Campus events: Sept. 3–30, 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Social Justice Speaker Series presents author Kiese Laymon on Sept. 26.

The Social Justice Speaker Series at Bates presents author Kiese Laymon on Sept. 26.

Greetings from Bates!

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

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

Updates in this edition: The previously announced performance by poet-musician Dao Strom on Sept. 26 will be rescheduled.

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


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 abrownel@bates.edu.
Multifaith Chaplaincy, 163 Wood St.

4:15pm Mon | Dharma Society Mindfulness Mondays: A rotating mindfulness activity to gain exposure to mindfulness practices. All are welcome. FMI mschapir@bates.edu.
Mays Center

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

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}: Starting Sept. 11, the Multifaith Chaplaincy offers a deeply reflective, secular service of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives


Dolores Huerta, an influential labor activist and civil rights leader, offers the annual Convocation address and receives an honorary degree on Sept. 3.

Dolores Huerta, an influential labor activist and civil rights leader, offers the annual Convocation address and receives an honorary degree on Sept. 3.

3 Tue

11am | Convocation: Bates opens the academic year and welcomes the Class of 2023 with this annual ceremony. The featured speaker is labor activist and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, who will also receive an honorary degree in recognition of her extraordinary contributions. FMI 207-753-6953.
Coram Library Terrace


"Dream Life," c. 1989, a watercolor painting by DeWitt Hardy, is on display through Oct. 5, 2019, in the Bates College Museum of Art exhibition "DeWitt Hardy: Master of Watercolor." Collection of Deirdre B. Williams.

“Dream Life,” c. 1989, a watercolor painting by DeWitt Hardy, is on display through Oct. 5, 2019, in the Bates College Museum of Art exhibition “DeWitt Hardy: Master of Watercolor” (Collection of Deirdre B. Williams). Robert Flynn Johnson, who guest-curated the show, speaks at the museum on Sept. 6.

6 Fri

5pm | A Journey Not a Destination: The Triumphs and Frustrations of Four Decades as a Museum Curator: A talk by Robert Flynn Johnson, who had a long and distinguished career as curator of prints at the Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and remains active as a curator and author. Johnson is the guest curator of the Bates exhibition DeWitt Hardy: Master of Watercolor. A 6:30pm reception follows in the Museum of Art. FMI 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.
Museum of Art


10 Tue

7:30pm | Men’s soccer vs. University of New England.
Russell Street Field


11 Wed

Noon | Public Works in Progress: A casual lunchtime presentation about community-engaged summer work undertaken by Bates students. Visitors are invited to charge a Commons lunch to the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and take it upstairs to Room 221–222. FMI Darby Ray at dray3@bates.edu or 207-786-8241.
Commons 221–222

7pm | Field hockey vs. Bowdoin.
Campus Avenue Field


15 Sun

1pm | Women’s soccer vs. University of New England.
Russell Street Field


18 Wed

8pm | Men’s soccer vs. Bowdoin.
Russell Street Field


19 Thu

7pm | Field hockey vs. Thomas.
Campus Avenue Field


20 Fri

7pm | Volleyball vs. Amherst.
Alumni Gym


21 Sat

1pm | Football vs. Middlebury.
Garcelon Field

2pm | Volleyball vs. Middlebury.
Alumni Gym


The Portland Piano Trio, from left: Anastasia Antonacos, pianist; Wayne Smith, cellist; and Tracey Jasas-Hardel, violinist.

The Portland Piano Trio, from left: Anastasia Antonacos, pianist; Wayne Smith, cellist; and Tracey Jasas-Hardel, violinist.

22 Sun

2pm | Women’s soccer vs. USM.
Russell Street Field

3pm | Olin Concert Series: Portland Piano Trio: Praised by the Portland Press Herald for “enlivening tautness and precision,” this Maine trio performs the world premiere of “Syzygy” by Maine composer Marianna Filippi, as well as music by Amy Beach and Clara Schumann. $15, available at batesconcerts.eventbrite.com (a limited number of complimentary tickets are available for students and seniors 65+). An Olin Concert Series event. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


23 Mon

5pm | Marsha Donahue: Painting Watercolors. Maine native and Millinocket resident Donahue started her art career in oil painting, but later taught herself watercolor and has worked and shown extensively in that difficult medium. The Bates art museum presents her talk on painting with watercolor in conjunction with the exhibition DeWitt Hardy: A Master of Watercolor. A reception follows at 6:30pm. FMI 207-786-6158 or museum@bates.edu.
Museum of Art


24 Tue

7pm | Field hockey vs. Husson.
Campus Avenue Field


26 Thu

Noon | Public Works in Progress (see Sept. 10).
Commons 221–222

4:15pm | The Social Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing: A talk by Wendy Roth, professor of sociology at The University of British Columbia. Sponsored by the departments of sociology, psychology and biology, and the Social Sciences Division. FMI 207-786-8296.
Pettengill G52

6:30pm | Rescheduled: Literary Arts Live with Dao Strom, poet & musician. This previously announced event will be rescheduled. FMI 207-786-6963.
Muskie Archives

7:30pm | Reckoning With Our Racial Past and Present in the Liberal Arts: A talk by Kiese Laymon, an African American writer from Jackson, Miss. In his observant, often hilarious work, Laymon battles with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. He is the author of the powerful, provocative and prizewinning memoir Heavy: An American Memoir. Free, but tickets required: bit.ly/klaymon. An entry in Bates’ Social Justice Speaker Series, presented by the Office of Equity and Inclusion. FMI 207-786-6031.
Chase Hall, Memorial Commons


28 Sat

Noon | Field hockey vs. Tufts.
Campus Avenue Field

Noon | Women’s soccer vs. Tufts.
Russell Street Field

2pm| Volleyball vs. Colby.
Alumni Gym

3pm | Men’s soccer vs. Tufts.
Russell Street Field

7:30pm | Celebrating Clara Schumann & Her Circle: The G-Sharp Duo, aka violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron and pianist Yelena Grinberg, marks the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann — a leading female pianist, wife of composer Robert Schumann and herself a composer of considerable sophistication. In addition to Clara Schumann’s poignant Three Romances for Violin and Piano, the program features work by members of her circle, including Johannes Brahms. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


Saskia Rao-de Haas, pioneer of the Indian cello, and sitar master Shubhendra Rao perform at Bates on Sept. 29.

Saskia Rao-de Haas, pioneer of the Indian cello, and sitar master Shubhendra Rao perform at Bates on Sept. 29.

29 Sun

3pm | Classical Music for Sitar, Indian Cello & Tabla: Sitar master Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas, pioneer of the Indian cello, take Indian music to new horizons. They are joined by master percussionist Aditya Kalyanpur on tabla. Free but tickets required: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI 207-786-6135 or olinarts@bates.edu.
Olin Concert Hall


Museum of Art

bates.edu/museum

Through Oct. 5

DeWitt Hardy: Master of Watercolor: The first major retrospective by the late Hardy, celebrated for his depictions of the Maine that tourists rarely see and esteemed as “one of the few serious contemporary artists to make watercolor his primary medium” (Falmouth Forecaster).

Uncovered: Selected Works From the Collection: A showcase of contemporary art from the permanent collection, featuring artists as diverse as Sigmund Abeles, Joel Babb, Charlie Hewitt, Robert Indiana, Jang Jian, Bernard Langlais, Michele Lauriat, Martin Puryear, Claire Van Vliet and Xiaoze Xie.

Oct. 25–March 28

Vanessa German: Miracles and Glory Abound: The familiar painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze is the starting point for German’s sculptures. Using her own power-figures to imitate Leutze’s composition, she sparks a conversation about public memory and rewriting history through the lens of privilege.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages For Being: Bringing concepts from Zen Buddhism and Surrealism to his photography, Meatyard (1925–72) painstakingly staged images in rural Kentucky that, working on multiple levels, are best read like poetry that uses symbolic language to provoke reflection and revelation.

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