Free Speech on College Campuses: Should There Be Any Limits? (November 16, 2017)

Free Speech on College Campuses: Should There Be Any Limits? (November 16, 2017) 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...

Trade Wars (October 18, 2018)

Fall 2018 Cotter Debate: Trade Wars (October 18, 2018) We are now in a full-blown trade war. Unilateral actions by the Trump administration targeting steel and aluminum imports even hit political allies; ever-escalating tariffs on imports from China were quickly followed by retaliatory actions targeting politically sensitive sectors and goods. What will be the economic...

Gender and Resistance: An Evening with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Jenny Boylan — author, activist, and teacher — talked about LGBTQ experience and the current political climate from her position both as a writer for the op/ed page of the New York Times as well as the co-chair of the media advocacy non-profit, GLAAD. Author of the first bestselling work by a transgender American (She’s Not There), Jenny is also a longtime...

2017 Lovejoy Award: Alec MacGillis

Before an engaged audience in Lorimer Chapel Monday, Oct. 2, Alec MacGillis of ProPublica was bestowed the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for 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....

Disappearing Diplomacy: Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

Robert Gelbard ’64 is an international business consultant specializing in project development and implementation, crisis management and risk analysis. During his prior career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Gelbard held numerous senior foreign policy positions, including as President Clinton’s Special Representative for the Balkans, Ambassador to Indonesia and East Timor, Ambassador to Bolivia, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics...

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....