Spring 2018 Events and Cosponsorships

The Goldfarb Center is excited to offer a premier slate of events and guest speakers in spring 2018. Please stay tuned to our newsletter, social media, and our website for the most up-to-date information.


Text, Talk, Revive Civility
Jan. 24 | 4 p.m. | Diamond 123

Colby parent (Joshua ’17) Mark Hews, the Maine State Organizer for the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), will lead a dinner workshop on promoting civil dialogue. Maine is one of four states that will take part in an intensive program to help people improve the way they talk and listen to each other. The NICD initiative aligns with objectives expressed by our Goldfarb student engagement board seeking deeper dialogue on campus.

In this exciting workshop, you will explore the concept of civility in our connected world, discuss how civil and uncivil discourse affects different people, and tackle ways to revive civility in our politics and everyday lives.
We strongly believe this workshop will be useful for career development, an excellent conversation starter for job and internship interviews, and a meaningful addition to your resume/CV. Please join us for this exciting opportunity!
There are only 24 spaces available, so sign up now to reserve your space.


Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History
Feb. 22 | 5 p.m. | Location TBD

Ken Walsh is chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. He has covered the White House since 1986 and is the author of eight books on the presidency. The Goldfarb Center will welcome him to discuss his latest book on the influential but often unseen official photographers who cover the president. Ken’s book will be available for purchase and personalized autographs at the conclusion of the lecture.


Spring 2018 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate
Early April | Time and Location TBD

The spring 2018 Cotter Debate will focus on the growing crisis that the opioid epidemic presents to our country. Panelists are yet to be determined, but we intend to showcase a broad range of academic and scientific experts in health care and health policy.


2018 Morton A. Brody Award for Distinguished Judicial Service
April 22 | 4 p.m. panel | 5:15 pm award Ostrove Auditorium, 142 Diamond

The biennial Brody Award for 2018 will be presented to Judge Anita Brody, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991, Judge Brody (no relation to Morton A. Brody) is best known for presiding over the lawsuits and settlements relating to concussions in the NFL.


#MeToo, Tarana Burke
April 30 | Time and Location TBD

We are thrilled to partner with the Pugh Community Board to welcome civil rights activist and creator of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, to the Colby campus. Tarana will present a lecture followed by an audience Q&A.

Fall 2017 Events

Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date on the latest Goldfarb Center events.

Disappearing Diplomacy: Foreign Policy in the Drumpf Era

Sept. 25 | 4:30 p.m. | Diamond 122
Robert Gelbard ’64, former U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia and Indonesia

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 and Law Enforcement (including responsibility for counter-terrorism), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America, Director for Southern Africa and Deputy Director for Western Europe.

From Russia with Love: Covering National Security in the Age of Drumpf

Oct. 1 | 4 p.m. | Page Commons, Cotter Union
Matt Apuzzo ’00, reporter, New York Times
Adam Goldman, reporter, New York Times

Two New York Times investigative reporters discuss the latest in the special counsel investigation, the perils of covering national security, and covering the new Washington. Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman are Pulitzer-winning reporters in the Washington bureau of the Times. The discussion will be moderated by Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government Sandy Maisel.

Journalism with Purpose: How to Write with Impact
2017 Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference

Oct. 1 and 2 | 4 p.m. | Various Locations
The 2017 Lovejoy Student Journalism Conference, held in conjunction with the prestigious  Lovejoy Journalism Award, will bring together some of the nation’s best reporters, editors, renowned academics, and media gurus to provide college newspaper editors and reporters, those interested in journalism careers, and those who want to write for advocacy the opportunity to sharpen their skills and increase their impact. Learn more here >>>

2017 Lovejoy Award Convocation

Oct. 2 | 7 p.m. | Lorimer Chapel
Alec MacGillis, reporter, ProPublica
Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for ProPublica known for his deep reporting on social issues and public policy, will be honored with the Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. The award recognized MacGillis for his incisive reporting and informed questioning on a wide range of pressing policy issues including the surging opioid crisis, housing policy, and the influence of the oil industry and other corporations on public policy. Learn more here >>>

War’s End? Guerrilla Demobilization in Colombia

Oct. 9 | 4 p.m. | Diamond 122
The hemisphere’s longest running guerrilla war formally ended when the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia agreed to lay down there arms in November 2016. Southern Colombia was one of the regions hardest hit by the war; now, residents ask, what kind of world will peace bring? Establishing a Truth Commission, ensuring complete hand-over of weapons, and reintegrating FARC combatants into civilian life are only some of the challenges.Nancy Sánchez is an award-winning Colombian human rights defender. She was the Colby Oak Human Rights Fellow in 2007, and is currently working with the Women’s Alliance of Putumayo: Weavers of Life. Sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Latin American Studies Department, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, and the Oak Institute for Human Rights.

Women in Business: Do they Lead Differently than Men?

A lunchtime discussion with Colby Trustees Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 and Catherine Roosevelt ’89

Please note this event has reached capacity.

Oct. 19 | Lunch served at Noon; Discussion begins at 12:15 p.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union

Many leadership studies suggest that women are more participative, collaborative, transformational and democratic than men; female managers are seen as less transactional, authoritative, or “command-control.” Other research has revealed that Fortune 500 companies with a higher percentage of women on their boards experience significantly higher financial outcomes. In what other ways do women’s leadership traits influence professional organizations? How can students develop leadership skills that will translate into professional success in the business world today and in the future?

Two highly accomplished trustees, Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 and Catherine (Kate) Roosevelt ’89, will lead a lunchtime discussion on their experiences and the strategies they’ve employed to develop their leadership skills and advance their careers.

Anne Clarke Wolff ’87 is the Managing Director, Head of Global Corporate Banking, and Head of Global Leasing for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Kate Roosevelt ’89 is executive vice president for Campbell & Company, a strategic consultancy to the non-profit sector. The conversation will be moderated by Patrice Franko, interim director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies.

Gender and Resistance: An Evening with Jennifer Finney Boylan

Nov. 14 | 6:30 p.m. dessert reception; 7 p.m. lecture | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room

Jenny Boylan — author, activist, and teacher — will talk 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 member of the Colby community, where she taught in the department of English for 25 years and currently serves as special advisor to President Greene. During the spring of each year she serves as the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence and Professor of English at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York.

Free Speech on College Campuses: Should There Be Any Limits?

Fall 2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate
Nov. 16 | 6:30 p.m. Coffee and Dessert Reception; 7 p.m. Discussion | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room

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 concerned that efforts to increase sensitivity and safety are suppressing frank and open discussion. Others believe colleges and universities have a duty to protect students from what some deem as hateful rhetoric that targets specific groups in harmful ways.

A growing number of conflicts in the form of large public demonstrations and event protests have created an urgent need for institutions to define freedom of expression on their respective campuses. As polarized speech may incite violent action, does a university have a responsibility to provide for the physical safety—or the right to speak—of incendiary speakers?

The Fall 2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate will explore how academic institutions can support diversity and inclusion while providing space for robust discourse, deliberation, and disagreement.

Panelists Include:

Jon A. Shields, associate professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College
Laura Beth Nielsen, director of the Legal Studies Program and professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
Jon Zimmerman, professor of history of education, University of Pennsylvania

Moderated by Neil Gross, Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Colby College

Protect, Nurture, and Enjoy: Infant Mental Health Training for Caregivers of Infants and their Families

Nov. 17 | 3 p.m. | Davis 301
Alexandra Murray Harrison, M.D.
There is now consensus in the scientific community that the origins of adult diseases can often be found in the first years of life. It also has been shown that a safe and responsive caregiving relationship is not only important to healthy child development but may also moderate the negative health effect of early adversities in the life of the individual. Despite being a critical factor in positive health outcomes, infant mental health is frequently either absent from the training of frontline health workers or relegated to a low priority. The Infant Mental Health training, “Protect, Nurture, and Enjoy” (PNE) was designed to equip health workers – both professional and paraprofessional — with the knowledge and motivation needed to facilitate positive caregiver-infant interactions in the community. A reception will follow the talk.


The Goldfarb Center cosponsors events and programs for departments across campus. Please consider attending the following events hosted by our partners.

Whose Streets? Film screening and discussion with director Sabaah Folayan

September 19th | 7 p.m. | Ostrove, Diamond Building

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. The film is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. Director Sabaah Folayan will lead a discussion and question and answer session after the screening. Cosponsored by Colby Cinema Studies, Pugh Community Board, African American Studies, The Center for Arts and Humanities, and The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

Democracy in a Hotter Time

September 19th | 7 p.m. | Olin 1 
David Orr, Counselor to the President Oberlin College

The present crisis in U.S. democracy has its origins in our history and political system. Much the same can be said for our slow and inadequate response to climate change now underway. These and similar problems in public policy are the result of the breakdown in democratic institutions. The path forward requires repairing and strengthening the capacities of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Program and The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

Maine Gubernatorial Candidate Debate

Nov. 13 | 7 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium

Hear the candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Maine give their perspectives for the future of the state. Participating candidates include Adam Cote, Betsy Sweet, Diane Russell, Janet Mills, Mark Eves, Jim Boyle, and Patrick Eisenhart. A coffee and dessert reception will be held after the debate. Hosted by Colby College, Thomas College, and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by Maine Technology Group, PretiFlaherty, Serra Public Affairs, and Sheridan Construction.