September 10
Build your own Origins
2:00 pm-5:00 pm, Miller Library

New year, new bricks! The Center for the Arts and Humanities and Colby Libraries are proud to bring you another day of LEGO excitement, now with more bricks and prizes than ever before! Get in the spirit of the Humanities and join in a friendly LEGO building competition as you partake in nostalgic creativity and light refreshments in Miller. In this latest installment of the Build Your Humanity series, we kick off a new year for the Center for the Arts & Humanities with their latest theme – Origins: Order & Chaos. The most exceptional creators will earn a range of awesome LEGO sets to take home, so bring your inspiration, ingenuity, and imagination! You can create entries during the event for as many of the Challenges as you want – your only restriction is time! Entries will be judged on their aesthetics, accuracy, creativity, and originality. The judging will take place in the last 15-20 minutes of the event, so the quicker you arrive, the more time you will have to build the coolest entry (or entries!) possible.

 


September 19
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Dale Kocevski
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

Does our Universe have a finite origin or has it existed unchanged for all eternity? Either answer has profound implications about the nature of our reality. I will discuss how astronomers came to the conclusion that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 14 billion years ago. I will describe the physics behind the Big Bang and what modern observations tell us about the structure and evolution of the Universe over cosmic time and how the contents of the Universe will dictate its ultimate fate. Dale Kocevski is an assistant professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Colby College. Dale attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate and later obtained a PhD in Astrophysics at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He performed his postdoctoral work at the University of California in both Davis and Santa Cruz. Dale’s research focuses on the study of supermassive black holes and how they affect the growth and evolution of distant galaxies.


September 19
Whose Streets Film Screening with Sabaah Folayan
7:00 pm, Ostrove Auditorium

An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. Following the film, audience members will be able to take part in a Q&A with the Director, Sabaah Folayan.

Cosponsored by the Oak Institute for Human Rights and the Center for the Arts and Humanities.


September 26
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
David Bercovici
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

Although our existence on a habitable planet can largely be taken for granted, how Earth arrived at this state of ‘habitability’ is far from obvious. How the planets even formed is still not well understood. There are not only numerous hurdles to forming a solar system let alone a planet, but their formation must all be done extremely quickly (on a cosmological/geological time scale) before the Sun ignites its fusion furnace. Once a terrestrial planet is created, its evolution is controlled by how it slowly cools to space, which drives its internal motion by convection, much like any fluid, such as soup or coffee, cools. On Earth, convection led to plate tectonics, which in turn led to the formation of continents and ocean basins, and set the geological carbon cycle that keeps our oceans liquid and makes our atmosphere and climate habitable. But only Earth has plate tectonics amongst all the terrestrial planets we know, and why that so also remains a major scientific mystery. David Bercovici received his BS in Physics from Harvey Mudd College (1982) and his Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA (1989). After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1989-1990), he joined the faculty at the University of Hawaii (1990-2000). He moved to Yale in 2001 and has been there ever since as Professor and even Chair (2006-2012).


October 3
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Aaron Hanlon, Colby College
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

When we think about the factors that led to the creation of the novel as a literary form in English, we might not think of the rise and institutionalization of experimental science. Yet the chartering of the Royal Society for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge in 1662 had a profound impact on what novels and novelistic fiction would become in the 17th and 18th centuries, the formative years of the novel as we know it. This talk by Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon will address two important origin stories in Enlightenment history: the origins of the Royal Society and the origins of the novel. But it will also explain how these two origin stories overlap in telling ways that would change the histories of science and literature forever. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.


October 3
Jeanette Unite: Artists Talk
7:00 pm, Olin 1

Jeannette Unite is a visual artist who is immersed in the materiality of the art making process whether it is using her own large hand-made chalk-based pastels with mineral oxides or using similar metal oxides in glass artworks, paintings or prints. She uses images, information, and metaphors from mining as a point of departure for her reflections on her own personal journeys.She travels to mining and industrial sites for samples, to research and photographically record evidence of the residual remains of power, industrialisation and neo-colonialism on the African landscape. She studied towards a BA Fine Art at the Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town from 1981 until 1986, and studied further at UNISA while teaching at Frank Joubert Art Centre until demand for her artwork propelled her into full-time art practice in 1997. She continues to live and work in, and travel from her studio in Cape Town.


October 5
Film Screening: The Maribor Uprisings
7:30 pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Associate Professor Maple Razsa (Global Studies) and Milton Guillén ’15 will be screening The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Film on October 5. The film, which started as Guillén’s honors project in anthropology, grew into a major collaboration with Razsa. Edited with the award-winning Mary Lampson (Harlan County, USA; This Changes Everything), Uprisings tells the story of the dramatic protests that brought down Maribor’s mayor before spreading across Slovenia and toppling the national government. Drawing on footage shot by dozens of protesters, the film positions viewers in the midst of the uprising and demands that they decide collectively in the theater how they participate—and how the film will unfold. For more information see www.mariboruprisings.org


October 6
“Somehow a Past”: New England Regionalism, 1900 to 1960
9:00 am, Ostrove Auditorium

Marsden Hartley, City Point, Vinalhaven, 1937–38. Oil on commercially prepared paperboard (academy board), 181/4 x 243/8 in. (46.4 x 61.9 cm). Colby College Museum of Art, Gift of the Alex Katz Foundation.

A symposium presented in conjunction with the exhibition Marsden Hartley’s Maine at the Colby College Museum of Art and the Colby College 2017–18 Humanities theme “Origins.” On the occasion of Marsden Hartley’s Maine, an exhibition organized by the Colby College Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colby College will present the symposium, “Somehow a Past”: New England Regionalism, 1900 to 1960. Taking its title from the autobiography of Marsden Hartley, an artist closely associated with Maine, this gathering of leading scholars will explore the interest in regional, New England subjects among American artists who contributed to the development and maturation of modernism. For more information please visit: http://www.colby.edu/museum/somehow-a-past/


October 6
H.M.S. Pinafore
New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
7:30 pm, Waterville Opera House

Ride a wave of music and laughter as romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance their way across the deck of the fanciful British naval vessel with the improbable name. The very proper Captain Corcoran and ridiculously pompous Sir Joseph Porter preside, the villainous Dick Deadeye speaks the ugly truth, and Little Buttercup reveals the outrageous mistake that allows true love to overcome the problems of class distinction. Memorable signature tunes abound on board ship and the riotous “Bell Trio” sparks a celebration in Act II.

This touring production is in a very special partnership with the Waterville Opera House, and Colby College’s Theater and Dance Department, Office of the Provost, Department of Music, and Center for the Arts and Humanities!


October 9
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman
1:00 pm, Lovejoy 208

One May day in 1896, a meeting took place between a Romanian-born maverick Jewish intellectual and twin learned Presbyterian Scotswomen who had assembled to inspect several pieces of rag-paper and parchment. It was the unlikely start to what would prove a remarkable saga, and one that has revolutionized our sense of what it means to lead a Jewish life. Based on their Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, which was named the best Jewish book of the year by the American Library Association, this talk by Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman will bring us inside the story of one of the greatest discovery of Jewish manuscripts ever made. Harold Bloom described Sacred Trash as “a small masterpiece,” and David Nirenberg, writing in the Nation, called it “a literary jewel whose pages turn like those of a well-paced thriller, but with all the chiseled elegance and flashes of linguistic surprise that we associate with poetry . . . Sacred Trash has made history beautiful and exciting.” Co-sponsored by the Jewish studies program, religious studies department, and Center for the Arts and Humanities.


October 9
Poetry Reading
Peter Cole
4:00 pm, Robinson Room, Miller Library

Peter Cole is the author of five books of poems –most recently Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and Translations (FSG)—and many volumes of translation from Hebrew and Arabic, medieval and modern. Praised for his “prosodic mastery” and “keen moral intelligence” (The American Poet), and for the “rigor, vigor, joy, and wit” of his poetry (The Paris Review), Cole has created a ramifying vision of connectedness, one that defies traditional distinctions between old and new, foreign and familiar, translation and original. He is, Harold Bloom writes, “a matchless translator and one of the handful of authentic poets in his own American generation.” Among his many honors are an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Jewish National Book Award, the PEN Prize in Translation, the American Library Association’s Award for the Jewish Book of the Year (with Adina Hoffman, for Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza) and, in 2007, a MacArthur Fellowship. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven.


October 9
Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City
Adina Hoffman
5:30 pm, Robins Room, Roberts Building

Please join us for a talk by award-winning essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman about her book. Till We Have Built Jerusalem is a gripping and intimate journey into the lives of three very different architects who helped shape modern Jerusalem. A powerfully written rumination on memory and forgetting, place and displacement, the book uncovers multiple layers of one great city’s buried history as it asks what it means, in Jerusalem and everywhere, to be foreign and to belong. The Los Angeles Times called the book “brave and often beautiful,” and Haaretz described it as “a passionate, lyrical defense of a Jerusalem that could still be.” All are welcome and dinner will be served: please RSVP by Oct. 4 to Sherry Berard, saberard@colby.edu. Co-sponsored by the Jewish studies program, religious studies department, and Center for the Arts and Humanities.


October 10
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Origins at the Colby Museum
Shalini Le Gall
4:00 pm, Colby College Museum of Art

This session will provide an overview of the Origins theme as it relates to the collection of the Colby Museum and will include works of art by Ai Weiwei, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Marsden Hartley, and John James Audobon.Shalini Le Gall is an art historian and museum educator with extensive experience in object-based teaching and learning. In her current position as the Curator of Academic Programs at the Colby College Museum of Art, she works with faculty across the College to integrate the museum’s collection into their teaching, assignments, and research, through installations and exhibitions. Le Gall received her Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University, specializing in nineteenth-century European art.


October 12
Two Cent Talks Series
Monica Wood and Stuart Kestenbaum
5:30 pm, Redington Museum, Waterville

Monica Wood is a novelist, memoirist, and playwright. Her most recent novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, has been published in 20 foreign editions and won a 2017 Nautilus Award (Gold) and the New England Society in the City of New York Book Award. She is also the author of When We Were the Kennedys, a New England bestseller, Oprah magazine summer-reading pick, and winner of the May Sarton Memoir Award and the 2016 Maine Literary Award. Her novel Any Bitter Thing was an ABA bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark, My Only Story, and Secret Language, her first novel. Her recent play, Papermaker, debuted at Portland Stage in an extended run, its best-selling play ever.

Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems, Pilgrimage, House of Thanksgiving, Prayers and Run-on Sentences, and Only Now, and a collection of essays The View From Here. He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He was appointed poet laureate of Maine in 2016 and directed the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for 27 years.

Sponsored by Colby College’s Office of the President, Center for the Arts and the Humanities, English Department, and Creative Writing Program.


October 23
Monday Night Movies: Origins
High and Low
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

The series opener, High and Low, is a departure from the period settings of director Akira Kurosawa’s best known films (RASHOMON, SEVEN SAMURAI, RAN) and instead points the way to the kind of present-set societal investigation—in the guise of a police procedural—later adopted by the likes of Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in HIGH AND LOW, the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa’s film moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating an unforgettable, widescreen black-and-white thriller that’s much more—in fact, some consider it the Japanese master’s greatest film. 1963. Unrated. In Japanese with English subtitles. 143 Min.


October 24
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Professor Vittorio Loreto
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

Creativity and innovation are key elements in many different areas and disciplines since they represent the primary motor to explore new solutions in ever-changing and unpredictable environments. New biological traits and functions, new technological artifacts, new social, linguistic and cultural structures, new meanings, are very often triggered by the mutated external conditions. Unfortunately, the detailed mechanisms through which humans, societies, and nature express their creativity and innovate are largely unknown. The common intuition that one new thing often leads to another is captured, mathematically, by the notion of adjacent possible, introduced by Stuart Kauffman. Originally introduced in the framework of biology, the adjacent possible metaphor already expanded its scope to include all those things (ideas, linguistic structures, concepts, molecules, genomes, technological artefacts, etc.) that are one step away from what actually exists, and hence can arise from incremental modifications and recombination of existing material. Vittorio Loreto is Full Professor of Physics of Complex Systems at Sapienza University and Research Leader at the ISI Foundation in Turin where he coordinates the Information Dynamics group. He recently joined the Faculty of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. His scientific activity is mainly focused on the statistical physics of complex systems. In the last few years he has been active in the fields of granular media, complexity and information theory, complex networks theory, communication and language evolution, social dynamics.


October 28
Music at Colby Series
Masterworks – Origins, Annual Humanities Theme Event
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

In its first concert of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra presents works by three German masters: Wagner’s the overture and the dramatic “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Tannhäuser; Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn, and Beethoven’s timeless Sixth Symphony, “The Pastoral”, which abounds with the sounds and images of the beauty of the German countryside.


October 31
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Voice and Verse
Professor Stefano Colangelo
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

Since the early 20th Century, the theory of poetry in Italy has been accustomed to a set of authoritative statements and categories shaped by Benedetto Croce’s general aesthetics: poetry as the individual intuition of a spiritual state of mind; poetry as the result of a strict selection among the possible ways of expressing that intuition. Thus, poetic inspiration has been often identified with this entirely individual creative process, an idea that is still widely accepted today, especially in the context of higher education. Stefano Colangelo is Associate Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Bologna. He graduated cum laude in Italian Literature, and obtained a Ph.D in Italian Studies at the University of Bologna, under the tutorship of Ezio Raimondi, who designated him as a teaching assistant in rhetoric, metrics, and theories of literary style in 1994. He has also taught Greek and Latin Literature, Italian Literature, and History in Italian high schools, and developed a primary interest in the theory and analysis of poetry, especially related to music and the performing arts.


November 1
Matter and Desire: An Erotic Ecology
Dr. Andreas Weber, eco-philosopher
7:00 p.m, Diamond 122

Andreas Weber asks a radical and challenging question: Could it be that our planet is not suffering primarily from a financial crisis, or even an ecological one, but from a critical lack of love? In speaking of love and of eroticism, Weber is not referring to sentimental feelings, but to a new basis for ontology itself, based on a mix of cutting-edge biological findings and philosophical insights. In this talk, he will discuss his new book Matter and Desire: An Erotic Ecology. Written in the tradition of John Muir and Rachel Carson, the book weaves personal narrative and lyrical descriptions with a discussion of ecology and psychology, offering a new—and necessary—way to move through nature to ultimately achieve a heightened sense of self-awareness. The book is part of Weber’s larger project of developing an eco-philosophy—or as Weber calls it, a “biopoetics”—for the Anthropocene.


November 4
Music at Colby Series
Origins, Annual Humanities Theme Event
Colby Wind Ensemble, Eric Thomas, Director
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Maurice Ravel’s Bolero has been featured in numerous films where it is used to suggest “evolution” from a primal point of origin. The Colby Wind Ensemble will show a few of these films and provide live accompaniment. The program continues with an exploration of the evolution of the jazz trumpet with Allen Vizzutti’s stunning American Jazz Suite with guest soloist Mark Tipton, the new head of the jazz program for University of Maine at Orono. Also on the program is a visit into the world of comics with composer Jess Langston Turner’s “Black Bolt,” a tribute to the passage of time with Julie Giroux’s “Before The Sun,” and a homage to the British Isles with David Mairs’s “A Touch of the Union Jack.”


November 4
Fall Shabbaton
Neshama Carlebach
7:30 pm, Waterville Opera House

The fall Shabbaton brings students and community members together for a full day of musical events with top-tier Jewish musicians from around the world. We specifically attract students from Colby, Bowdoin, and Bates Hillels, along with Mainers from across the state. This year, we will be welcoming the world-renowned Neshama Carlebach for a Friday night service at Colby, Shabbat afternoon learning, and a Saturday night concert with Neshama and the Glory to God Gospel Choir at the Waterville Opera House.

Cosponsored with the Center for small town Jewish life.


November 6
The Global Environmental Justice Documentary on Asia Event Series
Journalist/Activist Jianqiang Liu and Director Gary Marcuse
4:00 pm, Olin 1: Lecture
7:00 pm, Olin 1: Screening of “Walking the Green Tiger”

Jianqiang Liu, and Gary Marcuse will speak about “Search for Secret Mountain: Tibetan Culture and Environmental Protection” which highlights issues on global environmental justice documentaries on Asia.

Screening of the Award Winning “Waking the Green Tiger” (2011) dir. Gary Marcuse, the dramatic story of the rise of the first major grassroots environmental movement in China. Seen through the eyes of farmers, journalists, activists, and a former government insider, the film traces the historical evolution of the movement and highlights an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project slated for the Upper Yangtze River in southern China.


November 7
Buddhism, Gender, and a Woman’s Search for Identity
Professor Jin Y. Park
1:00 pm, Lovejoy 205

Professor Park will explore the life and philosophy of a twentieth-century Korean Zen Master, Kim Iryŏp (1896-1971), the first-generation Korean feminist and a writer who became a Zen Buddhist nun. Iryŏp’s life and her Buddhism demonstrate a multi-layered encounter between women and Buddhism in a woman’s search for identity and meaningful life. So in this context, Professor Park will discuss the meaning of autobiography, narrative identity, writing as testimony, and meaning construction in daily life. The themes of gender, religion, spiritual practice, community, and narrative identity should engage a wide group of Colby students and faculty.


November 9
Alok Vaid-Menon
7:00 p.m, Ostrove Auditorium

Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is a gender non-conforming performance artist, writer, educator, and entertainer. Their eclectic sense of style, political comedy, and poetic challenge to the gender binary have been internationally renowned. Alok was recently the youngest recipient of the prestigious Live Works Performance Act Award granted to ten performance artists across the world. They have been featured on HBO, MTV, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and have presented their work at 300 venues in more than 30 countries.


November 13
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Red Desert
7:00 pm, Maine Film Center

Michelangelo Antonioni’s RED DESERT helped coin the term “Antoniennui,” reflecting the philosophical origins of German romanticism and of Kant and Schopenhauer. But in fact, his alienated characters and landscapes, bathed in colors both rich and washed out, full of what Thelonious Monk called “Ugly Beauty” in one of his compositions, proved not just an accurate indicator of its era, but also the mother of the slow-paced, long-take-based style that was to mark so many cutting edge international films of the succeeding decades. 1964. Unrated. In Italian with English subtitles. 117 Min.


November 14
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Origins of the Origins of species
Janet Browne
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

This lecture takes readers inside Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published. An immediate and influential sensation in 1859, the book sold its first print run in one day and profoundly shocked Victorian readers with its description of evolution through natural selection. Janet Browne, widely acclaimed as “Darwin’s biographer,” explains Darwin’s readings as a university student, his five-year voyage on the Beagle, his experiments in his home and garden, his correspondence and debates with other naturalists, and his urgency to publish his theory of evolution.Janet Browne is Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University where she teaches the history of natural history and biology. In 2002 she published a two-volume biography of Charles Darwin, and in 2006 Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography. Her interest in Darwin stems from her time as an editor on the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge, England.


November 21
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
Origins of Superheros
Chris Gavaler
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

This lecture traces the conceptual etymology of “Superman,” drawing connections to eugenics, Darwin, 19th-century hero philosophy, the American revolution, and contemporary politics. Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches fiction, creative writing, and comics. He has published two non-fiction studies, On the Origin of Superheroes: from the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1 (Iowa 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), and two novels, Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School for Tricksters (Southern Methodist 2011).


November 28
ST132: Origins: Order vs Chaos
The Origins of Science and the History of Science
Elena Aronova
7:00 pm, Lovejoy 100

This lecture examines the role of the 17th C Scientific Revolution (as well as generic scientific revolutions) as a master narrative in the history of science (from George Sarton to Thomas Kuhn) focusing on an approach that called for the use of quantitative methods. The protagonists of this approach, such as J.D. Bernal, sought to apply the methods of science to the study of science itself, linking their drive for quantification to their claims of objectivity. This practice, called scientometrics, has evolved from a marginal technique to become a respected academic specialty with both political and intellectual appeal. The lecture further examines the theme of the seminar — “origins” — and compares it to that of “revolution.” Elena Aronova is a historian of science working on the history of environmental and evolutionary sciences in the twentieth century. Elena received a Ph.D. in History and Science Studies from the University of California at San Diego in 2012, after earning a doctorate in Biology and History of Science from the Russian Academy of Science.


November 28
Artist Talk: Chakaia Booker
5:00 pm, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

Sculptor Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Cosponsored with Colby’s Art Department.


December 1
Noontime Talk: Faculty Perspectives on the Humanities theme Origins
Shalini Le Gall, Gianluca Rizzo, Arnout Van deer Meer
12:00 pm, Bixler / 115 Upper Jette

Shalini Le Gall, Curator of Academic Programs; Gianluca Rizzo, Paul D. and Marilyn Paganucci Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature; and Arnout van der Meer, Assistant Professor of History, are sponsors for this year’s Humanities theme ‘Origins.’ They will explore connections between this theme and works of art in the Colby Museum.

 


Spring 2018

January 15
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Mulholland Drive in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

A love story in the city of dreams. Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. 2001. R. 146 Min.


January 19
PK WTVL Volume 26
6:15 pm, Thomas College, Waterville

What’s your story? We want to hear from you! Submit a PK WTVL proposal! The deadline for proposals for the January event is December 21. Proposals on the wide gamut of possible topics are encouraged. PK WTVL V26 is a collaboration with the Camden Conference and the Mid-Maine Global Forum! Presentation proposals based on the 2018 Camden Conference New World Disorder and America’s Future theme are also invited.

This event is free and open to the public.


January 21
Community Conversations: Pastoral Approaches to Political Questions
Thought Leaders: Michelle Friedman and Darren Ranco
6:30 pm, Beth Israel Congregation

Michelle Friedman is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice, the chair of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabinnical School (YCT) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. A graduate of Barnard College, NYU School of Medicine and The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, Dr. Friedman has been involved in bridging religious life and mental health issues for over 30 years.

 

 

Darren J. Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Ranco’s research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States, particularly Maine, resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance.


January 30
Haruki Murakami’s Style—How does Haruki write?
Professor Emeritus Seiichi Makino, Princeton University
4:00 pm, Lovejoy 213

Seiichi Makino was born in Tokyo in 1935. During the war years, he spent part of his childhood on the island of Shikoku in the Inland Sea. He received much of his early academic training at two of the finest universities in Japan. He started his undergraduate training in Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1954, earning his B.A. (1958) and an M.A. (1960). He then moved into the field of linguistics at Tokyo University, where he gained a second B.A. (1962) and M.A. (1964). He was accepted into the prestigious Ph.D. program at Tokyo University in 1964, but later that year came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholarship grantee and began Ph.D. research in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, and then at the University of Illinois, where he earned his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1968. While researching and writing his dissertation, Seiichi worked as a teaching assistant, instructor and assistant professor of Japanese and linguistics at the University of Illinois. In 1971, he was promoted to associate professor, and in 1984 to professor of Japanese and linguistics. From 1988-89, he was a visiting professor of Japanese in the Department of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. In 1991, he moved to Princeton as a professor in the Department of East Asian Studies.

Cosponosred with East Asian Studies.


February 8
Film Screening: Dead Man Walking
7:30 pm, Lovejoy 100

As death row inmate Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn) nears his execution date, he calls upon Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) to help him with one last appeal, maintaining that he is innocent of the murders of a young couple. Poncelet begins to form a bond with Prejean, and she visits both his family and the relatives of the victims, hoping to learn more about the case. As things begin to look bleak for Poncelet, Prejean does all that she can to comfort and console the hardened convict.


February 12
Sister Helen Prejean
7:00 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Sister Helen Prejean will speak in Lorimer Chapel at Colby College on Monday, February 12th, 7:00 pm in Lorimer Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Sr. Helen has been engaged in prison ministry for over 35 years and became spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier who was sentenced to die by the electric chair by the state of Louisiana. Her experience became the Book Dead Man Walking: AnEyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, an American Library Associates Notable Book which spent 31 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. In 1996, the book was adapted into a major film, starring Susan Sarandon as Helen Prejean. Sister Helen has become one of the world’s foremost advocates for abolition of the death penalty through organizing, writing, and speaking. She has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation, and is presently the Chairperson of Moratorium Campaign.

The occasion is sponsored by the Gerrish Fund, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Colby College. Sr. Helen will be introduced by a brief performance from Maine Inside Out – which facilitate the creation of original theater in partnership with formerly incarcerated Maine youth – to engage the community in dialogue about issues related to incarceration.


February 19
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Children of Paradise in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

Poetic realism reached sublime heights with CHILDREN OF PARADISE, widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris’s theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman (Arletty) loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a mime (Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic élan, director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. And thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever. 1945. Unrated. In French with English subtitles. 190 Min.


February 20
Burnt into Memory: How Brownfield Faced the Fire
Jo Radner
4:30 pm, Pugh Center, Cotter Union

In the space of a few hours on October 23, 1947, a furious wildfire destroyed almost all of the small western Maine town of Brownfield. Neighbors fought and fled the fire, then returned, determined to rebuild their community as best they could. Drawing on interviews with townspeople, letters, photographs, and newspaper reports, Radner tells an epic story of terror, courage, generosity, and hope.

Lovell storyteller Jo Radner spent a year interviewing people who experienced the Brownfield Fire – residents who did and did not lose their homes, as well as others who aided in the rescue and rebuilding effort. From those interviews and from letters and historical photographs and newspaper reports, Radner has created a powerful story of terror, courage, neighborly responsibility, recovery, and – yes – even humor.


February 28
The phantasmagoria of Elephanta: Haunted Stories and Optical Technologies
Dr. Dinkar, Boise State University
4:00 pm, Lovejoy 205

Dr. Dinkar traces the European reception of the oldest of the famous caves at Elephanta through its representations in British satirical prints and German cinema. In quasi-Bollywood fashion, Fritz Lang situated a seductive dance with snakes in the depths of a cave temple in Das Indische Grabmal (1959), following a long line of European artists and writers who imagined India as the land of mysterious caves. How did it emerge as a symbol of Oriental darkness? What have been the efforts to dispel its mystique?


March 1
Black Skin Acts: Feasting on Blackness, Staging Linguistic Blackface
Dr. Nicholas R. Jones, Bucknell University
4:00 pm, Robinson Room, Miller Library

In his most recent research, Nick argues that habla de negros speech, or ‘Black Talk,’ cannot be separated from the act and practice of blackface performance. For him, the vocalization of habla de negros is a definitive example of staging Blackness, performing Blackness, and appropriating Blackness. “Black Skin Acts: Feasting on Blackness, Staging Linguistic Blackface” asks the following question: what can non-literary texts, namely performance history documents, tell us about habla de negros performances? Although there is no way for us to retrieve an audiovisual medium from “minstrel-like” habla de negros performances in early modern Spanish theater, Renaissance and Baroque Spanish playwrights wrestled with questions such as: (1) what does it mean for a character to “sound black” and (2) what role does language play as the audience evaluates images of actors in blackface performances? The corpus used to answer these questions comes from director’s logs, costuming and the rhetorical behind theatrical dressing, and stage directions.


March 7
Ken Bugul
4:00 pm, Lovejoy 215

Ken Bugul is a well-known Senegalese novelist whose work has been the subject of various monographs. She will engage our students with themes such as the representation of identity, women, and migration in her writing as well as the role of subsistence farming in the fight against hunger.


March 10
Olivia Gatwood
7:00 pm, Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia is an active member of the slam poetry community and has been featured on HBO, Verses & Flow, Button Poetry and Huffington Post, among others. Olivia has travelled nationally to perform and teach workshops on gender equality, sexuality, and social justice at over 70 colleges and 30 high schools nationwide. Her Amazon Best Selling collection, New American Best Friend, reflects her experiences growing up in both New Mexico and Trinidad, navigating girlhood, puberty, relationships, and period underwear.

Olivia is a former member and co-founder of SPEAK LIKE A GIRL and was an Artist in Residence at the Chatham School for girls, alongside celebrated leaders such as Venus Williams and Gloria Steinem. Online, her videos, including Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Ode to My Bitch Face have gained over 3 million views collectively.

Cosponsored with the Feminist Alliance Club.


March 11
Community Conversations: Faith and Equality
Thought Leaders: Amy Walter and Steven Jacobson
6:30 pm, Beth Israel Congregation

Amy Walter ’91, Litt.D.’17 is the national editor of The Cook Political Report, a preeminent source of non-partisan political analysis relied on for accurate political forecasting. She provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at cookpolitical.com. Over the past 19 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also a regular panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, and CBS’s Face the Nation, and she provides political analysis for the PBS NewsHour. She was named one of DC’s “50 Top Journalists” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College, where she graduated summa cum laude. The College awarded her an honorary degree in 2017.

Steven Jacobson is vice president for strategy at the Dorot Foundation and director of the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. A lifelong student, and sometime teacher, of the American Jewish experience, he has been Hillel director at the University of Kansas, director of the Curricular Project for International Jewish Communal Service, and instructor of the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. As part of his work with the Dorot Fellowship, he has led the development of an innovative leadership training curriculum and leads an annual seminar in Budapest about the historical and contemporary Jewish experience of Hungary. He consults to a variety of nascent-stage Jewish initiatives and is currently on the board of Encounter, a non-partisan educational organization cultivating informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jacobson has degrees from the University of Kansas and Brandeis University and was a senior fellow of the Melton Center for Diaspora Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in Providence, R.I., with his family.


March 14
Golden Leaves in the library: Medieval Manuscript Fragments at Colby
Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis
7:00 pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

In April 2016, Maine bookseller Seth Thayer found a cache of medieval manuscript leaves “in a trunk in a client’s house in Maine.” A Google search investigating the leaves led him to manuscript scholar Lisa Fagin Davis, who was able to identify all of the leaves as having been sold by the notorious mid- twentieth-century book breaking team of Otto F. Ege and Philip Duschnes. The leaves were acquired by Colby soon afterward. By tracing the journeys undertaken by these manuscript fragments from their medieval origins to their dismantling at the hands of the biblioclasts to their discovery in a trunk in Maine, Davis will address the leaves not only as artifacts of medieval book production and liturgical practice, but also as evidence of early twentieth-century biblioclasm on the part of sellers and connoisseurship on the part of buyers. The Colby leaves have an important role to play in international efforts to digitally reconstruct dismembered manuscripts, initiatives to which Colby students, faculty, and librarians will hopefully contribute.

Sponsored with the English Department, the Art Department, and Special Collections.


March 14
Franco-American House Party–featuring the fiddle-&-guitar duo Zigue, on tour from Quebec!
7:00 pm, Page Commons, Cotter Union

An entertaining evening of music and dancing in the traditional Franco-American “kitchen party” style. The French Canadian duo Zigue (Claude Méthé on fiddle/vocals & Dana Whittle on guitar/vocals/foot percussion) will perform traditional and trad-inspired music, with caller Cindy Larock (Lewiston) leading attendees in some old-time contras and circle dances for an experience that will exhilarate veteran dancers and beginners alike. The evening will culminate in an open jam session (bring your fiddles, guitars, accordions, etc.!) followed by a Q+A with the members of Zigue. Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening. Open free of charge to all students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the local community.


March 19
Monday Night Movies: Origins
Pickpocket in 35mm in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out. A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, PICKPOCKET is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers. 1959. Unrated. In French with English subtitles. 76 Min.

March 21
The Future: Climate, Technology and Society
Kim Stanley Robinson
2018 Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities
7:00 pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-known and respected science fiction writers in the world. His work has received 11 major awards from the science fiction field and has been translated into 23 languages. His Mars trilogy was an international bestseller, and continues to be one of the most widely read works of science fiction, a benchmark in discussions of humanity in space. The intensively researched nature of Robinson’s fiction, and the integrated nature of his various interests, ranging from the physical and human sciences to sustainability issues, political economy, urban design and climate change lends a realism to his writing that has been described as “for the future and from the future.” His most recent work, New York 2140, envisions life in New York City after sea levels have risen fifty feet.
Mr. Robinson will speak about themes he explores in his works which often center on the opportunities he sees in future challenges for humanity to build more sustainable and just societies.

March 22
Two Cent Talk Series
Jeffrey Thomson and Justin Tussing
5:30 pm, Redington Museum, Waterville

Jeffrey Thomson is a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor, and is the author of multiple books including the memoirfragile, The Belfast Notebooks, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and the edited collection From the Fishouse. Half/Life: New and Selected Poems comes out from Alice James Books in 2019. He has been an NEA Fellow, the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and the Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is currently professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.

Justin Tussing is Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. He directs the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of two novels, Vexation Lullaby (Catapult Press) and The Best People in the World (HarperCollins). His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, and Public Space.


April 3
Origins Keynote speaker
Dr. Cornel West
6:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at nineteenth and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. He has produced three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes are featured on productions by Terence Blanchard, The Cornel West Theory, Raheem DeVaughn, and Bootsy Collins.

In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Tickets available to Colby Students, Faculty, and Staff in Pulver Pavilion, Tuesday, March 20 and Monday, April 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., or as long as tickets last. Students: One ticket per person. Faculty and Staff: Two tickets per person. Colby ID required to obtain tickets. Students may pick up tickets for others with multiple Colby IDs.

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public Monday, April 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. or until tickets are gone. Members of the public can pick up tickets on campus in Pulver Pavilion (in Cotter Union) or reserve them over the phone by calling 207-859-4165. Two tickets per person, please.

The event will be live streamed on campus with overflow seating in Ostrove Auditorium in the Diamond Building.


April 5
Hooked: Art and Attachment
Rita Felski
4:30 pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

This talk by Rita Felski makes a case for “attachment” as a key word for the humanities. What are the devices that attach us to works of art? Zadie Smith’s conversion to the music of Joni Mitchell offers a striking example of one such device: that of attunement. Felski is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has written widely on literary theory and aesthetics, feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, and cultural studies. Her most recent books are Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses (2013), The Limits of Critique (2015), and Critique and Postcritique (2017). Cosponsored by the English Department, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Division, and the French and Italian Departments.

 


April 7
Music at Colby Series – Dawn
Origins: Annual Humanities theme
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

Throughout history, choral music has moved in tandem with advancements in literature: prose, poetry, and other forms of the published word. Origins II: Dawn highlights the origins of literary styles and movements with musical settings of texts by historic innovators of written language. The Colby College Chorale and the Colby Kennebec Choral Society reach far back to the ancient Greek fables of Aesop, move through time to texts from the Old Testament and first-century Chinese authors, to Shakespeare, Impressionists, and Modernists. Featured works include Soleils Couchants, a gorgeous setting of Verlaine’s famous poem by Quebec composer Robert Ingari, American composer Jay Mobley’s take on beloved 20th-century children’s literature, and Walkers with the Dawn, a stirring work by Francine Trester based on works by the founder of jazz poetry, Langston Hughes. The concert also includes works by American composers Randall Thompson, Emma Lou Diemer, Bob Chilcott, Granville Bantock, and Samuel Barber.


April 10
Reading the verses backward: Recharging poetry for the digital age
Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University
7:00 pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

Marjorie Perloff is the Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita at Stanford University. and Florence Scott Professor Emerita of English at the University of Southern California. She is the author of many books (and hundreds of articles) on 20th and 21st century Poetry and Poetics, including, Frank O’Hara: Poet among Painters (1977), The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage (1981), The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986, new edition, 1994), Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary (1996), 21st Century Modernism (2002), Unoriginal Genius: Writing by Other Means in the New Century (2011), and Poetics in a New Key (2014), a collection of interviews and essays. Her most recent book (2016), just out in paperback from Chicago, is Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire, which enlarges on the theme of her 2004 memoir The Vienna Paradox.


April 12
Trumping Ethical norms: Teachers, Preachers, Pollsters and the Media respond to Donald Trump
4:00 pm, panel on religious leaders, Diamond 122
7:00 pm, panel on professors and journalists, Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

The candidacy and now the presidency of Donald Trump have raised ethical dilemmas for those in a number of professions in which practitioners follow prescribed ethical norms. Through two panels–one of religious leaders and one of professors and journalists who discuss politics and governing–we will explore how practitioners have responded to the challenges presented by our current President.


April 12
Xoài Phạm
6:00 pm, Pugh Center

Following the theme of Origins for this year’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Asian Student Association is excited to present activist and writer Xoài Phạm as our keynote speaker.From emasculated Asian men to hypersexual Asian women, communities from the Asian continent have been surrounded by myths. Rarely do we see Asian people demonstrating the full spectrum of the human experience — especially in a queer context. In this talk we will be tracking historical lineages of queerness and unpacking how white supremacy has dispossessed us from our ancestry. Asians are queer as fuck, and have always been queer as fuck.
Xoài Phạm is a Vietnamese trans woman descended from a long lineage of women warriors. She is committed to building a world that nurtures all oppressed peoples, and is especially interested in the survival of trans people of color, Indigenous sovereignty, and sex workers’ protections. She has been published and featured in Everyday Feminism, the Feminist Wire, them. magazine, ROOKIE, and Salon among others.


April 16
Monday Night Movies: Origins
WR: Mysteries of the Organism in 35mm
7:00 pm, Waterville Opera House

Perhaps the most unique (partially) made-in-Maine movie ever produced. What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich, centering on his “Orgone accumulator” and work in Rangeley, Maine in the 1950s, and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic woman’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality. 1971. Unrated but not for younger audiences. In English, and in Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles. 85 Min.


April 16
The Spice Trade in Asia and the Origins of the Modern World
Eric Tagliacozzo, Cornell University
7:00 pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

Eric Tagliacozzo is Professor of History at Cornell University specialized in the study of Southeast Asia. He is the director of Cornell’s Comparative Muslim Societies Program and of Cornell’s Modern Indonesia Project. He also serves as a contributing editor to the academic journal Indonesia. In his research he focuses on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial era. These themes are at the center of his many academic publications, including his monographs Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale UP, 2005, winner of the 2007 Handa Benda Prize) andThe Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Oxford UP, 2013). In addition, he has edited or co-edited 9 books on varied topics, including the global Hajj, transnationalism in Asia, Burmese lives under a coercive regime, Chinese trade networks in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian contacts with the Middle East, and the state of the field of Indonesian studies. At the moment he is working on a book about the linked maritime histories of Asia, from Yemen to Yokohoma. In his talk at Colby, he will discuss how the origins of the modern world can be traced back to the spice trade in Southeast Asia.


April 19
The Rhythm Is Gonna Get’cha’: Popular Music, Migration, and Race in Spain
Silvia Bermúdez, Professor of Spanish at the University of California at Santa Barbara
4:00 pm, Diamond 122

Professor Bermúdez’ areas of research and teaching are the cultural productions (especially literature and music) of the Iberian Peninsula, Perú, and Equatorial Guinea. Her critical work focuses on feminism, women’s studies, poetic discourses, and politics. She is the author of Las dinámicas del deseo: subjetividad y lenguaje en la poesía española contemporánea (1997) and La esfinge de la escritura: la poesía ética de Blanca Varela (2005). She was the editor of the Special Issue “La España Constitucional: Democracia y Cultura, 1978-2008” for the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (2010), and co-edited the volume From Stateless Nations to Postnational Spain/De Naciones sin estado a la España Postnacional (2002), the Special Issue on Spanish Popular Music Studies for the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies (2009), and the “Mediterranean Matrix: Memory, Migration, Movement” for the Journal of Mediterranean Studies (2016). Her articles have appeared in critical collections and journals in the U.S. and abroad including Modern Language Notes, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Siglo XX/Twentieth Century, Letras femeninas, and Anuario de Estudios Literarios Galegos. Her current research focuses on Iberian feminisms (with Roberta Johnson). Her third book, Rocking the Boat: Race and Migration in Contemporary Spanish Music, is forthcoming.


April 27
PK WTVL Volume 27
6:15 pm, Waterville Opera House

PechaKucha Waterville is a creative networking event centered on storytelling in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive journey. PechaKucha Night was started in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architects and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 1000 cities around the world. It is a format that makes presentations concise, keeps the evening moving at a rapid pace, and allows for plenty of chit-chat among participants and attendees.

PechaKucha Night Waterville is presented by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the PK Waterville 2017-2018 season sponsor.

This event is free and open to the public.


April 28
Music at Colby Series – Haydn’s “Schopfungsmesse
Origins: Annual Humanities theme
7:30 pm, Lorimer Chapel

In the final concerts of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Colby College Chorale and the Colby Kennebec Chorale to present Haydn’s Mass No. 13 in Bb Major, “Schöpfungsmesse,” also known as “Creation Mass.” Not to be confused with the composer’s most famous oratorio, “The Creation,” this exuberant mass setting for orchestra, choir, and soloists is a masterpiece in its own right – though one may recognize some familiar melodies originated from Haydn’s monumental ‘Creation.’ Also on the program are Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 and the winner of the Annual Concerto Competition.


April 30
#MeToo
Tarana Burke
7:00 pm, Page Commons

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist. She created the “Me too” movement in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. She is currently Senior Director at Girls for Gender Equity in New York City.


May 11
L.C.Bates Art Exhibition Opening Reception
5:30 pm, L.C. Bates Museum

Come and join us for the L.C. Bates Museum’s annual summer art exhibition—this year’s theme is “On and Off the Wire: Birds in Urban and Natural Landscapes.” (The Museum is 20 minutes drive from Colby) The exhibition features more than 20 artists who have found inspiration in birds and showcases works in a variety of artistic styles and mediums, from oil or watercolor paintings to multi-block linoleum prints, photographs, artist’s books, sculpture, and even x-rays. In the setting of the museum’s extensive collection of birds of many species, the show offers visitors an opportunity to rethink our relationship to birds and to nature.

Sponsored by Colby College Center for the Arts and Humanities, this exhibition is curated by two Colby students under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch. The opening reception will take place on May 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm; refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!