Campus events: Feb. 1–28, 2018

The Bates Steel Pan Orchestra is one of the musical groups featured in the 2018 Arts Crawl, a showcase of student creativity in the visual, literary and performing arts. It’s happening Friday, Feb. 2. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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

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

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Shown on Jan. 20 during the Bates Invitational, where she won the triple jump and long jump, Sally Ceesay ’18 of the Bronx, N.Y., and her Bobcat teammates compete Feb. 2 in the Maine State Track & Field Meet. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Recurring Events

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

5:40pm daily | Dharma Society meditation: A 20-minute group meditation. Monday-Saturday, meditation is silent. Participants on Sundays 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. Instruction 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 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 Thu

4:15pm | Tax Reform: What Is It, and How Does It Affect You, Bates and the Country? A timely talk by Andrew Grossman, legislation counsel since 2011 for the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, where he specializes in issues pertaining to the individual income tax, higher education and excise taxes. Sponsored by the departments of politics and economics, and the Office of the President. FMI
Pettengill G65

2 Fri

4pm | Arts Crawl: Now in its eighth year, this festive winter event is a campus-wide cornucopia of student achievement in the literary, performing and visual arts. Music includes a cappella singing in Commons, and steel pan and brass ensembles in Olin. In the visual arts, see animation projects, meet art majors in their studios and inspect ceramics for sale, all in Olin. Chase Hall is home to readings and a variety of theater and dance performances. Produced by the Bates Arts Collaborative. FMI 207-786-8294.
Chase Hall, Commons Fireplace Lounge, Olin Arts Center

6pm | State of Maine Women’s Track Meet.
Merrill Gym

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

Dancers share space with observers in Mycelial: Street Parliament, an interactive piece about civic interaction in our digitized era. Offered Feb. 14 is a preview of the piece, which will be presented again at the 2018 Bates Dance Festival. (Zac Wittenburg)

3 Sat

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

6pm | State of Maine Men’s Track Meet.
Merrill Gym

6 Tue

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

Alyne Cistone gives a talk titled “Being the Change You Seek” on Feb. 7.

7pm | From the Ashes: From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, Michael Bonfiglio’s 2017 documentary presents compelling stories about the coal industry’s impacts on our economy, health and climate; and examines what the industry’s future should be under the Trump administration. A discussion featuring Bates faculty and clean-energy advocates follows. Presented by the Bates EcoReps. FMI
Chase Hall Lounge

7 Wed

7pm | Being the Change You Seek: Alyne Cistone, a management consultant at the Maine law firm of Eaton Peabody, draws on her African upbringing and other life experiences to share simple ways for effecting social and environmental justice. Sponsored by the EcoReps. FMI
Muskie Archives

Bates biologist Will Ambrose. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

8 Thu

Noon | Bates biologist Will Ambrose talks about his time as a director of the National Science Foundation Arctic Observing Network program. Professor of Biology Ambrose, a past NSF grant recipient, served two years with the foundation and was responsible for managing research funded by the program, soliciting and evaluating proposals, and overseeing funded projects. Here he’ll give an overview of his experience, but will focus on answering questions regarding the NSF funding process. Lunch provided, RSVP required: FMI 207-786-6243.
Carnegie 225

9 Fri

Noon | Diving Right In: Community-Engaged Learning in the First Year Seminar. Faculty and students discuss fall 2017 First Year Seminars that included community-engaged projects. Hear about diverse hands-on learning experiences undertaken in collaboration with Lewiston Middle School, the Auburn Public Library and other institutions. Public Works in Progress is sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships: Faculty, staff and off-campus guests may charge their Commons lunch to the Harward Center and bring it up to Room 221–222. FMI 207-786-6202.
Commons 221-222

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

7:45pm | Freewill Folk Society contradance: Winter is long, but at least there’s contradancing. Come and enjoy live music by Barefoot, offering an energetic blend of traditional folk and contemporary pop and electronica, and calling by the renowned Maggie Robinson. All dances taught, with a beginner lesson at 7:40. Suggested donation $5–8 (free for Bates students). FMI
Muskie Archives

Alumni poets Christian Barter ’90, Craig Teicher ’01 and Gabe Fried ’96 return to Bates to read from their work.

12 Mon

7:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Three alumni poets. A reading and conversation with Craig Teicher ’01, Gabe Fried ’96 and Christian Barter ’90. Teicher’s four collections of poetry and prose include Brenda Is in the Room, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Fried has written two poetry collections including Making the New Lamb Take, named a Best Book of 2007 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Barter’s latest book of poetry, Bye-bye Land, won the Isabella Gardner Prize. Hosted by Rob Farnsworth of the English faculty, who retires this year and taught two of the three poets. FMI
Muskie Archives

Dennis Britton, a scholar of Shakespeare at the University of New Hampshire, will present on the “privileges of being pitiful” as this year’s Carleton Lecturer. (Perry Smith/University of New Hampshire).

14 Wed

7:30pm | Mycelial: Street Parliament. A preview of a work to be offered in full during the 2018 Bates Dance Festival. Choreographer Erica Mott and composer Ryan Ingelbritsen are collaborating with Egyptian composer Ahmed Saleh on this high-tech interactive dance work exploring civic participation, social movements and interconnectedness in the digital age. Sponsors: the dance festival, the departments of music and of theater and dance, and the Program in Digital and Computational Studies. Free but tickets required, available at Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6135.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Shakespeare and the Privileges of Being Pitiful: A talk by Dennis Britton, a Shakespearean scholar at the University of New Hampshire. Hosted by José Villagrana, lecturer in English and Mellon Diversity Faculty Renewal Postdoctoral Fellow, and sponsored by the English department. The Carleton Lecture is funded by the King Family Charitable Lead Trust in honor of the positive experiences of Emily Carleton ’99 at Bates. FMI 207-753-6963.
Pettengill G21

15 Thu

6pm | Rona Pondick, Robert Feintuch and Phong Bui, artists. Pondick, a sculptor and printmaker, and Feintuch, a painter, are showing work jointly in the Bates Museum of Art exhibition Heads, Hands, Feet; Sleeping, Holding, Dreaming, Dying (see below). They’re joined here by writer and artist Phong Bui, whose interview with the pair appears in the exhibition catalog, and moderator Dan Mills, museum director. Reception follows in the museum. FMI 207-786-6158 or
Olin 104

7:30pm | Computers, Music and the Arts: The first of this semester’s two concerts featuring creations by students in professor William Matthews’ course, a hands-on study of music- and video-making using technology in the Computer Music Studio. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

17–24 Sat–Sat

Winter Recess: No classes are held, but administrative offices are open.

Burke Smith ’18 of Wilton, Conn., is shown during the Bobcats’ 2017 season opener, a Feb. 25 win over Roger Williams University. This year’s home lacrosse season begins Feb. 28. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

28 Wed

5pm | Men’s lacrosse opens the home season with a game vs. Babson.
Garcelon Field

7:30pm | Matthew Dunlap on the voter fraud commission: Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state, speaks about his work as a member of President Trump’s controversial commission on voter fraud, which Dunlap sued for allegedly violating the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and which the president disbanded in January. Sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. FMI 207-786-8283.
Muskie Archives

Painter Robert Feintuch and sculptor Rona Pondick. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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. 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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