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....

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...