Campus events: May 2–29, 2016

The Bates Steel Pan Orchestra and the Caribbean Student Association present “The Caribbean: Melting Pot” on May 7. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

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These are public events at the college May 2–29, 2016.

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

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Recurring Events

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

4:10pm Mon–Fri | Buddhist meditation with the Dharma Society. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

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

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

4pm Sun | Bates Christian Fellowship chapel service with gospel singing, preceded by prayer time at 3pm. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

2 Mon

3:30pm | Baseball vs. Gordon College.
Leahey Field

4 Wed

6pm | The 8 Limbs of Yoga: Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali. Omkara Kevin Wicks, a Karma Yogi working in Maine, describes Patanjali’s ancient guidelines for cultivating a life of meaning and purpose. Wicks also presents teachings from Swami Sivananda on incorporating yoga philosophy into daily life. Refreshments follow. Sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy, Active Minds and Yoga Kula. FMI 207-786-8272.
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

5 Thu

7pm | Yom HaShoah talk by Charles Rotmil: Rotmil, who survived the Holocaust as a child, discusses his experiences fleeing from the Nazis and living in hiding. Bates Hillel presents Rotmil as part of its programming for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. FMI
Muskie Archives

6 Fri

9am | Tennis: NESCAC Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center

7 Sat

7:15pm | The Caribbean: Melting Pot. The Bates Steel Pan Orchestra and the Caribbean Student Association present a showcase including dance, Carnival costumes, music and spoken word. FMI
Olin Concert Hall

9am | Tennis: NESCAC Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center

Noon | Baseball vs. Williams (doubleheader)
Leahey Field

8 Sun

9am | Tennis: NESCAC Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center

9 Mon

Noon | Purposeful Work Unplugged with Maria Rodale P’19, CEO of Rodale, Inc., the world’s largest independent publisher of health, wellness and environmental content. Purposeful Work Unplugged is a series of Q&As with alumni, parents, faculty and staff about career trajectories and traits that support meaningful work. FMI 207-786-6128.
Commons 221-222

A Friday night contradance at Bates.

A Friday night contradance at Bates.

13 Fri

8pm | Contradance: The Freewill Folk Society presents the Second Friday Contradance Series. Beginner’s lesson at 7:30pm, dancing 8-11pm. All dances taught and called. $5. FMI
Muskie Archives

17 Tue

7pm | No Letting Go: Jonathan Bucari co-wrote and directs this film, based on a true story, about a family discovering that their child suffers from a mental health disorder. Presented by the student organization Active Minds. (2015; 104 min.) FMI
Mays Center

19 Thu

4pm | Being Mortal: The Bates Public Health Initiative and community partners present a screening and facilitated discussion of a film in which renowned New Yorker magazine writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. FMI 207-786-6202.
Olin 104

21 Sat


Sahro Hassan.

7:30pm | Sahro Hassan Fashion Show: The Africana Club presents a showcase of fashions by Sahro Hassan, a self-made Islamic fashion designer from Lewiston. In just two years, Hassan has founded a company, won a contest to fund her startup, become a leader for change and dialogue, and captured the attention of media including The Boston Globe — all by creating clothes for Muslim women that non-Muslim women can also embrace. FMI
Olin Concert Hall

25 Wed

4pm | Short Term Curricular Innovation Showcase: This annual celebration presents intensive, practical collaborations that are transforming teaching at Bates. In the Course (Re)design projects, students work side-by-side with faculty to redesign learning experiences of great meaning to them. Meanwhile, visiting Short Term Practitioners from all corners of industry bring skills and expertise to enhance the applicability of the Bates education to a life of meaningful work. FMI 207-786-6128.
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

Lewis, John copy

Rep. John Lewis will give the Commencement keynote address.

29 Sun

10am | Commencement: Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, one of the leading figures of the civil rights movement, gives the keynote address at Bates’ 150th graduation. Receiving honorary degrees along with Lewis are author Lisa Genova ’92 (Still Alice), psychologist Daniel Gilbert (Stumbling on Happiness) and educational leader Robert Witt ’62. FMI 207-786-6400.
Historic Quad

Museum of Art

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

April 8–May 28

Senior Thesis Exhibition 2016: The exhibition highlights work selected from the thesis projects of 12 seniors majoring in studio art. Thesis projects vary from student to student, each pursuing an individual interest. The program emphasizes the creation of a cohesive body of related works through sustained studio practice and critical inquiry.

April 8–Aug. 27


“Silence,” a serigraph by David Driskell, appears in the “Doorway Portfolio.”

David C. Driskell: The Doorway Portfolio: Twelve serigraphs by artist and art scholar David C. Driskell, exploring the notion of the doorway “as a passage between two worlds,” are shown with 12 pages of handset letterpress prose by Michael Alpert, a writer, book designer and artist. Driskell’s dynamic prints include both pictorial and abstract representations of the passageway concept.


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