The Goldfarb Center brings an array of influential speakers to campus each year to address global issues and current events as they unfold. Our public affairs initiatives offer students and faculty unique opportunities to hear from some of the best minds, often in intimate settings. Modes of student learning are changing rapidly, and varied, interactive programs sometimes better tap student interest and convey complex ideas.  Our aim is to offer lively, pedagogically-enhanced programming for students and the broader Colby community.

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Flagship Events

The Goldfarb Center coordinates four flagship events. Although each has a unique purpose, all have the goal of providing students opportunities to interact with award recipients and national leaders in journalism, academia, public affairs, and judicial service. Read below to learn more about the events.


Alec MacGillis of ProPublica accepts the 2017 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courage in journalism.

The Lovejoy Award, established at Colby College in 1952, honors a member of the newspaper profession who continues Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom in journalism. The recipient may be an editor, reporter, or publisher who has contributed to the nation’s journalistic achievement. Criteria include integrity, craftsmanship, character, intelligence, and courage.

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The Cotter Debate Series was established in 1999 to recognize William R. Cotter, Colby’s 18th president, and his wife Linda K. Cotter. The Goldfarb Center brings in top academics from across the country to

debate the most pressing and divisive issues in today’s world.

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Maine Senator Angus King enjoys a moment with former Maine Senator and Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell.

The Mitchell Series brings a prominent policy leader to campus each spring for a lecture and a dinner designed to foster interaction with  students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S. Senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George J. Mitchell.

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The Brody Service Award was created in memory of the Honorable Morton A. Brody, a U.S. District Court judge who passed away in March 2000. Judge Brody led an exemplary career as a lawyer, judge, and civic leader. A long-time friend of the College, he taught courses at Colby on the judicial system and was the husband of former Associate Dean of Admissions Judith Brody ’58.

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The GFES, held each spring, offers students the opportunity to win $2K for an innovative proposal on a pressing foreign affairs topic.

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