Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson to Receive the 2011 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award

The woman who opened NPR’s Kabul bureau in Afghanistan five years ago, who covered the Arab Spring from Cairo, and who recently reported from Benghazi, in eastern Libya, as rebel forces surged into Tripoli and toppled Muammar Qaddafi, will receive Colby College’s 2011 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.  NPR Foreign Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson will accept the Lovejoy award and an honorary Colby doctorate at a formal convocation on Sunday, Oct. 16.  The following events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reflections on the Arab Spring Panel Discussion
4:00 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Featuring faculty experts from Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges (including the Goldfarb Center’s own John Turner, Assistant Professor of History)

Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation honoring Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
5:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel
Presentation of award and honorary degree followed by address

Click here more information about Ms. Sarhaddi Nelson’s work and the events of the day.

Upcoming Events

International Development: Life and Work in the Foreign Service with USAID
Gary Newton ’72, U.S. Special Adviser to Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Diamond Room 122

The Cost of Getting Better: The Ecologies of Race, Sex and Disability
Prof. Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University
Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Diamond Room 122
Co-sponsored by Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, PCB and The Bridge

A Conversation with the Chief Justice of Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court
The Hon. Leigh I. Saufley
Monday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Diamond Room 122
Co-sponsored by the Waterville Chapter of the American Association of University Women

View our complete calendar of events here.

In The Community

THIS WEEKEND: The Common Ground Country Fair
September 23 – 26, 2011
Unity, ME

Click here for more information on tickets, schedules and how to volunteer.

Welcome to Megan Vigue, Administrative Secretary for the Goldfarb Center

The faculty and staff of the Goldfarb Center are pleased to welcome Megan Vigue as the new administrative secretary for the Goldfarb Center, Government and Anthropology departments, and Social Sciences division.  Megan comes to Colby from Edward Jones Investments, where she worked as a branch administrator, and from Stage Presence in Winslow, where she spent six years as the office manager.  In just a few short weeks, Megan has already proven herself to be a valuable member of the Center’s team as we prepare for events this fall and look ahead to plans for the spring semester.  Megan’s office is located on the second floor of the Diamond building.  Stop by and say hello!

Funding Opportunities and Proposal Writing Workshop

We are now welcoming Request for Funding Proposals (RFPs) from faculty and/or students interested in undertaking projects related to public affairs or civic engagement.  Grants are available for student internships, student or faculty research (both independent and collaborative projects), faculty sponsored conferences or visiting fellows, and civic engagement course development.  Click here for detailed information on available grants.  The deadline to apply for funding is Wednesday, Oct. 19.

A proposal writing workshop for students will take place on Sept. 28 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., led by Bets Brown.  If you are serious about applying for funding and would like guidance on how to writing a convincing proposal, please plan to attend.  For further information, please contact Alice Elliott at

Boston Event – Reminder

Looking Ahead To The 2012 Election
A Conversation with Peter Hart ’64, Chairman, Hart Research Associates

Please join us for an informative talk about the upcoming Republican nominating contest and the fall election from one of the nation’s leading analysts of public opinion. Peter Hart ’64 has advised Democratic candidates and provided expert election polling and media commentary for more than three decades. Come hear what he has to say about the upcoming election cycle.  All Boston area alumni and parents, as well as members of the Student Advisory Board are invited to attend. 

Members of the Boston Liaison Board are encouraged to attend a board meeting with Center Director Sandy Maisel, Assistant Director Barb Spangle and current students immediately prior to the reception.

October 6, 2011
University of Massachusetts Club, Boston
GC Boston Liaison Board Meeting – 4:30 p.m.
Reception – 6 p.m.
Program – 7 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres and an open bar will be provided.
Kindly register by September 30 at Looking Ahead to the 2012 Election.

Special thanks to Kevin Thurston ’98 and UBS for their help with this event, as well as Boston Liaison Board Members Pat Clenenden ’88, Chad Higgins ’97, and Brooke McNally ’03.