Goldfarb Center Newsletter

Goldfarb Center Newsletter - Back To School Edition

September 8, 2011

Welcome Back To The Hill

The Goldfarb Center is pleased to welcome students back to Mayflower Hill this week!  The fall semester will include a robust public affairs program, including the Lovejoy Convocation and a William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate on foreign aid and the environment, as well as panel discussions and lectures featuring several esteemed Colby alums.  Classes are now underway, with approximately ten civic engagement courses on offer across a range of academic disciplines.  This year also commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Colby Cares About Kids mentoring program, and the Colby Volunteer Center is beginning to recruit new students to become involved in service projects around the Waterville community and beyond.  We're looking forward to an active and productive year ahead!


Greetings from the Student Advisory Board


With classes barely underway, the students here on the Hill are starting to get revved up for an exciting semester of Goldfarb events. Our new committee structure is continuing to evolve, and we are excited by its potential to act as a better organizing principle in order to more effectively promote the goals of the Goldfarb Center. In addition to working more closely with student organizations and academic departments to increase campus-wide participation for the upcoming fall events, the SAB is preparing to take an ever more active role in developing new ideas and event proposals for the spring semester. In the meantime, we're thrilled to welcome the class of 2015 to campus and will look forward to introducing them to the many opportunities the Goldfarb Center offers.


Upcoming Events

International Development: Life and Work in the Foreign Service with USAID
Gary Newton '72, U.S. Special Adviser to Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 P.M. in Diamond Room 122

The Cost of Getting Better: The Ecologies of Race, Sex and Disability
Prof. Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University
Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 P.M. in Diamond Room 122
Cosponsored by Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, PCB and The Bridge

View our complete calendar of events here.


In The Community

THIS WEEKEND:  5th Annual Hill 'N The 'Ville Music Festival
Saturday, Sept. 10 from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Head of the Falls in Waterville
Featuring The Cheshire Massacre, Paranoid Social Club, The Brew and Matt Costa 


Goldfarb Center Event In Boston

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Election
A Conversation with Peter Hart '64, Chairman, Hart Research Associates

Please join us for an informative talk about the upcoming Republican nominating contest and the fall election from one of the nation's leading analysts of public opinion. Peter Hart '64 has advised Democratic candidates and provided expert election polling and media commentary for more than three decades. Come hear what he has to say about the upcoming election cycle.  All Boston area alumni and parents, as well as members of the Student Advisory Board are invited to attend.  

Members of the Boston Liaison Board are encouraged to attend a board meeting with Center Director Sandy Maisel, Assistant Director Barb Spangle and current students immediately prior to the reception.

October 6, 2011
University of Massachusetts Club, Boston
GC Boston Liaison Board Meeting - 4:30 p.m.
Reception - 6 p.m.
Program - 7 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres and an open bar will be provided.
Kindly register by September 30 at Looking Ahead to the 2012 Election.

Special thanks to Kevin Thurston '98 and UBS for their help with this event, as well as Boston Liaison Board Members Pat Clenenden '88, Chad Higgins '97, and Brooke McNally '03.


Funding Opportunities

We are now welcoming Request for Funding Proposals (RFPs) from faculty and/or students interested in undertaking projects related to public affairs or civic engagement.  Grants are available for student internships, student or faculty research (both independent and collaborative projects), faculty sponsored conferences or visiting fellows, and civic engagement course development.  Click here for detailed information on available grants.  The deadline to apply for funding is Wednesday, Oct. 19.