Krista Aronson

Bates College program encourages diverse picture books for children — Sun Journal

Steve Collins of the Lewiston Sun Journal spoke with Professor of Psychology Krista Aronson, the creator of the Diverse BookFinder.

Now in its third year, DBF’s online database and physical picture-book collection makes diverse children’s books more accessible, Aronson told Collins. Since its launch, the physical collection has grown, and the DBF has helped dozens of libraries analyze diversity in their own collections.

Associate Professor of Psychology Krista Aronson poses in Ladd Library with daughter Hope (2).Children's Book Creator Anne Sibley O'Brien (blue shirt, black sweater)Brenna Callahan '15, Harward Center for Community Partnerships and ME Campus Compact Civic Leadership Post-Baccalaureate Fellow (sleeveless dress);Bates Humanities Librarian Christina Bell (purple dress, black glasses); Associate Professor of Psychology Krista Aronson (blue blouse)As part of a team including Bates humanities librarian Christina Bell, noted children'sauthor-illustrator Anne Sibley O'Brien, and Callahan, KristaAronson has created the Picture Book Project: a set of interrelated resources that bring new accessibility to the world ofdiverse children's books:A comprehensive collection of some 2,000 diverse books, housed at the Georgeand Helen Ladd Library, that is unique in that the books are available for anyoneto sign out; the Diverse BookFinder, a database and search language mirroring the collection,which for the first time makes diverse picture books findable by both the humancharacteristics and, importantly, narrative themes that recur in them; and an analytical tool, based on the DBF resources, that will enable librarians tounderstand how diversity is represented in their own children's sections.

Associate Professor of Psychology Krista Aronson reads in Ladd Library with her daughter Hope in 2017. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Aronson also spoke with Meghan Mangrum of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, who wrote about teachers in the Tennessee city who are trying to diversify their own book collections.

“We live right now in segregated societies, and we think of school or work as places where we come in contact with people who are different from ourselves,” Aronson said. “That’s going to be increasingly common, and we need to prepare our children to be successful in those environments.”

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Matt Tavares ’97

Children’s book about Santa’s reindeer lands Bates grad on bestseller list — Multiple outlets

Portland Press Herald reporter Ray Routhier interviewed Matt Tavares ’97, a noted children’s book author and illustrator whose latest picture book, Dasher, made The New York Times bestseller list, as well as numerous online lists of holiday-themed children’s books.

Courtesy of Matt Tavares

Dasher, Matt Tavares’ latest children’s book, is his first to hit The New York Times bestseller list. (Courtesy of Matt Tavares)

Tavares wrote and illustrated his first picture book for his senior thesis at Bates, under Robert Feintuch. Dasher, his 20th book and the first to make the bestseller list, is a kind of origin story for Santa’s reindeer.

Tavares lives with his family in Ogunquit, Maine, where, as he told Routhier, the beautiful Maine winters are inspiring.

“I do a lot of my writing during the winter,” he said. “I find winter in Maine is a good time to clear your mind and really focus on your story.”

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Francesco Duina

Why are poor Americans more patriotic than their wealthier counterparts? — The Guardian

Writing for The Guardian, Professor of Sociology Francesco Duina pointed out that the poorest Americans are the ones who love their country the most. One hundred percent of the lowest-income Americans are proud of their country — more than Americans with higher incomes, and certainly more than citizens of other nations love their countries.

Most of the financially disadvantaged people that Francesco Duina interviewed for <em>Broke and Patriotic</em>, he says, "take ownership of their life histories." They don't blame the system. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Most of the financially disadvantaged people that Francesco Duina interviewed for Broke and Patriotic, he says, “take ownership of their life histories.” They don’t blame the system. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Duina is the author of the book Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country. By interviewing residents of Montana and Alabama, Duina learned that some of those with the lowest incomes saw the United States as a place of dignity, abundance, and freedom.

“As long as they remain deeply patriotic, America’s poor won’t rise up,” Duina wrote. “Indeed, they’ll continue to fill the ranks of the military, strive and sacrifice to help America assert itself in the world, and even feed into and support the slogans and successes of the country’s political leaders.”

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Katherine Frank ’94

New chancellor named for UW–Stout — Wisconsin Public Radio

Rich Kramer of Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Katherine Frank ’94, who will be the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Stout, the state’s polytechnic university. She will take the post in March.

Chancellor Designate to begin position in March 2020

Katherine Frank ’94 is the new chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Stout. (UW-Stout Communications)

Frank studied English at Bates and holds a doctorate in English from the University of Washington. She has held a range of administrative positions, most recently as vice president of academic innovation and professor of English at Central Washington University.

Frank told BatesNews that Professor of English Steven Dillon and Professor Emerita of English Carole Anne Taylor, who died in 2015, were instrumental during her time at Bates. “They are/were remarkable scholars, teachers, and mentors, and I feel very lucky to have worked with them and many others in the English department at Bates.”

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Amy Bass ’92

Mike McGraw has been ‘everyone’s father figure, brother, friend and mentor’ — Sun Journal

When Mike McGraw announced his retirement, historian and author Amy Bass ’92 wrote a heartfelt tribute to the longtime Lewiston High School boys soccer coach.

Bass is the author of One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together, which chronicles how the soccer team, largely made up of African immigrants and reflecting the changing demographics of Lewiston, won its first state championship in decades in 2015.

Amy Bass ’92 (right) poses with attends a meet-and-greet at the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services offices during her visit to Lewiston and Bates to promote her book One Goal. In some photos are Kim Wettlaufer ’80 (blue longsleeve shirt) Shobow Saban, one of the key figures in her book, wears a dark blue sportcoat with no tie.

Amy Bass ’92 (right) poses with Mike McGraw (center) and Kim Wettlaufer ’80 during a reception at the Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services offices in Lewiston during her visit to the city and Bates to promote her book One Goal in March 2018. (H. Jay Burns/Bates College)

Bass got to know McGraw, the rest of the coaching staff, and current and former players deeply. Quoting many of those players, she wrote that Lewiston was better for McGraw’s leadership.

“Whether on the soccer pitch, in a classroom, or at a local watering hole, that is who Mike McGraw is — someone who can talk to anyone from the moment he looks at them with his twinkling blue eyes,” Bass wrote.

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Ben Cline ’94

One year on Capitol Hill, Republican Rep. Ben Cline has been effective even while in the minority — The Roanoke Times

U.S. Rep. Ben Cline ’94 was recently the subject of a lengthy profile in The Roanoke Times. A first-term Republican representing Virginia’s 6th District, he’s aligned himself with the GOP and President Trump, while simultaneously reaching across the aisle, wrote reporter Amy Friedenberger.

Reps. Jared Golden '11 and Ben Cline '99

U.S. Rep. Ben Cline ’94. left, poses with Rep. Jared Golden ’11 during a summer 2019 Bates Magazine photo shoot in Washington, D.C. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Cline succeeded longtime Rep. Bob Goodlatte ’74, who retired in 2019. Now a member of the Judiciary Committee, Cline is part of important decision-making around issues like gun control and immigration — all overshadowed, of course, by the fall’s impeachment hearings.

On Dec. 13, Cline voted “no” on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, though the Judiciary Committee as a whole voted to send the articles to the full House for a vote.

Still, in one of the most partisan environments imaginable, Cline tries to work with Democrats. “You need to understand where the other person is coming from in their position and recognize that they come at it from a position of morality as well,” Cline told Friedenberger.

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Rebecca Herzig

When deadly X-rays were used for hair removal — OZY

At the turn of the 20th century, using X-ray treatments to remove body hair came into vogue, wrote Virat Markandeya of the digital magazine OZY. Doctors and scientists didn’t know how dangerous high doses of X-rays were, and deadly cancers later afflicted many women who had undergone the treatments.

Rebecca Herzig is the college's Christian A. Johnson Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and chair of the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies Rebecca Herzig works with a student in 2016. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

To explain the appeal of X-ray hair removal, Markandeya turned to Rebecca Herzig, a professor of gender and sexuality studies at Bates and an expert on the politics of body hair.

Some women turned to X-rays because they “bypassed the inescapable physicality of all other hair-removal technologies” like shaving and waxing, Herzig wrote in a 1999 article in the journal Technology and Culture.

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Bates Museum of Art

Art exhibits ‘Abound’ on campus — Portland Press Herald

In the space of a week, the Portland Press Herald covered both of the Bates Museum of Art’s current exhibitions, placing them at the forefront of a strong showing of art at Maine colleges.

During a visit to Bates College, students from the Tripp Middle School in Turner stop for a tour of the Bates Museum of Art, where they view two exhibitions on display.Upstairs: "Vanessa German:Miracles and Glory Abound" (October 25, 2019 ñ March 28, 2020) Downstairs: "Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being (October 25, 2019 ñ March 28, 2020) Louise Ouillette, Bates Museum of Art attendant, and Tony Leavitt, a science teacher at the Tripp Middle School, takes a closer look at Vanessa German's art work in the Upper Gallery of the Museum.

Bates Museum of Art attendant Louise Ouillette and Tony Leavitt, a science teacher at Tripp Middle School, take a closer look at Vanessa German’s artwork. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Bob Keyes reviewed Vanessa German’s Miracles and Glory Abound, which explores the stories societies tell themselves and who gets left out of those stories. One piece reimagines Emanuel Leutze’s famous 1851 painting, “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”

“German aims to add depth to those stories by fleshing them out and starting a conversation about public memory,” Keyes wrote.

Elsewhere in the museum, Daniel Kany took a look at Stages for Being, an exhibition of photography by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, who took surreal photos featuring his family, and props like masks and dolls, in abandoned places.

Additionally, the museum collaborated with the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts on another photography exhibition, Jack Montgomery & Ralph Gibson: Appearances, at the University of Southern Maine.

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Bates College offers high-end cuisine to students and public — Sun Journal

Lindsay Tice of the Lewiston Sun Journal grabbed lunch at the Bates dining hall, interviewing President Clayton Spencer, Assistant Vice President for Dining, Conferences and Campus Events Christine Schwartz, and several students about what makes a Commons lunch so good.

Commons, as seen from the second floor balcony. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Tice marveled at the cereal wall, the thinly cut French fries, and especially at the beef panang curry on offer, which, she said, made her a “curry fan” for the first time.

“So why does the Bates dining hall win so many awards?” she wrote. “Part of it is the sheer amount of choice. Part of it is the focus on sustainability. And part of it is that the food is really that good.”

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Jeffrey Lynn ’30

Remember Jeffrey Lynn? —

The blog, which shares photos and stories from the Golden Age of Hollywood, posted about Jeffrey Lynn ’30, an actor who made a name for himself in film during the 1940s.

Jeffrey Lynn ’30 (right) sits with Grosvenor Robinson, professor of elocution at Bates, in 1941.

Lynn’s notable roles include My Love Came Back, opposite Olivia De Havilland, and A Letter to Three Wives, with Kirk Douglas and Jeanne Crain. He also famously screen-tested for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind. (The part ultimately went to British actor Leslie Howard.)

“The blandly handsome actor was most often cast as a young husband, a young recruit, or an interesting boyfriend,” wrote Joe Morella and Frank Segers.

Lynn also fought in World War II, for which he received a Bronze Star, and later worked as a film and theater producer.

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