In This Issue

  • From the Director
  • Maine Concussion Management Initiative Announces Research Consortium, $320,000 Grant
  • Goldfarb Center Supports Airing of Ken Burns’ Highly Anticipated Documentary
  • Coming Soon: Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine
  • Upcoming Events


From The Director

Greetings from Mayflower Hill.

The start of an academic year is always exciting, filled with optimism and anticipation. It’s the chance to reconnect with colleagues and students, begin new projects, and showcase planned initiatives. For me, it’s a time to refocus, buckle down and dive back into the work that I love.

But there is an added element of excitement this September on Mayflower Hill. Colby’s 20th President, David Greene, arrived on campus this summer with a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. The campus is abuzz with the anticipation of working with David as Colby embarks on a new era. The Goldfarb Center’s staff – Alice, Sahan, Amanda, Lori, Beth and I – are very delighted to welcome David, his wife Carolyn, and children Madeline, Nora, and Declan. We are so very pleased that you are now Mules!

We have a very busy semester planned at the center, as you will read below. As always, I invite you to participate when you can, and to stay in touch.

Warmest Regards,

Daniel M. Shea

Maine Concussion Management Initiative Announces Research Consortium, $320,000 Grant

Lily Cabour ’14 (right) and Margie Rayford of Tougaloo College were research partners this summer at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. Cabour’s opportunity was funded by the new Colby Concussion Research Consortium.

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) is breaking new ground, entering a new partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and a $320,000 grant from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The center houses the MCMI program, which is directed by Colby Medical Director Paul Berkner, D.O.
The Colby Concussion Research Consortium will partner students, researchers and physicians at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and other Boston-area institutions to produce scholarly work aimed at understanding brain injuries and their impact on the human body. Together, these researchers expect to glean clinical insight into ways to reduce concussion risk, prevent injury, and ensure best practices.

Additionally, a four-year, $320,000 grant from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will support continued concussion data collection with implementation of an injury surveillance system across Maine schools.

Professor Bruce Maxwell, chair of Colby’s Computer Science Department and co-principal investigator, said, “this grant supports our program for monitoring concussions in high school and college athletics, letting us grow the program to include all of Maine and expanding into Massachusetts. It gives us the ability to collect and monitor a large population of athletes, creating the most comprehensive concussion monitoring system developed to date.”

To learn more about MCMI, please contact Berkner at

Goldfarb Center Supports Airing of Ken Burns’ Highly Anticipated Documentary

Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History will air September 14-20 on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

The Goldfarb Center has teamed up with Bill Goldfarb ’68, P ’00, Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64, and Colby Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer to support the airing of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, September 14-20.

The series chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. This seven-part, 14-hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962. Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64 appears in several instances throughout the series.

“This partnership has allowed the center to help sponsor the airing of the incredible work of Ken Burns, who has produced some of the most acclaimed documentaries ever made,” said Goldfarb Center Director Dan Shea. “It also allows us to build new partnerships and spread the word about the exciting work we do at the center.”

More information about the series can be found here.


Coming Soon: Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine

The second edition of the Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine will hit mailboxes in the coming weeks. This year’s edition will feature highlights of 2013-2014, as well as a look ahead to several exciting programming initiatives for the upcoming year.

Please email to ensure you receive your copy.

Upcoming Events

A Nastiness Divide? Civility in Maine Politics
Panel Discussion
September 18 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium

There’s an abundance of research to suggest that American politics is getting nastier, fueled by a thriving array of talk radio shows, blogs, television news, and pundit programs that push partisanship to the extreme. Is the “us versus them”, “my way or the highway” mentality working it’s way into Maine politics? The Goldfarb Center has teamed up with the Maine Council of Churches to offer a panel discussion that will look at the state of civility in politics in Maine. Goldfarb Center Director Dan Shea will moderate.

Panelists include:

Ethan Strimling, former Democratic state senator and executive director of Learning Works
Rachel Talbot-Ross, president of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP
Heidi Shott, canon for communications and social justice for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Michael Franz, associate professor of government and legal studies at Bowdoin College

Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution
Timothy K. Kuhner, J.D., LL.M., associate professor of law, Georgia State University College of Law
September 22 | 12 p.m. | Diamond Building, Room 122
Supreme Court decisions on money in politics have marginalized ordinary citizens and allowed market forces to dominate democracy. Exposing the Court’s extreme economic ideology and the system of corruption it has created, Timothy Kuhner proposes political and economic integrity as the defining issues of our time. His talk will reflect on key cases, such as Citizens United and McCutcheon, and their real-world effects.

Protests and Walkouts and Tea Parties, Oh My! Students and the Right to Dissent
Sarah Stitzlein, co-editor, Democracy and Education; program chair, Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society; associate professor, University of Cincinnati
October 2 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Room 122

What’s the Story? The Fundamentals of Responsible Journalism for College Editors and Reporters
October 5 | All Day | Diamond Building and Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
The Goldfarb Center and the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting will offer college newspaper editors, reporters, advisers and those interested in a career in journalism an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of responsible journalism. The conference will include interactive workshops, lectures and panel discussions led by award-winning journalists for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other first-rate news outlets. More information can be found here.

William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate Series: A Conversation on Fracking in the United States
Tim Carr, Marshall Miller Professor of Geology, West Virginia University
Jessica Helm, member of the board of directors, Sierra Club; post doctoral fellow, Silent Spring Institute
Erin Mansur ’95, Revers Professor of Business Administration, Dartmouth College
November 6 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium

Lecture with Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger
December 4 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Room 122
Bernd Wollschlaeger, MD, FAAFP, FASAM is a board-certified family physician in private practice in Aventura, Florida. Dr. Wollschlaeger is also a book author, and his book A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible describes his struggle growing up in Germany in the shadow of his father, a highly-decorated WWII tank commander and Nazi officer. He eventually converted to Judaism, emigrated to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer. In the spring of 2013 he released his novel Samson’s Shadow and in the summer of 2013 his book Stauffenberg: My Live in the Shadow of a Hero.