Winter/Spring 2017 Events

Du Bois at the Center by Aldon Morris
MLK Day Keynote Speaker
Jan. 16, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorum, Diamond Building
Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Northwestern University, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote address titled “Du Bois at the Center: From Science to Martin Luther King to Black Lives Matter.” Morris is an award-winning scholar whose work explores the social and political underpinnings of the civil rights movement and its legacy. His most recent book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology (2015), has garnered national recognition for its contribution to our understanding of the fraught history of sociology and the place of Du Bois in it. A reception and book signing will follow in the Diamond Atrium. Cosponsored by the Pugh Center, PCB, Office of Religious Life, the African-American Studies Program, and the Sociology Department.


Transition to Power: What to Expect in the Early Days of the Trump Administration
Jan. 23 | 4 p.m. | Room 122, Diamond Building
A panel discussion on Donald Trump’s transition to power.

Panelists include:
Cal Mackenzie, Professor Emeritus of Government
Philip Nyhus, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Ken Rodman, William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government


Listen, Liberal! Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?
Feb. 9 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building

Thomas Frank is a best-selling author, political analyst, historian, journalist, and columnist for Harper’s Magazine. He has written several books, most notably What’s the Matter with Kansas? (2004). Frank analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism, and economics. Frank will base his talk on his highly acclaimed 2016 book, Listen Liberal! Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?


On the Road: Colby Goes to D.C.
March 9-11

The Goldfarb Center and the Colby Career Center, together with the Division of College and Student Advancement, will fly up to 20 students for a two-night trip to Washington, D.C. to engage with experts on public policy issues, explore career opportunities in government and politics, network with alumni, and tour the capital. Learn more here >>>


Media Malpractice? The Press Effect in the 2016 Election
March 14 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
The role of the media in the 2016 election was exceptional and will be studied for decades. Was there a media bias? Did the press underestimate Donald Trump’s support, or did it help fuel his ascent? These questions and many others will be put to our distinguished panel of journalists in a lively, 75-minute exchange.
Panelists include:
Steve Collinson, senior enterprise reporter, CNN
Maggie Haberman, political correspondent, New York Times

Colin Woodard, state and national affairs writer, Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram


2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate: American Democracy?
March 29 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
In light of the exceptionally turbulent 2016 presidential elections, 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 of, by, and for the people?
The 2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate will offer a wide-ranging and vibrant conversation about the democratic character of the United States in the 21st century.
Panelists include:
Benjamin Page, Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University; author of Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It (Forthcoming).
Roslyn Fuller, scholar; author of Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose (2015)
Peter Levine, associate dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University; author of We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (2013)
Moderator: Joseph R. Reisert, Harriet S. Wiswell and George C. Wiswell Jr. Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law, Colby College

Fall 2016 Events

Finding Your Voice: Women’s Leadership Seminar Networking Reception and Kick-Off
Sept. 16 | 5 p.m. | Blue Light Pub
Women’s Leadership Seminar Event
In line with the Women Leadership Seminar’s fall 2016 theme, “Finding Your Voice,” this networking session will give participants the unique opportunity to hear from women leaders on campus in an intimate setting about instances when they found their voice and how it has influenced their career. Participants also have the opportunity to practice their networking skills, meet one another, and find out what the seminar series is all about. Registration is required. Please click here to register >>>


Statesman.CoverGeorge Mitchell and the Lessons of Iran-Contra
Sept. 19 | 4 p.m. | Diamond 123
Doug Rooks ’76, columnist, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal
Seven years after his arrival in the U.S. Senate, George Mitchell came to national prominence with his performance in the 1987 televised Congressional hearings that exceeded Watergate in viewership. By dramatically facing Lt. Col. Oliver North and describing anew the values of American patriotism, Mitchell wrote a new chapter in his growing legacy. Author Douglas Rooks will read from and discuss his new biography, “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible,” including new behind-the-scenes details, and analysis of how Mitchell’s address came to join the roster of classic political speeches. Space is limited. Please register here >>>


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Colby Election Center event
Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
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 have their own dynamics and idiosyncrasies. This talk will analyze who runs for office, who wins, and the key factors that differentiate winners from losers. Other topics include the impact of super PACs and other outside spending groups, and the implications of congressional elections for representation, policymaking, and democracy more broadly.


Pulling Back the Curtain on the 2016 Election
Colby Election Center event
Sept. 27 | 7 p.m. | The Liberty Hotel Ballroom, Boston, MA.
Dan Shea P’18, director, Goldfarb Center; professor of government
Michael Cuzzi ’98, senior vice president, VOX Global
Shira Center, political editor, Boston Globe
This year’s race to the White House has been anything but conventional, setting precedents in everything from campaign strategy to political endorsements, campaign finance, and voter behavior. Well before the nominees were established, experts were left scratching their heads in an attempt to predict what will happen next, let alone the final outcome. This unique approach to examining the election will offer an array of perspectives — from a practitioner, an academic, and a journalist — to help make sense of this historic election. Registration is required for this event. Please click here to register >>>


Election Panel - Enewsletter bannerPresident Trump! And Other Implausible Possibilities
Colby Election Center event
Oct. 5 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
E.J. Dionne, columnist, The Washington Post; senior fellow, Brookings Institution
Eliana Johnson, Washington editor, National Review Magazine
David Shribman, editor-in-chief, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In many ways, this race shattered the mold. With a little over one month to go before the election, this panel of experts will explore a host of topics: candidate strategy, voter attitudes and preferences, media nuances, long-term implications, and more. The discussion will help us understand the forces that led to these changes and what lies ahead for American politics.


The Art of Risk-Taking Workshop
Women’s Leadership Seminar event
Oct. 6 | 12:15 p.m. | Robbins Room, Roberts
Caitie Whelan, author, The Lightning Notes
A high-energy, interactive workshop filled with tools to help women take risks, handle fear, and lead courageously in the world. Women will hear inspiring stories, do engaging exercises, and leave with practical skills to help them:
• Take risks consistent with their values
• Handle fear, rejection, and criticism
• Building a meaningful personal & professional network
• Develop regular self-care practices to manage stress and cultivate resilience
Registration is required and will be open soon.


Finding Your Voice: How to Run an Effective Meeting
Women’s Leadership Seminar event
Oct. 11 | 12:20 p.m. | Dana, Fairchild Room
Meetings are an important part of the working world, allowing people to come together to move projects forward and ensure everyone is on the same page. It is also a place where employees showcase their ideas, abilities, and achievements. Research shows that in meetings, women speak less and are interrupted more. Even in the White House, female staffers have adopted a meeting strategy to reinforce ideas by other women in an effort to have their contributions acknowledged. This workshop will cover key differences in how women and men interact in meetings and provide tangible takeaways that will sharpen your communication skills and boost your credibility as a leader. Sign up here >>>


Media at a Crossroads: What’s Ahead for Budding Journalists?
A one-day conference for student journalists
Oct. 23 | 8 a.m. | Diamond Building
The keystone of any democracy is a free press. In the United States, no other private institution is afforded such explicit, broad constitutional protections as the media. The 2016 presidential election has brought a host of new issues to the fore. But what does this mean for a budding reporter, editor or news commentator? The 2016 student journalism conference, held in conjunction with the prestigious Lovejoy Journalism Award, will bring together a wide range of experts — from some of the nation’s best reporters and editors, to renowned academics and media gurus — to chart some of these shifts and offer insight that will help college reporters and aspiring journalists adapt to the changing tides. Click here to learn more >>>


Capturing War: Images of Conflict, Upheaval, and Revolution
Oct. 24 | 4 p.m. | Diamond Atrium
Nina Berman, documentary photographer, author and educator
Andrea Bruce, documentary photographer; co-owner and member, NOOR Photo Agency
Carol Guzy, American news photographer, the Washington Post
In conjunction with the Lovejoy Award, three award-winning war photographers will display and discuss some of their most compelling work.


Alissa_headshot Matthew2016 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award Convocation
Oct. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Lorimer Chapel

Alissa Rubin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times, will receive Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. Rubin will deliver the 2016 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, which is open to the public, and receive an honorary doctoral degree.Colby’s Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, honors a journalist who continues Elijah Parish Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom. The 2016 recipient will be announced in the coming weeks. Click here for more information >>>

Finding Your Voice: Negotiation Workshop
Women’s Leadership Seminar event
Oct. 28 | 12:20 p.m. | Smith Room, Roberts
Open to Colby students only.
Being a skilled negotiator can showcase your skills as an experienced leader. This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of how to effectively negotiate some of the most important deals you’ll make in your career and your life. Sign up here >>>


Image resultMovie Screening: Equal Means Equal
Women’s Leadership Seminar event
Dec. 5 | 7:30 p.m.| Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Take a study break with us! We’ll show the new, award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal, which offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Free refreshments and a low-stress atmosphere will be provided.