Campus events: Jan. 6–31, 2017

Khalil Gibran Muhammad gives the Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote address on Jan. 16.

Author and educator Khalil Gibran Muhammad gives the Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote address on Jan. 16.

Hello from Bates!

This is a listing of public events at the college during January 2017.

The public is invited to these events. Except as noted, admission is free.

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Jackson Whitehouse '17 of Cleveland plays the guitar during the Nov. 30 {Pause}, sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Jackson Whitehouse ’17 of Cleveland plays the guitar during the Nov. 30 {Pause}, sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Recurring Events

Taking place while Bates is in session. Please confirm before you go.

4:15pm weekdays | Buddhist meditation led by the Dharma Society. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

12:15pm Mon | Noontime meditation: Different teachers each week bring different practices to this meditation circle. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

6pm Wed | Life drawing with the Museum of Art: Dry-media easels and drawing benches provided, bring drawing board and supplies. $10/$9 museum members. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

9pm Wed | {Pause}: A reflective secular service of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

6pm Thu | Caribbean Student Association club meeting: A weekly opportunity to get in touch with your Caribbean side, learn about the culture and meet some cool students. FMI canglin@bates.edu.
Commons, Whelan Balcony Overlook

10am Sun | Quaker meeting presented by the Lewiston Friends. FMI 207-786-8272.
163 Wood St.

4pm Sun | Bates Christian Fellowship chapel service with gospel singing, preceded by prayer time at 3pm. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

5pm Sun | Badminton Club: FMI aandre@bates.edu.
Gray Athletic Building


Women's basketball opens the new year for the Bobcats. Shown in a February 2016 game against Williams is co-captain Bernadette Connors '17. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Women’s basketball opens the new year for the Bobcats. Shown in a February 2016 game against Williams is co-captain Bernadette Connors ’17. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

6 Fri

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Colby.
Alumni Gym


7 Sat

3pm | Women’s basketball vs. Bowdoin.
Alumni Gym


13 Fri

7pm | Men’s basketball vs. Hamilton.
Alumni Gym

7pm | Men’s & women’s swimming & diving vs. Bowdoin.
Merrill Gym, Tarbell Pool

7:30pm | Techno Contra: It’s a new twist on an old dance tradition as Bates presents a techno contradance. The music is by Night Creatures, blending folk, funk and electronic influences; calling is by Dugan Murphy. All dances are taught and beginners are encouraged to come join the fun — no previous experience necessary. Beginners’ lesson at 7:30, dancing at 8pm. Admission: $5–$8. FMI freewillfolk@gmail.com.


14 Sat

Noon | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Hamilton & Hobart.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

1:30pm | Bates Debate Tournament: The Brooks Quimby Debate Council welcomes debaters from northeastern colleges. Open to the public are five elimination rounds that will determine the tournament champion. FMI awestber@bates.edu.
Pettengill Hall, ground floor classrooms

3pm | Men’s basketball vs. Middlebury.
Alumni Gym


The Rev. Dr. Charles Howard offers the message at the 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service.

The Rev. Dr. Charles Howard offers the message at the 2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service.

15 Sun

3pm | Men’s club hockey vs. Maine.
Underhill Arena

7pm | The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: With a talk titled Compassion, Critical Refusals, and Imagination: Finding the Courage to Respond to Hate, the Rev. Dr. Charles Howard offers the message at this annual service that celebrates the spiritual dimensions of peace and justice work through music, prayer, art, and word. Howard is the university chaplain and dean of religious and spiritual life at the University of Pennsylvania. The service includes moments for meditative reflection, along with jazz, gospel and multifaith music by Bates community members. See the MLK Day program for related events on Jan. 15.
Gomes Chapel


A scene from Sankofa's 2016 MLK Day performance. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

A scene from Sankofa’s 2016 MLK Day performance. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

16 Mon

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: In observance of the holiday, classes are canceled and special programming takes place around campus throughout the day. This year’s theme is “Reparations: Addressing Racial Injustices.” FMI bates.edu/mlk.

9am | No Reparations Without Racial Education: Martin Luther King on the Tyranny of Ignorance. Khalil Gibran Muhammad delivers the King Day keynote address. An authority on racial criminalization in the U.S., Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and is the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.
Gomes Chapel | See the livestream at bates.edu/mlk/live

10:45am & 2pm | King Day workshops: Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members lead workshops relating to the King Day theme in morning and afternoon sessions. FMI bates.edu/mlk.
Around campus

3:15pm | The Rev. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, Debate: Bates and Morehouse College students in the popular annual debate. This year’s motion: “This house believes the state should exclusively focus on rectifying current inequalities to the exclusion of compensating for historical injustices.” Free, but tickets required: bit.ly/mlk-debate-17 or 207-786-6400.
Olin Concert Hall | See the livestream at bates.edu/mlk/live

7:30pm | Sankofa presents Testimonies of Melanin Magic: A student group explores the history and diverse experiences of the African diaspora through dance, music, theater and spoken word. Free, but tickets required: bit.ly/mlk-sankofa17-evening, 207-786-8294 or 207-786-6400.
Schaeffer Theatre


20 Fri

4pm | Men’s & women’s indoor track pentathlon.
Merrill Gym

7pm | Men’s basketball vs. Connecticut College.
Alumni Gym


21 Sat

Noon | Men’s & women’s indoor track meet.
Merrill Gym

3pm | Men’s basketball vs. Wesleyan.
Alumni Gym


23 Mon–27 Fri

Times TBA | Saudi Arabian artists programming: With specifics TBA, the Museum of Art presents activities featuring artists represented in the exhibition Phantom Punch (see below). FMI 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.
Locations TBA


(Lynn Lane)

Director, choreographer and media artist Stephan Koplowitz speaks at the Bates College Museum of Art on Jan. 25. (Lynn Lane)

25 Wed

7pm | Stephan Koplowitz: An artist’s talk by a director, choreographer and media artist renowned for creating site-specific multimedia works for architecturally significant locations. For the 2017 Bates Dance Festival, Koplowitz is creating “Mill Town,” a piece specific to Lewiston’s Bates Mill Complex. FMI 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.
Museum of Art

7pm | The Little Colleges That Can’t Outrun Their Pasts: A talk about the moral obligations arising from the historical treatment of race at elite colleges and universities by Craig Steven Wilder, a professor of history at MIT and author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. The Moral Obligations of Race at Liberal Arts Colleges lecture series is co-sponsored by the Andrews Fund of the Multifaith Chaplaincy, the offices of Equity and Diversity and the Dean of the Faculty, and the departments of education, philosophy and psychology. FMI 207-786-8272.
Olin Concert Hall


At Schaeffer Theatre, the Bollywood Dance caps off Sangai Asia Night (this year’s theme was “Color of Asia), a popular annual showcase that follows the college's annual Arts Crawl. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Bollywood dancers cap off Asia Night at Schaeffer Theatre in 2016. The popular annual showcase returns on Jan. 27. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

27 Fri

7:30pm | Asia Night: Sponsored by the student organization Sangai Asia, this dazzling variety show spotlights Asian culture including fashion and performance. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre


28 Sat

3pm | Men’s basketball vs. Tufts.
Alumni Gym

3pm | Women’s club hockey vs. Curry College.
Underhill Arena

4pm | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Wellesley & MIT.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

7pm | Men’s club hockey vs. Rhode Island College.
Underhill Arena


29 Sun

1pm | Men’s club hockey vs. Harvard.
Underhill Arena

3pm | Women’s club hockey vs. UMass–Lowell.
Underhill Arena

5pm | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Tufts.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway


Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates, Rebecca Corrie gives a lecture on Islamic art and architecture on Jan. 30. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates, Rebecca Corrie gives a lecture on Islamic art and architecture on Jan. 30. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

30 Mon

6pm | Rebecca Corrie: Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates, Corrie offers a talk on Islamic art and architecture in conjunction with the Museum of Art exhibition Phantom Punch. FMI 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.
Museum of Art


31 Tue

5:30pm | Women’s basketball vs. UMaine–Farmington.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Men’s basketball vs. UMaine–Farmington.
Alumni Gym


Saudi artists Ahmed Mater and Arwa Al Neami speak to Dana Professor of Anthropology Loring Danforth's class on myth, folklore, and popular culture during their visit to Bates for the opening of Phantom Punch at the Museum of Art. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Shown during an October visit to Bates, Ahmed Mater and Arwa Al Neami are two of the Saudi artists exhibiting work in the Museum of Art exhibition “Phantom Punch”. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Museum of Art

bates.edu/museum

Through March 18

Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia in Lewiston, Maine: A significant exhibition of leading and emerging Saudi artists, along with programming designed to spark timely cross-cultural dialogue. One of a series of related exhibitions presented nationwide, Phantom Punch introduces artists who create smart, topical, funny, culturally resonant and technically savvy work.

Jan. 13–March 18

Martin Puryear: Prints: Renowned for his sculpture, here Puryear shows etchings and woodcuts recently added to Bates’ permanent collection — work that’s organic, reductive, referential and often geometric.

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