Goldfarb Team

Sandy Maisel
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Sandy MaiselIn addition to his role as Director of the Goldfarb Center, Sandy is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government.  A former candidate for Congress and a Democratic party activist, he is the author of From Obscurity to Oblivion: Running in the Congressional Primary, Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process and Two Parties -- Or More? The American Party System with John Bibby. He is the editor of The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns, as well as the general editor of Jews in American Politics and Political Parties and Elections in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Sandy also serves as editor for the new On Politics series published by Paradigm Publishers. Sandy is co-director of the Candidate Emergence Study and is at work on two new books under contract to Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.

Professor Maisel came to Colby College in 1971. For more details about Sandy, please visit: and
Alice Elliott
Associate Director, Community Outreach and Programming
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Alice joined the Goldfarb Center staff in 2004, and is primarily responsible for the Center’s civic engagement programming including development and oversight of many community outreach and volunteer opportunities at Colby.  Her responsibilities include: development, coordination, and support of existing Civic Engagement courses and working with faculty to expand the College's offerings in this area; working with faculty, alumni and community partners develop internship and research opportunities for faculty and students; organizing the Center's Maine Liaison Board; and overseeing the administration of student-run volunteer efforts including the Colby Cares About Kids Program and the Colby Volunteer Center. 

Prior to joining Colby, Alice was the Associate Director of Maine Campus Compact, where she was responsible for service learning initiatives and campus grants, and Unity College where she helped to start their community service program. A graduate of Bradley University in Peoria Illinois, Alice worked in non-profit management before venturing into higher education, working in such diverse places as The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle, Maine, and the Moosehead Marine Museum in Greenville, Maine.  A Maine native, Alice is an avid cook and gardener and is gradually becoming an accomplished handywoman as she refurbishes her 1881 Cape in Richmond, Maine.

Barbara Spangle
Assistant Director
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Barb SpangleBarb is primarily responsible for providing strategic direction and operational support for the Center. This includes: coordinating Goldfarb Center events, supporting faculty and student programmatic initiatives, working with Career Services to develop internship opportunities for students involved in public work, particularly outside of Maine; organizing the efforts of the Faculty Coordinating Committee, the Student Advisory Board, and the Washington, New York and Boston Liaison Boards; extending our reach into international programming, and creating systems and policies to enhance the Center's infrastructure.

Barb graduated Cum Laude from Bowdoin College with a A.B. in German. After graduating, she became a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Neubukow, Germany before serving as Publications Coordinator and Regional Manager for EF Foundation for Foreign Study. She then attained an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University, and later served as the Assistant Director of International Education at Bentley University.
John P. Turner

Associate Director
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John Turner

John is responsible for the grants program and the Cotter Debates series in the Center. He is also a member of the History Department where he researches, writes, and teaches about Islamic history. His research focuses on the interaction of political and religious authority. He is keenly interested in understanding groups and group behavior, and particularly the categorization and exclusion of heresy and heretics. His current research is focused on the early development of the Hanbali school of legal thought, used in current day Saudi Arabia. He is also interested in the role of the 8th-10th century Caliph and the Caliphate in the definition of what it means to be a Muslim. In addition to his primary field, as a graduate student he studied modern history with a focus on Syria and Iran, where he also studied Arabic (in Damascus) and Persian (in Tehran). His courses range from surveys of the premodern and modern periods in the middle east to country specific courses, and he covers eras from the foundations of Islam to the current day.

Lori Morin

CCAK Coordinator
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Lori Morin

Lori began working with the Goldfarb Center in 2009 as the coordinator of the Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) program. Lori manages almost four hundred Colby student mentors who visit one of fifteen different local schools. Using her ten years of experience as a classroom teacher, strong background in educational philosophy, and involvement in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Lori teaches and trains each mentor by preparing them for the challenges they may face when working with children and gives Colby students the tools to help their mentees have the best educational experience possible. In addition to her knowledge about the classroom, Lori has a master's degree in Computer Technology, which she uses to ensure seamless inclusion of new mentors every year as the CCAK program continues to grow and serve more students in the greater Waterville area.