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Wednesday

September 8, 2010
11:20 am

Slide show presents Class of 2014 orientation

View the slide show above by clicking the thumbnails. Orientation for the Class of 2014 helped ease first-year students into…

Friday

August 27, 2010
2:00 pm

Ask Me Another: Cynthia Baker, religious studies professor

Cynthia Baker examines a ‘fraught’ identity term: ‘Jew’ Associate Professor of Religious Studies Cynthia Baker is something of an expert…

Friday

August 27, 2010
2:00 pm

Bates Matters: Traditions and Facilities

How a tradition of learning inside, outside, and around the classroom influences Bates facilities growth By President Elaine Tuttle Hansen…

Tuesday

January 26, 2010
12:00 am

Religion professor receives NEH grant for 'identity terms' research

“Identity terms” are the words that people use to affiliate themselves and others with particular groups — ethnic, racial, religious, social and so on. Cynthia Baker, associate professor of religious studies at Bates, recently received $50,400 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support her research into one of history’s most fraught identity terms: “Jew,” a word that can convey praise, pride, prejudice or pure description.

Wednesday

September 30, 2009
3:31 pm

Consulting Magazine names Olivia Wakefield Lee '92 a leader in the field

Olivia Wakefield Lee ’92, a religion major at Bates, is one of Consulting Magazine‘s “future leaders,” as noted in the…

Friday

December 5, 2008
3:08 pm

On Being Raised Buddhist

Oh Buddhism, you complicate my life in so many ways but you also make it easy to write off bad things that happen. Chalk it up to karma. That spider was obviously some evil-doer in its past life, hence why it got killed by my Raid handling mother. Same with the black fly. However, it gets more complicated when you start to think about human beings. Could the starving people of this world really all have racked up bad karma in their past lives? I don’t buy it. That’s a question I constantly ponder. I hope I’ll come find some sort of satisfactory answer to that question someday. Maybe lying on the side of the road looking like road kill like my fake fur stole. Sigh.

Thursday

November 6, 2008
1:29 pm

I’m the Girl Talk of Philosophy

Concerning mash-up music, debates have been circulating concerning the question of whether a mash-up song should be considered new or not. Is a mash-up song authentic? Is it “real” music? Or is it simply two previously written songs placed together into something that is less novel than it is a rip-off. And what does it mean that computers are so fancy these days that any Joe-shmo can take two of his favorite songs and layer them together? Does that count as authentic?

Saturday

October 18, 2008
1:48 pm

Autumn on Campus in Maine

My academic course load is really challenging this semester, but I am really happy with all of my classes. For instance, though I am a Religion major and a Philosophy minor, I registered to take an upper level History seminar on colonial America. It is a subject I wasn’t at all interested in or knew anything about. But all my friends who are History majors told me that Professor Hall was an amazing teacher. Though he was teaching a 100 level class this semester, I decided to take his 300 level seminar with only six other students. There has been tons of reading and writing assignments, but I have fallen in love with the material and the professor. That’s something special about Bates and the liberal arts experience. You don’t have to limit yourself to classes within your major, or even personal interests.

Friday

May 23, 2008
11:20 am

Tamara Wyche ’08 takes great heart and mind to law school

An ability to analyze complex situations, coupled with deep empathy, positions Tamara Wyche ’08 of Baltimore, Md., for a successful…

Tuesday

November 6, 2007
10:04 am

Graduate programs in health care accept 89 percent of Bates applicants

Eighty-nine percent of Bates College students who worked with the college’s Medical Studies Committee in applying to health care-related graduate programs for fall 2007 matriculation were accepted.