Founded in 2003 with a generous gift from Colby Trustee William Goldfarb ’68, P’00, the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs connects the Colby community to the world of public affairs and inspires active citizenship.

Through hundreds of events featuring world leaders, innovative thinkers, influential politicians, and cutting-edge academics, the center has set a high standard for public affairs programming at a liberal arts institution. The center bridges classroom learning and engaged citizenship. Our student engagement board facilitates effective action and develops leadership skills to influence the policy agenda. Our Goldfarb grants support research and internship opportunities in communities, capitals, and abroad.

Public Affairs Programming

The Goldfarb Center brings prominent and influential scholars and policymakers to campus each year to discuss and debate national and global events as they unfold. High profile events, such as the Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series, bring to campus leaders spanning the fields of political science, professional media, and international affairs. The William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate Series brings national and international experts to campus for spirited discussion of controversial topics. Public affairs programming also includes a regular schedule of panels, dinners, lectures, conferences, and film screenings, providing students and faculty with many opportunities to network and share ideas.

Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award in Journalism and the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award

The Lovejoy Award honors a journalist whose craft and courage display qualities exemplified by Elijah Parish Lovejoy, valedictorian of the Colby Class of 1826 and America’s first martyr to freedom of the press. The Brody Award honors a state or federal jurist whose work recalls the career of Judge Morton Brody, a Waterville resident with close ties to the College. The center coordinates programs around the award programs, giving students opportunities to interact with the recipients and national leaders who come to campus to honor the winners.

Research and Scholarship

Through grants awarded over the course of the year, the center encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary research among faculty members and students as well as innovative student research. The Sandy Maisel Student Internship Grant offers Colby students opportunities to work and research across the globe to explore opportunities related to public affairs while gaining valuable career experience. The Goldfarb Center creates a space for open dialogue between theory and practice as well as conversations across political aisles. In collaboration with DavisConnects, our January Facilitated Internships Program in Washington, D.C., and our public affairs policy trek H2H—Mayflower Hill to Capitol Hill—connects students to alumni and parents in policy careers.