Campus events: May 1–31, 2015

Manjul Bhargava offers the 2015 Commencement address at Bates, on May 31.

Award-winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava offers the 2015 Commencement address at Bates, on May 31.

Hello from Bates!

These are public events at the college for May 1-31, 2015.

The public is invited to events in this listing. Except as noted, admission is free.

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Updated since the last edition: The start time for the May 7 Community Election Kick-Off has been corrected to 4pm.

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Recurring Events

Taking place while Bates is in session. Please call ahead to confirm.

4:10pm Mon-Fri | Meditation facilitated by the Dharma Society, held most weekdays when school is in session. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

6pm Wed | Life drawing sponsored by the Museum of Art. Dry-media easels and drawing benches provided, bring drawing board and supplies. Admission: $10 public/$9 museum members. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

5:30pm Sun | Bates Christian Fellowship chapel service with gospel singing. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

1 Fri

2pm | Baseball vs. Suffolk.
Leahey Field

The Bates Modern Dance Company performs "A Romp" in 1997. Dance alumni perform at Bates on May. (Leonard Plavin, courtesy of Marcy Plavin)

The Bates Modern Dance Company performs “A Romp” in 1997. Dance alumni perform at Bates on May 2. (Leonard Plavin, courtesy of Marcy Plavin)

2 Sat

1:30pm | Baseball vs. Amherst.
Leahey Field

4:30pm | Block Party Barbecue: Commons serves a BBQ dinner in place of the regular dinner service. Students on the meal plan must show their Bates ID. The cost for faculty, staff and local residents is $9. Rain site: Gray Athletic Building. FMI 207-786-6299.
Library Quad

8pm | Gala Alumni Dance Concert: Dance alumni return from near and far for this quinquennial celebration of the Bates dance program. The concert includes a work created during the dance reunion weekend in tribute to dance program founder Marcy Plavin, and pieces by current students and alumni from classes from 1970 to 2012. FMI 207-786-8294.
Schaeffer Theatre

3 Sun

1pm | Food packaging for food pantries: Under the auspices of Outreach, 50–100 volunteers from Bates and the community repackage bulk foods into thousands of meals for local food pantries. The Multifaith Chaplaincy, student religious organizations and Grace Lutheran Church, Auburn, have organized the event and raised funds to buy the food. FMI
Gray Athletic Building

6 Wed

6pm | Animating Time in Contemporary Chinese Video Art: A presentation by Peggy Wang, assistant professor of art history and Asian studies at Bowdoin College, co-sponsored by the Bates art and visual culture department and Asian studies program. FMI 207-755-5984.
Olin 105

7 Thu

4pm | Bates Community Election Kick-Off: The Bates Democrats, community members and local candidates gather to grill food and talk to the candidates about their campaigns. Mayoral candidate Ben Chin ’07 will attend, among other alumni and legislators. Refreshments provided. FMI
Ladd Library Arcade

Poet Sinead Morrissey gives a Language Arts Live reading on May 8. (Sam Russica)

Poet Sinèad Morrissey gives a Language Arts Live reading on May 8. (Sam Russica)

8 Fri

6:30pm | Sinèad Morrissey, poet: Inaugural poet laureate of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Morrissey is the author of five poetry collections including 2013’s Parallax, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. Presented by Language Arts Live. FMI
Skelton Lounge

7:30pm | Contradance: The Freewill Folk Society’s second-Friday dance. Beginners’ lesson at 7:30pm, dancing 8–11pm. No previous experience required; all are welcome. Live music by the Sharktones. Admission: $7/$5. FMI
Muskie Archives

Frank Glazer. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Frank Glazer. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

9 Sat

2pm | Frank Glazer Memorial Service: Glazer, the beloved Bates artist in residence and renowned pianist who was still performing into his 100th year, is remembered at a gathering that includes performances and remarks by friends and colleagues. FMI 207-786-6135.
Gomes Chapel

12 Tue

4:15pm | Revolutionary Doctors: Life and the Politics of Emergency Medicine in Egypt: A talk about Egyptian doctors and the Tahrir Square revolution by Rania Sweis, assistant professor of anthropology and international studies at the University of Richmond, Virginia. FMI 207-786-8295.
Pettengill G65


Sulochana Dissanayake ’09 returns to perform with the Bates Gamelan on May 14. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

14 Thu

7:30pm | Stories From the Seven Seas: An Indonesian–Sri Lankan–American wayang golek (rod-puppetry) collaboration with the Bates Short Term Gamelan, Indonesian guest artists and Sulochana Dissanayake ’09, who has worked extensively in traditional West Javanese puppet theater performance. FMI 207-786-6135.
Olin Concert Hall

15 Fri

Noon | Flourishing and Positive Psychology: Emory University sociologist Corey Lee Keyes explores the concept that the causes of true mental health are often processes distinct from those understood as the risks for mental illness. Sponsored by the Purposeful Work Initiative, in conjunction with the sociology and psychology departments. FMI 207-786-8297.
Commons 221–222

16 Sat

10am | Softball: Second annual John Durkin Tournament. A daylong fundraiser for the John Durkin Fund.
Leahey, Russell Street and Garcelon fields

27 Wed

Noon | Teaching English in Ethiopia: Bates students who traveled with professor Patricia Buck to Ethiopia for an education course share their experiences teaching English in diverse community sites. A Public Works in Progress event, presented by the Harward Center. FMI 207-786-8241 or
Commons 221–222

4pm | Short Term Showcase: Students and instructors from the Purposeful Work practitioner-taught courses and the Innovative Pedagogy and Course (Re)Design program present final products and projects. Hosted by President Clayton Spencer and sponsored by the Faculty Commons for Learning and Teaching and the Purposeful Work initiative. FMI or
Mays Center

30 Sat

5:30pm | Catholic Mass led by Fr. Paul Dumais of the Prince of Peace Parish. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

Students celebrate receiving their degrees last May. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Students celebrate receiving their degrees last May. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

31 Sun

10am | Commencement: Bates graduates the Class of 2015. Award-winning mathematician Manjul Bhargava gives the Commencement address, and he receives an honorary degree along with furniture designer Thomas Moser, pioneering ophthalmologist Mark Abelson P’97 and Olympic gold medalist and environmentalist Joan Benoit Samuelson P’10.
Historic Quad

Museum of Art

FMI 207-786-6158
Hours: 10am–5pm Mon–Sat
(until 7:30pm Wed)

A detail from a drawing by Hannah McGrath of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on display in the 2015 Senior Exhibition at Bates College.

A detail from a drawing by Hannah McGrath of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on display in the 2015 Senior Exhibition.

Through May 30
Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015: Work from the yearlong thesis projects of 11 graduating studio art majors. This year’s exhibition includes both large and intimately scaled photographs, paintings, ceramics and drawings.

Greg Shattenberg: Prints and Drawings: An accomplished printmaker, Shattenberg uses various media to explore language as an element of image making. Shown here are works, from the last 20 years, in which Shattenberg has used letterpress techniques to complement the images.

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