Covering the Campaigns: The Media’s Role in a Chaotic World

October 6

How can we make sense of the byzantine world of politics framing the 2020 presidential and congressional elections? Join former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, who served 16 terms in the United States House of Representatives as one of the most outspoken and thoughtful Members of Congress, and Hannah Dineen ’17, weekend anchor and political reporter for NewsCenter Maine, as they discuss the responsibility of journalists to guide us through our electoral maze. Professor of American Government Sandy Maisel, who has observed Maine and national politics for almost half a century, will moderate the discussion.


Lovejoy Luncheon and Panel

The Toll of Tragedy: Newsrooms Under Stress, Communities Under Attack

October 4

Journalists hold deep commitments to serve the communities; in Annapolis, this meant giving their lives when the newsroom was attacked.  In Pittsburgh, journalists covering the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting dealt with trauma in the newsroom as it was their neighbors and friends who were slain.  How did these newsrooms under enormous stress manage to adapt coverage to extreme violence?  How did individuals experiencing the devastating effects of these mass shootings maintain their responsibility to cover the horrific story and its aftermath?  What measures were implemented to reduce additional harm to families and communities through reporting?  What unintended consequences ensued—and how might these be mitigated in the future?

Please join us for a lunch to witness the accounts of Rick Hutzell, who published a newspaper as a shooter stormed the offices of the Capital Gazette and killed five of his coworkers, and David Shribman, then editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who covered the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre.   These tragic lessons resonate with communities around the United States; come honor those who lost their lives, survivors and the incredible journalists holding up a mirror to violence in our towns and cities.


Professor Paul Josephson, Colby College

“Putin, Russia, and the Media:  Journalism in Contemporary Russia

October 1, 2019

At least 21 journalists have been killed in Russia since Putin became president in 2000, and 58 since the early 1990s.  Given also state control of media, renewed protests against the administration, and growing economic and political problems at home, what are the prospects for journalists in present-day Russia who wish to write about these subjects? How can we understand the government’s attacks — physical, psychological and political — against the free press?


Professor Jamila Michener, Cornell University

“Engaging Race, Strengthening Community, Sustaining Democracy”

September 15, 2019

Race continues to play a fundamental role in shaping economic, social and political life in the United States and across the world. Yet, many Americans have limited knowledge of the historical and contemporary processes that account for racial inequality. As a result, few people are equipped to recognize and confront racial inequities in their own lives and communities. Americans’ collective inability to conscientiously contend with race enables systems of oppression, weakens bonds of community, and undermines democracy. In this talk, Professor Michener offers historically grounded, evidence-rich, practical insights on these longstanding dilemmas.


Ken Walsh – Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History

February 22, 2018

U.S. News & World Report Chief White House Correspondent Ken Walsh discusses his new book on the influential but often unseen White House photographers.


2017 Fall William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate

Free Speech on Campus: Should There Be Any Limits?

November 16, 2017

Watch expert panelists from across the country examine the zeitgeist and debate the limits of free speech on college campuses.

2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture

Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell

March 15, 2016


2017 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for Courageous Journalism

Alec MacGillis, ProPublica

October 2, 2017


2017 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture

U.S. Senator for Maine Angus King

April 19, 2017

Senator Angus King offers big-picture insights into U.S. foreign policy to a packed Lorimer Chapel.


2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture

Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell

March 15, 2016

For the Goldfarb Center’s 2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture, former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell shared his thoughts on where Americans can find hope during contentious times.


2015 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate

Genetically Modified Foods: Perils and Promises

November 15, 2015

Should we genetically modify foods? The Goldfarb Center brought together experts to discuss broad-ranging issues associated with genetic modification in today’s food system. Panelists included Stephen Moose, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois; Judith Chambers, director for the Program for Biosafety Systems at the International Food Policy Research Institute; Jonathan Latham, cofounder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project; and Jodi Koberinski, Colby’s 2015 Oak Fellow and food sovereignty activist. Namesakes of the series, President Emeritus Bill Cotter and his wife, Linda, attended.


Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria Economic Prospects: Moving Forward in a Weak Oil World

April 20, 2015

As the first female finance minister of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is lauded for ridding the country of $30 billion dollars of external debt and growing the GDP despite a slow global recovery. She has championed reform in the Nigerian government’s dependency on oil, the country’s main export. The recipient of countless awards and honors, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was recently named to Forbes Magazine’s world’s greatest 50 leaders list and in 2014 was identified as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.


2015 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture: U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Why Moderation and Bipartisanship Lead to Progress

April 9, 2015

The 2015 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture will feature U.S. Senator from Maine Susan Collins. First elected in 1996, Senator Collins is serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise, Senator Collins is a key leader in the U.S. Congress.


10 Percent Happier: ABC’s Dan Harris ’93 on Meditation

April 1, 2015

Most Americans recognize Dan Harris ’93 as co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, but did you know that he is also author of a New York Times bestseller? Harris’s book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, chronicles his career journey and his struggle with anxiety. To his surprise, Harris discovers that meditation can quiet the mind and lead to greater happiness.


2014 Cotter Debate

Hydraulic Fracking: Economic Boon or Natural Disaster?

November 6, 2014

Fracking, an unconventional method of extracting oil and gas, has generated immense controversy in recent years. This talk featured a panel discussion with three experts and presented a broad perspective on fracking and the unconventional extraction of oil and gas.

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