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Conversations both in and out of the classroom proliferated, including a faculty symposium on teaching about current issues, a Black Lives Matter activist demonstration in the form of a mock funeral procession, a discussion of Purposeful Work, a summer research poster presentation, the first-ever celebration of women’s athletics at Bates, and a reception at the Office of Intercultural Education.
The weekend offered a mainstage play, Tomorrow in the Battle, and the annual Back to Bates Weekend Dance Concert, featuring music, theater, and dance by students, faculty, and guest artists.
Friday evening’s a cappella concert featured TakeNote, the Merimanders, Deansmen, Manic Optimists, and Crosstones.
Canine friends on campus such as Bob, a seven-year-old chocolate lab, took time to observe and participate.
Many were happy to pose for the camera, and we feature some of their beautiful smiles here.
Two ceremonies honored the generosity of Bates faculty members who have recently died: Atsuko Hirai, the Kazushige Hirasawa Professor Emerita of History who passed away in 2014, and Marsha Graef, professor emerita of physical education who died in 2015.
Each left bequests to Bates. Hirai’s bequest funded the Atsuko Hirai Lantern and Garden outside the Olin Arts Center and supports financial aid for Bates students. Graef’s bequest funded renovations to the women’s loccker room in Alumni Gym for volleyball and basketball.
An assortment of weekend moments suggests connection and warmth.