Colby will be hosting it’s 8th Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament. We will be having guest from
Bates and locals from Maine attending to compete in order to see who’s the best in Maine. We will be having singles, crew battles, and doubles (if tournament entry is high enough) . If you bring a full set up (Gamecube or Wii, melee or 20XX TE, a CRT, and an extension cord if you have one) then there will be no venue fee. Tournament fee will be $5 and doubles will be $2 per team. Spectators can enter for free.

William Henry Fox Talbot, Photomicrograph of Insect Wings, 1840

Early photographic experimentation was frequently less concerned with optics—with providing a picture of the world—than with physics. Techniques such as spectroscopy were developed and deployed explicitly to investigate that which was beyond the range of human perception: the nature and behavior of light. Laura Saltz, associate professor of American studies, asks why it is worth reintegrating scientific discourses about light back into the cultural history of early photography. Click here for more information on this talk.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165

Although the events it describes occurred over two hundred years ago, the term “Haitian Revolution” has only come into widespread use in the past few decades. By putting the events that led to the western world’s first abolition of slavery on the same level as the American and French revolutions, this new language profoundly changes our understanding of the “age of revolutions.” The explosion of new scholarship on the Haitian Revolution is also changing our understanding of the meaning of this event and its place in world history.


History tells us that Darwin was neither the first nor the only one to think of evolution. This talk by Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, takes the opportunity to think carefully about Charles Darwin and the revolution in thought that carries his name. Browne, who teaches the history of natural history and biology, has published a two-volume biography of Charles Darwin. Her interest in Darwin stems from her time as an editor on the Darwin Correspondence Project, in Cambridge, England. Click here for more information on this talk.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165


From Facebook pages to Whatsapp forwards, the Internet and social media helped pave the way to the Arab Spring ongoing revolutions. Khalid Albaih, a political cartoonist from Sudan and the 2016 Oak Fellow, will discuss his cartoons that champion freedom of expression and democracy in the Arab world. During the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, Albaih’s images were turned into stencils and reproduced on city walls in Cairo and Sana’a. Click here for more information on this talk.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165


Gillen D’Arcy Wood, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, asks what happens when the world’s climate reaches a sudden tipping point. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the so-called “Year Without a Summer,” 1816. The fallout from the massive eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia caused a global climate emergency with a devastating new strain of cholera, crop failure and famine, food riots, and the mass emigration of refugees. This lecture, based on Wood’s award-winning book, Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World, provides a gripping disaster narrative with important lessons not only for historians and students, but also local communities and governments tasked with responding to today’s climate crisis. Click here for more information on this talk.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165


Two Cent Talks welcomes Bill Roorbach and Arielle Greeneber for a reading, reception, and book signing. Roorbach’s book The Remedy for Love was a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and he won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes for his short story collection Big Bend and the Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction for Temple Stream. 

Arielle Greenberg is the author of the poetry collections Slice, My Kafka Century, and Given and the chapbooks Shake Her and Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials. Her creative nonfiction book Locally Made Panties is forthcoming in 2016.

Two Cent Talks promotes and celebrates the literary arts in Maine with support from The Center for Arts and Humanities, Office of the President, and the English Department and Creative Writing Program.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165


Professor of Philosophy Dan Cohen will discuss the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, which marked a sea change in Western thought about the world and humanity’s place in it. At its start, we located ourselves at the center of a finite, harmonious, purpose-filled cosmos. By its end, the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic complex of theories gave way to a Newtonian universe quantitatively defined by space and time, matter and motion, and mass and momentum. It also gave the world two powerful ideas: science and a scientific revolution. In retrospect, neither one is a perfect fit in describing that era. Click here for more information on this talk.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165


Khalid Albaih, a cartoonist from Sudan, is the 2016 Oak Fellow at Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. Albaih uses his daring, often biting cartoons to champion freedom of expression and democracy in the Arab world while criticizing Islamophobia, torture, and drone attacks.

Contact: Oak Institute,, 207-859-5305