Common Reading Documentary 2019

As you begin to plan for your early academic experiences, we are excited to announce Dolores Huerta as the 2019 Convocation speaker. Convocation marks the opening of the academic year, bringing faculty, staff, and students together to join in intellectual discourse and reflection.

With Dolores Huerta’s address at Convocation 2019, the first-year class and others in the Bates community join in an exploration of the 2019 Common Read Documentary, Dolores, allowing us to learn more about a social justice icon.

We hope that you will enthusiastically engage with the project of considering your own identity and welcome conversation with those in your new community into which you are about to arrive. In your four years, within our beloved liberal arts community, it is our hope that you will have opportunity for your understanding of yourself and others to be questioned, reinforced, challenged, supported, complicated, and affirmed.

We ask that you dive into this wonderful selection prior to your arrival in August. We have provided streaming access to Dolores for free to you through using your Bates credentials. As you do, consider all the viewpoints presented and reflect upon your own life experiences as you prepare to embark upon the intellectual and personal journey that awaits you at Bates. We can’t wait to see you and start the conversation. In the meantime, enjoy the film and your summer.

Warm regards,

Margaret Imber,
Associate Dean of the Faculty