The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs connects Colby to the world of public affairs and inspires active citizenship to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges.
Through hundreds of events featuring world leaders, innovative thinkers, influential politicians, and cutting-edge academics, the center has set a high standard for public affairs programming at a liberal arts institution.
Founded in 2003 with a generous gift from Colby Trustee William Goldfarb ’68, P ’00, the center contributes to the intellectual life of the College in varied, significant ways. Through research grants, internship opportunities, and course development stipends, it makes a vital difference in the lives and educational experience of Colby students.
The Goldfarb Center coordinates four flagship events. Although each has a unique purpose, all have the goal of providing students opportunities to interact with award recipients and national leaders in journalism, academia, public affairs, and judicial service.
The recipient may be an editor, reporter, or publisher who has contributed to the nation’s journalistic achievement. Criteria include integrity, craftsmanship, character, intelligence, and courage.
The Goldfarb Center brings in top academics from across the country to debate the most pressing and divisive issues in today’s world.
The Senator George J. Mitchell International Lecture Series brings a prominent policy leader to campus each fall for a lecture and a dinner designed to foster interaction with students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S. Senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George Mitchell.