Goldfarb Newsletter – December 2016

Election Day 2016: The Goldfarb Center partnered with Campus Life and the Student Government Association to host an action-packed Election Day Extravaganza. Hundreds of members of the Colby community turned out to participate in activities that included busing to the polls, live music, media coverage on big screens, giveaways, a photo booth, and more. Letter...

Goldfarb Newsletter Special Edition – A Few Thoughts on Election Day

Goldfarb Center Director Dan Shea Offers a Few Thoughts on Election Day Let’s Vote!   As simple and as common as these words are, one would be hard-pressed to bundle four other words to say as much. Voting — the simple act of raising a hand, checking a box, pushing a lever, hitting a button,...

Goldfarb Newsletter – October 2016

Letter from the Director Greetings. 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...

Goldfarb Newsletter – September 2016

  Letter from the Director The energy on campus is palpable. More than 500 smart, eager first-year students have arrived, ready for their Colby adventure. Returning students, faculty, and staff are bursting with enthusiasm. September is a special month on Mayflower Hill! At the Goldfarb Center, we are also excited about the coming year. A...

Goldfarb Newsletter – April 2016

From The Director The other day I received a call from a reporter asking about youth turnout in the 2016 general election. Would young folks come out for Secretary Clinton or Donald Trump if they are the nominees? Given that much of what I and other political scientists seemed to know about the electoral process...

Goldfarb Newsletter – February 2016

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...

Goldfarb Newsletter – December 2015

From The Director As the semester draws to a close and winter slowly nudges a spectacular fall to the side, the staff and I at the Goldfarb Center have been taking stock of recent programs, strategic developments and plans for the coming term. We were pleased with our fall programming, particularly events surrounding the Lovejoy...

Goldfarb Newsletter – October 2015

From The Director The great writer and social commentator H. G. Wells once stated that “democracy’s ceremonial, its feast, its great function, is the election.” Given all the shortcomings in the current system, many may find that hard to believe. But these contests are critically important for shaping public policy and the character of our...

Goldfarb Newsletter – September 2015

From The Director We enter the new academic year refreshed, energized and excited about the opportunities ahead. The Goldfarb team has pulled together an array of events we anticipate our students and the broader College community will find interesting and important. A key component of this planning has been a desire to partner with faculty,...

Goldfarb Newsletter – May 2015

From The Director Nearly like the flip of a switch, spring has transformed Mayflower Hill. Piles of snow have given way to green grass, blooming lilacs, and budding maples. The season also signals transition of another kind — the campus is now lively with preparations for commencement, and we begin the bittersweet process of ushering...