Spring 2016


This Ain’t Yo Mama’s Civil Rights Movement: Reflections on Race, Gender, Activism, and Faith
Feb. 9th | 7 pm | Lorimer Chapel
Rahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian, writer and international speaker. She is the founder and publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post.

Sponsored by the Gerrish Fund for spiritual enrichment, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, the Pugh Center, Religious Studies, Education & Human Development, Computer Science, African-American Studies, the Gender and Sexual Diversity Program, the Bridge, the Feminist Alliance, Center for Arts and Humanities, SOBHU, the Goldfarb Center, the Pugh Community Board, and the Oak Center for Human Rights.

Spending, Substance and Special Interests: Assessing the Role of Super PACs and Dark Money in the New Campaign Finance Era

BioPic-front-2-270x300.jpgColby Election Initiative Event
Feb. 15 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Erika Franklin Fowler, assistant professor and director of the Wesleyan Media Project, Wesleyan University
Outside Group advertising in elections skyrocketed after a series of campaign finance decisions by the Supreme Court culminating in the seminal Citizens United case. What effect does this spending have on the electorate? This talk will discuss trends in interest group advertising and what is known about their effects on negativity, issue dialogue and persuasion.

True Life After Colby: Laura Maloney ’12
Colby Election Initiative Event
Feb. 18 | 5 p.m. | Schair Swenson Watson Alumni Center, Marchetti Room
Laura Maloney ’12, press secretary for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn).
Maloney began her career directly after graduation as the deputy finance director for Elizabeth Esty for Congress (D-Conn), where helped with fundraising over $2.7 million in the fourth most expensive congressional race in the country. She stayed on with Esty, serving first as a staff assistant, then press assistant/legislative correspondent, and finally as communications director. True Life After Colby gives students opportunities for networking, chances to explore internship and employment opportunities, and insights on what life might be like after their time on Mayflower Hill. Registration is required for this event — please register here.


Photo by Port Bishop

Photo by Port Bishop

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
Colby Election Initiative Event
Feb. 29 | 7 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room
Ari Berman, contributing writer, The Nation magazine; Investigative Journalism Fellow, The Nation Institute
In his groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day. The act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet, fifty years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power, with lawmakers devising new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Berman’s stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR.


On the Road: Super Tuesday Week in D.C.
March 3-5 | Washington, D.C.
In collaboration with the Colby Career Center and the Division of College and Student Advancement
Together with the Colby Career Center and Division of College and Student Advancement, the Goldfarb Center will take a dozen students to the Washington, D.C. during the week of Super Tuesday for a chance to explore career opportunities in government and politics, network with alumni, engage with experts on issues related to the 2016 election, and tour the capital. Components to the trip include job shadows, site visits, lunch at the Brookings Institution, a networking reception, and more. Learn more here >>


Proficiency-Based Learning as a Pathway to Equity
Education Reform Policy Anchor Event
March 3 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 141
Angela Hardy, director of coaching, Great Schools Partnership
Proficiency-based learning is predicated on the belief that all students can learn if we clarify learning goals, personalize assessment and instruction, and expect that students will learn in different ways and at different times. This session will focus on the rationale for, the critical elements of, and the policies that support a proficiency-based learning system as a means to achieve equity for all students.

0124NEWHAMPSHIRE copyOut of Line: Drawing Democracy in an Election Year
March 8 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Dan Wasserman P’16, editorial cartoonist for The Boston Globe
Dan Wasserman P’16 will show and discuss his cartoons from the current and past election campaigns. He will be joined by his images of all your favorite political characters, from Bernie and Hillary, to Jeb! and the Donald. Dan will discuss the role of satire in a democracy, his sources for cartoon ideas, conflicts with editors and publishers, and he will read some of his favorite letters from Globe readers.

Dan Wasserman P’16 has been drawing editorial cartoons since Ronald Reagan’s run for the presidency in 1980 and for The Boston Globe since 1985. His work is syndicated by The Tribune Content Agency and appears in over 40 papers and websites in the US and around the world. His cartoons have been reprinted in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek and The Week. He has published two collections of cartoons, “We’ve Been Framed,” and “Paper Cuts.”

Confronting Our Incarceration Epidemic: Race, Mercy, and A Failed Concept of Justice
March 9 | 4 p.m. | Diamond 122

_MG_99091Bastards of the Reagan Era: An Elegy for a City
March 9 | 7pm | Ostrove Auditorium:

Cosponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Center for the Arts and Humanities
Reginald Dwayne Betts will graduate from Yale Law School in May. This is a far cry away from May of 1997, when a sixteen-year-old Dwayne was sentenced to nine years in prison for carjacking. He knows the criminal justice system from both ends of the spectrum and describes his chosen field as “the business of human tragedy.” He’ll talk and answer questions about his own experience and how it’s shaped the way he thinks about education and reform.He is the author of three books. His latest collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, was published in October 2015 by Four Way Books. He has also published a memoir, the NAACP Image Award winning memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Betts is a recipient of fellowships from Soros Justice Foundation, Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Poetry Foundation. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where he continues to serve as a practitioner member.

Election Data Day:  The Collection, Analysis and Presentation of Election Data
Colby Election Initiative Event
March 11 | 8:15 a.m. | Diamond 123 and SSWAC, Parker-Reed Room
The Goldfarb Center will host a set of workshop panels on the assemblage, analysis and presentation of election data. Election data experts from across the country will cover topics including Campaign Finance, Polling, Targeting, GIS, and more. The keynote address will be given at noon by leading polling expert John Della Volpe, the director of polling at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University (more information is below). For more information or to sign up to participate, please click here >>>

Lunchtime Lecture with John Della Volpe
March 11 | Noon | Schair Swenson Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room
John Della Volpe, director of polling, Institute of Politics, Harvard University
Each semester, John Della Volpe leads a public opinion survey group of students who develop, field and report on the attitudes of young Americans (Millennial Generation) toward politics and public service. Since 2000, the IOP survey has tracked pre- and post-9/11 attitudes; accurately predicted youth turnout since; marked the generational shift in attitudes toward foreign policy; and provided insight into the ways in which Millennials communicate and form opinions. John was honored to receive an Eisenhower Fellowship (China, Korea) in 2008 and selected as a delegate to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Media in 2011. In addition, John is Founder and CEO of SocialSphere, Inc. a big data and social media analytics company located in Harvard Square, Cambridge. His lecture will serve as the capstone session to the Goldfarb Center’s Election Data Day. For more information or to sign up to participate, please click here >>>

Senator Mitchell Photo2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture
The Negotiator
March 15 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium
Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell will recount some of his most compelling and enlightening accounts from his recently released book, The Negotiator, including his instrumental work on clean air and water legislation, the Iran-Contra hearings, and healthcare reform, as well as life after the Senate, from leading the successful Northern Ireland peace process, to serving as chairman of The Walt Disney Company, to heading investigations into the use of steroids in baseball and unethical activity surrounding the Olympic Games. Through it all, Senator Mitchell’s incredible stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—offer invaluable insights into critical moments in the last half-century of business, law, and politics, both domestic and international.

headshotHUDAKA Green Revolution? The Politics of Pot in 2016
Colby Election Initiative Event
March 30 | 5 p.m. | SSWAC, Parker-Reed Room
This is an invitation-only event.
John Hudak, senior fellow and deputy director, Center for Effective Public Management, The Brookings Institution
When it comes to marijuana, America is changing quickly. The legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is rapidly spread across a nation that once treated the cannabis plant as a scourge on society. John Hudak of the Brookings Institution will discuss the historical changes in public opinion, culture, politics, and public policy that has driven marijuana out from under basement heat lamps and into the sunshine of mainstream American politics. This is an invitation-only event; please contact Amanda Cooley at akitchen@colby.edu for more information.

Poverty and Educational Opportunity
Education Reform Policy Anchor Event
March 31 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium
Paul Gorski, cofounder, EdChange; associate professor of Integrative Studies, George Mason University
Paul Gorski, an award-winning teacher and education reform advocate, will discuss how poverty impacts opportunity in today’s education system. In addition to his work in poverty and educational opportunity, he also writes about social justice education and social justice activist sustainability.


Community, Culture, and Conservation: A National Conference
April 7-9 | Diamond Building
Offered during the 100th anniversary year of the National Parks System, this conference will bring together noted writers, scholars, performers, public officials, and community members to facilitate discussion, make connections, and find solutions to economic and conservation challenges faced by communities in Maine, New England, the country, and the world. Speakers and panelists range from noted writers to residents of towns in Northern Maine, including Bill McKibben, Terry Tempest Williams, Wesley McNair, and Peter Forbes.

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Film Screening and Discussion
April 12 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 141
“Prosecutor” follows the work of Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine lawyer who served as the International Crime Court’s first chief prosecutor, as he seeks to try individuals for the gravest war crimes and human rights abuses. Among the issues addressed in the film are the court’s relationship with the United States and other powerful states, its nearly exclusive focus so far on Africa, and the relationship between peace and justice. Professor of Government Ken Rodman will lead a discussion following the screening.

Women in Leadership Trustee Panel
April 15 | 3:30 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Student Government Association (SGA), Career Center, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  

Trustees Jane Powers ’86, director of behavioral health for Fenway Health; Joerose Tharakan ’08, partner development executive for Microsoft Corporation; and Anne Clarke Wolff ’87, managing director and head of Global Corporate Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will participate in the panel discussion moderated by Bonnie Maldonado ’16 and Kat Restrepo ’18.  Panelists will discuss leadership styles and challenges and take questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be available afterward in the Diamond Atrium.


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 Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as California’s chief justice — this panel will offer a lively discussion on a host of important issues related to the growing number of women and minorities in the legal profession. Learn more here >>>

2016 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Ceremony
Justice Cantil-Sakauye - 1April 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
This year’s Brody Award recipient is Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the 28th chief justice of the State of California. Cantil-Sakauye, the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice, will speak. She has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts and has been appointed or elevated to higher office by three governors. Learn more here >>>