Campus events: Oct. 1–31, 2019

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout ’77 stands with President Clayton Spencer following their interview about Strout’s approach to writing, the role played by Bates and Maine, and Strout's latest book "Anything is Possible." The Reunion event was SRO in the Fireplace Lounge of Commons. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout ’77, at right, is shown with President Clayton Spencer following a 2017 interview about Strout’s work. The pair will speak publicly again on Oct. 21, the occasion being the October publication of Strout’s Olive, Again. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Greetings from Bates!

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

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

Updates to this edition: For a performance by Vanessa German that opens her exhibition at the Bates College Museum of Art, we previously provided an incorrect date . The correct date is Oct. 25. We regret the error.

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Bates hosts Middlebury on September 21, 2019.

Shown in September against Middlebury, the Bobcats host Tufts on Oct. 5, Day One of “Back to Bates.” (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Recurring events

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

4:15pm Mon | Dharma Society Mindfulness Mondays: A rotating mindfulness activity to gain exposure to mindfulness practices. All are welcome. FMI
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

6:30pm Mon | Zen Sit led by Associated Buddhist Chaplain Heiku Jaime McLeod. Cushions provided, beginners welcome. FMI
Chase Hall, Skelton Lounge

7pm Mon | Ballroom Team practice: Sessions feature rhythm (cha-cha, rhumba, swing) and smooth (waltz, foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz) styles of dance. Open to everyone, regardless of experience, and no partner is necessary. Please RSVP to
Merrill Gym

7:30pm Tue–Sun | Dharma Society meditation: A 20-minute silent group meditation. Beginners welcome and orientations provided. FMI
Multifaith Chaplaincy, 163 Wood St.

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}: A deeply reflective, secular service of silence, poetry, music, dance and art. FMI 207-786-8272.
Muskie Archives

1 Tue

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

Novelist and poet Eileen Myles is among the artists appearing in <em>Queer Genius</em>.

Novelist and poet Eileen Myles is among the artists appearing in Queer Genius.

2 Wed

7:30pm | Queer Genius: Featuring artists Eileen Myles, Black Quantum Futurism, Barbara Hammer and Jibz Cameron, Queer Genius examines the many aspects of contemporary queer artistry. Award-winning director Catherine Pancake will be present at the Bates screening. FMI
Olin 104

Rochelle Gutiérrez, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rochelle Gutiérrez, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

3 Thu

7pm | Rehumanizing Mathematics: What Might it Mean for Our Future? A talk by Rochelle Gutiérrez, professor of curriculum and instruction in the education department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gutiérrez discusses the potential for advancing equity and inclusion in math through a radical reimagining of the field in ways that enable students, teachers and members of society to thrive. The annual Sampson Lecture is sponsored by the Richard W. Sampson Lecture Fund. FMI 207-786-6239.
Pettengill G52 (Keck Classroom)

4 Fri

7pm | Volleyball vs. Connecticut College.
Alumni Gym

5 Sat

9am | Men’s tennis: Wallach Invitational.
Wallach Tennis Center or Merrill Gym

11am | Field hockey vs. Middlebury.
Campus Avenue Field

11am | Women’s soccer vs. Middlebury.
Russell Street Field

Bates students are among the performers in the 14th annual F.A.B. Winter Dance Showcase on Feb. 2. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College

Noon | Back to Bates Dance Concert: The annual event this year includes works in progress by Chicago-based performance/installation artist Mark Jeffery, Bates professor Carol Dilley and students. FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

1pm | Football vs. Tufts.
Garcelon Field

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Middlebury.
Russell Street Field

2pm | Volleyball vs. Wesleyan.
Alumni Gym

5pm | Vanessa German: Renowned visual and performing artist German opens her exhibition Miracles & Glory Abound with an open-ended song/poem that explores love, vulnerability, intimacy and power (see Museum, below). FMI or 207-786-6158.
Olin Concert Hall

Bates defeats University of New England 2-0 at Bates on September 10, 2019.

Shown during their victory over the University of New England on Sept. 10, the Bates men’s soccer team takes on Trinity on Oct. 6. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

6 Sun

9am | Men’s tennis: Wallach Invitational.
Wallach Tennis Center or Merrill Gym

Noon | Back to Bates Dance Concert (see Oct. 5).
Schaeffer Theatre

Noon | Field hockey vs. Trinity.
Campus Avenue Field

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

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

10 Thu

4:30pm | Navigating the Facts About Maine’s Charter Schools: The Harward Center’s Theory into Practice series presents a talk by Bob Kautz, executive director of the Maine Charter School Commission. FMI or 207-786-8283.
Pettengill G65

6:30pm | Literary Arts Live: Lo Kwa Mei-en, poet: A reading of new work from the author of award-winning poetry books Yearling and The Bees Make Money in the Lion. Co-sponsored by the English department and the gender and sexuality studies and American studies programs. FMI 207-753-6963.
Muskie Archives

A scene from Kimberly Bartosik's "I hunger for you." (Ian Douglas)

A scene from Kimberly Bartosik’s “I hunger for you.” (Ian Douglas)

12 Sat

1pm | Football vs. Trinity.
Garcelon Field

7:30pm | I hunger for you: In this Bates Dance Festival presentation, choreographer Kimberly Bartosik, a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, presents her two-phase work I hunger for you. Described as “one of the most intriguing descendants of Merce Cunningham” (Dance Magazine), Bartosik is known for making viscerally provocative, ferociously intimate dance that’s deeply informed by literature and cinema. Admission: $15, available at FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

13 Sun

1pm | Men’s and women’s tennis vs. Franklin Pierce.
Wallach Tennis Center or Merrill Gym

2pm | Women’s soccer vs. Maine–Farmington.
Russell Street Field

15 Tue

8pm | Men’s soccer vs. Maine Maritime.
Garcelon Field

20 Sun

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

21 Mon

7pm | Olive, Again: A Conversation With Elizabeth Strout ’77 and President Clayton Spencer. Bates’ president welcomes best-selling author Strout for a reading and conversation about her newest book, Olive, Again, released this month. Strout will discuss the continued adventures of her beloved character Olive Kitteridge, namesake of Strout’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner. Free but tickets required: The first 300 confirmed registrants will receive a free signed copy of Olive, Again. FMI
Olin Arts Center

23 Wed

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

7pm | Sophisticated Giant: The Life & Legacy of Dexter Gordon. Maxine Gordon offers a talk about her late husband, an eminent tenor saxophonist who was one of the first to embrace bebop and who, in turn, influenced such players as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. In his later career, Gordon made a triumphant return to the U.S. after 14 years in Europe and starred in the acclaimed 1986 film Round Midnight. Free but tickets required: FMI 207-786-6135 or
Olin Concert Hall

24 Thu

7pm | Volleyball vs. Southern Maine.
Alumni Gym

25 Fri

7:30pm | The Zoo Story: In Edward Albee’s one-act play, lonely Jerry starts a conversation with Peter on a park bench. It does not go well. Directed by Nicky Longo ’21. Free, but $5 donation gratefully accepted and tickets recommended: FMI 207-786-6161.
Schaeffer Theatre

Volleyball loses 2-3 to Middlebury in Alumni Gymnasium.

Bates volleyball welcomes Trinity on Oct. 26. Shown is junior Angel Echipue during a game against Middlebury on Sept. 23. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

26 Sat

11am | Field hockey vs. Amherst.
Campus Avenue Field

11am | Women’s soccer vs. Amherst.
Russell Street Field

2pm | Men’s soccer vs. Amherst.
Russell Street Field

2pm | Volleyball vs. Trinity.
Alumni Gym

5pm | The Zoo Story (see Oct. 25).
Schaeffer Theatre

27 Sun

2pm | The Zoo Story (see Oct. 25).
Schaeffer Theatre

Culinary historian and author Michael Twitty. (Bret Harman)

Culinary historian and author Michael Twitty. (Bret Harman)

29 Tue

2pm | Museum of Art mask making: Not ready for Halloween? The Bates College Museum of Art can help. Workshop for ages 8 and up, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per person. To register or FMI, please contact Elizabeth Boyle at or 207-786-6417.
Mays Center

7pm | Michael Twitty & Kosher/Soul: The 2019 Annual Zerby Lecture on Contemporary Religious Thought features Michael Twitty, a culinary historian, author of The Cooking Gene and creator of Twitty will discuss culinary heritage and “identity cooking” that embraces and melds his experience of being black and Jewish. A book-signing follows the talk. Co-sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Office of Intercultural Education. FMI
Olin Concert Hall

30 Wed

2pm | Museum of Art mask making (see Oct. 29).
Benjamin Mays Center

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Martin Andrucki directs John Cariani’s Love/Sick at Bates, opening Oct. 31. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

31 Thu

7:30pm | Love/Sick: Written by Maine-born playwright John Cariani (Almost, Maine), Love/Sick tells a comedic tale of heartbreak in a string of short plays. Directed by Martin Andrucki, Dana Professor of Theater. Free, but $5 donation gratefully accepted and tickets recommended: FMI 207-786-6161.
Gannett Theater

Vanessa German at ARThouse, Homewood, Pittsburgh, Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok, Fine Art, NY, Photo: Brian Cohen

The Bates College Museum of Art opens an exhibition by Vanessa German on Oct. 25. (Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, New York City. Photo: Brian Cohen)

Museum of Art

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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