Goldfarb Center Newsletter

Goldfarb Center Newsletter - March 2011

March 8, 2011

Lovejoy Visiting Journalists

The Goldfarb Center is pleased to host three Elijah Parish Lovejoy journalists in residence during the spring semester.  Maureen Orth from Vanity Fair was with us this week speaking about the power of fame and the challenge confronting celebrities, heads of state, and other famous figures in the search for truth.  Scott Shane, one of the leading writers from the New York Times covering the WikiLeaks story that broke last fall, will spend he week of April 11 with us.  Concluding the semester, we welcome back Jerry Mitchell, 2006 recipient of the Lovejoy Award for courage in journalism, whose investigative reporting for The Clarion Ledger helped re-open cold cases from the civil rights era in Mississippi.

Linda and Bill Cotter Debate on Social Security Financing

The Spring 2011 Linda and Bill Cotter Debate will address Social Security Financing for the Future, and will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium.  The debate will feature Henry Aaron, senior fellow and Bruce and Linda MacLaury Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Stuart Butler, distinguished fellow and director of the Center for Policy Innovation at the Heritage Foundation.

Peace Corps Celebration, Plus

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps warranted celebration on two fronts, Ambassador Robert Gelbard ’64 told an audience on campus in March for just such a celebration. The Peace Corps spawned a new social phenomenon—a whole class of national service organizations, several of which were represented at the events—and it helped establish a perception of America abroad as a country known for its volunteer ethos, commitment to service, and culture of philanthropy. “That is something that’s still unique to America,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud joins Colby seniors for panel on Trade Adjustment Assistance

Caitlyn Fleming '11 and Ann Norris '11 conducted research during Jan Plan for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Coalition on the impact of the TAA program in Maine.  On Feb. 22, they presented their research findings alongside TAA Coalition Executive Director Howard Rosen, as well as U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine's 2nd District.  The panel, moderated by Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer, discussed these findings within the context of the recent expiration of expanded benefits that had been put into place in 2009.

Upcoming Goldfarb Events

Check out our calendar of events for the remaining weeks of the spring semester.  Our lectures span a wide range of disciplines and interests, including co-sponsored events with Cinema Studies, Environmental Studies and Jewish Studies.  In addition to our Goldfarb Center lectures, the Oak Institute is cosponsoring a lecture with The Bridge focused on the LGBT movement in Uganda.

Maisel Fellows Reflect on Their Jan Plan Internship and Research Experiences

Jan Plan is an opportunity for students to venture off into new directions, from enrolling in unique classes to conducting independent research to undertaking internships locally and around the world. Seniors Mischa Noll and Danielle Sheppard were two of the first cohort of Sandy Maisel Fellows, recipients of grants from a fund established by Sandy's former students to encourage research and internships focused on public affairs or civic engagement. Danielle spent her Jan Plan developing an ethnographic case study of bicycle use in Copenhagen, part of a year-long senior research project comparing the efficacy of climate policies in Denmark and the United States.  Mischa interned at Ama Ghar, a sanctuary and school for orphans in Nepal, an experience that he says "quite powerfully changed my life."

Maine Nonprofit Leadership Institute

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) and the Goldfarb Center are hosting the third annual Nonprofit Leadership Institute, "Building Movements: Food as a Metaphor for Systems Change."  This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Ben Hewitt, the author of The Town That Food Saved, an examination of one rural Vermont town's efforts to implement a localized food system. In addition, we promise a lively panel discussion on successful movement building, using lessons from Maine’s local food movement, and a career panel for students considering work in the nonprofit sector.

Maine Philanthropy Awards

Maine philanthropist Donald Sussman, a generous supporter and advocate for sustainable food systems in Maine, will offer the keynote address at the Maine Philanthropy Awards on Wednesday, April 6.  This event will also serve as the kickoff to the Nonprofit Leadership Institute. It will honor six individuals for their philanthropic work including two Colby students, as well as one statewide and three central Maine residents.  Anyone interested in registering for the Maine Philanthropy Awards program only can do so at the MANP website.