The talk by Robert O’Meally, who is also a former director of the Center for Jazz Studies and serves as the Zora Neale Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, is titled “Looking at the Music: Jazz and the Visual Arts.” A panel discussion and an additional lecture take place on Oct. 1 and 27.

The “Convergence” film series begins with “In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in Olin 104.

Events related to “Convergence,” as well as admission to the exhibition itself, are open to the public at no cost. An important exhibition of art exploring jazz and African American culture, “Convergence” is on display at Bates through Dec. 13. Learn more at

The museum is also presenting “Encountering Maine.” Drawn from the museum’s collection, this exhibition comprises depictions of the state by such well-known artists as Marsden Hartley, Bernard Langlais, Melonie Bennett, Dahlov Ipcar and Robert Indiana. “Encountering Maine” shows through Oct. 12.

The museum is at 75 Russell St. Hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays during the academic year). For more information, contact 207-786-6158.

“In Good Time, The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland” is a documentary by renowned Maine filmmaker Huey chronicling the life of the legendary McPartland through interviews and performances. A composer and radio host as well as pianist, McPartland arrived in America in 1948 and established herself as a leading figure in the male-dominated jazz world.

The film series continues through the fall with the 10 episodes of “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns,” the widely acclaimed series premiered on public television in 2001. This musical epic chronicles the history of jazz from its pre-World War I beginnings to the modern day. Showings take place in Olin 104 at 7:30 p.m. on these Mondays: Sept. 22 and 29; Oct. 6, 13 and 20; Nov. 3, 10 and 17; and Dec. 1 and 8.

The “Convergence” exhibition resulted from a partnership between the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Three leading authorities on the arts surrounding the jazz movement, all connected with the Driskell Center, discuss the exhibition at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Olin 104.

The speakers are: David Driskell, for whom the center is named. A distinguished artist and collector, this part-time Maine resident is one of the leading authorities on African American art and serves as curator of the Camille O. and William H. Cosby Collection of African American Art;

Robert Steele, a lifelong collector of African American art who became the founding director of the Driskell Center in 2004 following a career teaching psychology at the University of Maryland.

Curlee Raven Holton, a painter, printmaker, professor of art at Lafayette College and acting executive director of the Driskell Center.

The speaker series concludes with “Jazz Under the Lens,” a discussion of an important collection of jazz films assembled by the late John Baker, an Ohio lawyer, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Olin 104. The speaker is Gregory Carroll, director of the American Jazz Museum at the University of Kansas, which now holds the Baker Jazz Film Collection.

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