Making D.C. Connections: Colby students, alumni, and parents gathered in the beautiful Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building for a networking reception as part of the Goldfarb Center and Career Center’s recent student trip to the nation’s capital. Learn more here >>>
Letter from the Director
Greetings from Mayflower Hill.
While the calendar on my wall suggests we’ve crossed into spring, one would be hard-pressed to look out my window to find even hints of green grass, crocuses, or robins. A modestly intense winter seems determined to make up for it through longevity. April arrives shortly, and with it the opener for trout fishing in Maine, but most of the lakes in the area boast no less than two feet of ice. The thaw will come, of course, but it still seems a long way off.
It’s a good thing that so much is going on at Colby and the Goldfarb Center to keep us busy.
This Wednesday we will host one of my favorite events of the year — the William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate. The topic for this year’s program is nothing less than the state of democracy in the United States. We live in turbulent times, where many of the rules and customs of our politics seem strained, if not broken. Perhaps the 2016 election demonstrated the vitality of our democracy, as many new voters came to the polls. If there needed to be a shakeup in the system, we certainly got it with Donald Trump. But many also fret that the very nature of our democracy, so clearly linked to elections, no longer reflects the common good. Can our nation come together to confront so many important issues? Might our form of government, forged in a very different day and age, be outdated in the 21st century? Thankfully, we have invited three world-renowned scholars to campus to confront this critical issue.
As the rest of the newsletter suggests, the center’s calendar includes several important, exciting events, including the 2017 Mitchell Lecture with U.S. Senator for Maine Angus King. We hope you can join us.
Daniel M. Shea
On the Road: The GC Goes to DC
Patrick Boland ’09, deputy chief of staff and communications director for Congressman Andrew Schiff, offered students an in-depth look at life on the Hill during a site visit in the Congressman’s office in the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Goldfarb Center and Career Center recently flew 21 students to Washington, D.C., to explore career opportunities, network with alumni and parents, and engage with experts on issues related to the 2016 election.
Components of the three-day trip, offered in partnership with the Office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy and the Environmental Studies Program, included site visits with alumni and parents at various organizations and government agencies, a networking reception with the Colby Club of Washington, D.C., a mock interview session, and a tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum followed by an alumni and student networking brunch.
Students engaged in a lively discussion on environmental policy with Damon Moglen P’18, who serves as a senior strategic advisor for the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth.
Over the course of the trip, students interacted with more than 50 alumni and parents working in their chosen fields. “The program enabled me to connect with those in the human rights community in Washington that I hope to work closely with one day to improve U.S. policy in Latin America,” said Greg Morano ’17, who double-majors in government and Latin American studies. “The trip is valuable for any student interested in the world of policy and is a great beginning step to make D.C. connections.”
Building on last year’s inaugural trip, the 2017 program expanded the number of students who participated from 14 to 21 and the number of trip days from two to three. Also new was a partnership with the Environmental Studies Program, which sponsored four students to participate and attend site visits and policy talks at environmental organizations such as Earth & Water Group and Friends of the Earth.
2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate: American Democracy?
March 29 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
In light of the exceptionally turbulent 2016 presidential election, as well as a broad array of other on-going transformations, many now ponder the soundness of what Alexander Hamilton dubbed our “grand experiment.” Are citizens sovereign or largely powerless? Can future generations redeem a government of, by, and for the people?
Panelists include Benjamin Page, Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University and author of Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It (forthcoming); Roslyn Fuller, scholar and author of Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose (2015); and Peter Levine, associate dean for research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University and author of We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (2013).
Moderated by Joseph R. Reisert, Harriet S. Wiswell and George C. Wiswell Jr. Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law, Colby College.
Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum
Women’s Leadership Seminar Event
April 6 | 7:30 a.m. | Abromson Center
The Women’s Leadership Seminar is offering an opportunity for students to travel to Portland for the 7th Annual Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum, titled “The Gender Wage Gap – Why is This Still a Thing?” Joan Fortin ’88, shareholder and director of attorney recruiting at Bernstein Shur, will be among the panelists. Transportation will be provided. Students can register here
. Learn more about the forum here
Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
The Women’s Leadership Seminar Event
April 12 | 5-7 p.m. | Diamond 145
This $tart $mart interactive workshop will focus on salary negotiation and eliminating the wage gap for women. It is open to students of all class years. Students can register here
2017 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture: U.S. Senator Angus King
Lessons in foreign policy, from North Korea to Syria and back to Washington
April 19 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
In January 2013 Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator, filling the same seat once held by storied Maine leaders Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell, and Olympia Snowe. Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. He cofounded the Former Governors Caucus, which brings together the Senate’s former governors to chart pragmatic approaches to solutions, as well as the Senate Arctic Caucus, which hones in on Maine and America’s growing interest in the Arctic. Learn more here >>>
Media Malpractice? The Press Effect in the Age of Trump
NEW DATE! April 25 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
The role of the media in the 2016 election was exceptional and will be studied for decades. Was there a media bias? Did the press underestimate Trump’s support, or did it help fuel his assent? These questions and many others will be put to our distinguished panel of journalists in a lively, 75-minute exchange.
Panelists include Steve Collinson, senior enterprise reporter, CNN; Maggie Haberman, political correspondent, New York Times; and Colin Woodard, state and national affairs writer, Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.
Evening Lecture with Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates P’17
May 3 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building