Campus events: Jan. 4–31, 2019

The 2019 MLK Day keynote speaker at Bates is Barbara Ransby, author of three books and Distinguished Professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Happy New Year from Bates!

This is a listing of public events at the college during January 2019.

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

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Recurring Events

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

4:15pm daily | Dharma Society sit: A 20-minute group meditation. Wednesday–Sunday, meditation is silent. Beginners are welcome and orientations provided. FMI
Gomes Chapel

Noon Mon | Monday Meditation: Start your week well with a 20-minute meditation facilitated by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. Beginners welcome. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

6:30pm Mon | Zen meditation led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain 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

9pm Wed | {Pause}: The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a deeply reflective, secular half-hour of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

Through 6 Sun

Holiday Recess: Bates classes resume on Jan. 7, 2019.

In the women’s basketball home opener, on Nov. 25, Ariana Dalia ’22 of Brick, N.J., makes a basket as Bates defeats the University of New England. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

4 Fri

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

5 Sat

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

8 Tue

5:30pm | Women’s basketball vs. Maine–Farmington.
Alumni Gym

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

7:30pm | Men’s basketball vs. Thomas.
Alumni Gym

Culomba, a Boston-based musical ensemble, presents an event exploring a world of harmony styles on Jan. 10.

10 Thu

4:30pm | Culomba Workshop & Community Sing: Culomba, a Boston-based vocal ensemble, offers a singing workshop and concert exploring harmony styles from South African church music to American gospel to Balkan folk songs. Presented by the Freewill Folk Society and the Multifaith Chaplaincy, the event comprises a 4:30pm workshop, 5:30pm potluck dinner and 6:30pm concert. Suggested donation: $10–$30 (sliding scale). Free for members of the Bates community. FMI Eventbrite.
Mays Center

Sandglass Theater performs Babylon, Journey of Refugees.

11 Fri

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

7pm | Men’s club hockey vs. Thomas.
Androscoggin Bank Colisée, 190 Birch St.

7:30pm | Babylon, Journey of Refugees: Vermont’s award-winning Sandglass Theater presents an original work that mixes live actors and puppets in an exploration of the relationship between refugees, their homelands — both lost and new — and the conflicts that arise in the countries to which they flee. FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

8pm | Freewill Folk Society Contradance: Bates’ monthly dance resumes with calling by Dugan Murphy and music by John Pranio, Glen Loper and David Stimson, providing an innovative take on traditional tunes. All dances taught, beginners welcome — no experience necessary. Beginner lesson at 7:45pm, dancing 8–10:45pm. Suggested donation $5–$8 for the general public; free for Bates students. FMI
Muskie Archives

12 Sat

Noon | Women’s club hockey vs. MIT.
Androscoggin Bank Colisée, 190 Birch St.

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

5pm | Babylon, Journey of Refugees (see Jan. 11).
Gannett Theater

14 Mon

Noon | Making Art: Then, Now & Tomorrow: A gallery talk by Amy Stacey Curtis, a widely known Maine artist whose drawings appear in the Museum of Art exhibition Time and Place (see Museum of Art, below). FMI 207-786-6158.
Museum of Art

15 Tue

5:30pm | Women’s basketball vs. Norwich.
Alumni Gym

Dr. Bonnie L. Bassler, who received an honorary degree from Bates in 2012, discusses cell-to-cell communication in this year’s George S. Hammond Eminent Scientist Lecture. (Alena Soboleva)

16 Wed

7:30pm | Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria: A talk by Bonnie L. Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton. Bassler received an honorary degree from Bates in 2012. The George S. Hammond Eminent Scientist Lecture is sponsored by the chemistry department. FMI
Pettengill G52

18 Fri

2pm | Swimming & diving vs. Bowdoin.
Merrill Gym, Tarbell Pool

19 Sat

Noon | Women’s & men’s track & field: Bates Invitational.
Merrill Gym

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

20 Sun

2pm | Strong Island: Director Yance Ford’s film follows the Ford family from the Jim Crow South to New York City; and from the presumed safety of middle-class suburbs to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. Strong Island portrays a family experiencing loss while the world around them engages in historical injustice and the complicity of silence. Facilitated by Associate Dean for International Student Programs James Reese, a discussion follows the screening. (2017; 107 min.) Presented as part of Bates’ 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances. FMI 207-786-6400 or (after Dec. 21).
Pettengill G52

Associate dean of religious life and of the Chapel at Princeton University, the Rev. Theresa S. Thames is the featured speaker at Bates’ 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service.

4pm | Sankofa: An open dress rehearsal for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day production by the student performance group Sankofa (see Jan. 21). Free but tickets required:
Schaeffer Theatre

7pm | The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Service: Princeton University’s Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames leads the service with a message titled I Will Not Keep Silent! I Will Not Rest! Honoring spiritual dimensions of peace and justice work through performance, prayer, art and word, this service includes moments for meditative reflection as well as music by Bates community members. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

21 Mon

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: In observance of the holiday, classes are canceled and a wealth of special programming takes place around campus throughout the day — just the highlights are shown here. This year’s theme is Lifting Every Voice: Intersectionality & Activism. FMI 207-786-6400 or (after Dec. 21).

9am | Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote: Intersectional Feminist Praxis in the Black Freedom Movement from Ella Baker to Black Lives Matter. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Barbara Ransby, author of three books and Distinguished Professor in African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. FMI 207-786-6400 or (after Dec. 21). Or watch the livestream:
Gomes Chapel

10:45am & 2pm | MLK Day workshops: In morning and afternoon sessions, faculty, staff, students, alumni and guests lead workshops related to this year’s MLK Day theme. FMI 207-786-6400 or (after Dec. 21).
Pettengill & Hedge halls | Ladd Library | Commons

1:15pm | Sorry to Bother You: Boots Riley’s 2018 film takes code-switching to a new level as an African American telemarketer finds stunning success, and ultimately a moral dilemma, when he develops a new sales pitch. A discussion follows the screening. Presented as part of Bates’ MLK Day programming. (2018, 111 min.) FMI 207-786-6400 or (after Dec. 21).
Olin 104

Abby Westberry ’19 and senior William Coggins of the Morehouse College debate team deliberate before the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, Debate on Jan. 15, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

3:45pm | The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, Debate: In a popular MLK Day tradition, Morehouse College debaters take on Bates’ Brooks Quimby Debate Council. This year’s motion: “This House believes that social justice movements should prioritize socioeconomic class over race and gender.” Free but tickets required: or 207-786-6400.
Olin Concert Hall

7pm | Women’s basketball vs. Colby-Sawyer.
Alumni Gym

7:30pm | Sankofa: The students of Sankofa explore the stories of the African diaspora through dance, music, theater, spoken word, and more. Sankofa’s annual MLK Day production is a symbol of pride and accomplishment for members of the African diaspora at Bates, and a diversifying experience for the Bates community. Free but tickets required:
Schaeffer Theatre

“The Ghostly Crew of the Andrea Gail” is a 2011 sculpture by Nathalie Miebach, who is displaying the piece in the Bates Museum of Art exhibition Anthropocenic and will take part in a Jan. 23 panel related to the show.

23 Wed

7pm | Water & Sea Level Rise: Maine Perspectives. Presented in conjunction with the Bates College Museum of Art exhibition Anthropocenic, which explores human impacts on the natural world, this panel features three artists participating in the show: Michel Droge, Nathalie Miebach and Jan Piribeck, whose work looks specifically at the effects of rising sea levels in Portland, Maine. Raj Saha, lecturer in geology at Bates, represents the scientific community in this event. FMI 207-786-6158.
Olin 104

25 Fri

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

26 Sat

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

7pm | Men’s club hockey vs. Colby-Sawyer.
Androscoggin Bank Colisée, 190 Birch St.

27 Sun

11am | Women’s club hockey vs. UMaine.
Androscoggin Bank Colisée, 190 Birch St.

29 Tue

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

This Radical Land author Daegan Miller speaks at Bates on Jan. 30.

30 Wed

Noon | Public Works in Progress: A casual lunchtime program featuring presentations of community-engaged work undertaken by Bates students. Off-campus guests are invited to charge their Commons lunch to the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and take it upstairs to Room 221–222 for the program. FMI Darby Ray at or 207-786-8241.
Commons 221–222

7pm | Men’s club hockey vs. Central Maine.
Androscoggin Bank Colisée, 190 Birch St.

7pm | The Work of Imagination in the Age of Catastrophe: A talk by Daegan Miller, whose writings include 2018’s This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent, a chronicle of American “radical thinkers, settlers and artists who grounded their ideas of freedom, justice, and progress in the very landscapes around them.” Sponsored by the environmental studies program and the departments of history and English. FMI
Pettengill G52

Good Kids author Benjamin Nugent makes a Literary Arts Live appearance on Jan. 31.

31 Thu

4pm | The Politics of Charter Schools: A talk by John Kosinski, governmental relations director for the Maine Educational Association. Sponsored by the Harward Center’s Theory into Practice series and co-sponsored by the Bates education department. FMI 207-786-6202.

6:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Benjamin Nugent, author. A reading and conversation with Nugent, who wrote the novel Good Kids and the cultural history American Nerd. He has had short stories anthologized in Best American Short Stories, and his collection Fraternity is forthcoming. Sponsored by the English department. FMI 207-753-6963.
Muskie Archives

Lecturer in Education Anita Charles, Lily Meier ’20, visiting artist Adriane Herman and Bates art museum director Dan Mills discuss Herman’s “Out of Sorts,” a temporary installation of materials ready for recycling placed in front of Commons. The piece is part of the museum’s exhibition Anthropocenic. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Museum of Art

Through March 23

Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era: Has the Holocene, the geological period that began around 12,000 years ago, been replaced by the Anthropocene — an epoch defined as one in which the human impact on the world is marking the geologic evidence? This compelling group exhibition features art about the natural world and our effects on and interrelation with it in the 21st century.

Amy Stacey Curtis: Time and Place: Curtis is recognized for her ambitious and interactive sculpture installations. This show, however, focuses on her drawings, which nevertheless illustrate her fascination with themes of order, chaos and repetition. These graphic works provide an intimate and personal approach to her continued examination of interconnectedness.

Peter Turnley: Refugees: Known for documenting the human condition, photojournalist Turnley has depicted some of the world’s most significant conflicts. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, focuses on refugee populations around the world.

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