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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Miller Library

President David A. Greene and Dean of the College Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94 welcome the Class of 2020 to the Colby community during an all-inclusive convocation on Miller Lawn. Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Robert S. Weisbrot will give the convocation address.

Contact: Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the College,, 207-859-4609


Colby groups will perform in the last of this summer concert series. This free, family-friendly event will also feature The Ghost of Paul Revere with members of the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM). Bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy live music downtown. The event runs 5-9 p.m. Rain location is the Waterville Opera House.

Contact: Waterville Creates!,

Photo credit: Joseph Tobianski I

Will Heininger, former University of Michigan football player, tells his personal journey with depression—the stigma, hiding it, thinking he was weak, and suffering in silence before realizing help was available and eventually overcoming it. Heininger guides his audience in recognizing their own pursuits toward mental well-being and offers resources to continue their progress.

Contact: Campus Life,, 207-859-4280