From The Director

Greetings from Waterville as second semester ramps up.

It has been a productive, rather pleasant January on Mayflower Hill and we seem to be in midst of a mid-winter thaw. Could winter be over? When I raise that question to a few of my colleagues all I get in return is a knowing smile.

We’ve planned an ambitious array of programs for the coming term and dedicate this newsletter to descriptions of these events.

You will note a set of premier programs, not the least of which is the George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture on March 15. I am very pleased to share that Senator Mitchell himself will deliver this lecture. Given the significance and reach of his new book, The Negotiator, as well as turbulence at home and abroad, his insights will certainly be timely and important.

In April Colby will host a national conference, Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods. This collaborative, interdisciplinary, large-scale project will bring some of the nation’s finest writers, scholars, performers, public officials, and community members to explore the future of large-landscape conservation in Maine and beyond.

Two weeks later, on April 25, the center will hold the 2016 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Ceremony. This year’s recipient is Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the 28th chief justice of the State of California. Cantil-Sakauye is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice.

You will also note a broad set of election-centered events. To say that the 2016 presidential election has been fascinating would be one of the grand understatements of all time! My goodness, what an election. Our goal this election season is to help the Colby community better understand key aspects of this dynamic, important contest.

We approach spring 2016 with energy and excitement. As always, we hope to see you at our events.

Best regards,

Daniel M. Shea

Spring Events Events

Spring 2016 is one of the Goldfarb Center’s most ambitions semesters yet. We’re offering lectures, workshops, and field trips through programs including the Colby Election Center, Women’s Leadership Seminar, and Engaged Scholarship Initiative in addition to several new and continuing premier programs.

Please check our website regularly for our most up-to-date event listings. And be sure to join us when you can!

Premier Events

2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture
featuring Senator George Mitchell
March 15 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell will recount some of his most compelling and enlightening accounts from his recently released book, The Negotiator, including his instrumental work on clean air and water legislation, the Iran-Contra hearings, and healthcare reform, as well as life after the Senate, from leading the successful Northern Ireland peace process, to serving as chairman of the Walt Disney Company, to heading investigations into the use of steroids in baseball and unethical activity surrounding the Olympic Games. Beginning at Waterville’s Head of Falls neighborhood and through it all, Senator Mitchell’s incredible stories — some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing — offer invaluable insights into critical moments in the last half-century of business, law, and politics, both domestic and international.

Community, Culture, and Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods
A National Conference
April 7-9 | Venues across campus
In partnership with the Environmental Studies Program, Colby Museum of Art, and the Center for the Arts and Humanities
Offered during the 100th anniversary year of the National Parks System, this conference will bring together noted writers, scholars, performers, public officials, and community members to facilitate discussion, make connections, and find solutions to economic and conservation challenges faced by communities in Maine, New England, the country, and the world. Speakers and panelists range from noted writers to residents of towns in northern Maine, including Bill McKibben, Terry Tempest Williams, Wesley McNair, and Peter Forbes.

Women in Law: Obstacles and Opportunities
Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Panel Discussion
April 25 | 4 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
One of the most significant transformations in American society in recent decades is the growing ranks of women in the law and on the bench. In recognition of the 2016 Brody Award recipient — Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as California’s chief justice — this panel will offer a lively discussion on a host of important issues related to the growing number of women and minorities in the legal profession.

2016 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Ceremony
April 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
This year’s Brody Award recipient is Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the 28th chief justice of the State of California. Cantil-Sakauye, the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice, will speak. She has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts and has been appointed or elevated to higher office by three governors.

Colby Election Center Events

Spending, Substance, and Special Interests: Assessing the Role of Super PACs and Dark Money in the New Campaign Finance Era
Feb. 15 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor and director of the Wesleyan Media Project, Wesleyan University
Outside-group advertising in elections skyrocketed after a series of campaign finance decisions by the Supreme Court culminating in the seminal Citizens United case. What effect does this spending have on the electorate? This talk will discuss trends in interest-group advertising and what is known about their effects on negativity, issue dialogue, and persuasion.

True Life After Colby: Laura Maloney ’12
Feb. 18 | 5 p.m. | Schair- Swenson- Watson Alumni Center, Marchetti Room
Laura Maloney ’12, press secretary for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
Maloney began her career directly after graduation as the deputy finance director for Elizabeth Esty for Congress (D-Conn), where helped with raising over $2.7 million in campaign funding in the fourth most expensive congressional race in the country. She stayed on with Esty, serving first as a staff assistant, then press assistant/legislative correspondent, and finally as communications director. True Life After Colby gives students opportunities for networking, chances to explore internship and employment opportunities, and it provides insights on what life might be like after their time on Mayflower Hill. Registration is required for this event. Please contact Assistant Director Amanda Cooley for more details.

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
Feb. 29 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Ari Berman, contributing writer, The Nation magazine; Investigative Journalism Fellow, The Nation Institute
In his groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day. The act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet, 50 years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power, with lawmakers devising new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Berman’s stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR.

On the Road: Super Tuesday Week in D.C.
March 3-5 | Washington, D.C.
In collaboration with the Colby Career Center and the Division of College and Student Advancement
The Goldfarb Center, together with the Colby Career Center and Division of College and Student Advancement, will take a dozen students to the Washington, D.C. during the week of Super Tuesday to explore career opportunities in government and politics, network with alumni, engage with experts on issues related to the 2016 election, and tour the capital. Components to the trip include job shadowing, site visits, lunch at the Brookings Institution, a networking reception, and more. Visit our website for more details.

Lecture with Cartoonist Dan Wasserman P’16
March 8 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Dan Wasserman P’16, Cartoonist, The Boston Globe
Dan Wasserman P’16 has been cartooning for the Globe‘s editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, “We’ve Been Framed” and “Paper Cuts.” His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally.

Election Data Day: The Collection, Analysis and Presentation of Election Data
March 11 | 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. | Diamond 122
The center will host a set of workshop panels on the assemblage, analysis, and presentation of election data. Election data experts from across the country will cover topics including campaign finance, polling, targeting, GIS, and more. The keynote address will be given by leading polling expert John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. For more information and to participate, please contact Associate Director Alice Elliott.

Lunchtime Lecture with John Della Volpe
March 11 | Noon | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker-Reed Room
John Della Volpe, director of polling, Institute of Politics, Harvard University
Since 2000, the IOP survey has tracked pre- and post-9/11 attitudes; accurately predicted youth turnout; marked the generational shift in attitudes toward foreign policy; and provided insight into the ways in which Millennials communicate and form opinions. Each semester Della Volpe leads a public opinion survey group of students who develop, field, and report on the attitudes of young Americans (Millennial Generation) toward politics and public service. Please contact Associate Director Alice Elliott for more information.

A Green Revolution? The Politics of Pot in 2016
March 30 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
John Hudak, senior fellow and deputy director, Center for Effective Public Management, The Brookings Institution
When it comes to marijuana, America is changing quickly. The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is rapidly spreading across a nation that once treated the cannabis plant as a scourge on society. John Hudak of the Brookings Institution will discuss the historical changes in public opinion, culture, politics, and public policy that have driven marijuana out from under basement heat lamps and into the sunshine of mainstream American politics.

Women’s Leadership Seminar

Through facilitated discussions, skill-based workshops, conversations with women leaders, networking sessions, field trips, and more, the Goldfarb Center and Career Center’s Women’s Leadership Seminar offers comprehensive leadership training with a focus on issues confronting women in the workforce today.

For more information, including how to enroll, please visit the Women’s Leadership Seminar website. The seminar is cosponsored by the Colby Feminist Alliance and the Colby Women of Color Alliance.

Rising through the Ranks: A Breakfast Conversation with Laura Maloney ’12
Feb. 19 | 8 a.m. | Diamond 146
During her trip to Colby, Laura Maloney ’12 will share her experiences post-Colby, with a particular focus on her experience as a woman working in politics.

Skill-based Workshop: The 30-Second Pitch
Feb. 22 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
Ever thought about what you’d say if you found yourself in the elevator with the president of your dream employer? Would you be able to highlight your experiences and convince them to give you an interview by the time the doors opened? This workshop will help you figure out your 30-second pitch as well as practice delivering it.

Building a Professional Brand: Focusing on Creative Fields, Building an Online Portfolio, and More
March 10 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
What exactly is a personal brand, and why is it important to have one? Not sure what tools you can use or how to build online portfolios? With a focus on the creative fields, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of building a strong professional brand that best represents you.

Skill-based Workshop: Professional Social Media
March 31 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
Keeping your social media use professional is key to developing your personal brand. Learn the ins and outs, dos and don’ts for professional use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

$tart $mart Workshop: Salary Negotiation and Navigating the Wage Gap for Women
April 12 | 5 p.m. dinner; 5:30-7:30 p.m. workshop | Cotter Union, Pugh Center
The Career Center will host the Wage Project for the third year in a row to offer a two-hour $tart $mart interactive workshop on salary negotiation and eliminating the wage gap for women. This workshop is open to all students and all class years.

Mocktail: Learning How to Navigate a Reception
April 13 | 4:30pm | Cotter Union, Blue Light Pub
At some point in your career, you’ll find yourself at a reception. Do you know the best way to hold a plate and glass while being available to shake hands? What about entering or exiting a conversation? And what should you wear? We’ve enlisted the help of women faculty and staff to provide you with an opportunity to practice your networking skills and get valuable, personalized feedback.

Engaged Scholarship Initiative: Education Reform

The Goldfarb Center’s Engaged Scholarship Initiative supports the study of multifaceted and interdisciplinary public policy questions by a broad range of participants — from community stakeholders and industry experts to Colby students, faculty, and alumni — in inclusive networks. Assistant Professor of Education Karen Kusiak ’75 has launched a policy anchor focused on education reform. Dubbed the Community Engaged Scholarship in Education (CES-E), it will allow Kusiak and her team to connect Colby students and faculty across disciplines in data analysis, program evaluation, advocacy, and original research to provide resources to policymakers and the greater community.

Proficiency-Based Learning as a Pathway to Equity
Feb. 24 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 141
Angela Hardy, director of coaching, Great Schools Partnership
Hardy has been with Great Schools Partnership and currently supports the coordination of the League of Innovative Schools and codirects the NextGen Personalized Learning initiative. She coaches in Maine and supports a team of senior associates as they work with schools and districts across the region and the nation.

Poverty and Educational Opportunity
March 31 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
Paul Gorski, cofounder, EdChange and associate professor of integrative studies, George Mason University
Paul Gorski, an award-winning teacher and education reform advocate, will discuss how poverty impacts opportunity in today’s education system. In addition to his work in poverty and educational opportunity, he also writes about social justice education and social justice activist sustainability.