From the Director…
It seems that nearly over night the leaves on Mayflower Hill have turned brilliant orange and red. Alas, this being a presidential election year, we’ve scant time to ponder the change of seasons. Well, maybe just a little bit of time….
Mounting data suggests the reemergence of young voters, as witnessed in the 2008 election, may have been a temporary surge rather than a sea change. Young voters stayed home in the 2009 gubernatorial elections, during a critically important special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy, and in the 2010 midterm elections. A recent Gallup poll found that 63 percent of registered young voters “definitely” plan to vote in the presidential contest. At roughly the same point in 2008 this figure stood at 80 percent.
Lackluster youth political engagement remains a pressing issue, surely something to fret about.
Accordingly, much of the Goldfarb Center’s programing for the coming month is designed to draw energy and excitement around the election. I’m pleased to announce, for example, our state-wide Why Vote? Video Contest. As noted below, it is an innovative idea, being carried out by our powerhouse Goldfarb students. We will announce the winners in late October and with any luck news outlets from across the state (nation?) will air the winning submissions. Who knows, the videos may help prod a few young folks to become more engaged and to exercise their right to vote.
On a different note, three cheers to Lori Morin, the head of our Colby Cares About Kids Mentoring Program, for being honored by a local school board for her excellent work. Well done, Lori!
We are busy on a number of fronts, with debates, guest lectures and new programs. It surely is an exciting time of the semester – and a very interesting time in our political system.
Daniel M. Shea
Professor of Government and Director of the Goldfarb Center
Video Contest Information
Videos will be judged based on creativity and originality. We’ll first use YouTube “likes,” and then a panel of prominent public officials and journalists.
When? Videos can be submitted from now until October 24th. Judging of the top 5 videos based on YouTube “likes” will occur on October 26th.
How? Submit your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org and watch them all at www.youtube.com/ShouldIVote
Colby Republicans/Democrats Debate
Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
A debate between the Colby Democrats and Colby Republicans addressing their views on which 2012 candidate would make the best president. Topics will cover the candidates’ stances on the economy, the deficit, healthcare, energy, and foreign policy.
Cosponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and Outside Colby.
Political Cartoonist Matt Wuerker
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. in Diamond 122
Editorial cartoonist Matt Wuerker will share and discuss his work for Politico. Wuerker will talk about creating images that represent events and sentiments during an election season and will discuss the fine line between humorous art and serious political statements.
Mr. Wuerker is a political cartoonist for, and a founding staff member of, Politico. He is a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning which represented Politico’s first Pulitzer win. In 2009 and 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.
Over the past 25 years, his work has appeared in publications including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. His work extends beyond political cartooning – he has pursued clay animation, outdoor mural, book illustration, and even teaching cartooning to prison inmates.
A cartooning workshop will take place Oct. 10 in Diamond 122 from 3:30 to 4:30. All are welcome!
The Invisible War Movie Screening and Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
From Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem; today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world.
Director Kirby Dick will be on hand after the film for a discussion and questions from the audience.
Frank Chessa: End of Life
Thursday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. in Diamond 122
Dr. Chessa will discuss common ethical issues in the medical care of persons who may be approaching the end of their lives. He will criticize older tools, such as Advance Directives, that are thought to help prevent ethical problems at the end of life and discuss newer trends in the field of palliative care and advance care planning.
Cosponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and Jewish Studies.
Windows: Channels for Communication
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. in Diamond 122
Windows is a joint-Israeli-Palestinian organization striving to end discrimination and violations of human rights in order to create a future based on justice. Working primarily with youth, Windows equips Palestinian and Israeli youth with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to use alternative media as a form of activism within and between their communities.
Windows’ flagship project is the co-creation of the Hebrew-Arabic magazine, written and edited by Windows’ young journalists. Melanie Robbins, Windows’ resource and development coordinator, will use one of the youth-produced magazines to explore the complexities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as to provide insight into children whose lives are defined by one of the most salient conflicts in the global community.
CCAK’s Lori Morin Recognized
Lori Morin, director of Colby Cares about Kids, recently received the Community Award from MSAD #49 Board of Directors in recognition of her concerted effort on behalf of education in the greater Waterville area. One Benton school counselor said “I can wholeheartedly say that I have never seen such a group of committed young adults. Lori works diligently to make sure that each student in the district has a mentor from Colby that best meets the needs of that child … Lori epitomizes the very definition of a ‘friend of education.'” Under Morin’s direction, CCAK has expanded to 450 Colby students and it celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.