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Video: See what we heard on MLK Day

Friday, January 22, 2021 2:27 pm

A sampling of the words, people, and music of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bates on Jan. 18, 2021

Not so fast with the ‘time for unity’ calls, say Bates scholars

Friday, January 22, 2021 12:25 pm

Recovering our damaged democracy does not “come through any blind call for unity." Plus, the events of Jan. 6 may, in fact, be who we really are.

Quotable quotes, and what they mean, from MLK Day at Bates in 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021 12:04 pm

A broad selection of quotable quotes — and what they mean — from presenters during the college's Martin Luther King Jr. Day programs.

MLK Day speaker Angela Davis: Biden-Harris victory ‘does not mean that we step back’

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:56 pm

Featured in the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. keynote, racial justice icon Angela Davis said that activism is an essential complement to the ballot.

Bates announces virtual MLK Day events, including Angela Davis as keynote

Friday, January 15, 2021 2:13 pm

Davis opens a day of reflection with her Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote, "Reckoning," on the carceral state.

30 years ago: Gulf War, Angela Davis, and a memorable night

Friday, January 15, 2021 10:54 am

Bates folks recall when the iconic activist, intellectual, and scholar Angela Davis — this year's MLK Day speaker — addressed a huge gathering in the chapel on Jan. 16, 1991, the night the bombs began falling in Baghdad.

The top 10 tweets from Bates College Twitter in 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020 2:11 pm

Most of the top 10 tweets from the Bates College Twitter account reflect what we know about the year 2020. Nuff said. But there were a few bright spots.

18 items in the Library’s Lost and Found on Dec. 17, 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020 11:30 am

Much has changed during the pandemic. What hasn't: Students still lose things in Ladd Library.

Bates loans pivotal COVID-19 storage freezers to local hospitals

Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:01 pm

In the life-and-death battle against the pandemic, Bates professors donate pivotal COVID-19 vaccine storage freezers to two Maine hospitals.

Jonathan Farrell '20 binds his creative writing yearlong thesis, a series of short stories, written under the guidance of his adviser, Jessica Anthony. He gathered a group of friends in the library at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning to bind his thesis (not quite done but close enough) to find closure. And he asked his friend Stevens "Steve" Shea '22 of Wilson, Wyoming.“It’s weird. Like, I feel like this was something kind of last minute, that I wanted to bind in the end. But they kind of gave me the closure I was so desperately looking for. And since, this thesis isn't really just a semester or year- long like mine was in the end, but it's kind of like all these stories are the amalgamation of my entire time here at Bates and something that I've been fortunate enough to write, and looking back reminded me of everything I've been through. The themes are kind of centered around, are kind of themed around an idea of loneliness and how characters try to cope with that. One of the stories is about a guy sitting upon a chapel kind of rooftop talking to gargoyles. Another one is a guy trying to think about how you can get a goldfish out of his toilet, and his goldfish is like almost a plastic God sort of thing. Yes, the characters cope with their own loneliness and they move forward. Great.Steve has become a really good friend of mine this year. I met him at the beginning of the year, and I didn't really know him at first, but we were rock climbing together. He was always around a lot when I was working on my thesis, which was Saturday nights when the deadline was Sunday morning. And whatever I would write about it, like Johnny, ‘it's all good.’ Like, ‘don't worry about it. You know, you're writing You're doing well.’ You're like, ‘just keep on going.’ And that was something I was so kind of thankful for.”“It's definitely weird that we're all done. I mean, so many seniors are now off campus. And we kind of, I've been thinking a lot like, you know,
Bates photographers’ favorite images of an unfavorable 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:46 pm

Like you, we kinda cringe at putting "favorite" and "2020" in the same sentence. But we always play favorites when it comes to Bates and Bates people.

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