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Campus events: Updates for May 19–30, 2017

An educator known for his innovative leadership of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Geoffrey Canada is the featured speaker at Bates’ 151st Commencement, on May 28.

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This is an updated listing of public events at the college from May 19 through May 30, 2017.

Changes since previous editions:

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

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Recurring Events

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

4:15pm Mon–Fri | Buddhist meditation led by the Dharma Society. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

12:15pm Mon | Noontime meditation: Different teachers bring different practices to this meditation circle each week. 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

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

6pm Sun | Community Sit: This hourlong gathering of a community of meditators offers mutual support through meditation and loving kindness, periodically varying its practice and sharing experiences with meditation. FMI
Gomes Chapel

Bates gamelan musicians, led by Associate Professor of Music Gina Fatone (at right), are shown in February. Students in an Indonesian music course perform May 19. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

19 Fri

7:30pm | L/A in L-A: Brooklyn-based director Peter Richards helms a devised performance based on the fabled Sonny Liston–Muhammad Ali championship boxing match held in Lewiston in 1965. Catherine Morse ’17, Colby Harrison ’17 and Samuel Hersh ’18 created and are performing the piece for a Short Term theater production workshop. FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

8pm | Music of West Java, Indonesia: A program of traditional and contemporary music performed on Bates’ gamelan instruments by students in the course “Performing Musical Art of Indonesia.” Special guests are Een Herdiani, a dancer and director of a conservatory for the arts in West Java; and Undang Sumarna, a master drummer who teaches West Javanese gamelan at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Free, but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

20 Sat

7:30pm | L/A in L-A (see May 19).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

21 Sun

5pm | L/A in L-A (see May 19).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

22 Mon

4pm | Scholar Tea: Charif Shanahan: The English department’s Scholar Tea series presents a reading and Q&A with acclaimed poet Shanahan, author of Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing. FMI or 207-786-6420.
Commons 226

4:15pm | A Way With Words: On Translating Homer’s “Iliad.” A talk by Caroline Alexander, author of the bestselling The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Her 2015 translation of The Iliad has been praised as “unembellished, faithful to the Greek, and uniquely accessible.” Sponsored by the classical and medieval studies program and the Costas and Mary Maliotis Foundation. FMI
Hedge 106

23 Tue

7pm | Humankind and the Natural Order: Drawing upon long experience with indigenous people during his career as a public prosecutor, Rupert Ross developed a different vision of the relationship between humankind and the natural order, and found a different understanding of restorative justice. This presentation explores those concepts and how they shape approaches to justice that transform into truly restorative processes. Presented by the Bates Purposeful Work Practitioner Taught Course in Mediation and Restorative Justice. FMI
Pettengill G52

Student achievement in technology on display during the 2015 Curricular Innovation Showcase in Perry Atrium. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

24 Wed

4pm | Short Term Curricular Innovation Showcase: An annual presentation of intensive practical collaborations that are transforming teaching at Bates. In Course (Re)design projects, students and faculty work side by side to redesign learning experiences of great meaning to them. Meanwhile, visiting Short Term Practitioners from all corners of industry bring skills and expertise to enhance the applicability of the Bates education to a life of meaningful work. FMI
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

7:30pm | Short Term Recital: Students in the Short Term course “Performance in Western Classical Music,” taught by Christy Thomas, perform a program TBA. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

25 Thu

7:30pm | Strange Bedfellows: Bates’ only improv comedy group presents its final show of the year and celebrates graduating seniors Will Koller, Whitney Lees and Dan Peeples. FMI
Chase Hall B18

28 Sun

10am | Commencement: Giving the keynote address at Bates’ 151st graduation ceremony is honorary degree recipient Geoffrey Canada, an educator nationally known for his work with the Harlem Children’s Zone. Also receiving honorary degrees are U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, art historian Wanda Corn ’62 and actor Patrick Dempsey.
Historic Quad

30 Tue

7pm | Zen Meditation: A traditional Zen sit with Bates Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

“The Evolution of a Still Life” (2017), an oil painting on canvas by Abigail Abbott, is one of the student works on display in the 2017 Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Museum of Art

Through May 27, 2017

Senior Thesis Exhibition 2017: The museum’s relationship with the Department of Art and Visual Culture entails a commitment to supporting the work of Bates students through this exhibition showcasing work in diverse media from the thesis projects of graduating studio art majors — 17 this year. The program emphasizes the creation of a cohesive body of work through sustained studio practice and critical inquiry.