The Goldfarb Center and Colby Alumni Council sponsored a night of fun and laughs for 300 students and alumni with Boston-area comedian Jimmy Tingle in February.

In This Issue

  • From the Director
  • Spring Events
  • Alumni Connections: True Life After Colby
  • 2016 Election Initiative Taking Shape
  • Goldfarb Grants for Summer 2015 Now Available

From The Director

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” Victor Hugo

Throughout our busy year we are fortunate to work with a range of campus and community groups. We regularly cosponsor events with student organizations, academic departments, and individual faculty members, and we are pleased to do so because “public affairs” calls for interdisciplinary approaches.

We are eager to expand our work with alumni, too, which is why our tag-team event with the Alumni Council on Feb. 27 was such a pleasure. We wanted to help connect students with the council to draw them in through a fun and relaxed program. So, after a game of “Colby Trivial Pursuit” in Foss Hall, some 300 students, faculty, alumni, and community friends went to the Page Commons Room to watch Boston-area comedian Jimmy Tingle do his thing. What a hilarious event!

Our students are busy and earnest, and we all bustle through the semester. We hold many serious events at the Goldfarb Center — often on disconcerting topics. That Friday night event, however, gave us time to relax and laugh. Tingle touched upon a range of hot-button issues, from ISIS to Brian Williams, but he never offended and never shocked. Students connected with alumni, and we all took a breath after a busy week.

We hope to continue our work with organizations across campus and to broaden our efforts with the Alumni Council. We enjoy and appreciate our many programmatic partners.

Oh, also, did I say that we’re looking forward to a glorious spring in New England following a winter for the record books?


Daniel M. Shea


Spring Term Events

The Goldfarb Center has compiled a full slate of events to round out the academic year. Our much-anticipated lecture with ABC’s Dan Harris ’93 is rescheduled to April 1. We are pleased to announce this year’s George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecturer will be U.S. Senator from Maine Susan Collins.

If you are interested in an event but are unable to attend, please visit the podcast page on our website to listen at your convenience.

10% Happier: ABC’s Dan Harris on Meditation
April 1 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Most Americans recognize Dan Harris ’93 as co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, but did you know that he is also author of a New York Times bestseller? Harris’s book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works — A True Story, chronicles his career journey and his struggle with anxiety. To his surprise, Harris discovers that meditation can quiet the mind and lead to greater happiness.


2015 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture featuring U.S. Senator Susan Collins

April 9 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium
The 2015 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture will feature U.S. Senator from Maine Susan Collins. First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Senator Collins is serving her fourth term. Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise, Senator Collins is a key leader in the U.S. Congress.



Concussions in Sports: Creating Evidence-Based Concussion Management Policies
March 10 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Christine Baugh, Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy, Harvard University
In recent years, concussions have garnered significant public attention as well as state and sports-league policy responses. This lecture will discuss existing evidence about concussions, their acute and long-term effects, and concussion management policies currently in place at the state and sports-league levels.

Justice for Women
March 16 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium
Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide
Cosponsored with the Government Department
Ruchira Gupta is the founder and president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide — a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. She has striven over her 25-year career to highlight the link between trafficking and prostitution laws and to lobby policymakers to shift blame from victims to perpetrators. Read more on Ruchira at

Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics
March 18 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Sophia A. McClennen, Professor, Penn State University
Do you watch satire TV? Have you reposted a hilarious, yet biting graphic on Facebook or tweeted round-the-clock jabs at inane politicians? Does it sometimes seem to you that Jon Stewart is a better journalist than those at CNN, Fox, and MSNBC? And were you a bit disappointed when Stephen Colbert did not actually run for president? McClennen’s book Is Satire Saving Our Nation? surveys the broad landscape of satire today and situates it within our nation’s history.

AAUW’s University Future Focus
March 24 | 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Lovejoy Building and Given Auditorium, Bixler
Future Focus is an event to increase the aspirations of eighth grade girls. Local girls will come to Colby and engage in fun, interactive activities with successful women across a wide variety of careers.

Red Noses Meet the Red Cross: The Global Aid Work of Clowns Without Borders
March 31 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium
Cosponsored with the Theater and Dance Department
Gawel will discuss the history of this innovative relief organization, offer personal insights into his journey from college to a humanitarian clown, and describe how Clowns Without Borders fits into the psychosocial relief work of other NGOs such as Plan International.

George J. Mitchell School Mentor/Mentee Family Dinner
March 31 | 5:30 p.m. | George J. Mitchell School
Mentors from Colby will share dinner with their mentees’ families at the school cafeteria.

The Green Crab Mitigation Competition
April 3 | 8 a.m. | Diamond Building
Green crab (Carcinus maenas) is an invasive species that has the potential to alter the ecology of Maine’s intertidal and subtidal habitat. The competition pairs academia and Maine fishing- and aquaculture-related organizations to harness the energy and intellect of undergraduate students to identify new and innovative ways mitigate the problem. National Geographic fellow and chef Barton Seaver will be the keynote speaker. The event also includes an opportunity for local middle school students to participate.

Maine-Abenaki TRC
April 14 | More Details to be Announced

Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Cosponsored with Global Studies Department
April 20 | More Details to be Announced

May 1 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Alfond Athletic Center
Nearly 400 grade school and middle school students will meet their mentors for an afternoon of food, games, and activities to celebrate another successful year of the Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) program.


Alumni Connections: True Life After Colby

Twenty-one students met with Michael Cuzzi ’98 to hear about his career in applied politics as part of the Goldfarb Center’s True Life After Colby event series.

Interacting with alumni gives students opportunities for networking, chances to explore internship and employment opportunities, and insights on what life might be like after their time on Mayflower Hill. In turn, alumni benefit from reconnecting with their alma mater and giving back in a way that is personal and meaningful.

One of the Goldfarb Center’s most popular programs, True Life After Colby, provides students and alumni with the platform to make these important connections. Each semester an alumnus/alumna returns to campus to have lunch with a small group of students interested in their career field and to discuss the opportunities and challenges they faced as they made their path through the “real world.”

This semester, Michael Cuzzi ’98 met with 21 students to share his experiences as a political, communications, and advance veteran of presidential and congressional campaigns. As senior vice president of VOX Global, Cuzzi works with clients in the energy, sustainability, natural resources, and economic development sectors. The informal setting allowed students to ask questions about the obstacles he had to overcome to be successful, what aspects of his Colby education enhanced his skill set, and his advice for those about to embark on their own careers.

“Mr. Cuzzi was very honest and informative,” said Maddie Neider ’17. “I learned there is no ‘correct’ career path for a person interested in public relations and governmental affairs — many times it is a series of steps that lead to your ultimate destination.”

For more information about the True Life After Colby program, please contact Assistant Director Amanda Cooley at

2016 Election Initiative Taking Shape

Nearly 1,000 students gathered in Pulver Pavilion to watch 2012 election results come in.

Even with all the flaws and shortcomings in the current system, elections are critically important events that shape public policy and the character of our nation. To that end, the Goldfarb Center is taking steps to create a comprehensive, innovative program of diverse curricular, cocurricular, and scholarly initiatives aimed at exploring the past, present, and future of elections in the United States. The purpose of the program is to offer our students hands-on opportunities to better understand the strengths and limitations of elections and to provide residents of Maine and the nation new information and thoughtful commentary on the 2016 presidential election.

“Colby boasts some of the most prominent, well-respected faculty and alumni in the electoral arena, so it certainly makes sense that we would roll up our sleeves and get into the 2016 contest. It is an exciting opportunity,” said Goldfarb Center Director Dan Shea.

Specific components may include

  • Innovative courses structured to give students a comprehensive understanding of the implications and nuances of the election as it unfolds.
  • Three-semester lecture series that will confront a range of important topics, from the nomination process to campaign finance to media coverage.
  • Diverse programming beyond the lecture series to include brown bag lectures, films, debates, and an election cartoon drawing competition.
  • A novel Jan Plan course on applied politics to take place on campus and in Washington, D.C.
  • Off-campus alumni events that involve panel discussions, lectures, and student presentations.
  • Survey research that provides polling data to be used in classes and lectures, for faculty and student research, and to garner media attention.
  • An ambitious website to help students, scholars, and journalists from across the country make sense of the election.

We welcome your thoughts and advice as this new initiative takes shape. Please contact Goldfarb Center Director Dan Shea at to learn how you can get involved.

Goldfarb Grants for Summer 2015 Now Available

Attention students! Are you looking for funding for a great research idea? Trying to cover the cost of doing a summer internship? Have a project you are working on with a faculty member that you would like to continue?
Apply for a Goldfarb Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, the Sandy Maisel Student Internship Grant, or the Sandy Maisel Student Research Grant.
For more information and submission deadlines