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Explore Colby 2015 Events for Prospective Students

Friday, July 31 – Register
Friday, Aug. 7 – Register


Schedule for July 31

8:30 a.m.—Registration in Pulver Pavilion

9 a.m.—Welcome

9:45 a.m.—Campus Tour

11 a.m.—Summer Classes or Field Experiences with Colby Faculty and Staff

Select from one of the following options. [Please note: Some of these classes have attendance limits. Tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please don’t worry if you can’t attend your first choice—all promise to be fun and informative.]

Living the Good Life in Maine  
Margaret McFadden, Associate Professor of American Studies; Christian A. Johnson Associate Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning 
What constitutes the good life? How does one live ethically in a complex, often unjust world? In the 1970s many young Americans moved to rural Maine to explore these questions. They invented new ways of living simply and sustainably that have greatly influenced the industrialized consumer society they tried to escape. Join Professor McFadden to discuss the varied visions of the good life the back-to-the-land homesteaders developed, and try to answer these questions yourself.

A Hell of a Book: Dante’s Inferno in Contemporary Pop Culture
Gianluca Rizzo, Paul D. and Marilyn Paganucci Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature
Dante’s Divine Comedy (which encompasses Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise) is one of those works that keeps coming up in Western art and literature, from video games to the latest global bestseller by Dan Brown. Like a zombie in a bad B-movie, it just won’t stay dead. Why? What’s so special about it? What are people doing to it? And what is it doing to people? These are the questions Professor Rizzo will address while exploring the central role Dante’s masterpiece still plays in contemporary culture.

Looking at Clouds—Then and Now
Jim Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Clouds are mysterious and awe inspiring, sometimes gloomy or menacing, and always changing. Clouds tell stories, revealing natural laws and whispering heaven’s secrets—for your eyes only. This short, informal talk introduces the types of clouds, both natural and artificial, how they form, and aspects of their history and culture. The second half of the session will be held out of doors “reading the skies.”

Please Touch the Artifacts
Pat Burdick, Colby Libraries Assistant Director for Special Collections 
Colby’s Special Collections houses the College’s collection of rare and period materials, as well as the College archives. Students will have the opportunity to interact with 16th-century books, 19th-century photographs, and artifacts from Colby’s history. Come meet our librarians and four current students with majors and minors across the humanities and social sciences.

Food for Thought: Transforming Brain Architecture through Diet
Melissa Glenn, Associate Professor of Psychology
Early-life nutrient levels exert a large impact on the organization and metabolism of the developing brain. Professor Glenn’s research focuses on the ways in which supplemental levels of the essential nutrient choline during sensitive periods of brain development may have lasting and profound neuroprotective capacities against psychological disorders. Join her for an overview of her work with students on this topic with a focus on the results of studies they’ve conducted with rats to explore the possible antidepressant properties of choline.

The Power of Mapping: GIS and Spatial Analysis-based Student Projects
Manny Gimond, GIS and Quantitative Analysis Specialist; Research Scientist in Environmental Studies
A Geographic Information System or GIS is a computer system that allows you to map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data within a single database according to their location. GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and almost every industry. It allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize our world in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. This session will showcase a variety of ways that Colby students have used GIS.

Noon—Tips and Advice on the College Application Process/Financial Aid Overview

12:45—Lunch with Colby Staff and Students

2 p.m.—Information Session or Residence Hall Room Viewing or Explore Campus

Visit the Colby Museum of Art, the Alfond Athletic Center, or walk through the Colby Arboretum

Between 2 and 4:30 p.m.—Interviews for Rising Seniors