October 3
Earth Matters- Environmental Studies Colloquium
Jeannette Unite, Cape Town, South Africa
7 p.m., Olin Science Center

Jeanette Unite has mined for her paintbox since the 1990s. Whilst traveling through more than thirty countries she has accumulated an extensive personal archive of images and minerals from industry and mining. She has developed paint, pastel, and glass recipes guided by geo-chemists, paint-chemists and a ceramicist to develop this ‘eco-alchemic’ work. These mining artworks are made from the very mined material they interrogate. Conversations with Earth scientists, geologists, engineers, metallurgists and industrialists, and mining and geology historians have influenced her visual interpretation of the extractive industries.

 

 

October 4
Mining the artist’s PAINTBOX
Presentation, Demonstration, and Workshop with Jeannette Unite
4 p.m., Colby Museum of Art Lobby

October 6
Complicit Geographies: Artworks in response to geology, maps and the Oxford Earth Science/William STRATA Smith archive
Jeannette Unite
1 p.m., Keyes 105

 


October 6
Somehow a Past: Somehow a Past: New England Regionalism, 1900-1960
A Symposium
9 a.m.-5:15 p.m., with reception to follow

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, 1900-1960.”

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 locations and additional information, please visit www.colby.edu/museum/somehow-a-past.

 


October 11
Environmental Studies Lunch Lecture Series
11:30 a.m., Dana / 012 Fairchild Dining Hall

 

Environmental studies alumnus Joel Alex ’08 shares his path from Colby to owning and operating North America’s largest floor malting facility. From community mapping to declining admittance to graduate school, Joel will talk about and answer questions on his experiences and insights while applying sustainable development principles at home.
Alex founded and runs Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He currently sits on the boards of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild and The Ecology School where he previous worked as an ecology educator and has diverse professional backgrounds in education, community mapping/GIS, and conservation land management. Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program. Contact: Lia Morris, escoordinator@colby.edu, 207-859-5356

 


October 12
Fall Migration Talk with Bernd Heinrich
5:00 p.m. reception Common Street Arts, 93 Main Street, Waterville
6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. presentation at Waterville Opera House

Animal migration is a topic of many dimensions. It involves behavior, physiology, and ecology. There are also migratory similarities and differences between birds, mammals, insects, and fish. In collaboration with the exhibition into the forest, please join Common Street Arts for a free presentation by Bernd Heinrich who will discuss the fall bird migration and its contrast with other animals in terms of why and how they travel great distances.

Bernd Heinrich is a professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont and is the author of numerous books related to his research examining the adaptations of animals and plants to their physical environments. He also has written books on his personal reflections of nature. His latest book is “One Wild Bird at a Time”.

 


October 18
F. Russell Cole Distinguished Lectureship in Environmental Studies
The Quest for Sustainable Seas
Dr. Sylvia Earle
7 p.m., Page Commons/ Livestream: Lovejoy 100

Dr. Earle, National Geographic’s Rosemary and Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, is an oceanographer, founder of Mission Blue, SEAlliance and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research. Earle has been called “Her Deepness” by The New York Times and “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and was Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet.”

Her public lecture, The Quest for Sustainable Seas, will demonstrate how the ocean provides the underpinning of our economy, health, security, and the existence of life itself. Once thought to be infinitely resilient, the ocean is in trouble, and therefore, so are we. With equal parts warning and hope, she shows us how actions we take in the next ten years will matter more than what we do in the next one hundred years. For tickets and more information, contact Leslie Lima at earlelecture@colby.edu. The event is currently sold out. There will be a live stream of the lecture shown at Lovejoy 100.

 


October 19
Environmental Showcase, hosted by the Buck Lab
2 p.m., Atrium and Room 141, Diamond Building

A two-hour event featuring student work on environmental projects:
2 p.m. Mix and mingle in the Atrium, opportunity to look at posters and displays
2:30 Presentations and films: Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson, Trustee Sandy Buck ’78, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus, Miselis Professor of Chemistry Whitney King—film, Grace Yu ’19 and Reggie Huang ’19—film trailer
2:50 Mix/mingle resumes
3:00 Whitney King leads a tour of environmental studies labs in Olin, Arey, Keyes, and Mudd buildings

 


October 19
Economics Seminar on Forestry
“Implementing Faustmann-Marshall-Pressler: Stochastic Dynamic Programming in Space”
Dr. Harry Paarsch
4 p.m.,  Diamond 341

University of Central Florida economics professor Harry Paarsch will discuss a recent paper he co-authored on forest management. Managing forest resources efficiently and profitably has concerned researchers for at least two centuries, and perhaps longer. For much of the twentieth century, variation in either the growth rate of forests or in the price of timber made dealing realistically with the optimal rotation problem difficult. During the last quarter century, the application of recursive methods— in particular, the method of dynamic programming—to solve economic decision problems involving both risk and time has become quite standard, especially in the natural-resource economics literature. In this paper, the authors report how they implemented recursive methods to solve a problem involving around 700,000 hectares of forested land in British Columbia. Their framework is a powerful tool with which to conduct policy analysis.

 


October 20
Noontime Art Talk: Audubon’s Insects and Birds
Noon, Colby Museum of Art galleries

Audubon’s bird illustrations are known for their lifelike qualities, capturing both the bird’s behavior and its environment. Join Dr. Frank Guarnieri and Research Associate for the Department of Biology Louis Bevier, and Margaret Aiken, Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs as they discuss the process and importance of researching the insects from these illustrations.

 


October 20
Environmental Studies Film Screening
Okja (2017), Dir. Bong Joon-ho
7 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond

For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission. The gentle giant and the girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics. Starring: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun

 


October 24
Origins: Order vs. Chaos
Vittorio Loreto
7:00 p.m. Lovejoy 100

A lecture by Vittorio Loreto, 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. 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. Loreto’s 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, and social dynamics.

 


October 24
Environmental Studies Evening Lecture Series
Costly Cats: Supply and Demand Drivers of the Black Market Trade in Tigers, Lions, Cheetahs and Snow Leopards
Kristen Nowell, CAT Specialist Group
7:00 p.m. Olin, Olin 1

Kristin Nowell, with the cat Specialist group, will discuss the illegal trade of big cats, which poses a grave threat, driven by financial motivations of those who poach, sell and buy. The black market for each species is driven to varying degrees by supply (both from the wild and from modern industrial captive breeding or “farming”) and by consumer demand. These drivers include potential and actual costs of rural people living near predators which pose risks to life and livestock-based livelihoods, and perceived social status value on the part of relatively wealthy urban consumers, who are often motivated by sellers putting a modern spin on ancient traditions. While each of these markets is unique, they are also inter-linked: e.g., lions are being increasingly drawn into the tiger trade. Regulatory and enforcement efforts undertaken by governments over the past 25 years through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have achieved limited success, which could be undermined by one of the outcomes of negotiations at last year’s meeting.

 


October 25
Page Turning of Audubon’s Birds of America
Noon, Gladys Brooks Foundation Gallery

Join Lunder Curator for Whistler Studies Justin McCann as he turns the double elephant-sized pages of the Bien Edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America.

 

 

 


October 28
Masterworks
Origins, annual humanities theme event
Colby Symphony Orchestra Jinwook Park, director
7:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel

In its first concert of the season, the 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 Joseph Haydn; and Beethoven’s timeless Sixth Symphony, The Pastoral, which abounds with sounds and images of the German countryside.

 


November 1
Matter and Desire: An Erotic Ecology
Dr. Andreas Weber, eco-philosopher
7 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.

Andreas Weber is a Berlin-based philosopher, biologist, and writer. He holds degrees in marine biology and cultural studies, and has collaborated with brain researcher and philosopher Francisco Varela. His books in English include: Enlivenment: Towards a Fundamental Shift in the Concepts of Nature, Culture and Politics (2013); The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling, and the Metamorphosis of Science (2016); and Biopoetics: Towards an Existential Ecology (2016). Weber regularly contributes to major newspapers and magazines, such as National Geographic, GEO, and Die Zeit, and has won a number of awards for his writing. He teaches philosophy at Leuphana University, Lüneburg and at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. Weber has two children, fifteen and seventeen. He lives in Berlin and Italy.


November 3
“Material, Environment, Architecture: The Artistic Process and Creating Space”
Alison Stigora
4 p.m., Colby Museum

Alison Stigora (Faculty Fellow in Sculpture, Colby) is a site-specific artist specializing in large-scale sculpture and installation. Her projects explore ideas of transparency, the relationship between humans and their environment, and the intersection of sculpture and architecture.

 


November 4
Colby Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director
Origins, annual humanities theme event
7:30 p.m. Lorimer Chapel

Maurice Ravel’s Boléro has been featured in numerous films, where it suggests “evolution” from a primal point of origin. Excerpts from a few of these fi ms will be shown with accompaniment by the ensemble. The program also explores the evolution of the jazz trumpet with Allen Vizzutti’s stunning American Jazz Suite with guest soloist Mark Tipton. We’ll also visit the world of comics with Jess Langston Turner’s “Black Bolt,” Julie Giroux’s “Before The Sun,” and David Mairs’s “A Touch of the Union Jack.”

 


November 6
The Global Environmental Justice Documentary on Asia Event Series
Journalist/Activist Jianqiang Liu and Director Gary Marcuse
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Robert’s Private Dining Room
Meet with Director Gary Marcuse and Journalist/Activist Jianqiang Liu on internship opportunities in making
documentaries on environmental protection and journalism in China.

4 p.m. Olin 1
Public lecture. “Search for Secret Mountain: Tibetan Culture and Environmental Protection” Jianqiang Liu, and Gary Marcuse speaks on global environmental justice documentaries on Asia.

7:00 – 8:30 pm Olin 1
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.

8:30 – 9:00 pm Olin 1
Q & A with Gary Marcuse and Jianqiang Liu


November 8
Environmental Studies Film Screening
Upstream Color (2013), Shane Carruth, director
7 p.m. Olin/ Olin 1

A woman (Amy Seimetz) unwittingly undergoes a series of bizarre experiments, then meets a kindred spirit (Shane Carruth) who may have experienced the same ordeal. They are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

 

 


November 15
Environmental Studies Lunch Lecture Series
What are the Environmental Humanities?: An Introduction to the Field and Careers
Chris Walker, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities
11:30 a.m. Dana / Fairchild Dining Hall

Christopher Walker is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities at Colby College. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His book project, Narratives of Decay, considers authors, artists, and scientists who speculate on environmental futures. 11:30 a.m. lunch, 12:00 lecture


November 16
Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth
Viewing and discussion with director Scott Brown
7:00 pm, Olin 01

Come see the documentary Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth, a film about climate justice, and have a discussion with one of the directors, Scott Brown, an Udall Scholar and graduate of Northwestern University (’17).
As climate change begins to wreak havoc, especially on the world’s developing nations, a 23-year-old Malaysian activist travels to Paris to represent young people from countries like his at the COP21 climate negotiations. His journey to discover his role as an activist on a global stage, to speak up for the underrepresented Global South, and to continue fighting now in the face of U.S. President Trump’s abandonment of the Paris Agreement, provides insight into the world of international climate negotiations and activism that is rarely reported to the public. View trailer here.


November 18

Invitation
Colby College Collegium Colby College Chorale with the Colby Kennebec Choral Society
Eric Christopher Perry, director
7:30 p.m. Lorimer Chapel

Invitation explores the origins of American musical styles and their influence on traditional compositional forms throughout history. Highlighting Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, in collaboration with the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine, other works include the complete Old American Songs by Aaron Copland, canons, catches, and rounds by Kirke Mechem, and selections from The Harmony of Maine (1792) by Supply Belcher, the “Handel of Maine.”

 


November 28
Environmental Studies Lunch Lecture Series
Chakaia Booker Talk
4:30 p.m. Bixler 178 (Given Auditorium)

In this lecture, sculptor Chakaia Booker reflects on her work, which uses discarded tires and other construction materials to explore ecological concerns, racial and economic difference, gender, and globalization.

 

 

 

 


November 29
Environmental Studies Film Screening
Beasts of the Southern Wild(2012), Dir. Benh Zeitlin
7 p.m. Olin / Olin 1

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.