5 Broken Cameras'

1:30 PM

Pettengill Hall G52: Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, this film documents events in a city in the occupied West Bank whose residents unde…

MLK Workshop: 'A 50-Year Legacy of the Voting Rights Act'

1:30 PM

Hedge Hall 106: The 1965 Voting Rights Act addressed nationwide inequalities of voter participation and set forth procedures for the federal governm…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Perspectives on Ferguson'

1:30 PM

Muskie Archives 201: Events in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere have sparked months of civil unrest nationwide and reignited a national conversation abou…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Standing Through History: A Performative Timeline of Athletics as Activism/Protest/Dissent'

1:30 PM

Gray Athletic Building: This piece describes notable intersections of athletics and activism in history: A poster timeline and short presentations wi…

MLK Day Workshop: 'Paintings Related to the Civil Rights Movement'

2:30 PM

Ladd Library, First Floor: A gallery conversation with artist Jonathan Frost, a gallery owner and artist from Camden, Maine. Frost discusses the pain…

MLK Day: The Rev. Benjamin Elijah Mays ’20 Debate

3:15 PM

Olin Concert Hall: This ever-popular debate with Morehouse and Bates students honors the Rev. Mays, a Bates debater, longtime president of Morehouse …

MLK Day Workshop: 'Dance Your Dissent'

5:00 PM

Merrill Gymnasium 74: Hip-hop dancer-choreographer Kiki Ely teaches the open-level workshop 'Dance Your Dissent” in the Plavin Dance Studio. Ely ha…

Sankofa: 'Black Voice: The Life of Evelyn Ola Johnson'

7:30 PM

Schaeffer Theatre: The students of Sankofa explore the history and diverse experiences of the African diaspora through dance, music, theater and spok…