Bates College Keynote & Workshop
“Wonderful melding of environmental activism, artistic expression and thought provoking questions/ideas”
Franke James’ keynote to incoming class: Sept 2009
Keynote: Who are you going to be?
Part 1: Who are you going to be?
Part 2: Betting on the future
Part 3: Taking Action for 350
Can you make climate change art? And why should you? Features artwork done by Bates College students
“Thank you so much for the wonderful weekend you spent with us at Bates, Franke. The presentation was a wonderful melding of environmental activism, artistic expression and thought provoking questions/ideas with which to begin a college career. Our first year students enjoyed it greatly; over the next four years I am sure they will come to recognize anew how powerful a message it was with which to begin undergraduate education.
Your workshop on Six Tools to Make Climate Change Art was greatly appreciated by the students who attended and they are making use of it now in preparation for Oct. 24th events. Finally, it was such a delight to have your enthusiasm, commitment and humor permeating our campus — I’m just so glad that it lives on in some sense through your blog about the trip to Bates College.” Holly Gurney, Associate Dean, Bates College
“I find your combination of activism and art completely inspiring…”
“Attending your talk really put things into perspective for me. I can honestly say that your visit to Bates really made all of the lofty possibilities a tangible reality. I am so impressed because you not only recognize that you must take up this social responsibility yourself, but you are actually compelling enough to get others to do the same. Students here came away from your talk both with a greener conscience AND ways in which they could create activist art themselves. It’s brilliant.
“I find your combination of activism and art completely inspiring and it has sparked an energy in me that has only grown in the days since! My head is buzzing with the number of new ideas that I am determined to see come to fruition. Thanks for everything.” Ryan Dean, The Bird’s Eye View (Bates College 2009 graduate)
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