Humanity’s relationship with the natural world is the theme at a landmark conference that brought noted writers, scholars, performers, artists, public officials, and activists to Colby April 7-9.

Artist Maggie Libby 'XX in front of her disappearing artwork, >>>>.

Artist Maggie Libby ’81, in front of her interactive art installation in the Diamond Atrium.

The conference, titled Community, Culture and Conservation, was part of a  yearlong series of events exploring the intersection of communities and nature. It led off with a lecture by noted writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben, founder of, who exhorted listeners in a packed Lorimer Chapel to take action on global warming.

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