From The Director

We enter the new academic year refreshed, energized and excited about the opportunities ahead.

The Goldfarb team has pulled together an array of events we anticipate our students and the broader College community will find interesting and important. A key component of this planning has been a desire to partner with faculty, academic departments, and other units across campus. We strive to explore complex, multifaceted public policy questions — and to do so in ways that shake traditional wisdom and preconceived ideas. As you will read below, two good examples of this model will be the celebration of land conservation in Maine and the Cotter Debate on genetically modified foods.

The 2016 presidential election looms large, of course, and we have also started the planning a series of related events. As you surely know, Colby is stacked with faculty and alumni election experts, and we intend to put them to work, so stay tuned.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at our events, and we relish the chance to hear your thoughts and advice about new programs and events.

Best regards,

Daniel M. Shea


Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods

Landscapes and Livelihoods seeks to explore solutions to multifaceted challenges confronting rural communities locally and nationally.

The Goldfarb Center, Center for the Arts and Humanities, Environmental Studies Program, and the Colby College Museum of Art have unveiled a bold, innovative program for the 2015-16 academic year which is strongly linked with Maine’s unique relationship with the land.

Building on this year’s humanities theme, Human/Nature, which explores the relationship between the natural world and human existence, the four organizations are collaborating on a series of interdisciplinary events: Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods. Our intent for the series is to stimulate fresh discussion and explore solutions to economic, cultural, and conservation challenges faced by rural communities in Maine, New England, and the nation. The program coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the founding of Sieur de Monts National Monument, now Acadia National Park.

The kickoff event will be a lecture from Peter Forbes, director of the Center for Whole Communities Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Diamond Building’s Ostrove Auditorium. Throughout the year, the Goldfarb Center will organize events focused on relevant public policy questions, including a Cotter Debate.

The culmination of the series will be an interdisciplinary national conference Apr. 7-9, 2016, titled, “Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods.” The conference will include contributions from award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams, Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, and many more. Click here for more information.


Upcoming Events

The Goldfarb Center has an exciting slate of events to kick off the 2015-16 academic year, tackling topics ranging from the 2016 elections to veteran’s affairs issues. Please be sure to visit the Goldfarb Center’s website and like our Facebook page for the latest information.

Re-Imagining the Promise of Conservation
Peter Forbes
Renowned author, conservationist, and teacher
Sept. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium

Author, conservationist, and teacher Peter Forbes will visit Colby Sept. 28-29 for a series of events including workshops, class visits, and a public lecture, which will kick off the yearlong series titled Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods.

On the eve of the centennial of our national park system, Forbes will ask the question: What is the promise of conservation to an America that is rapidly changing demographically, culturally, and physically? What ideals and values need to guide conservation in the next 100 years?

In this lecture and linked workshops, Forbes will offer insights into the special opportunities and obligations facing the next generation to re-imagine conservation from where our different lives intersect, and give us tools needed to meet those obligations.

Please join us for this very engaging speaker and the launch of this important series. Click here for more information.

This program is cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Environmental Studies, and the Colby Museum of Art.


Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation
Katherine J. Boo
The New Yorker

2015 Lovejoy Award Recipient

MacArthur Genius Grant | Pulitzer Prize
National Magazine Award for Feature Writing

Oct. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Lorimer Chapel

For shining a spotlight on poverty and the heartrending inequalities of our era, Katherine Boo has a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a MacArthur genius grant. In October, she will receive Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. Boo will receive an honorary doctoral degree along with the Lovejoy award and will deliver the Lovejoy Convocation address. The ceremony, which is open to the public, and the award honor America’s first martyr to freedom of the press, Elijah Parish Lovejoy.

Also on Oct. 5, the Goldfarb Center will host the annual Lovejoy Panel Discussion titled, “Division and Despair: Reporting on Economic Inequality.” It will be held at 4 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium. Panelists include:

Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of the Ideas Section, Boston Globe
Mike Baker, investigative reporter, Seattle Times
Wendi Thomas, columnist, Memphis Flyer
Moderator: Walter Hatch, associate professor of Government; director, Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College

Economic inequality is the defining issue of our day. The gap between the very rich and very poor in developing nations dashed hopes that all boats would rise together. Certainly the writings of Katherine Boo underscore what some believe to be the persistent link between rapid growth and widespread, stark poverty in emerging economies. In the U.S., there is little doubt that poverty, stagnant wages, the “one percent,” and the prospects of a shattered American dream will shape the 2016 election and set the policy agenda for a generation. This distinguished panel of journalists will explore the importance and challenges of reporting on this critical issue.

Learn more about the Lovejoy Convocation here.


The Wage Gap: Real or Myth?
A Facilitated Discussion
Sarah Whitfield ’09, career counselor, Career Center; Amanda Cooley, assistant director, Goldfarb Center
Sept. 17 | Noon | Dana Fairchild Room
Data indicating women make 77 cents to every dollar earned by men is commonly referred to by many, including the Obama administration, as evidence of an unacceptable and long-standing wage gap plaguing the nation. But some that say the data is being misinterpreted and doesn’t support this conclusion. Does the wage gap exist due to discriminatory policies or simply behavioral choices women make when it comes to education and work/life balance? We’ll carefully look at both sides of the argument through a group discussion on what the data could be telling us. RSVP here. Click here for more information about the Women at Work Leadership Series.

American Nations: The Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America and the 2016 Election Landscape
Colin Woodard, State & National Affairs Writer, Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram; New York Times bestselling author
September 22 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
There’s never been one America, Colin Woodard argues in this award-winning book, but rather several Americas, each with its own, centuries-old ideals, values, and religious and cultural heritage. Understanding the real map of the continent and its rival cultures is essential to grasping our history, from the divisions of the American Revolution and Civil War to the “blue county/red county” maps of past and present elections cycles.

Digital First? How Technology and Multi-Platform Journalism are Disrupting and Reinventing Journalism
A One-Day Conference for Student Journalists
Oct. 4 | 8 a.m. | Diamond Building
This annual student journalism conference will offer college newspaper editors, reporters, advisers, and those interested in a career in journalism an opportunity to learn about reporting in today’s technology-driven world. The conference will include interactive workshops, lectures, and panel discussions led by award-winning journalists from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other first-rate new outlets. The keynote luncheon address will be delivered by award-winning journalist Andy Carvin, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Click here for more information.

Eric Klinenberg: Co-Author of Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance
October 7
Cosponsored by the Sociology Department and the Office of Student Affairs
Eric Klinenberg, co-author of comedian Aziz Ansari’s  book Modern Romance, is professor of Sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Now a
New York Times bestseller, Modern Romance has been touted as a hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

Women at Work Leadership Series
Facilitated Discussion
Oct. 15 | Noon | Dana’s Fairchild Room
Through facilitated discussion groups and workshops, the Women at Work Leadership Series provides Colby students and the campus community with an opportunity to learn about important issues confronting women in today’s society, particularly relating to the workplace. More information about the October facilitated discussion will be available soon. For more information, please click here.

Leadership in the African Context
Baruzalire Milly Kugonza and Pamela Nyakato
TENTATIVE: Oct. 19-23
In January 2015, ten Colby students traveled with Assistant Professor of Government Laura Seay to Uganda for a Jan Plan study abroad course titled “Field Study in African Development.” As part of the course, students spent five days in rural homestays in Kikuube, living and working in the farming community and learning firsthand about the challenges of living in poverty and how people develop creative solutions to problems in their own communities. Kugonza and Nyakato, two community leaders from Kikuube, will come to Colby for a week-long visit and provide a public lecture. More details are forthcoming.

Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility
Mark Brewer, Professor and Interim Department Chair of Political Science, University of Maine
TENTATIVE: Nov. 5 | 4 p.m. | Diamond 122
Contemporary American politics is highly polarized, and it is increasingly clear that this polarization exists at both the elite and mass levels. Social issues are routinely presented by some as the driver of polarization, while others point to economic inequality and class divisions. Still others single out divisions surrounding race and ethnicity, or gender, or religion as the underlying source of the deep political divide that currently exists in the U.S. All of these phenomena are undoubtedly highly relevant in American politics, and it is also beyond question that they represent significant cleavages within the American polity. Building on his recent book, Mark Brewer will argue that disagreement over a much more fundamental matter lies at the foundation of the polarization that marks American politics in the early 21st century.

Veteran’s Affairs Panel Discussion
Nov. 10 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
In recognition of Veteran’s Day, the Goldfarb Center will host a panel discussion on pressing issues facing veterans today. More information will be available soon.

Theater of War
Nov. 15 | 2 p.m. | Page Commons
Cosponsored with the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Department of Theater and Dance, and the Colby Health Center
Theater of War presents dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Ajax — a Greek tragedy about the suicide of a great, respected warrior — to diverse military and civilian audiences in order to engage communities in powerful town hall discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war. The presentations are intended to foster understanding and compassion, while mobilizing citizens and resources to help improve the lives of service members, veterans, their families, and people in their communities. Following the readings, we will hear brief comments from a community panel, and we will then open up the floor for what we hope will be a lively audience discussion.

Women at Work Leadership Series
Facilitated Discussion
Nov. 19 | Noon | Dana’s Fairchild Room
Through facilitated discussion groups and workshops, the Women at Work Leadership Series provides Colby students and the campus community with an opportunity to learn about important issues confronting women in today’s society, particularly relating to the workplace. More information about the October facilitated discussion will be available soon. For more information, please click here.

Artist Tim Clorius
Nov. 30 | 6 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker-Reed Room
Cosponsored with the Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Art Department, and the Colby College Museum of Art
Under the name “Subone,” Clorius was the first artist in Maine to pursue a professional career as a spray painter, labeling himself an “aerosol artist” to emphasize his interest in spray painting fine art-oriented works that range from abstraction to realism, yet remain resolutely what he calls “graffitiesque.” In 2002 Tim founded S.U.B.O.N.E Workshops, which stands for Supplying Urban Beautification Offering New Experiences, and began to work with students. The workshops, led by Clorius and his friend and fellow artist Andrew Coffin, undertakes projects with youth and students throughout the state focusing on the advocacy of the potential that aerosol art possesses as an educational tool. Tim Clorius was born and raised in Heidelberg, Germany. He received his education in fine arts and painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, where he currently lives.