Goldfarb Center Newsletter

Colby College Goldfarb Center Newsletter - November 2010

November 10, 2010

Radio DiariesThe Art of Radio Documentary featuring Joe Richman
Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium,
Diamond Building

Joe Richman is an award-winning independent producer and reporter for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the founder of Radio Diaries. For 15 years Radio Diaries has helped people document their own lives. Past productions include some of the most well-known documentaries heard on NPR in recent years: Teenage Diaries, Prison Diaries, My So-Called Lungs, New York Works, Thembi's AIDS Diary, and Mandela: An Audio History, which won the duPont-Columbia Award, considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Richman is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. 

Alfredo Corchado in Lorimer ChapelCorchado accepts Lovejoy Award
On Sept. 26, the 2010 Lovejoy Award was presented to Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News for his front-line coverage of the Mexican drug wars.  The next day Corchado and his partner, Angela Kocherga, Mexican bureau chief for Bilo Television, joined Rosental Alves, Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas, on a panel discussing the difficulties of covering the volatile situations on our southern border.  Corchado and Kocherga remained on campus for two more days, meeting with Echo editors and other aspiring journalists, as well as classes focused on Latin America.  In every imaginable way, the 2010 Lovejoy Award served as a model for how the College can honor a brave and distinguished journalist with the important award and the recipient can spend time with our students in ways that meaningfully impact their understanding of the world around them and how they can influence the world in the future.

Spangle FamilyIntroducing Barb Spangle
Greetings readers!  I am pleased to introduce myself as the new assistant director of the Goldfarb Center and the Oak Institute.  I arrived on Sept. 26, just in time to attend the Lovejoy Convocation, a True Life event featuring one of our Goldfarb Liaison Board members, as well as the semester’s first Oak lecture – all in the first week!  It has been great to begin working with so many engaged faculty, staff and board members involved with the center, including our fantastic Student Advisory Board, and I look forward to collaborating on events for the coming months.  I am enjoying the transition back to Maine after nine years in the Boston area and abroad, including the opportunity to live in residence at Colby with my husband, Paul, who works in Campus Life, and our cat Boots and new puppy Harvey.  Say hello if you see us around campus!  –Barb Spangle

First Sandy Maisel Intern named; other grants awarded
The Goldfarb Center will be funding a number of exciting and worthy projects in JanPlan and in the coming semester.  Several of these projects will enable our students to engage in activities across the globe, including our first Sandy Maisel Intern, who will work with an NGO in Nepal, as well as a student researcher who will study how the choice to ride bicycles in Denmark can help formulate strategies to mitigate climate change.  Other projects will have an impact closer to home, such as funding faculty outreach to connect research done on the Belgrade Lakes to local K-12 school students and supporting faculty-student collaborative research on Maine’s Jewish history.  Through these projects we are continuing our mission of finding and funding ways for Colby students, faculty, and staff to engage more deeply as active citizens in their communities and working together to solve problems.  –John Turner, Assistant Professor of History and Associate Director of the Goldfarb Center

Grant recipient shares feedback and appreciation
With the support of a student-faculty collaborative research grant from the Goldfarb Center, four women, gender and sexuality studies (WGSS) students were able to attend the nationally recognized Sexualization Protest: Action, Resistance, Knowledge (SPARK) Summit in New York City.  Tasha de Sherbinin ’11, Cynia Barnwell ’11, Berol Dewdney ’13 and Lindsay Putnam ’12 attended the conference in part to represent the program that the College has with Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW). HGHW, a Waterville-based nonprofit organization co-founded by Professor Lyn Mikel Brown, is “dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women.”  The SPARK Summit proved to be an amazing educational experience for which the students are extremely grateful. –Berol Dewdney '13, conference participant

Parting Thoughts from Smriti Bajracharya '11J,
Student Advisory Board Executive Committee

My learning experience at Colby could not have been as engaging, invigorating, and fostering as it has been without the opportunities of attending thought provoking lectures, participating in enriching events, and accepting challenging leadership responsibilities that the Goldfarb Center has given me. It makes me tremendously happy that I could contribute to Colby as well as the Waterville community through the Goldfarb Center. My affiliation with the Goldfarb Center is and always will be a significant part of my Colby pride! –Smriti Bajracharya (2011J)

Upcoming Goldfarb Events
Check out our calendar of events for the remaining weeks of the fall semester.  Our lectures span a wide range of disciplines and interests, including co-sponsored events with Education, Environmental Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies programs.  In addition to our Goldfarb Center lectures, the upcoming weeks will also feature two more Oak speakers and a Get Up Downtown open mic night at Jorgensen's.

James SteinbergDiplomat speaks to hundreds at Colby
This year Senator George Mitchell returned to campus to welcome James Steinberg, deputy secretary of state, as the 2010 Mitchell Distinguished International Lecturer.  Mr. Steinberg spoke on “American Leadership and International Cooperation—a Strategy for the 21st Century” to a standing-room-only crowd in the Ostrove Auditorium.  He also met with Professor Walter Hatch’s class on Conflict in East Asia and held an informal breakfast meeting with students interested in careers in the Foreign Service, an event sponsored by the Career Center.  Goldfarb Center Washington Liaison Board member Jonathan Kaplan ’94 was instrumental in arranging the deputy secretary’s visit and also participated in a True Life After Colby event for our students.

ChiwonisoCelebrating Zimbabwe in Maine
On Oct. 16, the Colby and greater Waterville community celebrated "Zimbabwe in Maine,” the second of four events sponsored by the Oak Institute this fall to complement the contributions of our 2010 Oak Fellow, Jestina Mukoko. The day included a panel discussion with four Colby students sharing insights into life in their homeland, followed by a traditional Zimbabwean meal served to a packed crowd in the Diamond Atrium, and finally a performance in Cotter Union by Chiwoniso Maraire, one of Zimbabwe's most highly regarded musicians.

The third Oak event of the semester will feature Dr. Stan Moody, former chaplain of the Maine State Prison, who will speak about incarceration and human rights in Maine.  That lecture will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 17th at 7 p.m. in Lovejoy 215.  

Colby Volunteer Center raises funds for Hardy Girls Healthy Women
On Oct. 30, the Colby Volunteer Center co-sponsored the second annual Freaky 5K Fun Run and Walk with Hardy Girls Healthy Women.  The event brought together Colby students, faculty, staff and community members to raise over $8,000 for HGHW.  The event, which occurred in conjunction with Hardy Girls’ 10th anniversary and with Halloween, sought to “bring scary back”: all participants were asked to don scary garb in protest of costumes that sexualize girls and take away from the real spirit of the holiday.  Students and adults alike came dressed to frighten, from “Outing Club trips gone wrong,” to flu viruses and a flu vaccine, proving scary can be tons of fun for a good cause. 

On Halloween itself, the CVC in partnership with Residential Life, invited local families onto Colby’s campus for safe, fun, and candy-filled trick-or-treating.  Beginning at noon, more than 500 community members made their way across Roberts Row for trick-or-treating and Halloween themed games, organized by the Community Advisors in the Roberts Row dorms.  Other highlights of the day included the Chemistry Magic Show and the amazing and terrifying (yet kid friendly, of course!) haunted house in AMS.   

Caring for Kids for nine years and counting
The Colby Cares About Kids mentoring program continues to draw scores of Colby students dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and the community in general.  Ninety-nine Colby students have attended orientation, been individually interviewed, and participated in a small-group general training session. New this year are additional site-specific trainings designed to better prepare mentors for the individual needs of each mentoring location.

Wine and Dine your way through Italy on the Golden Palate Tour
Do sights and smells of Italian cafes and vineyards tantalize your taste buds?  The Friends of the Goldfarb Center will be organizing a culinary adventure to Italy in May with Professor Emeritus Pat Brancaccio.  The Golden Palate tour will begin in Venice and continue on to four more cities, sampling the country’s irresistible food and wine along the way.  To learn more about the trip, e-mail Alice Elliott, associate director at the center,