Historic photograph of Waterville Main Street

From Newsboy to the Corner Office

As a teenager, Lewis Lester Levine, Colby Class of 1916, stood on the sidewalk in front of what was then the Waterville Savings Bank every Sunday, peddling newspapers. Levine, who grew up in a very modest household in the city’s North End, had regular customers who chatted with him and left him a tip. One […]
Michele Boucher surrounded by family and Colby friends

Care Package

And then she went back to the people who run Sweetser—the Maine nonprofit for which Boucher designed and executed the “secret shopper” project that sent her out in these roles—and reported on her experience with the health care agency’s providers. “Her internship is legendary,” said Sweetser President and CEO Deb Taylor. “She’ll live on in […]
Pediatrician Kim Mukerjee ’06 examining young boy

Children in Need

Together with a team of budding pediatricians in residency like herself, the group would pack into the RV and drive out to the suburbs of Kenner, La., an area that is home to many Central American immigrants and refugees, many of whom were children and in desperate need of basic health care. “It was August […]
Associate Professor of Global Studies Maple Razsa, right, and Milton Guillén ’15 take questions from the audience at a showing of their film, The Maribor Uprisings, at Rooftops Films festival in New York in June.

From Mayflower Hill to a Global Stage

The enthusiastic filmgoers did just that—just as crowds have done at film festivals in Copenhagen, Toronto, Cape Town, Maribor (the city in Slovenia where the protests took place), and other locations around the world. “It’s a story about collective protest movements and how to respond to repression by the police,” said Razsa, whose scholarly research […]
Illustration of pregnant woman, rose buds, bare tree limbs, and wine stains

Prenatal Ecology

Smith Howard is an attorney with the National Disability Rights Network, whose work on FASD focuses on advocating for families and individuals living with related disorders. Waite, a physician, is medical director at the Keith Haring Clinic at Children’s Village, in New York City, which serves children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. […]
Colby alumna Jia Chen '06

Full Circle

Chen is CEO of WeVenues, a Shanghai marketplace for event space. Like online travel sites that match vacationers with available homes or apartments, WeVenues matches available spaces to anyone looking for a place for a meeting or a conference. “You have so many commercial spaces that are empty for a decent part of a 24-hour […]
Elly Bookman '09

Q&A: Elly Bookman ’09

The poet and teacher speaks to Colby Magazine about publishing in The New Yorker, 5 a.m. writing sessions, and the inspiration of middle-schoolers.
Crickets on plate, dinnerware on wooden table

Snap, Crackle, Crunch

The process starts in a warehouse 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, where thousands of crickets are raised for human consumption. “We wanted to develop a sustainable source of protein, and crickets seemed like the perfect way to do so,” said Peter Markoe ’13. “Over two billion people worldwide include insects in their diets, and […]
Alan Taylor '77

Rewriting History

That narrative comes under the critical gaze of Alan Taylor ’77, one of the nation’s leading historians and a two-time Pulitzer winner, in his book American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. The book examines the pre-Revolutionary roles and lives of Native Americans, French, Spanish, African slaves, and women, and questions the motivations of some wealthy […]
Joseph Whitfield teaching

You Can Go Home Again

Returning to the middle school of his youth as a sixth-grade literacy teacher, Whitfield is in his second year teaching at KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Delta College Preparatory School. The middle school and affiliated KIPP Delta Collegiate High prepared him well for Colby, where he was class president all four years and majored in […]