The screening of the award-winning film Through a Lens Darkly: Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), will be followed by a discussion with director/producer Thomas Allen Harris.

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. Bringing to light hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African-American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences, and perspectives of black families that are absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

Inspired by Deborah Willis’s book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse but focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery—and a call to action.

This screening is one of the highlights of Colby’s Photography and Migration Conference. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the conference website. Registration is free.

Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion by Trent Bell

Organized by the Asian Student Association for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, this tour will feature works by Asian American artists. The artists, with their distinctive views on their respective heritages, will inspire a discussion about the dynamics of Asian American identity.


The Genki Spark troupe is the first and only Asian women’s taiko group in the country. The group uses Japanese taiko drumming, personal stories, and creativity to build community, develop leadership, and advocate respect for all. Leveraging the power of Japanese taiko drumming with a message of empowerment, the performance challenges stereotypes commonly held of Asian women.

Miller Library

Find out if Colby is right for you. Students admitted to Colby’s Class of 2019 are invited to attend an evening of celebration at one of our regional receptions. Meet your future classmates, Colby alumni, and admissions staff. Hear about life on Mayflower Hill and get answers to your questions.

RSVP for Boston reception.