Spring 2017

January 16
Monday Night Movies: Malcolm X
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.07.05 PMThe much-hyped “Malcolm X” happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change — and surely Spike Lee’s most universally appealing film. An engrossing mosaic of history, myth and sheer conjecture, this ambitious epic manages to sustain itself for 3 hours 21 minutes, and also overcomes an early frivolity of tone and Lee’s intrusiveness to achieve a stature befitting its subject. Lee, whose enormous affection for his hero suffuses his work, nevertheless resists the temptation to sanitize Malcolm as Richard Attenborough did Gandhi. The civil rights leader, as eloquently portrayed by Denzel Washington, emerges as an immensely likable human being — a onetime black separatist who overcame his own prejudices.


January 18
Philanthropy : Community Conversations
Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Dan Lugo
6:30pm, Beth Israel Congregation

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 12.52.30 PMRabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which mobilizes 1800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice Work in Your Jewish Community (2011) and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition (2009).Rabbi Jacobs has been named to the Forward’s list of 50 influential American Jews, to Newsweek’s list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America, and to the Jerusalem Post’s “Women to Watch.” She holds rabbinic ordination and an MA in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, and a BA from Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her husband, Guy Austrian, and their daughters Lior and Dvir.Dan Lugo, Vice President for College and Student Advancement, oversees development; alumni relations; the center for discovery, global impact, and postgraduate achievement; and the networking that allows Colby to offer students and alumni exceptional opportunities. Lugo began his duties at Colby in 2015 following four years as vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. A graduate of Carleton College, he earned a law degree at the University of Minnesota and practiced intellectual property and entertainment law for nearly a decade. Throughout much of his career in higher education, he has helped to lead and develop strategies to grow institutional resources and has worked collaboratively on communications programs that have advanced the institutions’ missions.


February 6
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: The Birth of a Nation- Remembering African American Slave Revolts
7pm, Lovejoy 100

the-birth-of-a-nation-5Nat Turner is an enslaved Baptist preacher who lives on a Virginia plantation owned by Samuel Turner. With rumors of insurrection in the air, a cleric convinces Samuel that Nate should sermonize to other slaves, thereby quelling any notions of an uprising. As Nate witnesses the horrific treatment of his fellow man, he realizes that he can no longer just stand by and preach. On Aug. 21, 1831, Turner’s quest for justice and freedom leads to a violent and historic rebellion in Southampton County.


February 9
María Magdalena Campos-Pons
7:00pm, Museum of Art, Colby College
February 10
12pm, Museum of Art, Colby College

Cuban-born artist Campos-Pons is renowned for her sculptures, photographs, installations, and performances. In a performance at Colby titled “Llego FeFa.Remedios II,” she will enunciate ancestral narratives of pain and loss to produce a common moment of reckoning with our past and our current issues of urgency.

Cosponsored with Art, Pugh Center, Pugh Community Board, Dean of the College, Latin American Studies Program, American Studies Program, African-American Studies Program, Spanish Department, and Theater & Dance Department.


February 9-11
Lost with You: The Lemonade Stand Project
7:30pm, Strider Theater, Colby College

Lemonade Stand is a new musical that tells the story of a young girl named Juliette and her older brother, Jerome. Juliette dreams of getting out of her small town, but for now she clings to her childhood lemonade stand as the only thing that gives any purpose to her life. Meanwhile, Jerome spends his days playing chess and isolating himself, always having struggled to find acceptance in his community. One day, Isa Isenberg and her son move into town and open a high-tech iced tea business, sending the townspeople into a crazed obsession. With reality quickly becoming distorted and confused, Juliette and Jerome must find a way to keep moving forward when everything familiar seems to be slipping away. Original music by Josua Lutian ’18, and book and lyrics by Katie Monteleone ’18.

Co-produced with the Department of Music. Cosponsored with the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Meehan Family Theater and Dance Fund.


February 13
Monday Night Movies: Zero for Conduct – The Red Balloon
7pm, Waterville Opera House

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 1.19.21 PMRevolution begins young—and can be quiet or loud in this double bill of remarkable, timeless yet timely masterpieces from France. In the legendary Jean Vigo’s Zero for Conduct, four boarding school boys start a surrealist rebellion against their repressive administration and teachers. Initially banned, Zero for Conduct now looks fresher than when it was made in the ‘30s. Paired with it is a film about the interior revolution a child can make internally by refusing to accept the world as imposed on them. Tormented by his cruel classmates, ignored, by adults, Pascal, the young hero of Albert Lamorisse’s truly charming fable, is befriended by a red balloon that starts to follow him around Paris. It is to prove, literally and otherwise, a way out.


February 13
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Amistad—Education and the Seeds of Revolution
7pm, Lovejoy 100

AmistadIn 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) wants Cinque and the others exonerated and recruits property lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to help his case. Eventually, John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) also becomes an ally.


February 14-April 30
Anna Jermolaewa: Leninopad
Davis Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art

In the summer of 2015, Anna Jermolaewa traveled throughout Ukraine documenting empty or repurposed pedestals that had once displayed statues of Vladimir Lenin. Leninopad, or “Leninfall”—a term coined to describe the systematic toppling of monuments to the revolutionary leader—was the most visible manifestation of the state-instituted process of “decommunization” introduced in Ukraine by government decree in May of 2015. By the following year, more than thirteen hundred Lenin statues had been removed from civic areas, and nearly one thousand villages and cities had been renamed.

This exhibition focuses on the video component of Jermolaewa’s Leninopad project. To locate the pedestals, Jermolaewa relies on directions from the people she meets, whom she urges to reflect on the demise of Ukraine’s communist monuments. “Is it a pity?” she asks. The resulting commentaries range from expressions of bemusement and resignation to resentment and disillusion. One passerby blames Lenin for Holodomor, the 1932–33 famine of genocidal proportions that was caused by Joseph Stalin’s policies. Erected in the post–World War II era, statues of Lenin promoted allegiance to the socialist state by commemorating its revolutionary origins. Most of the older residents whom Jermolaewa encounters are aggrieved by the expunging of their past, although a young woman echoes their frustrations. “History is history,” she protests. “We can’t change it.”


February 15
Build your Revolution: Love and War
7-10pm, Miller Library

Get in the Love and War spirit and join in for some friendly building competition! The most inspired creators will earn a range of awesome LEGO sets to take home, so bring your ingenuity and imagination in equal measure! The judging will take place at the tail end of the event, so the quicker you arrive, the more time you will have to build the coolest entry possible.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Colby College Libraries.


February 20
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Twelve Years a Slave-Living to tell our stories
7pm, Lovejoy 100

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon’s life forever.


February 27
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Glory–Rise up! And give us house room!
7pm, Lovejoy 100

300px-GloryFollowing the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States’ first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.


March 1
S.H.O.U.T! Keynote Lecture: Janet Mock
7pm, Lorimer Chapel

Every spring the Pugh Community Board hosts SHOUT week, which stands for Speaking, Hearing, and Opening Up Together. It is a week devoted to activism and awareness about a current social issue. Our 2017 SHOUT theme is Writing Revolutions, which focuses on the power of writing in social movements, exploring how writing continues to be an act of defiance and revolution in our personal lives and society. How can we use language to connect ourselves to a larger purpose? In what ways can writing empower us to create a new vision or path? What voices are included in our discourses of social change? Who is left out—and how can we bring those voices to the center?

We are excited to announce writer and trans advocate Janet Mock as our 2017 S.H.O.U.T. keynote speaker. As a journalist, Janet brings issues of gender, race, class, and equity to the forefront of public discourse. Her memoir Redefining Realness debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2014 and she recently produced the HBO Documentary The Trans List (http://janetmock.com/bio/). She is also the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women.


March 2
Lipman Lecture in Jewish Studies
Nathan Englander
7pm, Ostrove Auditorium

Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, as well as the novel The Ministry of Special Cases. He was the 2012 recipient of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for What We Talk About. In 2012, Englander’s play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater, and his translation New American Haggadah (edited by Jonathan Safran Foer) was published by Little Brown. He also co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly A Knock at the Door published by FSG. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and Madison, Wisconsin.

Cosponsored with Jewish studies.


March 2
Musical Performance: RenMen
7:30pm, Lorimer Chapel

Where did a cappella come from? How do ensembles today approach this versatile form of music making? This course will explore unaccompanied vocal polyphony both historically and in contemporary performance.

Renaissance Men is comprised of Boston and New York’s most active chamber musicians, educators, and music aficionados – founded in 2014 by Anthony Burkes Garza, General Manager, Eric Christopher Perry, Artistic Director/Conductor, Will Prapestis, Social Media Consultant, Peter Schilling, Business Manager, and tenor, Alexander Nishibun. RenMen’s 2016-17 roster will also feature Gene Stenger, Francesco Logozzo, Kilian Mooney, Dominick Matsko, Brian Church, and Benjamin Pfeil. This performance is free and open to the public.


March 3
Celebration of Waterville family photo collections at Colby
12pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

Event to honor the Picher/LaVerdiere, Bernier/Small, and Miller/Levine families, who recently donated their family photograph collections to Colby, with presentations by family members and Colby students, followed by a reception in the Wormser Room.


March 3
Blue Scholars
Part of S.H.O.U.T! Week
7pm, Doors open, 8pm Performance, Page Commons

Hailing from Seattle, Blue Scholars is one DJ and one MC, and that’s it.  MC Geo and producer/DJ Sabzi, through their music and live shows, bridge their experiences as children of immigrants to the urgent politic of now. The duo’s sharp, insightful lyricism and lush musicality create an experience that is at once introspective and globally reaching. With a reputation for an empowering and entertaining live performance, expect to be engaged and inspired.


March 6
Film Screening: ¡Palante, Siempre Palante! and Conversation with Director Iris Morales
7pm, Olin 1

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000041_00047]As the female Robin Hood of 21st century in East Harlem, Iris Morales is an inspiring change agent. Since she has been a teenager, Iris Morales dedicated her life to the advancement of the Puerto Rican community, social justice and human rights. During her years at City College of New York, she helped to establish the first Puerto Rican group, called Puerto Ricans in Student Activities. After organizing a tenant movement in East Harlem, she joined the radical Young Lords Party. This movement that originated in Chicago established a branch in Harlem with similar goals and methods like the Black Panthers. They had a 13-Point Program and Platform in which they expressed their goals and convictions. In the beginning, an only male Latino patriarchal organization, she was the first woman to join this group and quickly became a leading member. Furthermore, she brought forward an agenda concerned with feminism and the oppression of women.

Cosponsored with Latin American Studies, Spanish, American Studies, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Cinema Studies, and the Oak Institute.


March 6
Monday Night Movies: I am Cuba
7pm, Waterville Opera House

When Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba—a long-lost, phantasmagoric Cuban-Soviet propaganda film from 1964—was rediscovered and reissued in late 1995 (with the prominent support of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola), critic Terrence Rafferty wrote the following in his New Yorker review: “They’re going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers.” That’s about right. Personally speaking, I certainly needed medical assistance to reattach my jaw, which had dropped permanently to the floor during one of the film’s famed tracking shots. Though I Am Cuba is fascinating enough as an historical footnote the reason it endures is almost exclusively cinematic: Given the virtually unlimited resources of two countries at their disposal, Russian director Kalatozov (The Cranes Are Flying) and his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky turned the newly Communist Cuba into a lush playground where they could experiment with wide-angle lenses, whooshing camera moves, and towering crane shots held for minutes at a time. Their assignment was to affirm the revolutionary spirit that had just given birth to a new Cuba, but within those broad parameters, they were free to pull off all the technical wonderments they could dream up.


March 6
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Daughter’s of the Dust-A Meditation on women on the move and the Power of Spirit
7pm, Lovejoy 100

imagesAt the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce).


March 9
The Stranger in the Woods
Book Launch Event with Author Michael Finkel
5-6pm, Reception in Waterville City Hall
6-7pm, Presentation in Waterville Opera House

Unless you have been living in the woods for the past several decades, you likely have heard of Central Maine’s North Pond Hermit. Author Michael Finkel has written a book about the North Pond Hermit called “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.” Mr. Finkel will share his new book at a free book launch event on Thursday, March 9, 2017. All are invited to attend. From 5p-6p that evening, join the author at a reception in Waterville City Hall, 1 Common Street, Waterville, ME 04901. The reception is sponsored by the Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities and will include free light refreshments by the Last Unicorn. Beginning at 6p in the Waterville Opera House, Mr. Finkel will then give a presentation that will include photographs, video clips, as well as a question and answer session. The author will sign books immediately following this presentation. This event is free, but tickets are required. Free tickets can be picked up at any Bull Moose location or at the Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm Street, Waterville, ME 04901. Books can be pre-ordered at any Bull Moose location. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

This event is presented by the Waterville Public Library, Bull Moose, and publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Event partners are the City of Waterville, Maine, Waterville Opera House, Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, and Waterville Creates!. For more information about the event, please visit the Waterville Public Library web site at www.watervillelibrary.org or email librarian@watervillelibrary.org.


March 10-11
The Opulence of Integrity
A movement odyssey exploring the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali
7:30pm, Strider Theater

The Spring Dance Concert features guest artist Christal Brown’s company in The Opulence of Integrity and Residents of Infinite Space; an Honors Thesis by Senior Theater and Dance Major Kathryn Butler. Butler’s multi-phased and multi-faceted work takes a complex look at collaborative creative processes both in person and via mediated experience, and this project merges the research of multiple student choreographers and performers into a new work showcasing her signature athleticism that fascination with differently trained bodies in pragmatic puzzle-solving. Inspired by boxing’s outspoken superstar Muhammad Ali’s career as a boxer and life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being, The Opulence of Integrity deploys eclectic movement and multiple media to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity. By using Ali as an archetype, The Opulence of Integrity explores the struggle for identity for men of color in the United States with an intimate and expansive look at social, economic, and spiritual trappings that prohibit freedom.


March 13
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Passage at St. Augustine—Bishops Wives and a Black Community Confront Segregationist Violence
7pm, Lovejoy 100

529654726“Passage at St. Augustine” establishes America’s Oldest City as home to the most violent Civil Rights campaign of the entire Movement. Viewers are transported back to this unlikely Florida tourist town to hear first-hand from civil rights foot soldiers, Klansmen, journalists, clergy, politicians and the like, who fought on the front lines of the 18-month battle that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite MLK and LBJ headlining the film’s real-life cast, most come away asking why a campaign so pivotal appears to have been wiped from the hard drive of History.


March 15
Wild blueberries, debt bondage, human trafficking — What do these have in common?!
7pm, Diamond 122

Junya Yimprasert will present her new documentary film “Missa Marjat – Where the Berries Are”, about farmers from Thailand trafficked to work on the wild berry harvest in Finland and who now struggle for justice. Q&A to follow.
Junya is a prominent human rights activist from Thailand and a long-time campaigner for the rights of workers and victims of human trafficking, both in Thailand and beyond. She is the founder of the Thai Labour Campaign and a co-founder of Focus on the Global South. She is currently living in Finland as a political exile: her uncompromising support of free speech, democratic rule, and open criticism of the Thai monarchy and military rule mean that she can no longer safely return to Thailand.

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Center for the Arts and Humanities, East Asian Studies, Global Studies, Goldfarb Center, and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights.


March 27
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Freedom on My Mind—One Woman’s View of Civil Rights and Personal Change
7pm, Lovejoy 100

Freedom_on_My_Mind_(film)Freedom on My Mind is a 1994 feature documentary film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won that year’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] It is the first film to chronicle, in depth, the story of Freedom Summer. It was produced and directed by Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford. The film vividly tells the complex and compelling history of the Mississippi voter registration struggles of 1961 to 1964: the interracial nature of the campaign, the tensions and conflicts, the fears and hopes. It is the story of youthful idealism and shared vision, of a generation who believed in and fought for the principles of democracy. Participants interviewed include Robert Parris Moses, Victoria Gray Adams, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, and Freedom Summer volunteers Marshall Ganz, Heather Booth, and Pam Allen.


March 28
Thigh-High Politics: The Importance of Accessible News with Lauren Duca
7pm, Lovejoy 100

The Oak Student Committee welcomes Lauren Duca as the keynote speaker for their spring programming series on issues of access, “Breaking Down Barriers.” Duca, contributing editor at Teen Vogue, will speak about the importance of making the news accessible to every audience, including groups like teenage women. Duca will share her insights on the state of journalism in terms of accountability, the necessity of being informed, and the role of young people in politics, as well as her experience as a woman in journalism. She will also contextualize Teen Vogue’s shift to include more politics and discuss her new column, “Thigh-High Politics,” and the importance of making the news relevant to young readers. Cosponsored with the English Department, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.


March 29
The threat of the modern girl: Race, class and gender in a Netherlands Indies newspaper
Tom Hoogervorst
4pm, Miller 014

The rise of the ‘modern girl’, a global phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, profoundly influenced notions of race, class and gender in late-colonial Indonesia. This popular female archetype represented a revolutionary new world in which Asian young women could – for the first time – participate in western education and unchaperoned socialising with men. Many men and women alike perceived these freedoms as a challenge to long-established conservative realities. I will explore these contestations through Sin Po, a Malay-language newspaper which catered mostly to Indonesia’s acculturated Chinese community. The majority of its published letters and opinion pieces reproduced the persistent binaries of purity/pollution, virgin/whore, and tradition/modernity. I argue that these representations cannot be attributed solely to culturally-ingrained misogyny, but reflect complex negotiations of racial, class, and gender identities of a community subordinated within a colonial system that privileged white, European men.


March 30
Scott Sherman
Contributing Writer, The Nation
7pm, Robinson Room, Special Collections

In a series of cover stories for The Nation in 2011, Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most cherished institutions: the New York Public Library. But when the story broke, people fought back. Sherman’s lecture at Colby, based on his new book, Patience and Fortitude, will chronicle a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.

Cosponsored with the History department, Latin American Studies, the department of English, Art, American Studies, Philosophy ,and Pugh Center.


April 2
Dignity and Wealth: Community Conversations
Dr. Alyssa Gray and Professor Adam Howard
6:30pm, Beth Israel Congregation

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.33.51 PM Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.33.56 PMDr. Alyssa Gray is the Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR in New York. She received her PhD with distinction in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and also earned an LLM in Jewish law from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law. She is a graduate of Barnard College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and earned a JD from the Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Adam Howard is Professor of Education and Director of the Education Program at Colby College. His research and writing focus on social class issues in education with a particular focus on privilege and elite education. He is author of Learning Privilege: Lessons of Power and Identity in Affluent Schooling, co-author (with 23 of his undergraduate students) of Negotiating Privilege and Identity in Educational Contexts, and co-editor (with Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández) of Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage. Currently, he is conducting a multi-sited global ethnography on the self-understandings of students attending elite secondary schools in six countries: Australia, Chile, Denmark, Ghana, Jordan, and Taiwan.


April 3
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Neshoba—A documentary on Freedom Summer and its importance.
7pm, Lovejoy 100

In 1964, three civil rights activists go missing in Mississippi. The bodies of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are found months later, and the three Klansman accused of murdering them are put on trial. All three are found not guilty, including Edgar Ray Killen who openly flaunts his involvement in the killings for years after the trial. Interviews with local community members and the victim’s families highlight the ongoing effort to bring Killen to trial a second time.


April 4
Film Screening: The Road Home
7pm, Railroad Square Cinema

In 1845, 19-year-old Israel Shevenell left his home in Canada and walked nearly 200 miles to Biddeford, Maine. He found work as a brick maker and is recognized as the city’s first permanent French-Canadian settler and French voter. In 2015, his 74-year-old great-great-grandson, Ray Shevenell, retraced the pioneering journey, walking from Compton, Quebec to Biddeford. Maine filmmaker Tonya Shevenell tells their stories in her first documentary film, THE HOME ROAD. Join us for a preview screening of the brand new film and for discussion with the filmmaker and her father, Ray.


April 5
PK! V24
7:20 pm, Ostrove Auditorium, Colby College

PechaKucha Night Waterville is a fun, creative networking event for the entire community featuring diverse presenters faced with the same dynamic challenge: telling a compelling story in 20×20. Every event is well attended and provides its own distinctive ride. PechaKucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and has turned into an international phenomenon with events happening in over 800 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 Waterville is made possible by a volunteer Team PK, Waterville Creates!, and the Waterville Public Library. The Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities is the 2016-2017 season sponsor.


April 6
Two Cent Talks Series
Josie Sigler and Crystal Williams
5:30 pm, LaVerdiere Apothecary, Redington Museum

Williams_Crystal_5wc-sibarra110 Two Cent Talks Waterville Reading Series welcomes Josie Sigler and Crystal Willaims. The book reading will then be followed by a reception and a book signing. Josie Sigler’s collection of stories, The Galaxie and Other Rides, was awarded the Ruby Pickens Tartt First Fiction Award and published by Livingston Press in 2012. Her book of poetry, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. Sigler’s very short story, The Compartment, won the 2012 Barthelme Prize. Crystal Williams has published four collections of poems, most recently Detroit as Barn, finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Cleveland State Open Book Prize, and the Maine Book Award. Her third collection, Troubled Tongues, was awarded the 2009 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Award, the Idaho Poetry Prize, and the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize.

Two Cent Talks is dedicated to promoting and celebrating the literary arts in Maine and is cosponsored with the Office of the President, and English Department and Program in Creative Writing.


April 10
The Success of Failure/ Revolutions Interrupted in the Mascarene region (18-20th c)
Françoise Lionnet, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
3pm, Lovejoy 215

To commemorate the bicentennial (1989) of the French Revolution in Reunion Island, the Théâtre Vollard (named after the famous art dealer from Reunion who was a friend of Alfred Jarry and many other Paris artists and writers) performed Etuves, a work written as a response to the plays of Olympe de Gouges and staged in the historic space where the Colonial Assembly used to hold its meetings. Part of a grassroots movement that tried, in the late 1980s and early 90s, to represent, mobilize, and reinvest the revolutionary period with new meaning around the all-but-forgotten abolition of 4 February 1794, the performance underscored the brief, but ultimately failed, attempts at emancipation from the imagined perspective of the local population. In her 2001 novel Mutiny, Lindsey Collen also stages, in contemporary globalized Mauritius, a failed revolution that underscores nonetheless the possibility of the impossible, i.e. the transformation of social relations, new affective bonds, and emerging solidarities. In his 2003 novel Revolutions, the Nobel laureate JMG Le Clézio puts a new spin (literally) on the word: his is an interior, philosophical confrontation that leads to a seemingly purposeless flight from and circular return to melancholic attachments. I read these texts together in an attempt to articulate the conditions under which writing can indeed consist in “inventing a people who are missing” (Deleuze).

Cosponsored with the French department and African-American studies.


April 10
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Malcolm X—Remembering Black Nationalism in an Age of White Nationalism
7pm, Lovejoy 100

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The much-hyped “Malcolm X” happens to be a spiritually enriching testament to the human capacity for change — and surely Spike Lee’s most universally appealing film. An engrossing mosaic of history, myth and sheer conjecture, this ambitious epic manages to sustain itself for 3 hours 21 minutes, and also overcomes an early frivolity of tone and Lee’s intrusiveness to achieve a stature befitting its subject. Lee, whose enormous affection for his hero suffuses his work, nevertheless resists the temptation to sanitize Malcolm as Richard Attenborough did Gandhi. The civil rights leader, as eloquently portrayed by Denzel Washington, emerges as an immensely likable human being — a onetime black separatist who overcame his own prejudices.


April 11
Activism, Justice and Future Generations
Winona LaDuke
Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Humanities
7pm, Lorimer Chapel

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned writer and activist working on issues of climate change, sustainable development, and the rights of indigenous communities. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

The Environmental Humanities Initiative at Colby College is supported by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This initiative builds on the college’s strengths in the study of the arts, the humanities, and the environment, with the goal of inspiring innovative interdisciplinary opportunities and collaborations at the intersection of these fields. Faculty and students across the humanistic and environmental disciplines will be empowered to apply artistic, cultural, ethical, historical, and literary perspectives in a collective exploration of pressing questions concerning the environment through interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning.


April 12
Luis Camnitzer
7pm, Olin 1

Artist and educator Luis Camnitzer, whose conceptual artwork, The Museum Is a School, occupies the façade of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, will combine a personal reflection on revolution with a prescription for renewal without complacency in the overlapping realms of art and education. Having come of age in Uruguay during a period of widespread revolution in Latin America, Camnitzer grew to distrust immediate, totalizing shifts in the social sphere. Instead, he will explore the potential for “micro-revolutions” based on the idea of the artist as an agent of empowerment and communication, like the best of teachers. A demonstration of critical thinking by a lifelong skeptic, provocateur, and idealist, this lecture will counter the narrative of exceptionalism by reiterating the essential human right of education, which Camnitzer sees as gradually freeing the collective mind and spirit, one person at a time.

This lecture has been commissioned for the 2016–17 Humanities theme of Revolutions. It is cosponsored with Colby’s Art and Philosophy Department, Education Program, and the Colby Museum.


April 14-15
Powder and Wig: Spring Awakening
7:30pm, Page Commons

Spring Awakening is a rock musical set in Germany in 1891 and tells the story of a group of teenagers fighting against a world dominated by adults. The main character, Wendla, comes to discover what it means to fall in love and to explore the meaning of her body when she finds herself falling for one of her classmates, Melchior Gabor. As Wendla’s naivety slips away and she learns that some of her friends are abused by their fathers, Wendla craves to feel and experience more so that she might understand the harsh realities of the world in which she lives.


April 17
Monday Night Movies: Duck, you Sucker!
7pm, Waterville Opera House

p1249_d_v8_acAt the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1913, greedy bandit Juan Miranda (Rod Steiger) and idealist John H. Mallory (James Coburn), an Irish Republican Army explosives expert on the lam from the British, fall in with a band of revolutionaries plotting to strike a national bank. When it turns out that the government has been using the bank as a hiding place for illegally detained political prisoners — who are freed by the blast — Miranda becomes a revolutionary hero against his will.


April 17
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Selma—From Ballots to Black Lives Matter
7pm, Lovejoy 100

selma-movie-posterAlthough the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


April 20
The Surrealist Revolution
Kim Grant, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department, University of Southern Maine
5pm, Given Auditorium

La Révolution SurréalisteBeginning in the 1920s, the Surrealists sought to instigate a revolution that was both mental and material. Art making was central to this endeavor. As a concrete manifestation of poetic thought, visual art was proof that it was possible to remake reality to accord with the unrestrained inventions of the creative mind. This talk will discuss the multiple strategies used by Surrealist writers and artists in the 1920s to undermine accepted reality and foment revolution through the creation and presentation of art.

Cosponsored with the Art Department, Colby College Museum of Art, Phi Beta Kappa Phi Beta Kappa (Beta Chapter of Maine), and Department of French and Italian.


April 24
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice and The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords-Why the Black Press still matters!
7pm, Lovejoy 100

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.45.00 PMIda B. Wells: A Passion for Justice documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison reads selections from Wells’ memoirs and other writings in this winner of more than 20 film festival awards.

 

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 12.44.38 PMThe Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords is the first film to chronicle the history of the Black press, including its central role in the construction of modern African American identity. It recounts the largely forgotten stories of generations of Black journalists who risked life and livelihood so African Americans could represent themselves in their own words and images.


April 25
A Reading from Open Midnight: Where Ancestors & Wilderness Meet with Brooke Williams, author, and activist
7pm, Special Collections

Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness—Brooke Williams’s year alone with his dog, ground truthing backcountry maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, William Williams, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England across the ocean and the American wild almost to Utah, dying a week short. The story follows two levels of history—personal, as represented by his forbear, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same time as William Williams. Brooke Williams has spent the last thirty years advocating for wilderness. He is the author of four books, including Open Midnight, Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and The Story of My Heart, by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams. His journalistic pieces have appeared in Outside, Huffington Post, Orion, and Saltfront. He and his wife, Terry Tempest Williams, divide their time between Utah and Wyoming.

Cosponsored with the Environmental Studies Program.


May 1
Revolutionary Connections
Film Screening: Say Amen, Somebody—Still Working the Spirit: Sacred Music and Its Revolutionary Connections
7pm, Lovejoy 100

p6843_d_v8_aaGospel music is the subject of this lively film, which explores the history of the faith-rooted musical style. While the documentary features a number of gospel musicians, it spends the most time looking into the considerable contributions of Thomas A. Dorsey, a pioneering songwriter and pianist, and his popular associate, singer “Mother” Willie Mae Ford Smith. Also included are numerous concert performances by the Barrett Sisters, Sallie Martin and other gospel luminaries.


May 3
SP198: Telling Stories and Making books
Book Presentations
7pm, Special Collections, Miller Library

As the culmination of their study of medieval storytelling and bookmaking techniques, the students of SP198 have produced bound volumes of original stories in Spanish. Please join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 7pm in the Robinson Room for a public presentation, in English, of their books.


May 4
From Downeast to Far East
5:30pm, First floor, Miller Library

This exhibition charts Colby and Waterville’s long historical relationship with Asia. From George Dana Boardman, Colby’s first graduate who served as a missionary to Burma during the 1820s, to Vi Tsu Sun, the College’s first Chinese student who attended in the 1920s and Chinese restaurants in pre-WWII Waterville, this exhibition reveals the depth of our ties with Asia and that Colby has always been a global place. Asian Migrations is a humanities lab course in which students focus on doing, not consuming, history by researching archival documents and artifacts to uncover the history of Asia, Colby and Waterville. As a class they have curated an exhibition showcasing the vibrant presence of Asians and Asia in Colby College and the surrounding area. Please join us in celebrating our semester’s work and come learn about an important part of Colby’s history that has been forgotten for too long.


May 4
Maine Wood(s)
Opening Reception
5:30pm, L.C. Bates Museum

This beautiful exhibition is the result of a collaborative effort between the L.C. Bates Museum staff and Ariana Finger ‘17 and Ellis Grubman ‘17, working under the supervision of Professor Véronique Plesch.

A lovely way to say farewell to the 2016/17 Revolutions theme: art, wine, and some tasty appetizers!