Campus events: Jan. 2–31, 2018

Formerly a faculty member at UC Berkeley and now president of the Spencer Foundation, Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the keynote speaker for Bates’ 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance. (Stuart Rogers Photography)

Happy New Year from Bates!

This is a listing of public events at the college during January 2018.

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

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Journalist James Workman gives the 21st annual Otis Lecture on Jan. 31.

Recurring Events

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

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

7pm Mon | 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.

2 Tues

6pm | Women’s basketball vs. St. Joseph’s.
Alumni Gym

8pm | Men’s basketball vs. St. Joseph’s.
Alumni Gym

Eli Frater ’19 of Brooklyn, N.Y., looks to pass during a game vs. Husson on Dec. 5. Bates won 88-74. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

5 Fri

7pm | Men’s basketball vs. Bowdoin.
Alumni Gym

6 Sat

3pm | Men’s basketball vs. Colby.
Alumni Gym

12 Fri

6:30pm | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Middlebury.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Middlebury.
Alumni Gym

7:45pm | Contradance: The Freewill Folk Society’s monthly dance series returns for 2018 with music by the Boston-based trio Anadama and calling by the renowned Dela Taylor. Beginner lesson at 7:40pm — all dances taught and beginners are wildly encouraged to take part. Suggested donation $5–8. FMI or
Muskie Archives

Ranked 18th, men’s squash defeated No. 30 Connecticut College on Nov. 18, 2017, at Bates. Shown here is Mahmoud Yousry ’20 of Cairo, Egypt, in action against Conn College’s Alex Snape. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

13 Sat

Noon | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Williams.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

Noon | Men’s & women’s track vs. Colby & MIT.
Merrill Gym

3pm | Women’s basketball vs. Williams.
Alumni Gym

Jamil Drake at Bates during Convocation 2015. (Jay Burns/Bates College)

14 Sun

11am | Men’s & women’s squash vs. George Washington.
Squash Center,  56 Plourde Parkway

11am | Men’s & women’s swimming & diving vs. Middlebury.
Merrill Gym, Tarbell Pool

4pm | Sankofa: Try, Try Again. An open dress rehearsal for this year’s MLK Day production by the multidisciplinary performance group Sankofa (see Jan. 15). Free but tickets required:
Schaeffer Theatre

7pm | The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: A historian of religion in America, and a visiting professor at Bates in 2015–16, Florida State University professor Jamil Drake offers the sermon The Irony of an American Celebration. Honoring spiritual dimensions of peace and justice work through music, prayer, art and word, this service includes moments for meditative reflection as well as gospel and multifaith music by Bates community members. FMI or 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

Morehouse College junior Mati Baker confers with debate partner Zoe Seaman-Grant ’17 of Charleston, S.C., during the Mays debate held in the Olin Concert Hall during Bates’ 2017 MLK Day observance. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

15 Mon

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: In observance of the holiday, classes are canceled and special programming takes place around campus throughout the day. This year’s theme is “Power, Politics, and Privilege: Resistance to/through Education.” FMI or 207-786-6400.

9am | Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote: This year’s keynote speaker is Na’ilah Suad Nasir, formerly a faculty member at UC Berkeley and now president of the Spencer Foundation, which explores ways in which education can be improved around the world.  FMI or 207-786-6400.
Gomes Chapel

10:45am & 2pm | MLK Day workshops: Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members lead workshops relating to the MLK Day theme in morning and afternoon sessions. FMI
Pettengill and Hedge halls, Ladd Library, Museum of Art, Commons

3:45pm | The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, Debate: In a cherished MLK Day tradition, Morehouse College debaters take on Bates’ Brooks Quimby Debate Council. Motion: “This house supports racially homogeneous schools.” Free but tickets required:
Olin Concert Hall

Following the 2017 Sankofa performance, director Britiny Lee ’19 of Cleveland answers a question as assistant director Rakiya Mohamed ’18 of Auburn, Maine, looks on. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

7pm | Men’s basketball vs. Salem State.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Sankofa: Try, Try Again. Inspired by science fiction, the theme of this production of the annual multidisciplinary MLK Day performance speaks to the journey of the black individual. We follow a young man who is seeking people to help him spread his truth: Only through pure compassion and unconditional acceptance can we all survive on Earth. Free but tickets required:
Olin Concert Hall

17 Wed

Time TBA | Maine Calling: Maine Public’s daily interactive radio program broadcasts live from Bates as hosts Jennifer Rooks and News Director Keith Shortall look at the college’s Purposeful Work initiative. Guests include President Clayton Spencer and Rebecca Fraser-Thill, a member of the psychology faculty who has served as director of program design for the initiative. The broadcast begins at 1pm, but the schedule for audience arrival is TBA. FMI 207-786-6128.
Muskie Archives

John Kramer ’95. (Susan Wilson)

18 Thu

7:30pm | John Kramer ’95, pianist: A composer, conductor, pianist and assistant professor at the Berklee College of Music, Kramer says that Bates is where he decided to become a musician. Free but tickets required: FMI or 207-786-6135.
Olin Concert Hall

19 Fri

5pm | Men’s & women’s track.
Merrill Gym

8pm | Social dance: Dust off your dance shoes and learn East Coast swing and rumba with the Bates Ballroom Team. A dance lesson is offered from 7–8pm; dancing until 9. FMI
Mays Center

Bates swimmers are shown hosting Trinity and Wesleyan back on November 18, 2017. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

20 Sat

11am | Men’s & women’s track.
Merrill Gym

1pm | Men’s & women’s swimming & diving vs. Colby.
Merrill Gym, Tarbell Pool

3pm | Women’s basketball vs. Tufts.
Alumni Gym

24 Wed

6pm | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Colby
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

Rob Farnsworth. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

25 Thu

7:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Robert Farnsworth, poet. Farnsworth founded both Bates’ concentration in creative writing and the Literary Arts Live reading series. A veteran of 26 years at the college, he retires in 2018. He has published three collections of poetry: Three or Four Hills and A Cloud, Honest Water and Rumored Islands. Hosted by Jess Anthony ’96; a book sale and signing follow. FMI or 207-753-6963.
Muskie Archives

26 Fri

7pm | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Tufts.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Wesleyan.
Alumni Gym

Nina Davenport ’18 of Freeport, Maine, who recently scored her 1,000th career point at Bates, monopolizes the ball in action against Colby on Dec. 5, 2017. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

27 Sat

11am | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Franklin & Marshall.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

3pm | Women’s basketball vs. Connecticut College.
Alumni Gym

4pm | Men’s & women’s squash vs. Brown.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

28 Sun

Noon | Women’s squash vs. Mount Holyoke.
Squash Center, 56 Plourde Parkway

Printmaker Claire Van Vliet cuts a wood block for use with an edition of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in 1985. (John Somers)

29 Mon

6pm | Text & Image: 60 Years of the Janus Press. A talk by MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Claire Van Vliet relating to the Museum of Art exhibition Literary, in which she shows several prints. Van Vliet founded the Janus Press, which publishes collaborative works by contemporary writers, papermakers, printmakers and artists. The Bates museum is a major repository of her work. Reception follows. FMI or 207-786-6158.
Olin 104

31 Wed

7:30pm | Otis Lecture: Owning the Wild: How Conservation Markets Replenish the Earth by Harnessing Our Self-Interest. A talk by James Workman, award-winning journalist and the author of Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought. The 21st annual Otis Lecture is made possible by the Philip J. Otis ’95 Endowment. Free, but tickets required. FMI 207-753-6950.
Olin Concert Hall

Museum of Art

Through March 23

Rona Pondick and Robert Feintuch: Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying. A couple since the mid-1970s, sculptor Pondick and painter Feintuch share interests in making work that uses the body to pursue psychologically suggestive meanings: Both believe that the body speaks. This show, 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.

Literary: An exhibition from the permanent collection including:
• works that illustrate literary texts, such as prints by Claire Van Vliet for Franz Kafka’s “A Country Doctor” and Curlee Raven Holten’s “Othello Re-Imagined in Sepia”;
• portraits of writers including James Agee by Walker Evans and Jack Kerouac by David Seltzer;
• prints and photographs inspired by the writings of authors Bertolt Brecht (Rico Lebrun) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Clare Romano);
• and prints of literary publications by R. B. Kitaj including Four in America by Gertrude Stein.

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