Oak Human Rights Fellow Jinyan Zeng interviews artist, activist Ai Weiwei

During her semester at Colby, the 2017 Oak Human Rights Fellow Jinyan Zeng, a Chinese filmmaker, blogger, activist, and scholar, interviewed the renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei to discuss art, politics and exile. This interview was conducted and transcribed in Mandarin and translated into English. Zeng: First, I’d like to understand what motivates you […]
Former Vice President Joe Biden at Commencement

A look back at the #YearofColby

It starts at the top Get to know President David A. Greene and his vision for Colby. Colby students are changing the world Last year we followed Benard Kibet ’18 as he made a life-changing contribution to his village in Kenya. This story, Maji, just earned one of the highest accolades in higher ed. But […]

A Collaborative Note

After a final warm-up trill, the room quiets and conductor Stan Renard reaches for the baton. As the musicians watch him intently, he raises his arms, takes a breath, and delivers the opening cue. With that, Colby students and faculty, high schoolers, local amateurs, and seasoned professionals begin to play. This is the Colby Symphony Orchestra, […]

Confronting Sexual Conduct

It’s a conversation that’s hard to start and even more difficult to keep percolating as students go about their lives in academic, social, and residential spaces on campus. After all, it isn’t easy to discuss sex with intimate friends, much less with random classmates. But that’s what Colby first- and second-year students are doing as […]

Strengthening a Special Town-Gown Bond

For generations, collaboration between Colby and central Maine’s Jewish community has been one of the strong threads in the fabric of the town-gown partnership, and in recent years it’s grown even stronger. Now a new initiative will extend that tie, attempting to bottle the formula that connects Colby, Hillel, and Waterville’s Beth Israel Congregation so […]

“This Is Colby’s Time”

Video and more at Colby’s Inauguration Website  > Greene’s inaugural agenda: – To move Colby “to a preeminent position among the world’s liberal arts colleges.” – For the College to shape more broadly the evolution of the liberal arts for our time. – For Colby to be a partner in revitalization of Waterville’s historic center. […]

Hiding in Plain View

Clare Byarugaba, the 2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow, is a prominent advocate for LGBT rights in Uganda, where a law was recently passed that outlawed homosexuality and “promotion” of it. She continued to work under threat of arrest and violence, and her photograph was published in a popular Ugandan tabloid, identifying her as “a gay […]
David Greene

Called to Action

Doubling applications, which he suggested, would be a dramatic shift for a college that typically sees single-digit growth in applications. The University of Chicago, where Greene recently served as executive vice president, has tripled its number of applicants since Greene’s (and President Robert Zimmer’s) arrival in 2006, resulting in a more diverse student body by […]
Jim Wescott

Running for Jim Wescott

Quiet, supportive, successful, “Coach” inspired his athletes for a lifetime Editor’s note: Jim Wescott, head coach of Colby track and field from 1978 to 2003, died following a medical emergency while rowing on Megunticook Lake in Camden, Maine, May 27. The news prompted an outpouring of sympathy and tributes, including this remembrance from one of […]

Bro Reflects

Slideshow A Career in Images From Pulver to Provence, a Presidency in Pictures Legacy RememberedColleagues and students describe the Bro Adams era.Excerpts Robert E. Diamond Jr. ’73 Chair, Colby Board of Trustees Joe Boulos ’68 Trustee, Board of Trustees Chair 2005-2009 Chih-Chien Hsu ’80 Colby Overseer Michael Rothschild ’69 Paula Lunder, Life Trustee, and Peter […]