In This Issue…

–  Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson Receives Lovejoy Award
–  Beyond Diet and Exercise: Conference Examines Links Between Chemicals and Obesity
–  Colby Volunteer Center Sponsors Johnson Day
–  Colby Cares About Kids Celebrates 10 Years of Mentoring
–  Upcoming Events
–  In The Community

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson Receives Lovejoy Award
NPR’s Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who has reported for the public radio network from Kabul and now throughout the Middle East, received the 59th Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for her courageous work covering the Afghan War and the Arab Spring.  Nelson received the award and a Colby honorary degree before a large and enthusiastic crowd in Lorimer Chapel on Sunday, October 16.  Nelson’s speech highlighted her career and the important work that she and other war correspondents do each day.
Earlier that afternoon, the Goldfarb Center hosted a panel discussion entitled “Reflections on the Arab Spring.”  The panel was chaired by Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of ProPublica and a member of the Lovejoy Selection Committee.  The panelists were John Turner, assistant professor of history at Colby and associate director of the Goldfarb Center, Shelley Deane, assistant professor of Government at Bowdoin, and J. Jason Thompson, visiting associate professor of History at Bates.  More than 150 students and members of the community jammed Ostrove Auditorium to hear an excellent discussion, setting the context for the evening’s remarks by Ms. Nelson.  The panel discussion will also be available within a few days on the Goldfarb Center website. 

Read more about the 2011 Lovejoy Convocation.

Beyond Diet and Exercise: Conference Examines Links Between Chemicals and Obesity

The Diamond building was abuzz this past Friday with over 150 scientists, policy experts, academics, medical professionals, public health officials and students attending the conference, “Chemicals, Obesity and Diabetes: How Science Leads Us To Action.”  Organized by Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson, this cutting edge one-day conference drew important links between industrial chemicals and the staggeringly high number of Americans – over 80% – who are either overweight or obese.  Leading scientists and policy experts spoke throughout the day (audio recordings will be available on the Goldfarb Center podcast blog shortly), and the atrium was filled with research posters developed by students in Prof. Carlson’s Environmental and Human Health course addressing related topics.  The Goldfarb Center would like to congratulate and thank Prof. Carlson for her outstanding effort in organizing this hugely successful conference on one of the most critically important issues facing our country.

Chemical Factors in Obesity Examined (Dash Wasserman ’12, Colby News)
Conference at Colby Links Chemicals to Obesity
(Bangor Daily News)
Obesity Can Begin in the Womb, Doctor Said
(Waterville Morning Sentinel)

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

Colby Volunteer Center Sponsors Johnson Day

The Colby Volunteer Center spearheaded Johnson Day on Saturday morning, working with Physical Plant staffers to spruce up the campus, get to know one another, and build community.  About 80 Colby students participated in the event, the second after a 50 year hiatus, working in groups to rake fall leaves, paint residence halls, wash windows and even plant a special 2012 surprise. A few members of the senior class worked with PPD staff member Justin Partridge to plant white and yellow daffodils in the shape of 2012 that will bloom in time for graduation. Make sure to keep your eye out next semester near the lacrosse field for this lovely surprise.  Raking groups cleared huge sections of campus of the recently fallen leaves, then turned their hard work into fun by building scarecrows with clothing purchased at Ken-A-Set, a local thrift store in downtown Waterville.

Johnson Day derives its name from former College President Franklin Winslow Johnson, who served the College from 1929 to 1942. Johnson oversaw the transplantation of campus to its current location on Mayflower Hill, which began during his presidency. After retiring as president, Johnson made a significant gift to Colby, embodying what Johnson Day represents: giving back to the place from which he and so many others have benefited.  A big thank you to all who participated in this successful event!

Colby Cares About Kids Celebrates 10 Years of Mentoring

A record number of Colby students joined the Colby Cares About Kids mentoring program this fall as the program enters its 10th year of operation.  One hundred and fifty new mentors are currently in training and will soon be making friends with local children as they begin regular mentoring at 15 area sites.  This new group of mentors will bring the total number of mentors to over 400 — each paired one-on-one with a local child. Planning is in progress for events to celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary during the spring semester.  If you were a mentor while at Colby and want to be part of the celebration, please send an e-mail to

Upcoming Events


Personalizing the Classroom in an Era of Standardization
Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Diamond 122
Co-sponsored by Students For Education Reform

Social Inclusion or Exclusion: The Plight of the Second Generation of Rural Migrants in China
Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Diamond 122
Co-sponsored by East Asian Studies

Views on the American Economy
Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building


Waterville Mayoral Debate
Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 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

Freaky 5K Run/Walk – Fundraiser for Hardy Girls Healthy Women
Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m. (day-of registration begins at 9 a.m.)
Departs from the Harold Alfond Athletic Center basketball court at Colby


Get Up Downtown: Taste the Harvest – Local Food Tasting
Saturday, October 29 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Barrels Community Market, Main Street, Waterville

Local farmers showcase the bounty of their harvest at a special tasting at Barrels Community Market.  Bring your friends, bring your family (it’s the Saturday of Family Weekend!).  Local food is that much better!