Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us To Action

Friday, October 14, 2011
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Diamond Building, Colby College

The Goldfarb Center and the Environmental Health Strategy Center are co-sponsoring a cutting edge one-day conference to present the links between human exposure to environmental chemicals and the development of obesity and diabetes.  Leading scientists and policy experts will be speaking.  Click here for more information and to register.  The contact person at Colby is Gail Carlson, Environmental Studies Program (

This conference is funded in part by a Goldfarb Center Faculty Sponsored Conference Grant.  The deadline for the next round of grant funding is Wednesday, Oct. 19.  Please click here for more information on all available grants through the Goldfarb Center.

2011 Oak Human Rights Fellow Fatima Burnad Addresses the Community

Oak Human Rights Fellow Fatima Burnad drew a large crowd to Ostrove Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 21, for her address to the community on untouchability and the caste system in India.  A passionate storyteller, Fatima reflected on her experience as an 11-year-old, when she discovered that her friend was being beaten by the family for whom she worked as a maid.  With encouragement from her father, she wrote her first petition of protest and garnered support from neighbors in her village near Chennai, an effort which eventually put an end to the child’s mistreatment and enabled her return to school.  Over 40 years later, motivated by that experience as a young girl, Fatima continues the struggle on behalf of the Dalit community and other socially marginalized people worldwide.  Through stories and photos, Fatima brought the realities for Dalits in rural India to life, and began what she hopes is just the beginning of a conversation with the Colby and Waterville communities on the issues surrounding poverty and human rights.

Click here for an interview with Fatima by Stephen Collins ’74.

Click here for an article in The Colby Echo about Fatima and the Oak Institute by Rumbidzai Gondo ’14

Click here for more information on other Oak Institute events this semester.

Upcoming Events


Mountain Removal: The True Cost of Coal presented by The Beehive Collective
Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm in Page Commons
Co-sponsored by the Goldfarb Center, Environmental Studies Program, Departments of Biology and Geology, Pugh Community Board, Cultural Events Committee Guy P. Gannett Fund, and Colby Museum of Art.


Redemption Song: How Lives are Transformed by Addressing Slavery and Injustice in Global Supply Chains
Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Diamond 122

Lovejoy Convocation Honoring NPR Foreign Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
Sunday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel
(Preceded by Reflections on the Arab Spring panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium)

Click here for a full list of public lecture programs.

In the Community

PechaKucha Waterville #5
Friday, October 21.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments.  Show begins at 7:20 p.m.
Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street
Co-sponsored by the Goldfarb Center

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.  It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds.  It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.  PKN-Waterville is hosting its fifth event and has featured presentations by Colby students, faculty and staff, as well as community members from Waterville and around central Maine.