Letter from the Director
A spectacular summer has morphed into a glorious fall, with the sugar maples of Mayflower Hill afire with deep reds and brilliant yellows. What a splendid time to be at Colby.
As you would guess, the campus is also abuzz with talk about the 2016 election. There seems to be little doubt that we are witnessing a historic event. The Goldfarb Center has been pleased to offer several timely programs, including a standing-room only panel discussion with three of the nation’s premier political journalists: E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post, Eliana Johnson of the National Review, and David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
We have also been at the forefront of providing cutting-edge election data. In mid-September, for instance, we released a survey of more than 700 likely voters in Maine, showing that for the first time in the state’s history the Electoral College vote will probably be split (Donald Trump was leading Hillary Clinton in Maine’s second Congressional District by 10 percentage points). Our report was carried in several dozen of the nation’s news outlets, including MSNBC and Fox News. In the coming weeks we release results of a national poll focused on civility and compromise. Our partner for both of these surveys is the Boston Globe.
In other news, I am pleased to write that Alissa Rubin of the New York Times is this year’s recipient of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award in recognition of her courageous reporting. A Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, Ms. Rubin will deliver the 2016 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, which is open to the public and where she will receive an honorary doctoral degree at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel.
We are introducing a new element to this year’s Lovejoy Day – a powerful photo exhibit featuring the work of three award-winning war photographers: Andrea Bruce, Carol Guzy, and Nina Berman. The event, titled “Capturing War: Images of Conflict, Upheaval, and Revolution,”is cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities and will be held in the Diamond Building Atrium at 4 p.m.
We hope to see you at these events and others in the coming months.
Wishing you a wonderful autumn.
Daniel M. Shea
New York Times Correspondent Alissa Rubin Named 2016 Lovejoy Winner
Alissa Rubin has immersed herself in some of the most dangerous places in the world to give voice to victims of unimaginable tragedy from human conflicts. On Oct. 24, Colby College will recognize her inspiring work with the 2016 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.
Rubin will receive an honorary degree along with the Lovejoy Award and will deliver the Lovejoy Convocation address at 7:30 p.m. in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, and the award honor America’s first martyr to freedom of the press, Elijah Parish Lovejoy.
Also on Oct. 24, “Capturing War: Images of Conflict, Upheaval, and Revolution” will feature images from three leading news photographers in Colby’s Diamond Building. At 4 p.m. Carol Guzy, Andrea Bruce, and Nina Berman will talk about their prizewinning work at a reception in the Diamond Atrium. This event is cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.
For more information, please visit colby.edu/lovejoy.
Colby-Boston Globe Poll Uncovers Groundbreaking Data on Maine Electoral Votes
The Goldfarb Center partnered with the Boston Globe to conduct a widely reported poll exploring myriad issues related to Maine politics — from the standing of candidates for federal offices to voter attitudes regarding the most important issues facing the state. The poll showed that, for the first time in Maine’s history, the state’s electoral votes may not all go to one candidate.
“It would seem that Maine is once again a bellwether state, as our poll reflects both the tightness of the presidential race and the divided nature of American politics,” said Dan Shea, director of Colby’s Goldfarb Center and professor of government, who directed the poll. “Maine could make the difference in who we elect as our next president.”
The poll was conducted by national opinion research firm SurveyUSA, which interviewed 700 likely voters from Maine in September. The results were reported by more than 50 news outlets, including the Huffington Post, Politico, and Real Clear Politics. Learn more here >>>
Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine Hitting Mailboxes Soon
The fourth edition of the Goldfarb Center Annual Magazine will hit mailboxes in the coming weeks. This year’s edition will feature highlights of our programs and a look ahead to several exciting initiatives underway this year.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you receive your copy.
Goldfarb Center Announces Call for Grant Applications
With funding from the Goldfarb Center’s grant program, Professor of Education Adam Howard, Luke Westman ’16, and Patrick Stewart ’16 traveled to Jordan last spring to conduct research on affluent adolescents’ understanding of self and global citizenship.
The Goldfarb Center recently announced fall 2016 grant opportunities, which offer faculty and students from all disciplines funding to explore important public policy issues. The center will continue to provide funding through its nascent Engaged Scholarship Initiative, which was established last year to support 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.
Fall 2016 Events
Media at a Crossroads: What’s Ahead for Budding Journalists?
A one-day conference for student journalists
Oct. 23 | 8 a.m. | Diamond Building
The keystone of any democracy is a free press. In the United States, no other private institution is afforded such explicit, broad constitutional protections as the media. The 2016 presidential election has brought a host of new issues to the fore. But what does this mean for a budding reporter, editor, or news commentator? The 2016 student journalism conference, held in conjunction with the prestigious Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism, will bring together a range of experts — some of the nation’s best reporters and editors, renowned academics, and media gurus — to chart some of these shifts and offer insights that will help college reporters and aspiring journalists adapt to the changing tides. Learn more here >>>
Capturing War: Images of Conflict, Upheaval, and Revolution
Oct. 24 | 4 p.m. | Diamond Atrium
Nina Berman, documentary photographer, author, and educator
Andrea Bruce, documentary photographer; co-owner and member, NOOR Photo Agency
Carol Guzy, American news photographer, the Washington Post
In conjunction with the Lovejoy Award, three award-winning war photographers will display and discuss some of their most compelling work. Learn more here >>>
2016 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award Convocation
Oct. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Lorimer Chapel
Alissa Rubin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times, will be recognized for her courageous reporting conducted in some of the most dangerous corners of the world. Rubin will deliver the 2016 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, which is open to the public, and receive an honorary doctoral degree. Colby’s Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, honors a journalist who continues Elijah Parish Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom. Learn more here >>>
Finding Your Voice: Negotiation Workshop
Women’s Leadership Seminar event
Oct. 28 | 12:20 p.m. | Smith Room, Roberts
Being a skilled negotiator can showcase your skills as an experienced leader. This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of how to effectively negotiate some of the most important deals you’ll make in your career and your life.
Movie Screening: Equal Means Equal
Women’s Leadership Seminar event
Dec. 5 | 7:30 p.m.| Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Take a study break with us! We’ll show the new, award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal, which offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Free refreshments and a low-stress atmosphere will be provided.