Events and Opportunities

2014-15 Public Works in Progress Series

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Commons 221, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston
Georgia Nigro (Psych) et al, “Development(s) in Malawi: Learnings from Short Term 2014″
Last short term, fourteen students accompanied Professor Georgia Nigro to Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa. Working in collaboration with Go! Malawi, a nonprofit organization founded by a Maine school teacher, the students lived in rural Malawi for two weeks, learning Chichewa, meeting with local individuals and groups, and interacting with schoolchildren. A final week in another district on the shores of Lake Malawi gave the class further insights into the challenges of building relationships of reciprocity.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Commons 226, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston
Anthony Shostak (Museum of Art) et al, “Animating Astronomy: Video Creation to Further The Reach of Starstruck”
“Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography” premiered at Bates in 2012, and is now at its final venue, the James A. Michener Art Museum.  Utilizing the Harward Center’s PEAP grant program, Anthony Shostak, Education Curator at the Museum of Art, partnered with Physics Professor Eric Wollman and Colin Kelley, Manager of Digital Media Studios, to produce a high-production-value video version of Wollman’s essay for the exhibition catalog.  This 26-minute astronomy primer was integrated into the exhibition as it traveled across the country.  The video also functions as a lasting resource for planetarium and museum programs here at Bates.  The presentation will include a screening of the video, followed by Q&A.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Commons 221, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston
Justin Moriarty (Theater/Dance) et al, “Reversing Recidivism: Art as a Vehicle for Change Inside Maine’s Largest Youth Correctional Facility”
Justin and partners from Longreek Youth Detention Facility will share the contours and findings of their pilot project to engage incarcerated youth in transformative art-making experiences.

2014-15 Civic Forum Series

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston
A conversation with Ruchira Gupta, founder and president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. Over her 25 year career, Gupta has striven to highlight the link between trafficking and prostitution laws, and to lobby policy makers to shift blame from victims to perpetrators.

2014-15 Great Falls Forum

The Great Falls Forum is a joint venture of Bates College, the Sun-Journal, the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, and the Lewiston Public Library. Forums occur from 12-1pm in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library (downtown on Lisbon Street). The program format offers time for a question-and-answer exchange. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch. Drinks are available on site. The Forums are free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more information on the series, contact the Library at 207-513-3135 or

Friday, January 16, 2014
Dick Woodbury, Economist and former Maine State Senator
“The Policy and Politics of Reforming Maine’s Tax System”

Friday, February 27, 2014
Panelists: Kim Jacques (Revelation Massage), Luke Livingston (Baxter Brewing Company), and Colby Michaud (Praxis Production Studios)
“Getting Down to Business: Insights from Local Entrepreneurs”

Friday, March 20, 2014
John Bear Mitchell, Wabanaki Center Outreach & Student Development Coordinator, University of Maine System Native American Waiver Coordinator, and Lecturer in Wabanaki Studies, University of Maine
“Maine Indians, Wabanaki Peoples – our Past and Present Stories”

Friday, April 17, 2014
Dr. Wendy Wolf, President and CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation
”The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Healthcare in Maine”

Friday, May 15, 2014
Dr. Brett Morrison, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical School
“Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: The Latest Research on Lou Gerhig’s Disease (ALS)”

Faculty and Staff Opportunities

Adventures in Community-Engaged Learning
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Commons 221, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston
Danny Danforth (Anth), Larissa Williams (Bio), and Mary Rice-DeFosse (Fren) will reflect on their diverse experiences with community-engaged learning.

Student Opportunities

Pay 2 Play Film Screening
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Olin 104, 75 Russell Street, Lewiston
Please join us for the National College Screening Day of the new documentary Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes on January 21, 2015, the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Featuring Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky and many others, Pay 2 Play is a fun and inspiring film about money in politics and its effect on our democracy.  To shape our future, we need a voice in the system: Pay 2 Play shows the way.  Join with others nationwide to take the next steps to reclaim democracy on this historic anniversary.

D4D on the Road Workshop
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Muskie Archives
The D4D on the Road workshops, hosted at Periclean colleges and universities, provide training in how to develop effective advocacy and education campaigns. Experts empower participants to advance their particular issue or cause. Participants will focus on practicing concrete skills, including strategic planning, power mapping, grassroots organizing, and message development.
Register here.

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Summer 2015
Washington, D.C.
The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to make an impact this summer. Spend either four or eight weeks taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation’s capital.  Your internship will put you on the front-lines working to solve local and national issues.

Apply by the December 10 early deadline and receive a 5% tuition discount. For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at

If you have questions about the program or application process, please email IPVS Program Manager, Jesse Schaefer, at or reach out by phone at (202) 986-0384.

The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
August 2015 – June 2016
Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Pittsburgh, PA and St. Louis, MO
The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs develops the next generation of aspiring change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for leadership with the ability to forge connections and solve problems across all sectors.

Application deadline: January 23, 2015

For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at