Stories about "First-Year Seminar"
An inside look at the ‘invention’ of New England with Victoria Wyeth ’01

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 3:46 pm

In Wasilla, Alaska, this summer, incoming Bates student Karsten Stiner ’26 looked…

Multifaith Chaplain and Lecturer in the Humanities Brittany Longsdorf takes her first-year-seminar FYS 532, “Arts and Spirituality: Art Making and Aesthetic Experience as Conduits for Reflection and Connection” for a visit to the Museum of Art’s Pedagogy Exhibition, on Sept. 22, 2022. Peter Philbin, assistant museum curator, hosted the group.The student participated in a “Visio Divina” that translates into “Sacred Looking” and says Longsdofr in a handout to the students, “ is a way to engage any visual art a a source of sacred connection. Visio Davina has been practiced for thousands of years in several different spiritual traditions and is rooted in the belief that the Divine is everywhere. The rocks and stoned and oceans and paintings and dancers and sculptors are all showing us new expressions of the spiritual realm among us if we only look with Sacred Sight. Find some quiet time, a half an hour works well, and follow these Visio Divina instructions to embrace some art-based spiritual practice. (See photo in PhotoShelter gallery for instructions).
‘Visio Divina’ and finding what ‘shimmers’ at the Bates College Museum of Art

Thursday, November 3, 2022 4:09 pm

Students in a First-Year Seminar class took a trip to the Bates College Museum of Art to practice using "sacred looking," and find what "shimmers"

What is truth? In a team-taught seminar, first-years learn to find out

Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:11 am

The truth is, the new seminar is less about figuring out what “the truth” actually is and more about exploring methods of discerning and crafting truth.

12 writing tips from Bates students and professors

Thursday, November 2, 2017 11:38 am

“Nothing that comes after the phrase ‘throughout history’ is true.”

Slideshow: Click the kaleidoscope and see the Class of 2021 everywhere

Friday, September 8, 2017 11:32 am

Photographers Phyllis Graber Jensen and Theophil Syslo follow our first-years as they dive into life at Bates.

Video: Professor Denis Sweet explains why he sent his students to the trees

Friday, September 2, 2016 12:08 pm

Sending his First Year Seminar students out to "experience" a tree starts them on the path of figuring out "what it is that they think about."

Choice Meat

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 2:17 pm

This issue reflects the College's ongoing Bates Contemplates Food initiative in myriad ways, including eight profiles of alumni who produce food in Maine.

Maine foundation awards college $255,000 grant for writing program

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 9:58 am

As Bates College prepares to begin its first academic year with a new set of core educational requirements, a foundation in Falmouth has awarded the college more than $250,000 to support the requirements' focus on writing skills.