Today kicks off the first full week of spring semester classes and things are once again abuzz on the Hill.  We have a great line-up of events in store for the coming months, including a special Goldfarb Center panel discussion in Washington, D.C., following the hugely successful Boston event featuring Peter Hart ’64 last fall.  See details about this event as well as other spring 2012 highlights below.

SAVE THE DATE: Washington, D.C.

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and the Office of Alumni Relations at Colby
invite you to an exciting discussion of the 2012 elections featuring distinguished members of the Washington-based Colby community.

Thursday evening, March 22, 2012

Robert Hoopes ’89, president, Vox Global

Geoffrey Garin P’13, president and CEO, Peter D. Hart Research Associates
Stuart Rothenberg ’70, editor, The Rothenberg Political Report
Amy Walter ’91, political director, ABC News

Full details of the event including time, location and information on how to register will be sent shortly. We hope to see many of you there!


Civility and American Democracy: National Forum on Democracy and Civil Discourse

What happened to civility in America? Did it disappear? Did it ever truly exist? On February 17th, 2012, a group of leading scholars and journalists — including Ellen Goodman (recipient of Colby’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy award), Joe Klein, Randall Kennedy and Jill Lepore — will gather at the University of Massachusetts-Boston for a forum on Civility and American Democracy to discuss those questions and more about the role civility plays in American politics.  The event will be moderated by Tom Ashbrook, award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s On Point. The Goldfarb Center is pleased to serve as a co-sponsor of this event and host a live webcast of the day-long event.

Forum Schedule – Friday, February 17, 2012

Space is limited for this event, so registration (though free) is required.  To register, email Goldfarb Center Assistant Director Barb Spangle ( by February 14.  Refreshments will be provided.


February Events

February 7
The European Debt Crisis: Views from Economic, Political and Social Perspectives
Andreas Waldkirch, associate professor of economics
Jennifer Yoder, Robert E. Diamond professor of government and global studies
Kerill O’Neill, Julian D. Taylor associate professor of classics
7 p.m. in Diamond 122

February 9
Maine Technology Integrators Tech Connect – “Google Street View” for Maine Lakes: Creating Public Domain Shoreline Images for Research, Public Policy and Education
Whitney King, Dr. Frank and Theodora Miselis professor of chemistry
12:45 p.m. in Diamond 122

February 20
Elijah Parish Lovejoy Visiting Journalist in Residence Lecture
Andrea Bruce, freelance photographer
7 p.m. in Diamond 122

February 26
Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture: International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Era of Smart Power
Harold Koh, Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State
7:00 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium (Diamond 142)

February 28
Embracing Peace in Afghanistan
Sulaiman Nasseri ’12, recipient of the Project for Peace grant
7 p.m. in Diamond 141

Other Spring Highlights

April 1
The Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award honoring Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, Texas Supreme Court

4:00 p.m.  Panel discussion*
5:30 p.m.  Convocation
Ostrove Auditorium (Diamond 142)

*”Discussing Our Nation’s Judges – Are Judicial Elections Conducive to a System of Fair Justice?”

Hon. Barbara Lynn, U.S. District Court, North District of Texas
Jed Shugerman, assistant professor of law, Harvard Law School
James Sample, associate professor of law, Hofstra Law School

April 11
Nonprofit Leadership Institute
Social Power: The Emergence of Social Media as a Force for Social Change

Keynote Address: Dr. Paul Light, Paulette Goddard professor of public service, Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

Maine Philanthropy Awards
Philanthropist of the Year: Neil Rolde, philanthropist and Maine historian

Full Spring 2012 Events Calendar