Campus events, updated: March 14–31, 2019

Shown in April 2016, John Corrie directs the Bates College Choir. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)In a major community collaboration conducted by John Corrie, the Bates Orchestra and Choir join other L-A ensembles for ìStill Sea and Fortunate Journeyî and the masterpiece ìMissa Solemnis.î Featured with Bates are the Maine Music Society Chorale and Orchestra, the Scola of the Basilica of SS Peter & Paul, and the Edward Little High School and Lewiston High School choirs.

John Corrie, shown here in 2016, directs the Bates College Choir in Orff’s Carmina Burana on March 16. (Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

Greetings from Bates!

This is an updated listing of public events at the college during the second half of 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 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 registration info have been added for the talk by Barbara Ransby, on March 25.

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Recurring events

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

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

A scene from <em>Eldorado</em>.

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: Subterranean, Tracer 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

1708004, law school class and profs

Joyce White Vance ’82. (Matthew Wood/University of Alabama)

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

Pianist and visiting artist Frank Carlberg.

Pianist and visiting artist Frank Carlberg.

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

Maria Luisa Aguilar Rodriguez.

Maria Luisa Aguilar Rodriguez.

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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