Campus events: March 1–31, 2019

Imani Perry, the 2019 Office of Equity and Diversity Social Justice Speaker, offers a talk titled Nice for What? The Possibilities & Pitfalls of Digital Activism on March 7. (Sameer A. Khan)

Greetings from Bates!

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

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

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Updated in this edition:

  • A third Maine Jewish Film Festival screening at Bates has been added, on March 14.
  • Also added on March 14 is a Purposeful Work Unplugged conversation with New York Times assistant managing editor editor Carolyn Ryan ’86.
  • The program has been announced for the March 16 Bates Choir concert: Carmina Burana.
  • The Bobcat Ventures pitch competition has been added, also on March 16.
  • A location and preregistration info have been added for the talk by Barbara Ransby, on March 25.

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7:30pm Tue–Sun | Dharma Society meditation: A 20-minute silent group meditation. Beginners welcome and orientations provided. FMI
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

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

Clare Longendyke, pianist. (Lydia Umlauf)

1 Fri

Noon | Public Works in Progress: Today’s program features three presentations on community-engaged research by environmental studies majors. Topics: energy justice, local food policy, and health issues related to residential properties. Faculty, staff and off-campus guests are invited to charge their Commons lunch to the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and take it upstairs for the program. FMI Darby Ray at or 207-786-8241.
Commons 221–222

7:30pm | Clare Longendyke, pianist: A musician known for her technical fluency and diverse repertoire, Longendyke has performed across North America and Europe. A doctoral candidate in music at Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music, she is a lecturer at Franklin University. At Bates, Longendyke will play works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Vivian Fung and Amy Williams. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

2 Sat

Noon | Women’s tennis vs. Mount Holyoke.
Merrill Gym

1pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Middlebury.
Garcelon Field

3pm | Men’s tennis vs. Wheaton.
Merrill Gym

Jim Parakilas, James L. Moody Jr. Family Professor Emeritus of Performing Arts at Bates, performs with fellow piano faculty Bridget Convey and Chiharu Naruse on March 3. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

3 Sun

10am | Women’s tennis vs. Brandeis.
Merrill Gym

2pm | Men’s tennis vs. Brandeis.
Merrill Gym

3pm | Bridget Convey, Chiharu Naruse & James Parakilas, pianists: In an unusual gathering, this faculty trio shares a program. Parakilas, a popular teacher and author, has performed solo and as part of Trio les Amis. Convey has performed across the country, notably with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Naruse, a prizewinner in Japan’s Hyogo Piano Competition, studied with Bates icon Frank Glazer and is well-known to Maine audiences. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.comFMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

“Watering Hole (Social Species in the Late Anthropocene”) is a 2017 oil painting by Laurie Hogin.

4 Mon

7pm | Artist talk by Laurie Hogin: An artist participating in the Museum of Art exhibition Anthropocenic, Hogin has investigated the human impact on the natural world in paintings exploring subjects including the effects of war, hypercapitalism, leeching pharmaceuticals and the post-human landscape. FMI 207-786-6158 or
Olin 104

The chief people officer at HubSpot and the 2019 Distinguished Alumna in Residence at Bates, Katie Burke ’03 presents a talk on diversity and inclusion in business on March 6. (Paige Brown ’96 for Bates College)

6 Wed

12:15pm | Ash Wednesday service: All are invited to this short ecumenical service. In many Christian traditions, Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection, contemplation and centering before Easter. This service will include prayer and ash imposition, and will conclude by 12:50pm. FMI
Gomes Chapel

5pm | Shattering Glass Ceilings: How Leaders Can Make Organizations More Diverse, Inclusive & Successful. A talk by Katie Burke ’03, chief people officer at HubSpot, a marketing, sales and service software provider based in Cambridge, Mass. The 2019 Distinguished Alumna in Residence at Bates, Burke is presented by the College Key. Reception follows. FMI and registration: FMI 207-786-8372.
Olin Concert Hall

Emily Cain, Maine resident and executive director of the political advocacy organization Emily’s List, discusses the increasing power of women in politics on March 7. (Tracey Salazar)

7 Thu

7pm | Women in Politics: Welcome to the New Normal. A talk by Emily’s List Executive Director Emily Cain, someone well-known to Mainers for her service as a five-term state legislator, during which she was the youngest woman House Minority Leader in state history. This Theory Into Practice series event is sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. FMI 207-786-6202.
Muskie Archives

7:30pm | Nice for What? The Possibilities & Pitfalls of Digital Activism: A talk by Imani Perry, the 2019 Office of Equity and Diversity Social Justice Speaker at Bates. Perry is the author of several books, including Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation, and is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies and faculty associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton. Free but tickets required: Eventbrite. FMI 207-786-6031.
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | We Are Proud to Present . . . Assistant Professor of Theater Tim Dugan directs Jackie Sibblies Drury’s unusual, complex and darkly comedic depiction of actors trying to develop a play about an early 20th-century genocide. As the group wrestles with this remote story, their exploration hits much closer to home than anyone ever expected. (Full title: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915.) Free but tickets required: $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

Pianist and artist-in-residence Frank Carlberg performs on March 8 and 17.

8 Fri

7:30pm | Pianist Frank Carlberg & Dream Machine: Jazz pianist Carlberg, 2018–19 artist in residence in the Bates music department, brings his quartet — featuring accordion, tenor sax, bass and drums — to Olin. The band’s music, he says, “resides in the area between dusk and dawn of our consciousness and draws from half-remembered recollections of things past. Images of fantasy and reality intermingle in memories of carnivals, side shows and fairgrounds.” Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | We Are Proud to Present . . . (see Mar. 7).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

8pm | Bates Contradance: Bates’ monthly contradance returns with folk music by Syrup Country. A fantastic group of musicians hailing from all over New England, they are Clara Constance Stickney (fiddle, harp), Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (piano, accordion) and Ness Smith-Savedoff (drums). Calling by Ron Blechner. All dances taught and beginners are wildly encouraged to join the fun — 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

Shown during a 2018 rehearsal, Assistant Professor of Theater Tim Dugan directs Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play “We Are Proud to Present …” (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

9 Sat

1pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Wesleyan.
Garcelon Field

5pm | We Are Proud to Present . . . (see Mar. 7).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

Hiroya Miura leads the Bates Orchestra in concert on March 10. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

10 Sun

Noon | Maine Jewish Film Festival: Who Will Write Our History. In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders chose to fight back. Known by the code name “Oyneg Shabes,” they vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper. Filmmakers Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg transport us into the world of these resistance fighters. Jakub Kazecki, associate professor of German, speaks after the film; reception follows. $10/$8 (plus service fees), available at the festival website. $12/$10 at the door. (2015, 94 min.) FMI 207-523-3422.
Olin 104

1pm | Women’s lacrosse vs. Plymouth State.
Garcelon Field

2 & 7:30pm | We Are Proud to Present . . . (see Mar. 7).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

3pm | Bates Orchestra: Hiroya Miura leads the orchestra in a program comprising Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7; the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5; and music featuring this year’s winners of Bates’ student concerto competition. Ursula Rall ’20 is the soloist for the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and Grace Link ’19 performs the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

3pm | Maine Jewish Film Festival: Public & Private Conversations: Shorts Focused on Women. In this selection of shorts focused on women, we see both the inner and outer worlds that women deal with on a daily basis. From a Hasidic girls camp to the Tel Aviv bus station, from an army barrack to the death metal stage, three generations of Jewish women talk to themselves, each other, and to us, the audience. $10/$8 (plus service fees), available at the festival website. $12/$10 at the door. (98 min.) FMI 207-523-3422.
Olin 104

6pm | Community Engagement Workshop: New York City-based choreographer Kimberly Bartosik leads this workshop on physical explorations and imagistic exercise relating to faith, violence, life-force and compassion. The workshop is open to everyone 12 years and older. Movement training is not required. People of any age, race, gender or ability are welcome. Comfortable clothing is recommended. RSVP at
Gomes Chapel

11 Mon

7:30pm | We Are Proud to Present . . . (see Mar. 7).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

12 Tue

5pm | Indigenous Representation & Institutionalization of Native Art in American Museums: A talk by Jami Powell, a citizen of the Osage Nation and the first associate curator of Native American art at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. Sponsored by the American studies program. FMI
Pettengill G65

13 Wed

7pm | Men’s lacrosse vs. Western New England.
Garcelon Field

A scene from Eldorado.

14 Thu

7pm | Carolyn Ryan ’86 of The New York Times: The Center for Purposeful Work presents Ryan, assistant managing editor of the Times, in a Purposeful Work Unplugged conversation with Jay Burns, editorial director for the Bates Communications Office, and Sarah Rothmann ’19, editor-in-chief of The Bates Student. FMI 207-786-6128.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

7:30pm | Maine Jewish Film Festival: Eldorado. Drawing inspiration from his personal encounter with a refugee child during World War II, Swiss director Markus Imhoof makes the global phenomenon of refugees real and tangible through gripping documentary images. Viewer discretion advised due to disturbing stories and images. Free but tickets required: brownpapertickets. Made possible by the Bates Department of Rhetoric, Film and Screen Studies. (2018; 90 min.) FMI
Olin 104

15 Fri

7pm | Swing and Rumba Ballroom Dance Social: Dance away the evening at a swing and rumba dance social! No dance experience necessary. The first hour will be a quick lesson, and the second will be open dancing. Presented by the Ballroom Team. FMI
Benjamin Mays Center

Women’s lacrosse action against Wesleyan captured in March 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

16 Sat

10am | Bobcat Ventures: Bates’ annual student pitch competition returns, with eight teams vying for first place in today’s public finals and three alumni judging their entrepreneurial proposals. Sponsored by the Bates Center for Purposeful Work. FMI 207-786-6128.
Pettengill G52

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

8pm | Bates College Choir: Directed by John Corrie, the choir presents Carl Orff’s popular Carmina Burana. The performance features faculty pianists Bridget Convey and Chiharu Naruse, timpanist Sarah Drewal, and four additional percussionists: Mark Fredericks, John Maillet, William Manning and William Wohler. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

17 Sun

3pm | Richard Greenfield, Hiroya Miura, Frank Carlberg: Music & poetry. Richard Greenfield, author of three collections of poetry and a visitor to campus for a Literary Arts Live reading the following day, joins forces with composers Hiroya Miura, associate professor of music, and Frank Carlberg, artist in residence in the music department this year. The program includes a Greenfield poem inspired by Bartok’s “Mikrokosmos,” which will also serve as a mutual point of musical reference. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

During his residency at Bates, poet Richard Greenfield makes two public appearances.

18 Mon

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

7pm | Literary Arts Live: Richard Greenfield, poet: Greenfield has written three collections of poetry: SubterraneanTracer and A Carnage in the Lovetrees. In 2016, he was a Fulbright Fellow at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. He teaches at New Mexico State University and lives in El Paso, Texas. Book sales and signing will follow the reading. Sponsored by the English department. FMI 207-753-6963.
Muskie Archives

20 Wed

6pm | Careers in the Arts: Jaime DeSimone ’01: Jaime DeSimone ’01, associate curator of contemporary art at the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, offers a career-related talk. She previously worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, where she helped grow the permanent collection and curated the Project Atrium series as well as featured exhibitions — including a 2018 show with deep Maine ties, A Dark Place of Dreams: Louise Nevelson with Chakaia Booker, Lauren Fensterstock and Kate Gilmore (’97). Sponsored by the Bates Museum of Art. FMI 207-786-6158 or
Olin 104

Shown during the 2016 Bates panel discussion “Chaos or Community: Conversations on Criminal Justice Reform in Maine,” Joyce Vance ’82 appears at center. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

21 Thu

7pm | The Mueller Investigation and the Rule of Law: A talk by Joyce White Vance ’82, Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law, Culverhouse School of Law, University of Alabama. Vance is a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and frequent legal commentator for MSNBC. An entry in the Harward Center for Community Partnerships’ Theory Into Practice series. FMI 207-786-6202.
Muskie Archives

7:30pm | The Wolves: A girls’ soccer team performs their daily stretches while navigating conversations that range from adolescent drama to a Cambodian murderer. The New York Times praised the “scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence” in Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 play. Directed by Rebecca Berger ’19 in partial completion of a major in theater. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6161.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

22 Fri

7:30pm | The Wolves (see Mar. 21).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

23 Sat

Noon | Baseball vs. Plymouth State (doubleheader).
Leahey Field

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

5pm | The Wolves (see Mar. 21).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

7:30pm | Frank Carlberg, jazz pianist: Mary Lou Williams — Paving the Way! Carlberg presents a concert celebrating Williams, a pioneering composer, bandleader and pianist. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

24 Sun

2pm | The Wolves (see Mar. 21).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

Barbara Ransby is an esteemed author and Distinguished Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago.

25 Mon

7:30pm | Cello recital: Students of Christina Chute. FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Intersectional Feminist Praxis in the Black Freedom Movement from Ella Baker to Black Lives Matter: A talk by Barbara Ransby, rescheduled from Bates’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance in January, when snow disrupted travel to Maine. Ransby is the 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. Free but preregistration required: FMI 207-786-6400 or
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons

7:30pm | The Wolves (see Mar. 21).
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater

26 Tue

7pm | A Conversation with Mexican Human Rights Activist Maria Luisa Aguilar Rodriguez: Rodriguez is an international advocacy officer at the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center, where she focuses on access to justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations. Sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships in conjunction with the University of Maine School of Law’s Justice for Women Lecture Series. FMI 207-786-6202.
Muskie Archives

27 Wed

7:30pm | Gamelan Ensemble featuring Emilie-Anne Gendron, violinist: Bates’ Javanese-style musical ensemble is joined by Gendron, violinist with the visiting Momenta Quartet. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

Author of Cigarettes Inc., Nan Enstad will give a talk about her book at Bates on Mar. 28.

28 Thu

3pm | Softball vs. University of New England (doubleheader).
Lafayette Street Field

4:15pm | Sharon Street, philosopher: A talk on a topic TBA by a professor of philosophy and the associate chair of the philosophy department at New York University. Street specializes in metaethics, focusing on how to reconcile our understanding of normativity with a scientific conception of the world. Sponsored by the philosophy department. FMI
Hedge 208

5pm | Cigarettes, Inc.: Author Nan Enstad, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, discusses her book Cigarettes, Inc. Enstad’s startling account of the cigarette’s spectacular rise in popularity uncovers a corporate network rooted in Jim Crow segregation that stretched to China and beyond. Through stories from myriad cross-cultural encounters before World War II, the book offers nothing less than a sweeping reinterpretation of corporate power itself. Sponsored by the American studies program. FMI
Pettengill G65

7:30pm | Momenta Quartet: Music by Bill Matthews. Regular visitors to Bates and an ensemble known for their embrace of contemporary repertoire, the Momenta Quartet performs a program of work by composer William Matthews, Alice Swanson Esty Professor of Music at Bates. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

The Momenta Quartet is back for a return concert at Bates on March 29. (John Gurrin)

29 Fri

11am & 3pm | Pysanky! Learn the Art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating:  The Museum of Art presents two Ukrainian egg decorating workshops with Lesia Sochor. A Maine artist of Ukrainian descent, Sochor learned this ancient spring tradition from her mother and has shared this craft in workshops throughout Maine. The Pysanka, a decorated egg, has origins among Slavic peoples as far back as 5,000 B.C. and was deeply important in spring rituals, symbolizing nature’s rebirth. $10 per person (free for Bates students). Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Bates College Museum of Art. Space is limited and registration is required: Please call 207-786-8212 to register.
Mays Center

7:30pm | Olin Concert Series: Momenta Quartet. A return visit by an ensemble nationally renowned for both its command of music across a breadth of centuries and its deep commitment to education. Tickets are $25: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

7:30pm | Spring Dance Concert: In two different programs performed over four days (including April 1), the focus is on student choreography and design work. Program A: Friday and Sunday. Program B: Saturday and Monday. Free but tickets required: Eventbrite. $5 donations gratefully accepted. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

30 Sat

Noon | Men’s lacrosse vs. Hamilton.
Garcelon Field

5pm | Spring Dance Concert (see March 29).
Schaeffer Theatre

31 Sun

2pm | Spring Dance Concert (see March 29).
Schaeffer Theatre

A still from the 2014 video “The Great Silence” by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla (in collaboration with Ted Chiang). The video is on display as part of the Museum of Art exhibition Anthropocenic.

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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