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A Look Back at ‘Open to the World’

Open to the World, a series of distinctive campus events, Oct. 24 through 28, celebrated the reopening of Hedge and Roger Williams halls and displayed the reach of a Bates education across national and interdisciplinary boundaries.

Professor of Philosophy Mark Okrent gets a close look as board chairman Mike Bonney '80 (left) and President Nancy Cable cut the ribbon to dedicate renovated Hedge and Roger Williams halls on Oct. 27, a culmination of Open to the World: Bates Celebrates Unbounded Learning. Photograph by Rene Minnis.


State-of-the-art Hedge, Roger Williams halls dedicated

Oct. 27: The journey of Paul Marks ’83 from Bates to China, and from being “a fairly unengaged student” to an international business leader, made an ideal narrative for the ceremonial reopening of Roger Williams and Hedge halls. Read more.


Video: Dedication of renovated Hedge and Roger Wiliams

Oct. 27: Featured remarks at the dedication ceremony of renovated Hedge and Roger Williams halls including Cosmin Ghita ’12 of Bucharest, Romania, president of Student Government; Michael Bonney ’80, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Paul Marks ’83, CEO of the global aerospace technology firm Argosy Inc.; Nancy Cable, president of Bates. Read more.


Video: Ribbon cutting at Hedge and Roger Williams dedication

Oct. 27: Led by President Nancy Cable and Chairman of the Board Mike Bonney ’80, members of the Bates community participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Read more.


Video: Mustafa and Romina say “Hello!”

Oct. 27: Student greetings in Pashto, Greek, Chinese and English made for a global welcome to the Hedge and Roger Williams dedication ceremony. Read more.


Stories and statistics: Sen. Mitchell sums up worth of higher education

Oct. 27: Sharing the Chapel chancel with 15 Bates students supported in their studies by a statewide program that he founded, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell used incidents from his own life to drive home higher education’s value. Read more.


Video: Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell’s keynote to ‘Open to the World’

Oct. 27: Sharing the Chapel chancel with 15 Bates students supported in their studies by a statewide program that he founded, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell used incidents from his own life to drive home higher education’s value. Read more.


Bates was the diving board for global citizen Alyson Ewald ’90

Oct. 28: For Alyson Ewald ’90, Bates was like a diving board, and her pool was Olympic-size — the globe, into which she dived deep. Read more.


Foreign becomes familiar in Roger Williams Hall

Oct. 27: A faculty discussion drives home the theme of Bates’ global reach. “The idea is to complexify for students how they define their borders,” French professor Alex Dauge-Roth said. “You cannot be at home without excluding others.” Read more.


Audio: Architecture and historic preservation

Oct. 24: Philip Isaacson ’47, architecture critic and author explains how past nicely meets present in the two buildings’ renovation and expansion. Read more.


After the war: ‘Business, not monkey business’

Ken ’45 and Muriel Baldwin have a unique perspective on the Bill: He lived there, and she was secretary to bursar Norm Ross ’22. Read more.


Differences do transform, students of faith agree

Oct. 24: Exploring the differences among faiths, these Bates students agree, was key to clarifying their own beliefs. Read more.


Beware food-industrial complex, says Stonyfield’s Hirshberg P’13

Oct. 26: Food Inc. and film interviewee Gary Hirshberg say that the dramatic changes in how U.S. food is produced and delivered have worked to the detriment of individual health, the economy and the environment. Read more.


Spain, ‘down the Plains’ come to Maine as poetry fest begins

Oct. 25: The translation of poetry, celebrated during a Bates poetry festival, is a creative act every bit as demanding as the making of a new poem. Read more.


Video: UN Day menu at Bates kicks off Open to the World

Oct. 24: Christine Schwartz, director of Dining Services, offers the menu for United Nations Day at the college, kicking off “Open to the World: Bates Celebrates Unbounded Learning,” a week of events celebrating the dedication of Roger Williams Hall and Hedge Hall. Read more.