In This Issue
– Letter from the Director
– Telling the Colby Cares About Kids Story
– Goldfarb Center Hits the Ice
– Upcoming Events
Letter from the
Greetings from a snowy Mayflower Hill!
In the midst of a very busy and wintery semester, I was
pleased to have the opportunity to offer a few remarks about the Goldfarb
Center and the legacy of President Bro Adams at an alumni event in New York
City on Feb. 25. I'm always eager to share thoughts about our work, but it was
especially gratifying to help the group understand the vital link between the
Goldfarb Center's work and the mission of the College.
I suggested that the core of our work is helping students
discern the subtle but intrinsic connections between their academic work and
the duties and obligations of vibrant democratic citizenship. Rather than
simply provide novel opportunities, our efforts help students to deepen their
commitments to ideas, to become self-reliant, and to take responsibility for
their intellectual development. Our foundation is set by abiding principles of
the liberal arts.
Just as Bro understood that a world-class art museum was as important
as a state-of-the-art science building, and that environmental sustainability
shouldn't be separated from stunning improvements in athletic facilities or the
drive to diversify the college, so too did he understand the essential
connections between campus programming and community engagement.
It was a wonderful evening with a very impressive crowd. As
always, it was inspiring to meet so many alumni — all deeply committed to
their alma mater.
Below you will find a few notes about some of our recent
events, as well as an update on some programs in the coming weeks. Of
particular interest are the Morton
A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award on April 6, where we will
honor the career and accomplishments of Judge D. Brock Hornby of the United
States District Court for the District of Maine, and this year's Senator
George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture April 16, with an
address by former Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota.
Daniel M. Shea
Telling the Colby
Cares About Kids Story
Colby Cares About Kids
pairs more than 450 Colby student mentors with area youth at 15 sites
throughout greater Waterville. It is considered one of the largest civic
engagement programs among liberal arts institutions across the country. Within
the 650 site visits that occur each week, relationships are built and lives are
changed. Recognizing a need to tell the CCAK story to the greater community,
the Goldfarb Center recently introduced a documentary film that highlights the experiences
of several CCAK mentors and mentees to show the program's impact.
The film and a series of shorts are now available on the center's website.
For more information about CCAK, please contact
Associate Director Alice Elliott at email@example.com.
Goldfarb Center Hits
This month more than 20 students and members of the greater Colby
community had an opportunity to spend a sunny Friday afternoon experiencing a
true Maine pastime with a Goldfarb-sponsored ice-fishing trip and film
screening. The group met on the ice with Maine Guide and ice-fishing
documentary filmmaker Ryan Brod, who demonstrated proper fishing techniques and
discussed why ice fishing is important to the culture and economy of the state.
In the afternoon attendees warmed up in the Maine Lakes Resource Center
with dinner. The event concluded with screening and discussion of Brod's
The event was offered as part of the center's Uniquely Maine
series, which was established to bridge the gap between the greater community
and Mayflower Hill by confronting important but perhaps less obvious
public policy questions. It also provides opportunities to meet some of the
people and see some of the places that make Maine unique.
For more information about the Uniquely Maine program,
please contact Assistant Director Alice Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Goldfarb Student Fellows Maya Ramakrishnan '16, Jane Wiesenberg '16, Maddy Wilson '14, and Chris Henderson '14 are among those that enjoyed a day on the ice.
A wide array of events are slated to round out the academic
year, including two of the center's most prominent — the Morton A. Brody Distinguished
Judicial Service Award and the George
J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture.
March 20: TechConnect 2014; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Diamond Building
Technology integrators representing K-12 schools throughout the state will
discuss challenges and opportunities they face in infusing technology in the
classroom to help educators meet their teaching goals and develop new
approaches to learning. The keynote speakers will be renowned education
technology scholar Elliot Soloway of the University of Michigan and his
colleague Cathleen Norris, Regents Professor of Learning Technologies at
University of North Texas.
April 6: Techno-Snooping:
Privacy, Technology, and the Evolving Rule of Law; 4 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium
The struggle to find a proper balance between privacy and
security is not new, but it has taken on greater urgency with the exposure of
classified domestic surveillance by the NSA. Has the proliferation of digital
data and advanced surveillance technologies redefined the privacy/security
debate? The 2014 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Panel
Discussion will bring together renowned jurists, scholars, and authors to answer
this question and others.
Hon. Leonie M. Brinkema, judge, U.S. District Court in the
Eastern District of Virginia
J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, president and CEO, International
Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished
Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
Ginger McCall, associate director, Electronic Privacy
Information Center (EPIC), director, EPIC's Open Government Project and Internet
Public Interest Opportunities Program
April 6: Morton
A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award; 5:30 p.m.; Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Judge D. Brock Hornby,
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
The greater Colby community will join jurists from around
the country to honor an outstanding United States federal or state judge who
embodies the qualities of integrity, compassion, humanity, and judicial
craftsmanship exhibited by longtime Colby friend and community leader Judge Morton
A. Brody. D. Brock Hornby, this year's recipient of the Brody Award, has
served as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine since
April 8: Concussion circa
2014; 5:30 p.m.; Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Ross Zafonte, chief of
physical medicine and rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Maine Concussion
Management Initiative and the Goldfarb Center will host Dr. Ross Zafonte,
who will discuss issues relating to new research and developments in concussion
management for those involved in high school and college sports programs.
April 11: Colby Cares About Kids Documentary Screening; 11:30 a.m.; Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
The Goldfarb Center is pleased to host guidance counselors and school administrators who have helped make the CCAK mentoring program one of the best in the nation. Lunch will be served and there will be an advance showing of a new documentary film about CCAK.
April 16: Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished
International Lecture; 7 p.m.;
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Thomas A. Daschle,
former U.S. senator from South Dakota and majority leader
Each year this series welcomes a prominent foreign policy
leader to campus for a lecture to foster interaction among students, faculty,
and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S.
senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George
Mitchell. Daschle served in the U.S. Senate from 1987 to 2005. He is one of the
longest-serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve
twice as both majority and minority leader. During his tenure Daschle steered
the Senate through some of its most historic economic and national security
challenges. In 2003 he chronicled some of those experiences in his book, Like No Other Time: The 107th Congress and
the Two Years That Changed America Forever.
May 9: Colby Cares
About Kids BBQ; Alfond Athletic Center
Nearly 400 grade school and middle school students will meet
their Colby mentors for an afternoon of food, games, and activities to celebrate
another successful year.
More information about each of these events can be found by
visiting the Goldfarb Center's website at colby.edu/goldfarb.