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Bates in Brief World: Photographs from the 2012 Barlow Off-Campus Exhibit

View to a Kiln

Catherine Elliott ’12 is a ceramicist who creates bowls that are both beautiful and usable. She forms her vessels on a kick wheel, one at a time.

A double major in studio art and politics, Elliott witnessed different approaches to ceramics work during the winter of 2011, when she lived and worked with an organization of potters in China. Case in point: The “Dragon Kiln,” a giant installation that she photographed on a hill just outside of Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China.

The “Dragon Kiln” is a giant installation that Catherine Elliott ’12 photographed on a hill just outside of Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China.

Elliott’s photograph above, as well as the two below, were included in the 2012 Barlow Off-Campus Study Photography Exhibition. This photo also depicts the kiln’s tenders, who, she explains, “spend hours crouched at the side of the kiln, feeding the flames.” (Perhaps the proximity to the heat has something to do with their choice of watermelon as refreshment.)


Winning Smile

The child nearest photographer Jenna Burke ‘13 in the photo is Emmanuel — “a favorite of mine and a star on the soccer field,” says Burke, who met Emmanuel and his playmates during her stay in Rhotia, Tanzania, with a fall 2011 School for Field Studies program that also took her to Kenya.

The child nearest photographer Jenna Burke ’13 in the photo above is Emmanuel — “a favorite of mine and a star on the soccer field,” says Burke, who met Emmanuel and his playmates during her stay in Rhotia, Tanzania, with a fall 2011 School for Field Studies program that also took her to Kenya. The program incorporated community service that entailed frequent sessions volunteering in primary schools. The sessions weren’t all work, as the visitors often went
“just to play with the kids,” Burke says.


Keyless Entry

Visiting Paris during the winter 2011 semester under the auspices of the Center for University Programs Abroad, photographer Olivia DaDalt ‘12 was captivated by this scene (below).

Olivia DaDalt ‘12 photographed this scene at the Pont de l’Archevêché, one of at least three Parisian bridges where romantic couples like to attach so-called love locks.

The Pont de l’Archevêché is one of at least three Parisian bridges where romantic couples like to attach so-called love locks, or love padlocks, to symbolize their undying love. Writing their names on the locks, the lovers fix them to the bridge fencing and toss the keys into the Seine. (Perhaps more jaded couples favor combination locks.) In the background of DaDalt’s image is Notre Dame Cathedral.


World Facts

The first Bates student to pursue abroad study headed to Tokyo in 1956–57.

An alumni career tip for success in the work world: “Have a bias towards saying yes.”

Sixty percent of Bates students will study abroad during their college time.

Joining an honored tradition, Sen. Ed Muskie ’36 once read George Washington’s inaugural speech on the Senate floor.


Major Destinations

Study-abroad countries attracting the most Bates students in 2010–11:

Italy 33
United Kingdom 31
Denmark 28
France 24
Spain 16
Australia 11
Chile 11
Argentina 10
South Africa 9
Greece 8

Source: Off-Campus Study Program 2011 Annual Report. The lists represent JSA and JYA students who studied abroad in 2010-11.


World Quote

“Italy is perennially the top destination for [for off-campus study] for its appeal to art majors, quality programs, no requirement for prior language study, central Europe location and appeal to parents.” — Steve Sawyer, director of Off-Campus Study


Tuned In to Spencer

Viewers in 17 countries watched the livestream of the announcement of Clayton Spencer as president-elect in December 2012. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

Viewers in 17 countries watched the webcast of the announcement of President-elect Clayton Spencer:

• Burundi
• Canada
• Cyprus
• Denmark
• Finland
• France
• Georgia
• Germany
• India
• Israel
• Japan
• Malaysia
• Netherlands
• Peru
• Sweden
• United Kingdom
• United States



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