In This Issue
– From the Director
– Upcoming Events
– Goldfarb Student Fellows Program
– Colby Volunteer Center: Finding New Ways to Make A Difference
– Colby Cares About Kids: Mentors Who Go the Extra Mile
– Lovejoy Events Pull Student Journos From Across New England
– Discussion Drug Policy and A Documentary
– Lean In Colby Brings Women Leaders
– Goldfarb Magazine: Hot Off the Presses!
From the Director
We are in the thick of a busy fall semester at the Goldfarb Center, and as you will soon read, there is much to look back on — but still more to look forward to.
We have several large events under our belt this term, most notably our first full-day conference for student journalists. Each fall, the Lovejoy Convocation brings esteemed journalists from across the country to our campus. Joining forces with the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, we took advantage of this opportunity to offer a new program for students from across New England. This initiative is a reflection of our interest in building on existing programs and working to draw in a broad range of students from Colby and beyond.
You'll also read about the Colby Volunteer Center's incredible start to the year, totaling up a truly impressive number of volunteers who are developing new partnerships to aid the community. Our Colby Cares About Kids mentors have spent the first part of the year reconnecting with their mentees, and you'll read about how some are finding even more ways to have an impact on the lives of kids.
Thank you, as always, for your continued interest and support of our efforts. We truly are off and running, and we certainly couldn't do it without you.
Daniel M. Shea
Our upcoming events range in both scope and in format, from an intimate workshop on bullying to a community-wide lecture on urgent issues relating to the use of natural resources. If you are in the area, we hope you'll join us.
Nov. 4: Women’s Empowerment and the Environment in Rural Ethiopia; 7 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Co-sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights
Interventions targeting women can be the key to improving social outcomes and environmental outcomes in poor rural communities. Drawing on her extensive experiences in both government and nongovernmental sectors, Tizezew Shimekach Sisay, a visiting women's rights advocate from Ethiopia, will describe the many social and environmental challenges of natural resource governance in Ethiopia, as well as specific social and environmental challenges facing women in rural communities.
Nov. 8: Film Screening: A Matter of Duty; 7 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
In partnership with Maine Public Broadcasting Network
MPBN's documentary A Matter of Duty details Maine Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty's personal battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the struggles of several veterans in his charge at the Kennebec County Jail. There will be a panel discussion following the film led by MPBN's Jennifer Rooks.
Nov. 11: True Life After Colby: Gillian Gutierrez '00; noon; Diamond 146
The center will host an intimate lunchtime talk with Gillian Gutierrez '00, who will share her experiences as a Colby graduate and provide advice for those soon to enter the workforce. Gutierrez works for the U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau in New York City implementing programs to further women's economic security.
Nov. 12: Creative Ways to Address Bullying: Workshop, Film Screening, and Lecture; 4 p.m.; Diamond 145
As chronicled in the movie Bully, bullying thrives in certain school and community ecosystems where bullying has been normalized by peers, where adults are not equipped to effectively respond, and where targets have internalized the abuse and stopped seeking help. This breakout session will be an open dialogue on disrupting the ecosystems where bullying thrives. At 7 p.m., the film Bully will be screened, followed by a discussion with the film's writer and producer, Cynthia Lowen.
Nov. 13: Clash! Contested Terrain, Conflicting Interests; 7 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program
We are going to ever greater extremes to satisfy the world's growing appetite for energy, metals, and other natural resources. What are the risks? Costs? Journalist Edwin Dobb will explore these questions via stories he has written for National Geographic. The lecture will intersect such urgent issues as energy policy, climate change, indigenous sovereignty, the future of work, and urban industrialization.
Nov. 20: Change They Can't Believe In; 7 p.m.; Diamond 122
Christopher S. Parker, Stuart A. Scheingold Professor of Social Justice and Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle
Are Tea Party supporters merely a group of conservative citizens concerned about government spending, or are they racists who refuse to accept Barack Obama as their president because he's not white? Parker's new book, Change They Can't Believe In, coauthored with Matt Barreto, offers an alternative argument — that the Tea Party is driven by the reemergence of movement in American politics fueled by a fear that America has changed for the worse.
Goldfarb Student Fellows Program
This year the Goldfarb Center initiated a new program to enhance student involvement in all aspects of the center. The Goldfarb Student Fellows program provides an opportunity for a select group of students to gain real-world experiences by working alongside staff in the development of important, innovative initiatives. Goldfarb student fellowships are volunteer positions, and students are selected on the basis of leadership, scholarship, professionalism, and desire to create and promote Goldfarb Center events and programs.
We are pleased to introduce the 2013-2014 Goldfarb Student Fellows, pictured above (top row) Chris Shorey '16, Tim Dutton '16, Chris Henderson '14 (bottom row) Jane Wiesenberg '16, Maggie Cohen '16, Maya Ramakrishnan '16, and Maddy Wilson '14.
Colby Volunteer Center: Finding New Ways to Make A Difference
The Colby Volunteer Center has wasted no time this fall semester under the leadership of codirectors Amanda Carbonneau '14 and Josh Balk '14 alongside assistant directors Brittany Reardon '14 and John Bengston '15 (pictured left). The CVC has added six new programs, bringing the total number operated under the student-led organization's auspices to 25. These programs — Family Fun Series, Sunset Home, 21st Century Learning Center, Bedside Manor, Veteran's Club, and Kidz b Kidz — were established as a result of community or student interest and initiative.
The CVC's Good Deed of the Week initiative, which encourages sports teams and clubs to volunteer, has resulted in 460 additional volunteer hours for community activities including Waterville Main Street's annual Harvest Fest event and a blood drive. On Oct. 19 Colby students, faculty, and staff dressed in Halloween costumes joined community members to participate in Hardy Girls Healthy Women's annual Freaky 5K (pictured right). An impressive 122 Colby students volunteered as runners or event assistants, helping to raise $10,700 for the nonprofit organization's efforts to empower young girls and women throughout the state.
This represents only a small part of what the CVC has in store for the year. For more information about these and other programs, please go to the CVC's website, colby.edu/cvc.
Colby Cares About Kids: Mentors Who Go the Extra Mile
In any given week CCAK mentors are making a total of 650 site visits across 14 different sites. Among the hundreds of mentors are those who quietly give even more of themselves to make a difference for young people in the community. For example, what do Benton Elementary School mentors Eda Reed '16 and Susan Fleurant '16 (pictured right) do on Friday nights and early Saturday mornings? They coach a Benton recreational soccer team of first- and second-graders in addition to visiting their mentees each week.
For more information about CCAK and mentors that go the extra mile, please visit colby.edu/ccak.
Lovejoy Events Pull Student Journos from Across New England
In addition to a number of events cosponsored with various departments and community organizations, the Goldfarb Center hosted a wide array of events that attracted participants from across New England. The Goldfarb Center's premier fall event, held on Oct. 27, was a one-day conference for student journalists titled, “You Tweeted What? College Journalists Report in the #InformationAge.” Held in conjunction with the Lovejoy Convocation, the event brought student journalists from across New England to learn from some of the nation's most accomplished reporters about the landscape of reporting in the age of social media and 24/7 news cycle. The 2013 Lovejoy Award recipient, A.C. Thompson of ProPublica (pictured left), provided the keynote address, where he discussed his insights and experiences in the field. To learn more about the conference, please visit colby.edu/goldfarb/journalismconference.
Following the conference, the center hosted the annual Lovejoy Panel, which focused on the theme of crisis reporting and the ways it has evolved into the new century with technological advances and the public's ever-growing appetite for instantaneous information. Panelists included 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.
Discussion Drug Policy and a Documentary
Earlier in the semester, the center offered a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary The House I Live In, which explores the 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 led an engaging discussion about issues raised in the film.
Lean In Colby Brings Women Leaders
On Oct. 11 the center hosted four women leaders from across the state for an event titled, “Lean In Colby: Women Leaders of Maine.” Prior to a panel discussion, students from Colby and Thomas College joined nearly a dozen women community leaders for a collegial dinner, where they had the opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one about being a leader in today's world. Panelists included Maine State Senator Emily Cain, Colby's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer, President of Thomas College Laurie Lachance, and Central Maine Power CEO Sara Burns '79. The event, inspired by Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg's recent bestseller Lean In, is the first of a series of programs that will focus on issues surrounding women in leadership.
Goldfarb Center Magazine: Hot Off the Presses!
Wondering how you can get a copy of the Goldfarb Center's inaugural issue of its annual magazine? Please contact Assistant Director Amanda Cooley at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred mailing address, and we'll send one to you. For access to the online version, please visit colby.edu/goldfarb.