New Internship Program: The Goldfarb Center‘s new program will harness the power of the Colby network in D.C. to expand on the traditional internship experience. Learn more >>>

Letter from the Director

The Goldfarb Center was honored to host ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis as the 2017 Lovejoy Award recipient for courageous journalism. Alec’s work calls us to investigate the forgotten places — the geographies that have been the losers as the rapid pace of technological change and globalization have disrupted how and where we work. Alec’s gift as a journalist is to engage in deep listening — to hear narratives that might not align with one’s own political perspective.
Alec’s work engages a patient pursuit of the truth. This was also evident in the doggedness of other visiting journalists. In our student journalism conference that framed the Lovejoy Convocation, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists such as Adam Goldman of the New York Times –– and his partner in reporting on the Russian influence on the U.S. election of 2016, Colby’s own Matt Apuzzo ’00 — pointed to the persistent and systematic exploration of leads in investigating national security leaks. Everyone wants to share stories, they asserted, and the trick to breaking news is to bring disparate pieces of information into focus.
Beth Ponsot ’10 also joined Colby Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon and Echo adviser Tony Reid on a panel surveying the new media landscape. Multiple outlets create avenues to enter the public discourse. Ponsot’s still-young career underscored the importance of mastering new technologies in the social media space; beyond writing, the journalist’s skill set must be multidimensional. Other sessions — including with journalists such as David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Marty Kaiser of the Democracy Fund, and Christine Chinlund P’16 of the Boston Globe –– pointed students to the more traditional traits of writing as representative of clear-headed thinking.
I was inspired by these journalists and their authentic quest for truth. At a time when charges of fake news discredit the media, their passion for their craft was truly motivating. No matter our professional pursuits, we can all learn from their modeling of deep listening, dogged patience, and thorough skill development.
Best regards,
Patrice Franko

Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies

Introducing Jan Plan Facilitated Internships in D.C.

Anita Guaman ’17 takes part in an interactive policy discussion at The Brookings Institution during the 2017 trip to D.C. sponsored by the Goldfarb Center and Career Center (now DavisConnects). The 2018 trip will serve as a capstone for the center’s new facilitated internship program.

The Goldfarb Center has announced a new internship program designed to combine traditional internship experiences with valuable networking opportunities in the nation’s capital.

The program will bring together students interning in organizations throughout D.C. for a series of group sessions covering a wide range of policy-related topics. Each student will also be paired with a Colby alumni mentor, providing them with a resource to solicit personalized advice on living and working in D.C. The program culminates with a two-night, three-day series of events that includes policy talks, networking socials, mock interview sessions, tours of Washington landmarks, and more. Fifteen students not conducting a facilitated internship will also be invited to participate in this capstone program.

“Colby has an incredibly strong network in D.C., and this program allows students who want to launch a career in Washington or engage in policy issues tap into this powerful resource in meaningful ways,” said Goldfarb Center Director Patrice Franko.

Students interested in conducting a facilitated internship, including those not seeking funding, must apply by Friday, Nov. 1.

A complete program description, including application information, can be found here >>>

Alec MacGillis receives 2017 Lovejoy Award


Before an engaged audience in Lorimer Chapel Monday, Oct. 2, Alec MacGillis of ProPublica was bestowed the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Awardfor courageous journalism, one of the College’s most prestigious recognitions.

The Lovejoy Award, presented annually by Colby since 1952, honored MacGillis for his incisive reporting and informed questioning on a wide range of pressing policy issues.

MacGillis’s address focused on regional inequality and “the people and places left behind” — those who are most impacted by the nation’s struggling economy. He cited the decline in local news coverage as a contributor to the growing divide between rural and urban America, as the news generated in small communities becomes increasingly more overshadowed by a national media driven by news out of Washington.

“It turns out some people do care about the left behind places, we just have to go there first,” he said.

A replay of the entire event is available on Colby’s Facebook page. For more about MacGillis’s work and the Lovejoy Award, please visit the Lovejoy website.

 Event Highlights

Students, journalists take on writing with impact. The Goldfarb Center hosted its fifth annual conference for student journalists in conjunction with the Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 2. More than 50 students representing Colby and colleges throughout New England participated in sessions focused on how to pitch stories, choosing the right digital platform, advocacy writing, and best practices for community-based journalism. Reporters and media experts went into the classroom, where they spoke with students enrolled in writing and policy-related courses.
Learn more about the Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference here. Click here for more information about the Lovejoy Award.
A look at foreign policy and the Drumpf Administration.  Robert Gelbard ’64, an international business consultant and the former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia and Indonesia, shared his insights into the Drumpf Administration’s foreign policy agenda during a lecture Sept. 25. His remarks focused on the implications of Drumpf’s foreign policy agenda, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, North American Free Trade Agreement, and the looming threat of war with North Korea. Full audio of Ambassador Gelbard’s lecture can be found here.

Fall Events and Cosponsorships

The Goldfarb Center is gearing up to offer a slate of events focused on today’s most pressing public affairs issues. We are updating the calendar regularly, so please go here for the most up-to-date event listings and details.
Gender and Resistance: An Evening with Jennifer Finney Boylan
Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room
Jenny Boylan — author, activist, and teacher — will talk about the LGBTQ experience and the current political climate from her position as a writer for the New York Times op-ed page and as co-chair of the media advocacy nonprofit GLAAD. Author of the first bestselling work by a transgender American, She’s Not There, Boylan is also a longtime member of the Colby community, where she taught in the English Department for 25 years and is currently a special advisor to President Greene. Each spring she serves as the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence and professor of English at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York.
Nov. 16 | 6:30 p.m. Dessert Reception; 7 p.m. Discussion | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room
Academies flourish with free and open discourse. But does the right to free speech include the right to share what is experienced by some as hateful? If so, who defines when discourse has crossed the line to be too vitriolic? Some are concerned that efforts to increase sensitivity and safety are suppressing frank and open discussion. Others believe colleges and universities have a duty to protect students from what some deem as hateful rhetoric that targets specific groups in harmful ways.
A growing number of conflicts in the form of large public demonstrations and event protests have created an urgent need for institutions to define freedom of expression on their respective campuses. As polarized speech may incite violent action, does a university have a responsibility to provide for the physical safety — or the right to speak — of incendiary speakers?
The 2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate will explore how academic institutions can support diversity and inclusion while providing space for robust discourse, deliberation, and disagreement.
Panelists Include:
Jon A. Shields, associate professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College
Laura Beth Nielsen, director of the Legal Studies Program and professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education, University of Pennsylvania
Moderated by Neil Gross, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Colby College