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Sunday, April 18: Goldfarb Lecture Addresses Human Rights
Aryeh Neier will deliver the spring 2004 Goldfarb Lecture, “A Force in World Affairs: The Emergence of the International Human Rights Movement,” Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Kassman Auditorium. Neier, president of the Open Society Institute (a Soros foundation), is founder and former executive director of Human Rights Watch and a leader in efforts to bring to justice those who have committed crimes against humanity.
Sunday, April 18: Sherman Alexie, “Without Reservation”
Native American poet, author and screenwriter Sherman Alexie will deliver the lecture “Without Reservations: An Urban Indian’s Comic, Poetic and Highly Irreverent Look at the World” on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Colby College. The event will be held in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union on the Waterville campus. It is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow the lecture. More at www.colby.edu/news.
Wednesday, April 21: “The Passion of the Christ” Film is Berger Lecture Topic
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Colby’s Jewish Studies Program presents the 2004 Berger Lecture, a panel discussion titled “The Church, the Holocaust, and Anti-Semitism: Reflections on ‘The Passion of the Christ.'” Colby professors Howard Lupovitch (history/Jewish studies), Carleen Mandolfo (religious studies), Elisa Narin Van Court (English), and Raffael Scheck (history) will participate. The event will be in the Robbins Room, second floor of the Roberts Building.
Thursday, April 22: Harvard Professor on “Pluralism, Intolerance and the Quran”
Harvard Professor of Indo-Muslim Languages and Culture Ali S. Asani will give a lecture, “Pluralism, Intolerance and the Quran” at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in Olin 01. Born in Kenya, Asani was awarded the Harvard Foundation medal for contributions to improving intercultural and race relations by promoting a better understanding of Islam.
Thursday, April 22: Former Hostage and Hostage Negotiator Terry Waite
Humanitarian, hostage negotiator and former hostage Terry Waite will speak on “Moral and Ethical Decisions” on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Page Commons Room, Cotter Union. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge. A book signing will follow. As a special envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Waite negotiated the release of hostages in Iran and Libya and was taken hostage himself in Lebanon. More at www.colby.edu/news.
Thursday, April 22: Poet Honoree F. Jeffers
Honoree F. Jeffers will read selections of her poetry at 7 p.m. in the Robins Room of Roberts Building. These poems “are gospel, indeed, and this young poet will be heard more and more, spreading the true word,” said poet Lucille Clifton of Jeffers’s first volume of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue. Jeffers’s second collection, Outlandish Blues, is a mixture of history, song and African-American culture. More at www.colby.edu/news.
Friday, April 23: Islam’s Scientific Legacy to Renaissance Europe
Columbia University Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies George Saliba will give a lecture, “Islam’s Scientific Legacy to Renaissance Europe,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, in the Robins Room, second floor, Roberts Building. This year’s Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, it will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a reception. New members of Phi Beta Kappa will be initiated.
April 17-24: Earth Week Activities
Events to mark Earth Week, include updates on Campus Greening initiatives, and Earth Day Environmental Expo, and recycled materials sculpture contest. Colby Cares Day wraps up the week Saturday, Apr. 24, with students engaged in volunteer projects. (Individual events listed at www.colby.edu/calendar)