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. | Diamond Building, Ostrove Auditorium
Join us for an in-depth discussion on what to expect in the first 100 days of the new administration.

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


Finding Your Way Through Facts, “Alternative Facts,” and Propaganda
Feb. 17 | 3:30 – 5 p.m. | Silberman Lounge, Cotter Union
Join us for a Colby community gathering to discuss best practices and share insights on how to sort through the floods of information and misinformation currently confronting us every day in the news and elsewhere. Open to all members of the Colby community. Light refreshments will be served! This event acknowledges the #DayofFacts national social media campaign scheduled for February 17. Learn more about the campaign here. This event is offered as a joint effort by faculty from various departments with support from the Goldfarb Center.


How Do We Match Local Farmers with Buyers?
A lunchtime talk with Arif Shaikh, founder of Foodslack
Camden-based digital entrepreneur Arif Shaikh spent three months going to every local food market he could to find out how farmers connect with buyers. He learned that farmers spend a lot of time they don’t have literally knocking on doors, making endless phone calls, or sending mass emails. By creating Foodlack, Shaikh has made it his goal to build an online platform that more efficiently makes these important connections. Join us to learn about his efforts to alleviate local food distribution issues in Maine and beyond. Pizza and other refreshments will be served. Please RSVP here >>>


How Things Fall Apart: Race, Gender and Suspicion in Police-Civilian Encounters
Feb. 28 | 7 p.m. | Diamond 122
Nikki Jones, associate professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Over the last couple of years, the Black Lives Matter Movement has turned the nation’s attention to the too-often troubled relationship between Black communities and the police. The video recordings of encounters that begin over seemingly minor infractions – like jaywalking – and end with force, including, at times, lethal force, leave us wondering: How do these encounters go so badly, so quickly? What role does race, gender or bias play in these encounters?

In this talk, Professor Jones draws on years of field research among Black residents in urban neighborhoods, along with interviews with police officers and findings from the analysis of video recordings of police-civilian encounters (both citizen video and video collected in collaboration with law enforcement) to illustrate how race, gender and suspicion shape the earliest moments of police-civilian encounters. Professor Jones will share findings from her ongoing collaborative research in this area (with Geoffrey Raymond, UCSB and Kristin Precoda, SRI International), which reveals key interactional adjustments that could be used to improve the quality of police encounters with the public.


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

Learn more about this year’s Cotter Debate here >>>


2017 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture: U.S. Senator Angus King

April 19 | 7 p.m. | Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
In January 2013 Angus King was sworn in as Maine’s first Independent United States Senator, filling the same seat once held by storied Maine leaders Edmund Muskie, George Mitchell, and Olympia Snowe. Senator King is a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. He cofounded the Former Governors Caucus, which brings together the Senate’s former governors to chart pragmatic approaches to solutions, as well as the Senate Arctic Caucus, which hones in on Maine and America’s growing interest in the Arctic. Learn more here >>>

Listen, Liberal! What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
This event has been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates!

How did Donald Trump win over blue collar voters? Why didn’t they stick with the Democrats? Thomas Frank, best-selling author of Listen Liberal! What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? will share his take on what led to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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). He analyzes trends in American electoral politics and propaganda, advertising, popular culture, mainstream journalism, and economics.