In this lecture, Eric D. Weitz, dean of humanities and arts and distinguished professor of history at The City College of New York, argues that we need to understand the Holocaust not as a singular, unique event but as one of a number of genocides carried out by states in the 20th century. To compare does not mean that everything is the same. A comparative approach enables us to highlight similarities as well as differences among different cases, deepening our understanding of the tragic phenomenon of modern genocides. Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.

Contact: Sherry Berard, saberard@colby.edu, 207-859-5320



What if science studies theorist Bruno Latour is right that thinking of ourselves as “revolutionary” is one of the central constitutive myths of modernity? What if, as he asserts, “we have never been modern?” This talk with Keith Peterson, associate professor of philosophy, explores the basis of Latour’s anti-revolutionary claim and considers some responses to these questions and their implications. Peterson’s areas of interest include philosophies of nature and environment, value theory, philosophical anthropology, and continental philosophy. He teaches courses in all these areas, and is currently completing a monograph on environmental philosophy titled “A World not Made for Us: Topics in Critical Environmental Philosophy.”

Contact: Megan Fossa, mefossa@colby.edu, 207-859-4165


Bernardo Bertolucci, whose emotional, exuberant style graced masterpieces from The Conformist to Last Tango in Paris and his Best Picture-winner The Last Emperor, is more youthful, energetic, and cinematically and politically revolutionary than ever in this relatively recent dazzler. “The personal is political” was the litany of the heady days of 1968’s spring when everything felt old and deadly and about to crumble. While most students take the lead in the May revolution, a French poet’s twins Theo and Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. They meet and adopt modest, conservatively educated California-based student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Contact: Megan Fossa, mefossa@colby.edu, 207-859-4165