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Campus events, updated: Oct. 6–31, 2017

Author and American University professor Ibram Kendi offers a talk called “How to Be an Antiracist” on Oct. 23. (Jeff Watts/American University)

Hello from Bates!

This is an updated listing of public events at the college during October 2017.

The public is invited to these events. Except as noted, admission is free.

Updated since the last edition:

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Questions or comments? Contact events editor Doug Hubley at calendar@bates.edu.


Shown heading the ball to a teammate against Connecticut College in 2016, Nate Merchant ’18 of Los Angeles has been men’s soccer’s leading scorer each of the past two seasons. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Recurring Events

Taking place while Bates is in session. Please confirm before you go.

5:40pm daily | Dharma meditation: A 20-minute group meditation. Monday-Saturday the meditation is silent. On Sundays, participants choose a group practice, often followed by dinner or discussion. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

12:15pm Mon | Noontime meditation facilitated by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Meditation instruction is offered at noon. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

7pm Tue | Zen meditation: Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod offers Tuesday Zen sessions during the academic year. Cushions provided, beginners welcome — instruction is offered at 6:30. FMI jaime@treetopzencenter.org.
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; $90/$80 for 10-session tickets purchased in advance. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

10am Sun | Quaker meeting presented by the Lewiston Friends. FMI 207-786-8272.
163 Wood St.


Maine musicians all, the Resinosa Ensemble performs on Oct. 6.

6 Fri

7pm | Filmboard screening: Free weekly screenings of mainstream and independent cinema. FMI dunterbe@bates.edu.
Olin 104

7pm | Volleyball vs. Hamilton.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Resinosa Ensemble: A trio consisting of mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris, cellist Eliza Meyer and pianist Bridget Convey, a member of the Bates faculty. This program explores the theme of love through work by major poets set to music by, among others, Johannes Brahms, Astor Piazzolla and Amy Beach. Free, but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135, olinarts@bates.edu or bates.edu/music.
Olin Concert Hall


7 Sat

2pm | Volleyball vs. Williams.
Alumni Gym


8 Sun

2pm | Women’s soccer vs. Elms College.
Russell Street Field

4:30pm | Men’s soccer vs. Bowdoin.
Garcelon Field


9 Mon

4:15pm | Whose Holiday? A Roundtable Discussion of Columbus Day, Indigenous People’s Day and the Challenges of Colonization. A discussion with Bates anthropologists Kristen Barnett and Jacqueline Lyon; Baltasar Fra-Molinero, African American studies and Latin American studies; and historian Joseph Hall. Sponsored by the departments of anthropology and history; the programs in African American studies and Latin American studies; and the Office of Intercultural Education. FMI jhall2@bates.edu or the website.
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education


On Oct. 10, Bowdoin challenges Bates volleyball, shown defeating Southern Maine in September. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

10 Tue

5pm | Field hockey vs. Babson.
Campus Avenue Field

7pm | Volleyball vs. Bowdoin.
Alumni Gym


11 Wed

CANCELED | Public Works in Progress: Spotlight on Student Work: Lunch and brief presentations from students about community-engaged work they did during summer 2017. Faculty, staff and off-campus guests are invited to charge their Commons lunch to the Harward Center and bring their trays upstairs. FMI 207-786-8241 or dray3@bates.edu.
Commons 221–222

8pm | State Sen. Eric Brakey: A campaign talk by Brakey, a candidate for the U.S. Senate and currently the state senator representing Auburn and surrounding towns. Sponsored by the Bates Republicans. FMI jerwin@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall

8pm | Men’s soccer vs. Thomas.
Garcelon Field


12 Thu

4:30pm | The Greatest Hits of Mongol History: The Mongol Empire’s legacy was complicated. The Mongols destroyed kingdoms and killed tens of thousands of people, but also facilitated political, economic and religious connections. Colleen Ho (University of Maryland) analyzes the enigmatic Chinggis (aka Genghis) Khan, highlights Mongol appearances in modern culture and presents the Mongols as nuanced players in history. FMI hcameron@bates.edu.
Pettengill G65

7:30pm | Putting Theory Into Practice: Poverty and the Expansion of Health Care. A panel discussion with representatives from Maine Equal Justice Partners. This Harward Center series is designed to inform the community about policy topics affecting everyone and to encourage grass-roots action. FMI 207-786-6202.
Pettengill G52


13 Fri

7pm | Filmboard screening (see Oct. 6).
Olin 104

7pm | Volleyball vs. Connecticut College.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Gruesome Playground Injuries: Written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Kei Ching ’18, this play is a compelling and unconventional love story, told over 30 years, about the intimacy between two people when they drop their defenses and allow their wounds to show. Suggested donation: $5. FMI bates.edu/theater/season or 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater


Sean Dorsey Dance presents “The Missing Generation” on Oct. 14. (Lydia Daniller)

14 Sat

8am | Maine Youth Summit and Queer Trans Conference: A daylong event dedicated to the radical exploration of topics impacting LGBTQIA+ young people. This collaborative venture features keynote speaker Sean Dorsey, the nation’s first acclaimed transgender choreographer, whose troupe also performs at 3pm (see below), and workshops facilitated by local LGBTQIA+ young people, community members, college students, staff and faculty members. Space is limited. Pre-registration encouraged. FMI bates.edu/oie/mainequeersummit.
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons

Noon | Field hockey vs. Tufts.
Campus Avenue Field

Noon | Women’s soccer vs. Tufts.
Russell Street Field

2pm | Volleyball vs. Wesleyan.
Alumni Gym

3pm | Men’s soccer vs. Tufts.
Russell Street Field

3pm | Sean Dorsey Dance: The Missing Generation. First seen at Bates during the 2015 Bates Dance Festival and created by choreographer Dorsey, who is also one of the performers, this work gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. Tickets are available at Eventbrite; suggested donation, $5. FMI bates.edu/theater/season or 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

7:30pm | Auryn Quartet: An outstanding career spanning three decades has made the Auryn Quartet one of the most sought-after and respected ensembles performing around the globe. An Olin Concert Series presentation. $15: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135, olinarts@bates.edu or bates.edu/olin-concert-series.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Gruesome Playground Injuries (see Oct. 13).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater

The Auryn Quartet returns to Bates on Oct. 14. (Manfred Esser)


15 Sun

Noon | Field hockey vs. Amherst.
Campus Avenue Field

Noon | Women’s soccer vs. Amherst.
Russell Street Field

3pm | Men’s soccer vs. Amherst.
Russell Street Field

7:30pm | Gruesome Playground Injuries (see Oct. 13).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater


Field hockey takes on Middlebury on Oct. 21. Shown: Grace Fitzgerald ’20 with an opponent from Maine–Farmington. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

21 Sat

8am | Men’s tennis: Wallach Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center (rain site: Merrill Gym)

Noon | Field hockey vs. Middlebury.
Campus Avenue Field

Noon | Women’s soccer vs. Middlebury.
Russell Street Field

1pm | Football vs. Middlebury.
Garcelon Field

1pm | United Nations Day: Celebrating the Sustainable Development Goals. In anticipation of United Nations Day on Oct. 24, four Maine educational leaders are honored for work related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal No. 4: Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education. The honorees are Ekhlas Ahmed, “Make it Happen” site coordinator for Portland’s public schools; Kristie Clark, principal of Longley School, Lewiston; Martha Kempe, head of schools at the Wayfinder Schools, Camden; and Claude Rwaganje, director of community financial literacy, Portland. FMI kcloutie@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Middlebury.
Russell Street Field


22 Sun

8am | Men’s tennis: Wallach Tournament.
Wallach Tennis Center (rain site: Merrill Gym)


23 Mon

7:30pm | How to Be an Antiracist: A talk by Ibram X. Kendi, professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity. Free, but please register at Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6031.
Gomes Chapel


24 Tue

3pm | Women’s soccer vs. Colby.
Russell Street Field

7pm | Volleyball vs. St. Joseph’s College.
Alumni Gym


Returning Oct. 25 with a band to present music by Thelonious Monk, pianist Frank Carlberg was a visiting artist at Bates in 2015–16.

25 Wed

Noon | Public Works in Progress (see Oct. 11).
Commons 221–222

7:30pm | Family Stories: An Evening With Amy Dickinson. Stories, advice and sharing about families and the ways they sustain, challenge and entertain us from a woman who has seen it all. Dickinson is the advice columnist for the nationally syndicated “Ask Amy,” as well as a regular panelist on NPR’s radio quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” and author of Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things… and The Mighty Queens of Freeville. Free, but please register at Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6400.
Muskie Archives

7:30pm | Frank Carlberg and Our Big Band: The Olin Concert Series welcomes jazz pianist Frank Carlberg back for a night of music featured on his newest CD, the Thelonious Monk tribute Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares. $15: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135, olinarts@bates.edu or bates.edu/olin-concert-series.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Putting Theory Into Practice: Public Health: With Hilary Schneider ’96, Maine government relations director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; and Erin Guay, executive director, Healthy Androscoggin. This Harward Center series is designed to inform the community about policy topics affecting everyone and to encourage grass-roots action. FMI 207-786-6202.
Pettengill G52


Fiction writer Jason Ockert.

26 Thu

4:15pm | Saving Our Mothers From Hell: Gesar, Mulian and the ‘Good Buddhist.’ A talk by Texas State University professor Natasha L. Mikles, whose work considers the portrayal of Buddhist hells in epic and popular narratives at the Sino-Tibetan frontier, and who is considered America’s foremost scholar on the Tibetan Gesar epic. FMI amelnick@bates.edu.
Pettengill G21

6:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Jason Ockert, fiction writer. A reading and conversation with Ockert, the award-winning author of Wasp Box, Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Book sales and signing follow the event. FMI janthony@bates.edu.
Pettengill G52

7pm | Purposeful Work Unplugged: Garth Timoll ’99. A conversation with Timoll, managing director at Top Tier Capital Partners and a Bates trustee. This is the latest in a series of Q&As with alumni, faculty and friends about career trajectories and traits that support meaningful work. FMI 207-786-6128.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge


27 Fri

6pm | Gallery talk and exhibition opening: Sculptor Rona Pondick and painter Robert Feintuch, a longtime member of the Bates art faculty, share interests in making work that uses the body to pursue psychologically suggestive meanings. Their gallery talk introduces the joint exhibition, Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying (see below). Reception follows. FMI bates.edu/museum, 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.
Museum of Art

7pm | Filmboard screening (see Oct. 6).
Olin 104


Renowned American pianist Richard Goode performs in an Olin Concert Series event on Oct. 28. (Steven J. Riskind)

28 Sat

8pm | Richard Goode, pianist. Goode, hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, is acknowledged worldwide as one of the leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. An Olin Concert Series presentation. $25: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135, olinarts@bates.edu or bates.edu/olin-concert-series.
Olin Concert Hall


The Tournées Film Festival opens with 2015’s “À peine j’ouvre les yeux” (“As I Open My Eyes”). Shown: Baya Medhaffer. (Kino Lorber)

30 Mon

7pm | Tournées Film Festival: A peine j’ouvre les yeux. This six-part French and francophone festival opens with Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s powerful debut. Not only a striking portrait of a woman on the cusp of adulthood, the film is an insightful, complex look at life under a repressive political regime, with its compromises, commitments and corrosive effects on relationships. (2010; 142 min.; English subtitles). A reception opens the festival at 6:30 p.m. FMI bates.edu/french/ffs-events or 207-786-8239.
Olin 104


31 Tue

4:15pm | Social Practices as Biological Niche Construction: A talk by Joseph Rouse, author of four books and a member of the philosophy department and the interdisciplinary Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University. Sponsored by the philosophy department. FMI jbelive2@bates.edu.
Hedge 208


“Legs Up” (2013), a painting in polymer emulsion on honeycomb panel by Robert Feintuch. Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Miller Yezerski Gallery; Boston, and the artist.

Museum of Art

bates.edu/museum
museum@bates.edu

Through Oct. 7
Kate Gilmore: In Your Way. Gilmore ’97 presents nine performance-based videos and one live performance / sculptural installation. Her videos focus on women, including herself, wearing stereotypically feminine apparel while performing difficult labor-intensive tasks.

At Home and Abroad: Works from the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection. This pioneering modernist began and ended his life in Maine. Drawn from Bates’ collection of Hartley works and his own collection of objects, photographs and ephemera, as well as loaned works, the exhibition explores his itinerant life and astonishing creativity.

Oct. 27, 2017–March 23, 2018
Rona Pondick and Robert Feintuch
: Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying. A couple since the mid-1970s, sculptor Rona Pondick and painter Robert Feintuch share interests in making work that uses the body to pursue psychologically suggestive meanings: Both believe that the body speaks. This remarkable exhibition, the first substantial exhibition of both their work together, includes sculptures and prints by Pondick and paintings by Feintuch, who is a senior lecturer in art and visual culture at Bates. After Bates, the exhibition travels to several U.S. museums.