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President Hansen's update: Economic Climate at Bates

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 9:48 am

Following the January meeting of the Bates Board of Trustees and the February 2 meeting of the Bates Faculty, I write to share some of our most recent thinking about how best to steer the College through these uncharted economic waters. I want to reaffirm the principles and priorities articulated in my December letter, stressing again our confidence in the creativity of Bates people, the unflagging value of our mission, and the consistent strategies we will use to address both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Speech of a lifetime

Sunday, January 25, 2009 12:49 pm

Tom Whalen '86 was part of a CNN panel that discussed President Obama's inauguration speech. Whalen, author of A Higher Purpose: Profiles in Presidential Courage, said the speech "overall [was] not a speech for the ages, but a speech for our times and the concerns people have. In many ways, it reminds me of a coach giving a halftime locker room speech to his team that's behind in the game. What Obama saying is that we have to make improvements or adjustment in order to prevail."

The inauguration: ‘Obama is the first president I ever voted for’

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:28 pm

Hundreds at Bates gather to watch Obama inauguration.

Prominent bailout critic to speak at Bates

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:00 pm

Jeffrey Miron, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in Harvard University's economics department, presents a lecture titled "Bankruptcy or Bailout: A Libertarian Perspective on the Financial Crisis".

Bates exhibition chronicles Somalis' journey to U.S.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:00 pm

The Somali Diaspora: A Journey Away, a touring exhibition of photographs chronicling the migration of Somali refugees to Maine and other U.S. locations, opens at Bates College.

Harward Center panel discusses feminism and women's rights

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 12:00 pm

Debra Schultz, an historian and human rights consultant; Jael Silliman, a women’s rights program officer for the Ford Foundation; and Shalom Odokara, executive director of Women in Need Industries, offer a presentation titled "Women’s Rights and Women’s Activism: An International Perspective".

Bates study: Accept Somali work experience for GED, language skills

Monday, January 19, 2009 10:02 am

The largest barrier to employment for many new Somali residents of Lewiston and Auburn is a lack of English language skills, according to a new report by a Bates College research group. Somali respondents also voiced frustration that a General Educational Development (GED) certificate is often required as a minimum qualification for most entry-level jobs, regardless of prior job experience. The GED certifies that an individual has American high school-level academic skills.

A great first class

Thursday, January 15, 2009 2:11 pm

In my second class of my first day of the new semester, I was taken aback. The professor, who I only knew through one other class, taken two years ago, recognized me and remembered my name. He walked up to me as soon as he entered the room and said, “Graham, right?” I replied, “You got it.” And he pointed out, “I see you’ve moved from sitting in the back of the class to the front in four semesters.” Later, while reviewing the syllabus, he announced, ‘Graham here works at the Ronj, and has previously arranged video showings for my class. Can we do that again this year?

The Speech: Have inaugural addresses been getting worse?

Monday, January 12, 2009 3:20 pm

In a New Yorker essay about presidential rhetoric, Jill Lepore highlighted the book Rhetorical Presidency by Jeff Tulis '72, who suggests that the founding fathers didn't expect or even want the president to communicate directly with the masses.

Update: Economic Climate and Bates

Tuesday, December 2, 2008 1:31 pm

In a second letter to the Bates community, President Elaine Tuttle Hansen provides more insight on the College's financial management and planning strategies, and the "people, structures, habits and values already in place to guide us."

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