In This Issue
– Andrea Bruce and Harold Koh Highlight February Events
– Colby Cares About Kids Celebrates Ten Years of Mentoring
– Goldfarb Center in Washington: 2012 Election Panel Discussion
– Brody Award Program Honoring Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson: Sunday, April 1
– Oak Institute Sponsors Immigrant Rights Month
– March Events

Andrea Bruce and Harold Koh Highlight February Events

In February we hosted two terrific events.  Andrea Bruce, who had visited Colby five years ago as part of the Lovejoy panel when John Burns won his Lovejoy Award, returned as an Elijah Parish Lovejoy Visiting Journalist in Residence.  A photojournalist who has reported from conflict areas around the world, mostly in the Middle East, for eight years, Bruce discussed her photos and her experiences covering wars and post-conflict situations in a variety of venues — a public session, three classroom sessions, and many individual and small group meetings with our students interested in photography and/or the Middle East.  You can view Andrea’s work at

Harold Koh, the legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State, delivered the sixth annual George J. Mitchell International Lecture on Sunday, February 26.  Koh talked to a large student and community audience about his role as the lawyer for the State Department, the Secretary of State, and the government of the United States in various situations.  Koh stressed that, in his job, he represents various clients with differing views on world conflicts and the issues that arise in international diplomacy.  His detailed discussions of Secretary Clinton’s concept of the use of Smart Power and the legal implications of that strategy provided those in the audience with much food for thought as we think about foreign policy decisions made by our national leaders.

Colby Cares About Kids Celebrates Ten Years of Mentoring

On Friday, March 2, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of Colby Cares About Kids. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott (whose father coached Colby’s men’s cross country and track and field teams for more than two decades) spent the day on campus. In the afternoon, hundreds of CCAK mentors and mentees took to the sledding hills. In the evening Seth joined the CCAK Student Advisory Board and local site coordinators at dinner before delivering a lecture to mentors and others in the community on mentors in his life and his dedication to serving as a mentor to young people throughout Maine. At the lecture CCAK gave INSPIRE Awards to three individuals closely linked with the beginning of CCAK — Peter Harris, Lauren Sterling, and Mark Tappan. Watch a report on WABI about this memorable event.


Goldfarb Center in Washington: 2012 Election Panel Discussion

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 our Washington-based community.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
6:30-8:30 p.m.

City Club of Washington, DC
555 13th Street, NW
Columbia Square
Washington, DC 20004
City Club of Washington

2012 Election Panel Discussion

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

Please register online.  For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 207-859-4310.


Brody Award Program Honoring Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson: Sunday, April 1

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, the first African-American to sit on the Texas Supreme Court and the first to serve as that Court’s Chief Justice, will be the seventh recipient of the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award. Jefferson, the first state judge and the first elected judge selected as a Brody Award winner, recently completed service as President of the Conference of Chief Justices.  

Prior to the Brody Convocation at which Chief Justice Jefferson will be honored, a distinguished panel moderated by Hon. John Woodcock (U.S. District Court, District of Maine) will discuss the questions focused around electing, as opposed to appointing, state judges.


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

Taking place on Sunday, April 1, the panel discussion will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the convocation at 5:30 p.m  Both events will take place in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building.

Oak Institute Sponsors Immigrant Rights Month

The Student Committee of the Oak Institute for International Human Rights is organizing a month-long series of events about immigrant rights. The program includes: a Colby student panel discussion; a weekly lunchtime series hosted by Colby professors; and a panel about local diaspora communities featuring Maine-based immigrant rights advocates and activists.  Visit the Oak Institute calendar of events to learn more about the Immigrant Rights Month program.

March Events

Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
The American Election from an International Student Perspective
Diamond Building, Room 141

Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m.
The Healthcare Debate: Perspectives from the American Hospital Association
Diamond Building, Room 122

Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Historical and Environmental Aspects of Arctic Resource Policy for the 21st Century
Arey Building, Room 5

Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.
The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents
Diamond Building, Room 122

Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.
America’s Energy Future: A View from the Producers
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

View the online Calendar of Events for more details.