Friends of the Goldfarb Center Seminars are personal enrichment courses offered at no cost to the area community.  Seminars often feature retired Colby faculty who still enjoy sharing their passion for teaching.  Generally, two or three seminars are offered each year; registration is required.  Seminars are announced through the Friends of the Goldfarb Center e-mail list and here on the website.

I am pleased to share with you we will offer two fantastic community seminars this Spring, a film seminar with Professor Pat Brancaccio, and a literature seminar with Professors Natalie and Peter Harris.

Double Take — Urban Crimes Seen 2 Ways

This seminar will analyze a series of urban crime films that focus on the ways one influenced another or depicted different versions of the same story. The final pair directed by Sidney Lumet will tell a story from the criminal’s point of view and another from the policeman’s. Films will include Fritz Lang’s “M’” two versions of George Simenon’s “Maigret Sets a Trap,” two versions of Howard Hawks’ “The Big Sleep,” and Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico.”  The seminar will be offered on 8 consecutive Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm beginning March 13; registration is required.  To register, please complete the form below.


How to Be or Not to Be

How To Be or Not To Be: That is the question-—among others—raised by our readings this spring. The literature we have chosen engages issues of health and medicine—in some cases, the author is both writer and doctor; in others, characters are doctors or nurses; and in others, characters are dealing with their own serious illness or that of a family member or friend. At the broadest level, we’ll be reading, thinking, and talking about what these readings show us about living deeply in the face of our mortality.  The seminar will be offered on 7 consecutive Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm beginning April 10; registration is required.  To register, please complete the form below.

Syllabus:  HOW TO BE OR NOT TO BE Click to download the PDF file

Reading List


Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese


Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

In Shock by Dr. Rana Awdish

Short stories will include the following authors

Amy Hempl

William Carlos Williams

Anton Chekov

Lorrie Moore

Poems will include the following poets

Tony Hoagland

Jane Kenyon


Friends of the Goldfarb Center Seminar Registration

Friends of the Goldfarb Center Community Seminar Registration There is no cost to participate. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact Alice Elliott at or 207-859-5313.
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