Fall 2018 Events and Cosponsorships

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


Past Events

Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age

Monday, Dec. 3 | 7: 00 p.m. | SSWAC Parker-Reed room

Do our words matter? Join Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind on PBS, as he explores the increasing divisiveness in American life, the toxic climate of political rhetoric and violence, and the steps to correct this plague on our democracy. The discussion will consider how we the people, elected officeholders, digital platforms, and journalists can work to reverse the disunion.

Not only does Mr. Heffner’s show exemplify civility, but thanks to a 2016 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mr. Heffner has spent significant time exploring free speech from expression on college campuses to hate speech on the Internet.

Mr. Heffner has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. He is coauthor of A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2018). A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, BBC and ABC, among other media outlets. His writing has appeared in TIME, USA TODAY, Daily Beast, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, NYT’s Room for Debate, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.  He was the political director for WHRB 95.3 FM and host of The Political Arena.


Midterm Elections 2018 program

Is this the Year of the Woman? Will women candidates and voters swing the Congress?

Thursday, Oct. 25 | 7:00 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium

Jennifer L. Lawless is the Commonwealth Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. A perfect speaker to discuss the upcoming election with so many women on the ballot, she is a leading national expert on political ambition and women in American politics, the author or co-author of six books, including Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era (with Danny Hayes) and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (with Richard L. Fox).

RANKED CHOICE VOTING:  Maine’s experience and the Future

Monday, Oct. 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Diamond – 122

Documentary film followed by a discussion led by Sandy Maisel, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government, and Betsy Sweet, progressive lobbyist and 2018 candidate in Maine’s spring primary run under Ranked Choice Voting.
Ranked Choice Voting is a means of counting votes in races with more than two candidates.  Each voter ranks the candidates in order of preference; after the votes are counted, if no one has a majority, the candidate with least votes is eliminated and that candidate’s votes are re-allocated to the voters’ second choice.  The process is repeated until on candidate receives a majority.
Maine voters approved the use of Ranked Choice Voting by referendum; A court challenge has followed; Maine used the process for primaries last spring, the first time a state has done so.  This fall Ranked Choice Voting will be used in the races for the United States Senate and Congress, though no state office (use in those elections is still under challenge).  This program will discuss the procedure, how it was implemented, and what comes next.

Trade Wars

Fall 2018 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate 

Thursday | Oct. 18 | 4 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium

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 and political fallout of these actions? Will they help destroy the multilateral trading system that has stood tall since the end of World War II? How will they affect the imminent midterm Congressional elections? These questions and more will be debated by Soumaya Keynes, the U.S. economics and trade editor for The Economist and Dean Baker, senior economist and long-time Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Reform (CEPR).

The Shrinking Newsroom: Implications for Democracy 

 Sunday | Oct. 7 | 9 a.m. | SSWAC – Parker-Reed Room

Professor Sandy Maisel will host a panel discussion with David Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post GazetteNancy Barnes, executive vice president of news and editor at Houston Chronicle Publishing Company, Marty Kaiser, senior fellow at the Democracy Fund, and Lawrence Goldman, senior research fellow at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Bring your parents!


Shrinking Newsrooms and Community Impact           

Monday | Oct. 8 | 8:30 a.m. | Chace Community Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons

How do shrinking news spaces impact communities? Newspaper employment shrank 45% from 2009 to 2017. With this decimation of news staffs, what has happened to local coverage? What is the impact of regional news deserts? How have community voices changed when papers are populated by AP wire stories rather than narratives of local events? Jack Beaudoin ’87, writer and editor of Pine Tree Watch, Mizell Stewart III, news executive for Gannett and the USA TODAY Network, and David Shribman, executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, will join our honoree Chuck Plunkett to discuss how community voices have changed over the years. 


Inside of the Interview: Asking Tough Questions in Tough Situations

Monday | Oct. 8 | Noon | SSWAC – Parker-Reed Room 

Catrin Einhorn, a New York Times journalist who received a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service, along with a team of reporters, for exposing sexual harassment and misconduct across industries, will talk about how the team of reporters who exposed sexual harassment and misconduct was able weave such a difficult and important narrative. This opportunity is especially directed at students and faculty engaged in interview work.

Ms. Einhorn has covered sexual harassment in blue-collar workplaces, urban violence, Americans’s complicated relationship with firearms, and veterans’ issues. In 2016, Ms. Einhorn and Jodi Kantor wrote a series about everyday Canadians adopting Syrian refugees, documenting the surprises, challenges and intense relationships that arose over the year of sponsorship. Previously, she was part of a team that examined President Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan by telling the personal stories of one battalion’s yearlong deployment in a multimedia series called “Year at War.”

Her work has been recognized with awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys), Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, World Press Photo and Picture of the Year International. Before joining The New York Times, Ms. Einhorn was a public radio reporter and a Fulbright scholar in anthropology.


2018 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation

Monday | Oct. 8 | 7:00 pm | Lorimer Chapel

Plunkett, an outspoken critic of newspaper buyouts that diminish local journalism, will be honored with the Lovejoy Award and give an address at 7 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel. Earlier this year, his stance against the Denver Post’s owners, Alden Global Capital, led to his resignation from his post. He criticized the new owners for abandoning the core mission of the newspaper in search of greater profits, leading to layoffs and cost-cutting that he said crippled the paper.

Lives Still in Limbo: UnDACAmented and Navigating Uncertain Futures

Sept. 24 | 7:00 pm | SSWAC – 104 Parker-Reed Room

Roberto G. Gonzales, Ph.D. Harvard University Graduate School of Education

Due to the political gridlock in the U.S. Congress, the fate of more than two million young immigrants remains uncertain. With legalization efforts stalled, on June 15, 2012, President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a change in his administration’s enforcement policy that would temporarily defer deportations from the United States for undocumented youth and young adults, in addition to providing temporary Social Security numbers and two-year work permits. At the six year mark, more than 814,000 young people have benefited from the program and, as a result, had taken giant steps towards the American mainstream. Things changed under the Trump administration. On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to what had become a very successful policy. What does this termination mean for these young people and their families? Based on a multi-year study, Professor Gonzales provides some interesting answers to these vexing questions.

Roberto G. Gonzales is Professor of Education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for twelve years. To date, Lives in Limbo has won seven major book awards, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award, the American Education Research Association Outstanding Book Award, and the Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Award. It has also been adopted by several universities as a common read and is being used by K-12 schools across the country in teacher and staff training. In addition, Professor Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 in-depth interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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.



Leadership in Times of Crisis
April 19 | 4:45 p.m. Panel featuring Colby Trustees Sara Burns ’79 and Jane Powers ’86

Colby Trustees Sara Burns ’79 and Jane Powers ’86 will join us to discuss leadership in times of crisis.  As you are developing your own style of leading, this is an opportunity to reflect on the characteristics two successful leaders see as essential to effective leadership. Heavy apps (quesadillas) and desserts will be served so you can enjoy a dinner while you consider these essential life skills.


2018 Morton A. Brody Award for Distinguished Judicial Service
April 22 | 4 p.m. Panel; How the Law Responds to Changes in Science, Ostrove Auditorium | 5:30 pm Award Ceremony, Ostrove Auditorium

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 | 7 p.m. | Page Commons

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.


Preparing for a Career in Legal Advocacy
May 3 | 6 p.m. | Robins Room, Roberts Hall

For those considering attending law school, whether immediately following Colby graduation, or years after, join Class of 2014 alumna, BriAnne Illich in the Robins Room in Roberts on May 3rd at 6:00 p.m. She will discuss her experience transitioning from a Global Studies and Spanish major at Colby to a Washington University law student, and her early career as an advocate and federal law clerk for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico. Come for helpful tips on the law school application process, law school survival strategies, summer legal internship information, and paths to alternative and modern legal careers. Dinner will be provided.


George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series | World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva
May 6 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium

Kristalina Georgieva is the first CEO of the World Bank. Until 2017, she was European commissioner for budget and human resources. From 1993 to 2010, she served in a number of positions in the World Bank Group, eventually rising to become its vice president and corporate secretary in March 2008. Georgieva was honored as the 2010 “European of the Year” and “EU Commissioner of the Year” for her handling of the humanitarian disasters in Haiti and Pakistan. Join us on May 6 to hear her speech, entitled “The World Bank: Why We Dare to Confront Global Challenges.”


Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History
February 22 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122

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.

Watch the full recording of Ken’s speech on YouTube.


Maine Republican Gubernatorial Debate
February 26 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College, in partnership with the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, Thomas College, and the Colby Young Republicans, will host the first Republican Debate of the 2018 Maine Gubernatorial Race. The debate begins at 7pm on Monday, February 26, at the Ostrove Auditorium in the Diamond Building at Colby College.

Check out a photo album and watch the full recording of the debate on Facebook.


Mustafa Santiago Ali from the Hip Hop Caucus: Moving Our Most Vulnerable Communities from Surviving to Thriving
March 6th | 7 p.m. | Ostrove, Diamond Building

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.  The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. Mustafa is renowned as a National Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator specializing in Social Justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities.

Mustafa Ali joined the Hip Hop Caucus, after working 24 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  At the EPA, he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization.  Mustafa elevated environmental justice issues and worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives. At the EPA, Mustafa led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices focused on implementing holistic strategies to address the issues facing vulnerable communities.  Mustafa Ali worked for EPA Administrators beginning with William Riley and ending with Scott Pruitt.  He joined the EPA as a student and became a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ).  Mr. Ali also served as the Director of Communications in the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), where he led the Communications and Stakeholder Involvement (CSI) team.  In 2012, Mustafa launched the EPA’s Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which reached over 100,000 followers.  This blog highlighted innovative actions to address environmental justice, sustainability and climate change issues.  In 2010, Mr. Ali also served as the Environmental Justice Lead for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2004, he was selected as the EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institutes “Trainer of the Year” for his efforts in training over 4,000 across the country in “The Fundamentals of Environmental Justice.”

Mustafa Ali was a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congressman John Conyers from 2007 through 2008.   His portfolio as a Legislative Assistant focused on Foreign Policy in Africa and South America, Homeland Security, Health Care, Veterans Affairs, Appropriations and Environmental Justice.

Cosponsored by Environmental Studies, Pugh Community Board, Goldfarb Center, and African American Studies.


Amy Walter: Washington Politics Today and the 2018 Midterms
March 12 | 8 a.m. | Parker-Reed Room, SSW Alumni Center

Amy Walter, political analyst and editor of The Cook Political Report, will join Colby Professors Dan Shea and Carrie LeVan for a breakfast and discussion on Trumpian politics and the 2018 midterms.


Trumping Ethical Norms: Teachers, Preachers, Pollsters and the Media Respond to Donald Trump
April 12 | 4 p.m. Panel “Religious leaders respond to Drumpf” | 7 p.m. Panel “Journalists and professors respond to Trump” | Diamond 122

This mini-conference will examine how professors, religious leaders, pollsters, and various media outlets have responded to challenges posed by candidate and now-President Trump. The event is meant as a kick-off for a new book, co-edited by Colby Professor of Government Sandy Maisel, and recent Colby grad and current News Center Maine reporter Hannah Dineen ’17.


2018 Morton A. Brody Award for Distinguished Judicial Service
April 22 | 4 p.m. Panel; How the Law Responds to Changes in Science, Ostrove Auditorium | 5:30 pm Award Ceremony, Ostrove Auditorium

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 | 7 p.m. | Page Commons

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.

Past Events from Spring 2018


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.

Fall 2017 Events

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

Disappearing Diplomacy: Foreign Policy in the Trump 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 Trump

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.