Dan Dupont of Colby College

The Miracle Mules

Just to clarify, I’m not much of a sports fan. Following the Washington Senators as a kid cured me of that. I’m with Robin in Annie Hall, when she asks Woody Allen, “Alvy, what is so fascinating about a group of pituitary cases trying to stuff the ball through a hoop?” Or move a pigskin […]
Edwin Torres '12 photographing on the streets of New York City

Edwin Torres

Edwin Torres ’12: How I found my true north “Hello everyone. What an incredible short film. Wow. Shout out to Milton Guillén, also a Colby alum. He made this film about my life. I’m honored to be here. Growing up in a single-parent household in the Bronx, always stressed about getting by, I never imagined […]

Silicon ’Ville

On the top story of the new technology center at 173 Main Street, teams of curious, creative students will convene in newly renovated space with large-screen monitors, whiteboards, and glass-walled offices where they can conceive, build, and grow new enterprises. It’s all part of DavisConnects’ new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which runs the annual business-pitch […]
Jack Foner

Blacklisted but not Defeated

Change did come to Colby during Terrell’s time, but it came in the form of a new white professor in his late 50s who hadn’t taught in a college for 30 years because he’d been blacklisted as a communist sympathizer—and singlehandedly introduced African-American history to the curriculum. “It certainly did not matter that he was […]
Praying Mantis

From Bugs to Robotics

So says Colby neurobiologist Josh Martin, who recently received a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to deepen the study of intelligence as it applies to robotics. His subject? The praying mantis. Martin, assistant professor of biology, and his collaborators will use the four-year grant to make robots behave like mantises, which researchers have […]

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 […]
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 […]

The Painter from Maine

Gerry Boyle ’78 Managing Editor Colby Magazine Following in the Footsteps of “the Painter from Maine” It was a truly remarkable feat. A child born to immigrants in a Maine mill town, whose mother died when he was young, who left school at 15, goes on to become one of the most important American artists […]
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 […]
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.