In This Issue

– From the Director
– Upcoming Events (Through October)
– Annual Magazine

From the Director

Greetings from Mayflower Hill.

As you would expect, Colby is abuzz with the energy of a new semester. The leaves are still green, but evenings are noticeably cooler. For many, the year begins January 1, but for those lucky enough to spend their days with students, all is renewed during orientation. It is always so great to see their eager, smiling faces. Hard to believe that midterms are just weeks away!

At the start of this new academic year, the Goldfarb Center has rejuvenated its commitment to offering an array of novel, important programs–and to continue to make a difference on campus and in the community. I'd like to draw your attention to some changes for the Goldfarb Center this year.

First, the center has moved. For several years our offices were scattered throughout the Government Department on the second floor of the Diamond Building. We were granted an opportunity to move to our own consolidated space on the first floor, which includes offices for staff, a conference room, and a large office for students. Not only has this space increased our ability to collaborate, it has given us more visibility on campus. We're working on making it our own, and I hope you'll visit us if you have an opportunity.

We are also very glad to introduce the Goldfarb Student Fellows Program. We have selected a small group of Colby's best and brightest to help the professional staff conceive and implement thought-provoking events and meaningful projects. We announced the fellows program last spring, and by the end of the term we had selected seven wonderful students from across the country. Although the year has just begun, they've made meaningful contributions to our efforts, and we are thrilled to have them on board.

Finally, we are revising our communications. We will soon have a revised website, and the first annual Goldfarb Magazine will be in the mail in the next few days. This volume, packed with interesting stories, pictures, and information, will come once a year. As I have said in the past, we are very proud of our work at the center and are eager to spread the word.

As always, please feel free to call or write with suggestions for improvement. I'm no longer the true greenhorn, having one year under my belt, but I certainly have a lot to learn!

Oh, also–Happy New Year!

Best regards,


Daniel M. Shea

Upcoming Events (Through October)

Our schedule in the coming weeks include an array of interdisciplinary programming and partnerships. Among many other events, we are pleased to offer a new conference for student journalists, which will attract participants from institutions across New England.

HouseIliveINSept. 25: Film Screening and Lecture: The House I Live In; 7 p.m., Diamond 122

A partnership with African-American Studies
Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, The House I Live In offers a poignant look at U.S. drug policy and its far-reaching impact. Following the film, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies Cheryl Townsend Gilkes will lead a discussion about issues raised in the film.

Sept. 30: Mexico: A Conversation Between Authors; 7 p.m., Diamond 122

Cosponsored with the Government Department
Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, Nieman Fellow '09, and Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award winner in 2010, along with Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and frequent commentator on national television news shows, will discuss contrasting views of the relationship between the United States and Mexico as presented in their new, widely cited books.

Oct. 1-Nov 19: Goldfarb Seminar: Paris and Green in the 1920s and 1930s; 4 p.m., Diamond 153
Held each Tuesday, this seminar focuses on some of Professor Emeritus Patrick Brancaccio's favorite books from this period. Four texts offer a combination of travel literature and memoir. Registration is required and class size is limited. Please register with Alice Elliott via or 207-859-5313.

Oct. 2: Lipman Lecture: Efraim Halevi; 7 p.m., Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

Cosponsored with the Classics Department
Efraim Halevi, former head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, was closely involved in the negotiation of peace between Israel and Jordan, in talks with the Palestinians, and in the debate over Iran's nuclear program.

Oct. 7-9: Pressing Issues: The History of Technology Meets Public Policy | A Goldfarb Center International Conference;  Diamond Building
This conference addresses issues central to the Goldfarb Center by exploring the ways in which scholarship in the history of technology can inform and assist in the making of public policy. The keynote address will be, “Energy Transitions and Energy Legacies: On the history and policy of natural resource extraction” by Joel Tarr, Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy of Carnegie Mellon University.

Emily_CainOct. 10: Lean-In Colby: Women Leaders of Maine; 7 p.m., Page Commons
Women in leadership with connections to Maine will share their thoughts, insights, and experiences about leadership in today's world. Inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's popular new book, Lean In, our aim is to create a Colby “Lean In Circle.” Panelists include Maine Senator Emily Cain, Maine, MaineGeneral Health Vice President for Philanthropy Lisa Hallee '81, and Central Maine Power CEO Sara Burns '79.

Oct. 27: You Tweeted What? College Journalists Report in the #InformationAge; 8:45 a.m., Diamond Building
A partnership with the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
This one-day conference will offer college newspaper editors, reporters, advisors, and those interested in a career in journalism an opportunity to learn about the landscape of reporting in today's digital age. Speakers include the Washington Post's David Beard, the AP's Matt Apuzzo '00, SportsRadio 92.9 The Ticket's Dale Duff, the Boston Globe's Brian MacQuarrie '74, and GlobalPost's Cindy Skrzycki. For more information or to register, please go to

Oct 27: Lovejoy Panel: From JFK to the Marathon Bombing: 50 Years of Crisis Reporting; 4 p.m., Ostrove Auditorium
Panelists will examine the ways crisis reporting has evolved into the new century with technological advances and the public's ever-growing appetite for instantaneous information. Panelists include Eric Shawn, anchor and senior correspondent, FOX News Channel;  Adam Goldman, reporter, Associated Press; Marcela Gaviria, documentarian, reporter, and producer of PBS's Frontline; and Mike Pride, editor emeritus and columnist, Concord Monitor.

AC_ThompsonOct 27: Lovejoy Convocation: A.C. Thompson; 5:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel

A.C. Thompson, a reporter for ProPublica, will receive Colby's 2013 Lovejoy Award. Working in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Thompson researched and wrote stories that led to convictions of several New Orleans police officers on federal charges in post-storm shooting deaths. Learn more at


Goldfarb Annual Magazine

Mag_CoverEach September the Goldfarb Center will mail and post online a yearly review. The aim of the publication is to help alumni, public officials, scholars, and the broader community stay up to date on the breadth of our endeavors. This year's edition profiles 2012 election year programming, several of our community outreach projects, the success of our research stipends for faculty and students, and more.  

If you do not receive a hard copy in the mail in the next two weeks and would like one, please call or write and we will put you on the mailing list.