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Campus events: Nov. 1–30, 2017

A scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s Bande à part (“Band of Outsiders”), presented Nov. 8 by the Tournées Film Festival.

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This is a listing of public events at the college during November 2017.

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

Updates to this edition: The Lil Yachty listing on Nov. 11 now has an active ticketing link.

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Astrobiologist David Grinspoon, author of the award-winning Earth in Human Hands, speaks at Bates on Nov. 2. (Lawrence Cheng)

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5:40pm daily | Dharma meditation: A 20-minute group meditation. Monday–Saturday the meditation is silent. Sunday 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 led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod. Cushions provided, beginners welcome — instruction is offered at 6:30. FMI
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 pre-purchased 10-session tickets. FMI 207-786-8302.
Olin 259

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

1 Wed

4:15pm | Fission, Forking and Fine Tuning: A talk by economist Richard Langlois of the University of Connecticut and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Sponsored by the economics department. FMI
Pettengill G65

4:15 pm | What the Archive Teaches Us: Black Civil Rights in the North. The Scholar Tea series presents a conversation with Brian Purnell, associate professor of Africana studies and history at Bowdoin College. Sponsored by the African American studies program and Purposeful Work. FMI
Commons 226

7pm | Tournées Film Festival: Avril et le monde truqué (“April and the Extraordinary World”). In this animated adventure, set in a dystopian steampunk France where the Bonapartes still rule, scientists have mysteriously gone missing for decades — and April, brilliant descendant of a long line of chemists, may be next. A sly feminist statement, an ode to science, a plea for world peace — and wildly imaginative entertainment for the whole family. Q&A follows with professors Jane Costlow, environmental studies, and Carolina Valencia Gonzáles, art and visual culture. FMI Facebook or (2015, 104 min.)
Olin 104

7:30pm | Theory into Practice: Focus on the Environment. With Beth Ahearn, political director, Maine Conservation Voters; and Kristin Jackson, federal outreach coordinator, Natural Resources Council of Maine. 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.
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A scene from the documentary Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

2 Thu

4:15 pm | The Value of Medical Skepticism for Psychiatry: A talk by Kathryn Tabb, assistant professor of philosophy at Columbia University. Sponsored by the philosophy department. FMI
Hedge 208

6pm | Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future. A lecture by astrobiologist David Grinspoon, who researches comparative planetology and the human influence on Earth as seen in cosmic perspective. NPR’s “Science Friday” named his book Earth in Human Hands one of its Best Science Books of 2016. Sponsored by the environmental studies program, the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies and the departments of biology, economics, geology, history, physics and politics. FMI
Pettengill G52

7pm | Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Full of unforgettable patient-doctor interactions and human portraits, Maxim Pozdorovkin’s documentary film depicts a year in the life of Puentes, one of the few U.S. health clinics involved in the politically fraught practice of caring for undocumented immigrants. Sponsored by the Latin American studies program, the Office of Intercultural Education, the Medical Studies Committee, and the departments of anthropology, politics, Spanish, English, and art and visual culture. FMI (2016, 39 min.)
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7pm | Multiscale Modeling of Hematological Disorders: A talk by George Em Karniadakis, Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. The Sampson Lecture, sponsored by the mathematics department, honors the memory of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Richard W. Sampson. FMI 207-753-6950.
Dana Chemistry 119

7:30 pm | Private Eyes: Martin Andrucki directs Steven Dietz’s play, which Dietz called a “comedy of suspicion.” Questions driven by love, lust and deception turn the audience into detectives in this hilarious thriller. “Dietz’s spiraling structure and breathless pacing provide … an oxygen rush” (The Village Voice). Tickets at Eventbrite (suggested $5 donation). FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

Martin Andrucki directs the November 2017 production of Private Eyes. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

3 Fri

7pm | Filmboard screening: Weekly screenings of mainstream and independent cinema. FMI or
Olin 104

7pm | Swing & Rumba Social: An evening of participatory East Coast swing and rumba dancing with the Bates Ballroom Team. A lesson at 7pm precedes the social, which runs 8–9pm. Open to all. FMI
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

7:30 pm | Private Eyes (see Nov. 2).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

Shown in a 31-0 victory over Bowdoin in 2015, the Bobcats meet the Polar Bears again on Nov. 4. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

4 Sat

12:30pm | Football vs. Bowdoin.
Garcelon Field

2pm Tournées Film Festival: Frantz. After losing her fiancé, Frantz, during World War I, Anna discovers Adrian, a French friend to the German soldier for whom she grieves. Adrian draws Anna out of sadness and restores her hope, only to confess a terrible secret and disappear. Adapting Lubitsch’s classic melodrama Broken Lullaby, French director François Ozon delivers a sumptuous period piece that asks whether a lie can ever be healthier than the truth. Q&A follows with professors Jakub Kazecki, German, and Mary Rice-DeFosse, French. FMI Facebook or
Olin 104

5pm | Private Eyes (see Nov. 2).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

5 Sun

2pm | Private Eyes (see Nov. 2).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

6 Mon

7pm | Tournées Film Festival: Examen d’état (“National Diploma”). In the Congo, passing the national baccalaureate exam opens the doors to university and a career. Failing the exam is a ticket to a lifetime of menial work. Filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi’s documentary follows a group of students through the exam to the nerve-wracking announcement of the results, providing an indelible portrait of education’s role in Congolese society. $5 suggested donation. A Congolese-themed reception with music and food precedes the screening at 6pm, and a Q&A follows with professor Elizabeth Eames, anthropology, and Héritier Nosso, who worked as a lawyer in Kinshasa. FMI Facebook or (2014, 90 min.)
Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St.

7:30 pm | Private Eyes (see Nov. 2).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

Associate Professor of English Therí Pickens. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

7 Tue

Noon | Reading Mad Black Women: A lunch-and-lecture series presents Associate Professor of English Therí Pickens. Begun in 1913, the Critical and Creative Ongoing Work in English series — CCOWE — showcases members of the Bates community and their projects in the field of English. Pizza and drinks provided at no charge. FMI 207-753-6963.
Hathorn 303

4:15 pm | Labor Market Polarization in Britain and Germany: A Cross-national Comparison Using Longitudinal Household Data. A talk by Xiupeng Wang, University of Connecticut. Sponsored by the economics department. FMI
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8 Wed

7pm | Tournées Film Festival: Bande à part (“Band of Outsiders”). New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard depicts a heist carried off by the unlikely trio of two shiftless Paris guys and the moony au pair they both love. The film puts Godard’s love of B-movies and detective novels front and center, but is at its most exhilarating with its famous “digressions”: the legendary line dance in a Paris café and the whirlwind trip to the Louvre. The buoyancy of this ode to youth, Paris and cinema was quickly replaced in Godard’s oeuvre by the harder edges of his late-’60s political films. Q&A follows with Professor of English Steve Dillon. FMI Facebook or (1964, 95 min.)
Olin 104

Katalin Vecsey, senior lecturer in theater, directs “Diary of a Madman,” performed by Nathaniel Stephenson ’18. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

9 Thu

Noon | Public Works in Progress: Spotlight on Student Work. Join us for lunch and brief presentations from students about the community-engaged work they did this past summer. Faculty, staff and off-campus guests are invited to charge their Commons lunch to the Harward Center and bring their trays upstairs for learning and conversation. FMI 207-786-8241 or
Commons 221–222

4:30 pm | Trade in the Ancient Mediterranean: Private Order and Public Institutions. A talk by Taco Terpstra of Northwestern University. Terpstra is a socioeconomic historian of ancient Rome who focuses on Roman long-distance trade, specifically on the question of how merchants organized their business to overcome the problems posed by pre-industrial conditions. Sponsored by the classical and medieval studies program. FMI 207-786-8296.
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7:30 pm | Colombia: A Naked War, Dressed As Peace. Photojournalist Christian Escobar Mora presents a reflective journey through Colombia, based on his 15 years of covering the nation’s wracking internal conflict. Escobar offers a window into the uncomfortable truths of the recent post-conflict times including lies, nonsense and truths about the “End of the War.” Sponsored by the art and visual culture department. FMI
Olin 105

7:30 pm | Diary of a Madman: Reimagined for the 21st century, Gogol’s classic 1835 short story is adapted for the stage and directed by Senior Lecturer in Theater Kati Vecsey, and performed by Nathaniel Stephenson ’18 for his senior honors thesis in theater. Free, but tickets required, available at Eventbrite. $5 donation gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater

10 Fri

7pm | Filmboard screening (see Nov. 3).
Olin 104

7:30 pm | Diary of a Madman (see Nov. 9).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater

A Nov. 11 screening of Fort Buchanan concludes the 2017 Tournées Film Festival.

11 Sat

2pm | Tournées Film Festival: Fort Buchanan. The feature debut by Benjamin Crotty, a promising Paris-based American director, is an inspiring indication of the way forward for queer cinema. Fort Buchanan follows the loves and losses of a group of army wives and husbands over four seasons. Everything about this community defies expectations, yet underlying this fanciful remix of reality are subtle but steady reminders of darker truths. A reception marking the close of the film festival precedes the screening at 1:30pm, and a Q&A follows with professors Jacob Longaker, politics, and Jay Sosa, of the gender, sexuality and women’s studies program at Bowdoin. FMI Facebook or (2014, 65 min.)
Olin 104

5pm | Diary of a Madman (see Nov. 9).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater

Hiroya Miura, associate professor of music at Bates. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

7:30 pm | Bates Orchestra Fall Concert: Music professor Hiroya Miura leads the orchestra in a program featuring Mozart’s Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor (K.486), Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major (Op.73). Free, but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

9pm | Bates Fall Concert: Lil Yachty. A rapper, fashion personality and avid collaborator who describes his style as “bubblegum trap,” Lil Yachty broke out with the singles “One Night” and “Minnesota,” and this year released his debut studio album, Teenage Emotions. Presented by the Chase Hall Programming Board. Tickets on sale now at FMI 207-786-6305.
Gray Athletic Building

12 Sun

2 & 7:30pm | Diary of a Madman (see Nov. 9).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater

The Rev. angel Kyodo williams.

13 Mon

4pm | A Conversation on Radical Dharma: One of only three black female Zen ordained teachers, or senseis, Rev. angel Kyodo williams applies wisdom teaching to social issues and is a leading voice for transformative social change. She received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and is known for her willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths. The Rayborn Lindley Zerby Lecture on Contemporary Religious Thought honors a man who devoted many years to Bates as a teacher and dean of the faculty. FMI
Gomes Chapel

6pm | Dressing for Eternity: Early Byzantine Textiles in the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection. A lecture by Rebecca Corrie, Phillips Professor of Art and Visual Culture. FMI 207-786-8212.
Olin 104

7:30 pm | Diary of a Madman (see Nov. 9).
Schaeffer Theatre, Black Box Theater

Patrick Otim, assistant professor of history. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

14 Tue

3pm | American Red Cross Blood Drive: Bates Emergency Medical Services hosts an American Red Cross blood drive to aid in the blood shortage. All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate. FMI
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons

4:15 pm | What the Archive Teaches Us: Historicizing East African Intellectual Histories. Patrick Otim, a historian who joined the Bates faculty in 2016, is the featured presenter in this edition of the Scholar Tea public conversation series. Sponsored by the African American studies program and the Purposeful Work initiative. FMI
Commons 226

A scene from a 2016 family printmaking workshop at the Museum of Art. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

17 Fri

3pm | Family Printmaking Workshop: The Museum of Art hosts this workshop for children 5+ and their parents, offering guidance in block printing using examples from the museum’s collection. Participants learn to handle printmaking tools, carve or cut their own design into a print block, and make prints from that block. Space is limited, registration required: Please call 207-786-8212. $5 per person. FMI 207-786-6158.
Benjamin Mays Center

7pm | Filmboard screening (see Nov. 3).
Olin 104

Bates swimmers and divers meet Wesleyan and Trinity on Nov. 18. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

18 Sat

10am | Men’s and women’s swimming and diving vs. Wesleyan and Trinity.
Merrill Gym, Tarbell Pool

Noon | Men’s and women’s squash vs. Connecticut College.
Bates Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

18 Sat–26 Sun

Thanksgiving Recess: No classes. Administrative offices are open through Nov. 22.

Men’s basketball welcomes the University of New England on Nov. 16. Shown: Shawn Strickland ’18 in a February win over Williams. (Russ Dillingham for Bates College)

26 Sun

5pm | Men’s basketball vs. University of New England.
Alumni Gym

28 Tue

4:15pm | Job Separation Risk and Home Ownership: Evidence From Assistant Professors. A talk by Assistant Professor of Economics Stephen Morris, Bowdoin College. Presented by the Bates economics department. FMI
Pettengill G65

29 Wed

7:30 pm | Bates Gamelan Fall Concert: Javanese musician Darsono, visiting artist in music 2017–18, joins the Bates Gamelan in an evening of Indonesian arts including dance and song from Java. Sorry, sold out. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Benjamin Mays Center

Poet Nate Marshall presents a Literary Arts Live reading and conversation on Nov. 30. (Steph Mazurek)

30 Thu

4:15 pm | Philosophy lecture: A talk on a topic TBA by Maya Eddon, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a specialist in analytic metaphysics. Sponsored by the philosophy department. FMI
Hedge 208

7:30 pm | Literary Arts Live: Nate Marshall, poet. Marshall, an awardwinning poet from Chicago’s South Side, is a teacher, a rapper, the author of the award-winning collection Wild Hundreds and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Sponsored by the English department. FMI
Muskie Archives

“Dog” (1998–2001) by Rona Pondick, yellow stainless steel, AP, edition of six. Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London/Paris/Salzburg, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, Zevitas/Marcus Gallery, Los Angeles and the artist.

Museum of Art

Through 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.

Literary: An exhibition from the permanent collection including: