Stories about "Academic Life"
Stacy Lynn Waddell (Washington, D.C., 1966) The Dawn of Our Kindred Sower of Parable (for Octavia Butler) 2020 22-karat gold leaf on canvas Stacy Lynn Waddell's portrait celebrates author Octavia E. Butler on a monumental scale, using the allure of a brilliant, untarnished gold surface to draw our attention to her face. The first science fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Genius Award (in 1995) and the first Black woman recognized in this field, Butler was a pioneer. She wrote over fifteen books addressing questions of race, sex, and power. Butler's 1993 book Parable of the Sower envisions a dystopian America of the 2020s, proposing an alternative philosophy to a world of rampant corporate greed, environmental damage, and wealth inequality. (From the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum)
This Just In: A sampling of recent Bates faculty articles (and what they mean)

Friday, January 27, 2023 1:26 pm

From cannibal nihilism in literature to "loan pairs" in molecules, a few recent scholarly articles by Bates professors, including what it all means in easy-to-grasp language.

Bates Dance Festival performance at Lake Andrews on Monday, July 11, 2022. Fist & Heel Performance Group …together, they stood shaking, while others began to shout Mon, July 11, 7 pm Lake Andrews Tickets Available June 1st Join Fist & Heel Performance Group, Bates Dance Festival students and faculty members, and community members from all around Southern and Central Maine in a devised performance using dances from the company’s Shaker-inspired work Power. Fist & Heel Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company that investigates the intersections of cultural anthropology and movement practices and believes in the potential of the body as a valid means for knowing. Our performance work is a continued manifestation of the rhythm languages of the body provoked by the spiritual and the mundane traditions of Africa and its Diaspora, including the Blues, Slave and Gospel idioms. The group has received support from major foundations and corporations and has performed at notable venues in the United States and abroad. In the spirit of building equitable relationships with our community partners, Bates Dance Festival would like to acknowledge the intellectual, creative and administrative labor that Indigo Arts Alliance has contributed to the fulfilment of Reggie Wilson’s residency. We could not have successfully executed community outreach and connections for all of the programs without the expertise of Indigo Arts Alliance.
Bates Dance Festival earns $40K NEA grant

Friday, January 27, 2023 11:49 am

The annual Bates Dance Festival helps to "strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy," said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson.

Bates College announces goal to add eight new permanent faculty positions

Monday, January 23, 2023 1:03 pm

Expanding the Bates faculty “is a matter of central importance to the strength and vitality of our academic program,” said Malcolm Hill, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Picture story: ‘You are the bringer of light and change’

Friday, January 20, 2023 4:18 pm

Immerse yourself in the creative hope and beauty of Martin Luther King Jr. Day through Bates photography and video.

Is it OK to target iconic works of art in the name of social justice? That’s what students from Bates and @morehouse1867 debated at the annual Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, Debate as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming. Seen above, Chijindum Dike (left) shares a post-debate celebration with John Curry. Both are students from Morehouse College, and traveled to Bates for the debate. The Bates community and friends crowded into the Olin Arts Center for a much-anticipated part of Bates’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming: the debate between four students; two from Morehouse, and two from Bates. The tradition honors Mays, who served as the president of Morehouse College for 27 years. King, then a student at Morehouse, referred to Mays as his “spiritual mentor.” Throughout the debate, the students responded to this year’s motion, “This house believes that the targeting of iconic works of art to advance social justice is justified,” and responded to each other and opinions from the audience. Manuel Machorro ’25 of Mexico City, a politics and philosophy double major, opened the debate on the government side with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. “Dr. King said ‘if you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.’ The claim that we’re gonna make from the government, is that when you’re not listened [to] by anyone, and when the government monopolizes power to destroy you, any way that you see fit is to some capacity justified in pursuing social justice.” Machorro was joined by Dike, a sophomore and double major in psychology and Chinese. The opposition was presented by Curry, a senior and triple major in philosophy, religion, and Chinese, and Andrew Montieth ’24 of Monroe, Wash., a philosophy major. The debaters referenced recent demonstrations, arguing that social justice is furthered by reclaiming spaces and public attention, and the opposition argued that some social activist action diverts attention away from the problem, and onto the targeted object.
Video: ‘Whatever wilderness you wander, you are all creatives’

Friday, January 20, 2023 1:43 pm

Watch some of the highlights of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Bates: a day full of sharing, from poetry, music, and dance, to ideas about activism, education, and living in community.

Bates Magazine: Fall 2022

Friday, January 20, 2023 1:31 pm

Here's a flip version of the fall 2022 issue of Bates Magazine, which went in the mail last month.

‘Say yes’: MLK keynote address at Bates College

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 11:48 am

Saying “yes" to the voice inside us that calls for activism, "is your way of speaking your purpose into existence," said Keith Hamilton Cobb, an actor and playwright who delivered the keynote address for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Bates College.

Take care, Dr. Shah

Friday, January 13, 2023 12:47 pm

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the state CDC and something of a Maine folk hero, delivered a wonderful Commencement address in May. He is set to become the No. 2 leader at the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Professor Emeritus of English Lewis A. Turlish dies at age 80

Friday, January 13, 2023 12:02 pm

A member of the faculty from 1969 until 2008, Turlish was praised as a consummate teacher whose classroom style was “gracious, generous, witty."

38 items in the Bates library’s lost and found on Jan. 11, 2023

Thursday, January 12, 2023 10:26 am

Tea, toothpase, and a formal bow tie: Unfound items awaiting their losers — hmm, that didn't sound right — on the first day of the winter semester here on campus.

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