L. Sandy Maisel (Government) and Hannah Dineen ’17
Trumping Ethical Norms: Teachers, Preachers, Pollsters, and the Media Respond to Donald Trump
This book was literally born on Mayflower Hill. Maisel, in his first class for Introduction to American Government in the fall of 2016, divulged his Democratic pedigree. That nod to transparency, however, was followed by what Maisel says was his uncharacteristic in-class rant about what he saw as then-candidate Donald Trump’s attacks on American values and general unworthiness to be president.
Maisel regretted his diatribe immediately and the next day brought it up at his senior seminar on Ethics and Politics. Dineen was there, a government major in her first Maisel class, and told him that if she had heard that outburst as a first-year, she would have been very uncomfortable, and she didn’t think he should use his professional platform to air his political opinions. With that, the pair became collaborators for a book that explores the ethical dilemmas presented by an unprecedented president. Professors, religious leaders, and members of the media (including political commentator Amy Walter ’91 on reporting an analysis in a time of political disruption; Colby Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon on the challenges of teaching literature in the Age of Trump; and newspaper editor and Lovejoy Award selection committee member David Shribman on the need for mainstream media to adhere to the tenets of its craft in a time of fake news and shifting “facts”) are tapped to provide insights on the ethical challenges posed by this new political world.
Adrian Blevins (Creative Writing)
Appalachians Run Amok
Two Sylvias Press (2018)
It’s easy to understand why poet Blevins’s latest collection has been acclaimed, awarded prizes, had its poems reprinted, and generally created a stir. Drawn from Blevins’s own roots, it’s work that takes honesty and cranks it up a notch so the reader’s reaction is surprise and then a knowing smile. “My desire for babies diminished/after I had them, though naturally/they were still there” … “And sex got spoiled a little too by the lady Baptists/fluttering up Main Street like a gang of fat ghouls” … “just look at the lawn chairs housing the sporty Americans/as they cheer on the not-chess players & the not-bassoonists” … “being in New York or Chicago or LA is to me like having to pee/while driving on the highway in the 1980’s when you’re heavy with child.”
The poems lament the despoiling of the mountains, conjure memories of relatives, catch narrators pondering their earlier selves—all in language so raw and real that it leaves you thinking you’ve never done any of those things before.
Elisabeth Stokes (English), contributor, edited by Roxane Gay
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
Harper Perennial (2018)
In this volume, author and cultural critic Gay has collected essays about what it means to be a woman and, therefore, the not-infrequent target of male harassment, violence, and aggression. Experts, actors, and writers, including Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing Elisabeth Stokes, recount and ponder demeaning, disturbing, and violent (sometimes physically and almost always emotionally) incidents that are tacitly and even openly accepted in our culture. Each piece is singularly powerful; as an anthology, the effect is to show a gender under siege in a world where that is seen as normal. In her essay, Stokes recounts being sexually assaulted and raped in two high school incidents. Her awareness had been sparked as a child through an episode of Little House on the Prairie in which a girl is raped. The first assault occurred in a car, the second when she was incapacitated by alcohol and a knee injury that left her on crutches. The aftermath is lifelong; the hope is that her own daughters, whose world has been different, will escape Stokes’s burden. “They dismiss what insults their souls,” she writes. “They are stronger than I am. This is what they reap; this is what I sow.”
Kevin Emerson ’96
A redemptive young adult novel about a boy abducted off the street, held in a locked room, beaten and brainwashed for years, then turned loose as a suicide bomber at a Seattle mall? In Emerson’s sure hands Any Second is just that—and an insightful and moving look at the lives of two alienated teenagers brought together by chance and kept together by kindness. Eli is the boy with the bomb—it doesn’t go off—and Maya is the self-tormented girl who holds the switch down until the bomb squad disables the device. They reunite in high school and, with readers in tow, help each other navigate an adolescent world that threatens to defeat them—but ultimately proves to be just what they can—and need to—handle.
Jesse Salisbury ’95, Donna Brown Salisbury ’65
Creating the Maine Sculpture Trail
Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (2018)
The next best thing to actually following the Maine Sculpture Trail is perusing this handsome volume that chronicles the 10-year project from inception to remarkable completion. Sculptor Jesse Salisbury ’95 founded and oversaw the effort that brought 34 renowned sculptors (including Salisbury himself) from around the world. Their work stands on the Maine coast from Bucksport to Calais, with inland detours to Bangor and Orono. They are momentous works, and the book is a fitting accompaniment, showing the art and the remarkable process that led to its creation.
Lawrence E. Kaplan ’48
Harold Stassen: Eisenhower, the Cold War, and the Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament
University Press of Kentucky (2017)
Nuclear disarmament was a U.S. goal post World War II, and this biography of Stassen shows why that goal is still elusive today. Stassen was given the disarmament task by President Dwight Eisenhower, and the young aide’s dream of total elimination of nuclear weapons soon gave way to work toward international transparency and communication—goals that are still pursued today. Kaplan, emeritus director of the Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Studies at Kent State University and former professorial lecturer in history at Georgetown University, shines a new and penetrating light on the man whose disarmament goals were unrealized but shaped the nuclear restraint policy that remains with us today.
Elaine Halberg Hall ’74 and Jane Gammons Smith ’75
Shady Nook Camps in the Kingdom of the Pines: The Story of a Unique Summer Colony on Balch Lake in West Newfield, Maine
48 Hour Books (2017)
The growing popularity of the automobile and the organization of the country’s road system in the 1920s diversified America’s vacation traditions. Suddenly, owning a second home on a lake or deep in the Maine woods became a real possibility for those adventurous enough to brave endless dirt roads and the primitive living conditions of these early “camps.” In 1925 Earl H. “Steve” Davis, Colby Class of 1914 and West Newfield, Maine, native, seized the moment and launched his life’s work—a planned summer community on the shores of Balch Lake in southern Maine.
Part history and part love letter, Shady Nook Camps in the Kingdom of the Pines explores this summer colony’s first 50 years. Through research, interviews, and personal memoirs, authors Hall and Smith, both summer residents since childhood, bring Shady Nook’s early years to life—and offers a unique look into mid-20th-century vacation habits and culture.
Bruce Haas ’72
Great Game! D1 College Hockey: People, Places, Perspectives
Beaver’s Pond Press (2018)
Former Colby hockey player Haas has seen his passion for the college game grow over the decades. His book explores “the true essence of college hockey” from the perspective of fans, coaches, and players, and includes a section on the atmosphere of college arenas, recalled by those who stepped onto the ice to a chorus of cheers or boos. Those who follow the game will recognize both players and coaches, including Colby’s own Blaise MacDonald, who opines on the need to bring different personalities into one lineup. “It is the behavioral science of coaching that is really important,” MacDonald says. Science, skill, hard work, camaraderie: it all adds up to a game whose magic Haas has endeavored to capture.
Gretchen K. McKay, Nicolas W. Proctor, Michael A. Marlais (Art, emeritus)
Modernism versus Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-1889
University of North Carolina Press (2017)
This was a tumultuous two years in the French art world, as conservate styles espoused by the Academy were juxtaposed with more avant-garde art by artists such as Van Gogh and Gauguin. In addition to the visual texts, students read art criticism of the period, forming their positions in favor of one style or the other. The discussions also include the economics of art, the rise of independent dealers, and the government’s role as patron.
Lynn Brunelle ’85, Illustrated by Anna-Maria Jung
Turn this Book into a Beehive!
Yes, you can. Use this book to create an actual beehive, that is. Brunelle, four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, explains to young readers (and old) the life cycle of bees, the variety of species, the principles of pollination (using Cheetos), how bee “dances” lead to food sources, and, yes, how to turn pages of the book into a working honeybee hive. There’s also a section on how to use honey, but readers may already have thoughts on that.
Gregg Jackson ’90
40 Rules to Help Boys Become Men: the Lost Arts of Manners, Etiquette, and Behavior
JAJ Publishing (2017)
Jackson laments that in past decades basic rules of manners are less often passed on from parents to children, especially to boys. These “basic building blocks of civil society” are compiled here, from “don’t interrupt” to “choose your friends wisely.” Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in his blurb, says, “Let’s all hope it becomes a runaway bestseller.”
Roger B. Jeans ’63
The CIA and Third Force Movements in China during the Early Cold War
Rowman and Littlefield (2017)
For American policymakers it was a dilemma.
It was 1950, and Chinese Communists had defeated Chinese Nationalists. The U.S. leadership considered the corruption and failure of Chiang Kai-shek’s armies and party and the violent class warfare of the Communists. There had to be a better way.
Jeans ’63, Elizabeth Lewis Otey Professor of History emeritus at Washington and Lee University, explores the events that unfolded as the Central Intelligence Agency pinned its hopes and resources on a Chinese “third force” called the Free China Movement. The agency trained third force troops in Japan, Okinawa, and Saipan, supplying money, advisors, and arms. Despite the training and supplies, the third force troops were defeated in Manchuria and South China.
Another third force front was supported by the CIA in Hong Kong, but U.S. funding was withdrawn in 1954. In a flurry of infighting, the movement collapsed, and a short but eventful (and now largely forgotten) chapter in U.S. intelligence history came to an end.
David Angelini (Biology), with Meghan Fawcett ’16, Mary Parks ’16, Alice Tibbetts ’14, Jane Swart ’18, Laura Crowley ’13, Will Simmons ’17J, Wenzhen Stacey Hou ’18, Meredith Cenzer, and technicians Beth Richards and Juan Camilo Vanegas. “Manipulation of insulin signaling phenocopies evolution of a host-associated polyphenism,” Nature Communications, 9:1699, 2018.
With Panfilio, K.A., “By land, air, and sea: hemipteran diversity through the genomic lens,” Current Opinion in Insect Science 25, 106–115, 2018.
With Suzuki, Y., “Editorial overview: Development and regulation: Mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity one hundred years since ‘On Growth and Form,’” Current Opinion in Insect Science 25, 2018.
S. Tariq Ahmad (Biology), with Mayumi Kohiyama, Danielle Bonser, Lisa Leung, Alexandra Fall, Nathan Canada, Boyang Qu, and Bernard Possidente, “The Drosophila apterous56f mutation impairs circadian locomotor activity,” Biological Rhythm Research, 2018.
Justin Becknell (Environmental Studies), with Stephen Porder, Steven Hancock, Robin L. Chazdon, Michelle A. Hofton, James B. Blair, and James Kellner, “Chronosequence predictions are robust in a Neotropical secondary forest, but plots miss the mark,” Global Change Biology, Nov. 20, 2017.
With Michael Keller, Daniel Piotto, Marcos Longo, Maiza Nara dos-Santos, Marcos A. Scaranello, Rodrigo Bruno de Oliveira Cavalcante, and Stephen Porder, “Landscape-scale lidar analysis of aboveground biomass distribution in secondary Brazilian Atlantic Forest,” Biotropica, Jan. 11, 2018.
With Gei, M.G., D.M.A. Rozendall, L. Poorter, F. Bongers, J.I. Sprent, M.D. Garner, M. Aide, P. Balvanera, P. Brancalion, G.A.L. Cabrai, and others, “Abundance of Neotropical legumes during secondary succession across a rainfall gradient,” Nature Ecology & Evolution, May 2018.
James R. Fleming (Science, Technology, and Society), “In the Year 2017: A Soviet Fantasy of the Future,” Relocating Meteorology, History of Meteorology 8, 2017. With associated video, 2017.
Robert A. Gastaldo (Geology), with J. Neveling, J. W. Geissman, and S. L. Kamo, “A Lithostratigraphic and Magnetostratigraphic Framework in a Geochronologic Context for a Purported Permian–Triassic Boundary Section at Old (West) Lootsberg Pass, Karoo Basin, South Africa,” Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 130, 2018.
With H. W. Pfefferkorn, and W. A. DiMichele, “Impact of an icehouse climate interval on tropical vegetation and plant evolution,” Stratigraphy, 2017.
Adam Howard (Education), Karlyn Adler ’11, and K. Swalwell, “Making Class: Children’s perceptions of social class through illustrations,” Teachers College Record, June 2018.
With Hoa Nguyen ’20, “Privileged bonds: Lessons of belonging at an elite boarding school,” in C. Halse, Ed., Interrogating belonging for young people in schools, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Bess G. Koffman (Geology), with David J. Polashenski, Erich C. Osterberg, Dominic Winski, Karen Stameiszkin, Karl J. Kreutz, Cameron P. Wake, David G. Ferris, Douglas Introne, Seth Campbell, and Gabriel M. Lewis, “Denali Ice Core Methanesulfonic Acid Records North Pacific Marine Primary Production,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 2018.
Lauren Lessing (Museum of Art), with Terri Sabatos and Nina Roth-Wells, “Body Politics: Copley’s Portraits as Political Effigies during the American Revolution,” in Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture, Wendy Wick Reeves, ed., National Portrait Gallery, 2018.
Leo Livshits (Mathematics), with G. MacDonald, L.W. Marcoux, and H. Radjavi, “Hilbert space operators with compatible off-diagonal corners,” Journal of Functional Analysis, April 2018.
Loren McClenachan (Environmental Studies) and Ryunosuke Matsuura ’17, “Shifted Baselines Reduce Willingness to Pay for Conservation,” Frontiers in Marine Science, Feb. 2018.
Julie Millard (Chemistry), with Jiayu Ye ’18 and Caitlin Farrington ’18, “Polymerase Bypass of N7-Guanine Monoadducts of Cisplatin, Diepoxybutane, and Epichlorohydrin,” Mutation Research, Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, 2018.
Jay Sibara (English). “Disability and Dissent in Ann Petry’s The Street,” Literature and Medicine 36, no. 1, Spring 2018.
Judy Stone (Biology) and Juvenal Lopez ’16, “Single planting creates expanding naturalized population of Quercus palustris far from its native range limit,” Rhodora, Volume 120, issue 982, 2018.
Duncan Tate (Physics) and T.F. Gallagher, “Microwave-optical two-photon excitation of Rydberg states,” Physical Review A, 2018.
With Gabriel T. Forest ’18, Yin Li ’19, Edwin Ward ’16, and A.L. Goodsell, “Expansion of an ultracold Rydberg plasma,” Physical Review A, 2018.
W. Herb Wilson Jr. (Biology) and P. E. Dougherty ’16, “Evidence for a relationship between the movements of Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) and American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis),” The Open Ornithology Journal, 2018.
“The dynamics of arrivals of Maine migratory breeding birds: Results from a 24-year study,” Biology 6 (38), 2017.
With Bets Brown (Biology), “Winter movements of Sitta canadensis L. (Red-breasted Nuthatch) in New England and beyond: A multiple-scale analysis,” Northeastern Naturalist, 24 (sp. 7), 2017.