Media Malpractice? The Press Effect in the Age of Trump

The role of the media in the 2016 election was exceptional and will be studied for decades. Did the press underestimate Donald Trump’s support, or did it help fuel his ascent? The role of the press during the early stages of the Trump Administration has also become a hot topic. How will the press respond to...

2017 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 as our “grand experiment.” Are citizen’s sovereign or largely powerless? Can future generations redeem a government...

How Things Fall Apart: Race, Gender and Suspicion in Police-Civilian Encounters

Feb. 28 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122 Nikki Jones, associate professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley Over the last couple of years, the Black Lives Matter Movement has turned the nation’s attention to the too-often troubled relationship between Black communities and the police. The video recordings of encounters that begin over...

2016 Lovejoy Award: Alissa Rubin

Alissa Rubin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times, recieved Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Monday, Oct. 24 in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. Rubin delivered the 2016 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, in which she underscored the importance of accepting rick and overcoming hardship in the search for the truth....

Continuity and Change in Congressional Elections

Paul Herrnson, professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut The elections of 2016 are being held during a period of deep voter unrest and general dissatisfaction with the presidential candidates, the political parties, and politics in general. The larger political environment undoubtedly will influence the tone and outcomes of some congressional elections. However, congressional campaigns...

Women in Law: Obstacles and Opportunities

Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Panel Discussion April 25 | 4 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium One of the most significant transformations in American society in recent decades is the growing ranks of women in the law and on the bench. In recognition of the 2016 Brody Award recipient — Chief Justice...

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Colby Election Initiative Event Feb. 29 | 7 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room Ari Berman, contributing writer, The Nation magazine; Investigative Journalism Fellow, The Nation Institute In his groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from...

Spending, Substance and Special Interests: Assessing the Role of Super PACs and Dark Money in the New Campaign Finance Era

Feb. 15 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122 Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor and director of the Wesleyan Media Project, Wesleyan University Outside Group advertising in elections skyrocketed after a series of campaign finance decisions by the Supreme Court culminating in the seminal Citizens United case. What effect does this spending have on the electorate? This talk discussed trends...

Genetically Modified Foods: Perils and Promises

2015 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate The 2015 Cotter Debate focused on broad-ranging issues associated with the development of genetically-modified (GM) foods. New technologies may offer the promise of better foods, including nutrient-enriched rice and potatoes that can be fried without producing the carcinogen acrylamide. Many feel that GM crops are needed to...