Campus events, second update: May 1–26, 2019

A co-inventor of the groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 technology, Jennifer Doudna will receive an honorary degree and give the keynote address at Bates’ 2019 Commencement.

A co-inventor of the groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, Jennifer Doudna will receive an honorary degree and give the keynote address at Bates’ 2019 Commencement, on May 26.

Greetings from Bates!

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

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

Updated in this edition:

  • Canceled is the annual Enlaces performance, on May 3.
  • An organ concert by Tjeerd van der Ploeg has been added on May 10.
  • The date of the Plucky Strum concert has been corrected in a photo caption: May 11.
  • Topdog / Underdog, the theatrical production scheduled for May 16–19, has been canceled.

Need directions? Here’s a campus map.

Want the latest events information? Visit the daily Events page.

Questions or comments? Contact events editor Doug Hubley at calendar@bates.edu.


Performing May 10 at Bates, Plucky Strum is guitarist Sheryl Bailey and bassist Harvie S.

Performing May 11 at Bates, the jazz duo Plucky Strum is guitarist Sheryl Bailey and bassist Harvie S.

Recurring events

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

8:30am Mon | {Pause} in the A.M.: Held in the morning during Short Term 2019, the Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a deeply reflective, secular half-hour of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. In keeping with the early time slot, coffee and pastries will be offered. FMI 207-786-8272.
Gomes Chapel

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

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


4 Sat

7:30pm | Senior thesis concert: Student composer Grace Zhang presents music she wrote for her thesis project: a piece for chamber orchestra titled “The Fairytale” and scored for flute, piano, two violins, cello and percussion. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


7 Tue

3pm | American Red Cross blood drive: With blood donations always needed, Bates Emergency Medical Services hosts several American Red Cross blood drives every year. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate. FMI jsheltra@bates.edu.
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons


A moment from the 2015 Inside Africa fashion show, now known as the Africana Fashion Show. (Max Huang '18 for Bates College)

A moment from the 2015 Inside Africa fashion show, now known as the Africana Fashion Show. (Max Huang ’18 for Bates College)

10 Fri

7pm | Africana Fashion Show: An annual tradition presented by the Africana Club, the Africana Fashion Show is an amalgam of fashion, dancing, singing and arts celebrating the culture from different African countries. This year the club’s aim is to show you the Africa that you have never seen before. FMI zsahue@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall

7pm | Tjeerd van der Ploeg, organist: Van der Ploeg, a prolific Dutch performer, music scholar and recording artist, offers a program including works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, and such modern composers as Jean-Jacques Grunenwald and Marcel Dupré. Co-sponsored by the Prince of Peace Parish, the concert benefits the restoration of the Casavant organ at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Donations gratefully accepted. FMI olinarts@bates.edu or 207-786-6135.
Gomes Chapel


11 Sat

7:30pm | Plucky Strum: A night of acoustic jazz with Plucky Strum, featuring guitarist Sheryl Bailey — who, writes Joe Taylor of Soundstage, “combines an astonishing command of the fingerboard with a seemingly endless flow of melodic invention” — and bassist Harvie S. FMI jsmedley@bates.edu.
Mays Center


15 Wed

4pm | Another World Is Possible: Audacity, Courage and Banning the Bomb. Emily Welty, professor and director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University, vice moderator of the World Council of Churches on International Affairs, and organizer of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, offers a reflective lecture on how her spirituality influences her work on nuclear disarmament. This entry in the Zerby Lecture Series on Contemporary Thought is sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives


16 Thu

4:15pm | Loving Music Till It Hurts: The Program in American Studies presents a talk by William Cheng, associate professor of music at Dartmouth College. Cheng studies how people’s spoken and unspoken judgments of others’ artistic, musical and rhetorical abilities give rise to just vs. unjust social relations. FMI dbegin@bates.edu.
Pettengill G65

7pm | Swing and Rumba Dance Social: Take a break from the week and dance the evening away! Cookies and lemonade provided. No experience necessary. Beginner’s lesson at 7pm, followed by open dancing throughout the evening. FMI kcleary@bates.edu.
Mays Center

CANCELED | Topdog / Underdog: Scheduled for May 16–19, the Bates production has been canceled.
Pettigrew Hall, Gannett Theater


Held every Short Term, the Short Term Curricular Innovation Showcase reveals what students have achieved in Practitioner-Taught and STIP courses. Shown in 2015, Hyo Sun Hong '16 explains a graphic design project to President Clayton Spencer and Professor of Russian Dennis Browne. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

The annual Short Term Showcase reveals what students have achieved in Practitioner-Taught and (re) Design courses. Shown in 2015, Hyo Sun Hong ’16 explains a graphic design project to President Clayton Spencer and Professor of Russian Dennis Browne. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

22 Wed

4pm | Short Term Showcase: An annual exposition of academic happenings during Bates’ five-week Short Term, including Practitioner-Taught Courses administered by the Center for Purposeful Work and Short Term (re)Design courses that involve students in revamping the curriculum. Among the Practitioner-Taught courses are “Spies, Secret Agents and the Presidency” with Elly Rostoum ’07, former security adviser to the White House and Department of State; “Advocating for The Environment” with Susan Inches, environmental consultant and former deputy director of the Maine State Planning Office; and “Apprentice Learning: Building the Japanese Boat,” which will entail the launch of such a boat on Lake Andrews during the showcase. FMI 207-786-6128.
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium


26 Sun

10am | Commencement: For its 153rd Commencement, Bates welcomes speaker and honorary degree recipient Jennifer Doudna, co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology and a leading voice in the discussion of its societal and ethical implications. Also receiving honorary degrees are labor activist and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Army veteran and veterans’ advocate Travis Mills, and former U.S. chief technology officer and tech visionary Megan Smith. See the livestream. FMI 207-786-6400 or bates.edu/commencement.
Historic Quad (rain site: Merrill Gym, but all seating is reserved for families of graduates)


On view in the 2019 <em>Senior Thesis Exhibition</em>, “Home Free” is a 2019 oil painting on canvas by Jo Cunningham ’19.

On view in the 2019 Senior Thesis Exhibition, “Home Free” is a 2019 oil painting on canvas by Jo Cunningham ’19.

Museum of Art

bates.edu/museum
museum@bates.edu

Through May 25

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.

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