Campus events: April 20–May 27, 2018

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson is the featured speaker at Bates’ 2018 Commencement. (Michael Collopy)

Hello from Bates!

This is a listing of public events at the college from April 20 to May 27, 2018.

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

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Updates in this edition:

  • The Maine State Men’s Outdoor Championships in track and field have been added on April 21. For the latest athletics information, check the Composite Schedule.
  • Monday noontime meditation has ended for the academic year.

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Visitors to the 2016 Short Term Showcase listen to mixes by students in a music production course taught by Jonathan Wyman ’97. This year’s showcase takes place May 23. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Recurring Events

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

4:15pm 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

6:30pm Mon | Zen meditation led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod. Cushions provided, beginners welcome. 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.

April • 20 Fri

2pm | Men’s tennis vs. Tufts.
Wallach Tennis Center

Shown in February during the 50th Maine State Indoor Championships, where he set a meet record in the 35-pound weight throw, Adedire Fakorede ’18 of Newark, N.J., is one of the Bobcats competing April 21 in the state outdoor championships. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

21 Sat

Noon | Softball vs. Bowdoin (doubleheader).
Lafayette Street Field

Noon | Women’s lacrosse vs. Amherst.
Garcelon Field

1:15pm | Men’s track & field: Maine State Men’s Outdoor Championships.
Russell Street Track

The Bates women’s rowing team won all six races at the 21st Presidents Cup regatta, hosted on the Androscoggin at the new Bates boathouse in April 2017. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

22 Sun

9am | Rowing: Presidents Cup.
Bates Boathouse, North River Road, Greene

25 Wed

4pm | Baseball vs. Southern Maine.
Leahey Field

5:30pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Colby.
Garcelon Field

7pm | Charles Rotmil: A Holocaust survivor, Rotmil discusses his experiences before, during and after World War II. Presented by Bates Hillel in observance of Yom HaShoah. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives

26 Thu

4pm | Women’s tennis vs. Bowdoin.
Wallach Tennis Center

James L. Moody Jr. Family Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts at Bates, James Parakilas joins Duncan Cumming ’93 in a concert of music for four-handed piano on April 27. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

27 Fri

3pm | Baseball vs. Tufts.
Leahey Field

4pm | Men’s tennis vs. MIT.
Wallach Tennis Center

4pm | Softball vs. Colby.
Lafayette Street Field

7:30pm | Four-handed piano with James Parakilas and Duncan Cumming ’93: Both regular visitors to the Olin Concert Hall, Parakilas is the James L. Moody Jr. Family Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts, and Cumming is a music professor at Albany. They present a program of music for four-handed piano by Schubert, von Weber, Poulenc, Mozart and Dvořák. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

28 Sat

Noon | Baseball vs. Tufts (doubleheader).
Leahey Field

29 Sun

9am | Meal Packing: Open to folks from Bates and surrounding communities, this event is a gathering of volunteers who pack meals and deliver them to food pantries in and around Lewiston-Auburn. Sponsored by the Bates Christian Fellowship. FMI
Chase Hall Memorial Commons

9am | Rowing: Bates Invitational.
Bates Boathouse, North River Road, Greene

May • 3 Thu

4:15pm | How to Do Philosophy With Film: Thomas Wartenberg, professor emeritus of philosophy and a member of the Film Studies Steering Committee at Mount Holyoke College, examines ways in which philosophy has been done cinematically. He’ll use films from different genres — including Anomalisa, an animated film; Amour, narrative fiction; and The Act of Killing, documentary — to exemplify how philosophy has been realized in film. FMI
Hedge 208

8 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

A scene from “The Last Honey Hunter,” produced by Ben Ayers ’99.

9 Wed

6pm | The Last Honey Hunter: A longtime supporter of economic development in rural Nepal, Ben Ayers ’99 returns to Bates to talk about his time living in Nepal, founding NGOs and producing documentary films. He’ll also screen and discuss his latest film, The Last Honey Hunter. (2017; 36 min.) FMI
Chase Hall, Little Room

12 Sat

9pm | Sangai Asia fireworks: With ardor to communicate and foster awareness of East Asian cultures and traditions at Bates, the student organization Sangai Asia dedicates this annual fireworks display to celebrating the end of the academic year. FMI
Lake Andrews

Alyne Cistone speaks at Bates on May 16.

16 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. Cistone’s areas of expertise include business development, nonprofits, economic and community development, alternative energy and immigration. Sponsored by the EcoReps. FMI
Muskie Archives

17 Thu

7pm | Living with Alzheimer’s: A presentation by Geri and Jim Taylor, nationally known Alzheimer’s activists and the subjects of the New York Times profile “Fraying at the Edges.” Sponsored by the sociology department. FMI
Pettengill G52

Darsono, a visiting artist in residence in the music department, is a prominent Javanese gamelan musician and master puppeteer. He’s shown performing last December with the Bates Gamelan Orchestra. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

18 Fri

7pm | Swing & Rumba Social Dance: Dust off your dancing shoes and learn East Coast swing and rumba with the Bates Ballroom Team. FMI
Mays Center

7:30 pm | Performing Musical Art of Indonesia: The 2017–18 artist residency of Darsono, a prominent Javanese gamelan musician and master puppeteer, culminates with this performance of Indonesian shadow puppetry supported by gamelan music performed by students in the Short Term course “Performing Musical Art of Indonesia.” Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

23 Wed

4pm | Short Term Showcase: This annual celebration of the Purposeful Work and Short Term Innovative Pedagogy programs presents intensive, practical collaborations that are transforming teaching at Bates. Course (Re)design projects put students 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

Based in Portland but a music industry legend around the world, mastering engineer Bob Ludwig will receive an honorary degree at Bates’ 2018 Commencement.

27 Sun

10am | Commencement: Bates’ 152nd graduation ceremony features a keynote address by Bryan Stevenson, acclaimed human rights lawyer. Receiving honorary degrees with Stevenson are Lynsey Addario, award-winning photojournalist; Jill Lepore, historian and New Yorker writer; and Bob Ludwig, Grammy Award–winning mastering engineer. FMI 207-786-6400.
Historic Quad

An untitled work in glazed stoneware by Max Breschi (2018), on display on the Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Museum of Art

April 6–May 26, 2018

Senior Thesis Exhibition: The museum’s relationship with the Department of Art and Visual Culture entails a commitment to supporting the work of Bates students through this exhibition showcasing work in diverse media from the thesis projects of graduating studio art majors — 14 of them this year. The program emphasizes the creation of a cohesive body of work through sustained studio practice and critical inquiry.

Celebrating People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War – Ten Years of Fighting for Peace and Justice: This exhibition of posters and related materials showcases the eponymous portfolio, created in 2014 to mark the 10th anniversary of Iraq Veterans Against the War. IVAW is an advocacy group of military veterans and active-duty personnel opposed to the 2003–11 U.S. presence in Iraq. The portfolio features contributions from members of IVAW and the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, along with allied veterans, artists and writers. Sophie Jensen ’19 provided curatorial assistance for this exhibition.

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