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Colby College announces its October events. All are free (unless otherwise indicated) and open to the public.

October 1, 3:45 p.m.
“What’s In the Fridge? The Science, Technology, and Business of Sustainable Refrigeration” with David Berchowitz
Lovejoy 215
Co-sponsored by The Goldfarb Center and the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Speakers Series

October 1 – 2, 7:30 p.m.
Slices of Life Festival
Strider Theater, Runnals Building
Colby’s second annual festival of 10-minute plays about life’s little dramas.

October 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Colby Craft Fair
Field House, Harold Alfond Athletic Center
One of Maine’s finest, featuring displays of more than 85 crafters

October 2, noon
Bunche Symposium
“For the Love of Art”
with David Driskell
Page Commons, Cotter Union

October 2, 1 p.m.
Old-time music and traditional instruments with Mike Seeger
Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Grammy-nominated musician Mike Seeger demonstrates and discusses the music and instruments of American southerners before the media age, including music for banjo fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, and mandolin.

October 2, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Colby Improv Group Performance
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

October 2, 2 p.m.
Tour of the Colby College Museum of Art
Lobby, Colby College Museum of Art
Enjoy a guided tour of one of Maine’s best museums with director, Daniel Rosenfeld.

October 2, 6 p.m.
Jazz Performance
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
Conducted by Eric Thomas, director of Colby’s band activities

October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Mike Seeger in Concert
Lorimer Chapel
Grammy-nominated musician Mike Seeger performs “Music from True Vine,” the original music of American southerners that formed the roots of today’s country, bluegrass, and popular music.

October 2, 8 p.m.
Comedian Rob Weinstein and Performance by “Recycled Percussion”
Known for his clean, intelligent humor, Rob Weinstein is a regular at the best comedy clubs including “The Comic Strip” and “The Laugh Factory.” He has also appeared on NBC, MTV and Comedy Central. “Recycled Percussion” plays heart-pounding music using materials others consider trash: barrels, pots, pans, and the occasional chain saw. This interactive foot-stomping concert is fun for all ages.
Waterville Opera House
Tickets must be purchased in advance, $17, call 872-3190.

October 3 – February 13, 2005
Photography at Colby: Recent acquisitions and the promised gift of Dr. William Tsiaras ’68 and Nancy Meyer Tsiaras ’68
Colby College Museum of Art
From the modernist work of Paul Strand to the recent conceptual work of Nikki S. Lee, Photography at Colby explores a variety of practices from the early 20th century to the present, including work by Harry Callahan, Lauren Greenfield, Diana Michner, Robert Polidori, Aaron Siskind, William Wegman, and Garry Winogrand.

October 6 – 8, various times and locations
Chekhov Centenary Festival
Honoring Russian playwright and physician Anton Chekhov in the 100th year since his death, Colby’s Chekhov Centenary Festival celebrates his life and work with lectures, films, readings, live performances, and more. For details about specific events, go to

October 7, 7 p.m.
Visiting Writers Francine Prose and Claire Messud
Reading and Book Signing

Room 1, Olin Science Center
Colby welcomes Francine Prose, whose books include Bigfoot Dreams, Household Saints, Blue Angel and Guided Tour of Hell, and Claire Messud, author of The Last Life, When the World Was Steady and The Hunters. Prose, a contributing editor for Harper’s, also writes on art for The Washington Post. Messud’s articles and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, and more.

October 8 – 9, 7:30 p.m.
Lightbox Presents: Gull
Gull, adapted from Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and the letters of Olga Knipper. This ensemble-driven, physically heightened adaptation of The Seagull presents a minimalist landscape that makes the text soar. Presented by LightBox, a New York-based company.
Runnals Building, Strider Theater
Tickets: $2 with Colby I.D. and for seniors; $3 for general admission. Box office is open Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the week of the performance. Call 872-3358.

October 8, 7 p.m.
Religion, Spirituality and Your Career
Philson Lounge, Cotter Union
Representatives from four schools will speak about how graduate theological studies can help blend intellectual gifts and compassion into a fulfilling vocation.

October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Boris Berman Piano Concert
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
A world-renowned pianist and harpsichordist, Berman will present a program featuring works by Beethoven and Debussy.

October 10, 4 p.m.
Goldfarb Center Lovejoy Symposium
“Diversity in the Newsroom: Its Effect on What Gets Reported”

Room 100, Lovejoy Building
Panelists include Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby, Chicago Tribune Editor Ann Marie Lipinski and Denver Post Managing Editor Greg Moore.

October 10, 8 p.m.
52nd Lovejoy Convocation Honoring Studs Terkel
Lorimer Chapel
Since 1952 Colby has presented the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award annually to a courageous journalist. This year legendary Studs Terkel will receive the award and an honorary degree.

October 11, 4 p.m.
“Human Rights and Domestic Violence in Vietnam”
Room 1, Olin Science Center
The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights brings Lynn Kwiatkowski of Colorado State University, who has advocated for women through economic and social justice in Southeast Asia and among Asian immigrant communities in the U.S. She will speak about her current work on the problems of domestic violence in contemporary Vietnam.

October 11, 4 p.m.
Peter A. Vlachos ’58 Classics Lecture
“James Madison’s Classical Scholarship: An Intellectual in the White House.”

Room 213, Lovejoy
Professor Hunter R. Rawlings III, professor of Classics at Cornell and President emeritus of Cornell, is the author of the highly influential The Structure of Thucydides’ History (Princeton 1988), scholarly monographs, and was the editor of the Classical Journal.

October 13, noon
Environmental Studies Lunchtime Colloquium
“Biocomplexity and Interdisciplinary Challenges of Endangered Species Risk Assessment”

Fairchild Room, Dana
Philip Nyhus, assistant professor of environmental studies, will explain the policy dimensions of human-wildlife conflict and endangered-species conservation.

October 21, 3 p.m.
A Place on Water Book Reading and Reception
Robinson Room, Special Collections, Miller Library
Robert Kimber, Wesley McNair and Bill Roorbach will read from their collaborative work, A Place on Water: Essays (Tilbury House, 2004). The authors (a nature and outdoor writer, a poet, and an essayist and novelist, respectively) focus on Drury Pond in central Maine, a place they have in common.

October 21, 7 p.m.
Hollis Lecture
“Reading the Forested Landscape”

Room 1, Olin Science Center
Based on his book, Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England, author Tom Wessels explains how to interpret a forest’s history while wandering through it. Using evidence such as the shapes of trees, scars on their trunks, the pattern of decay in stumps, the construction of stone walls, and the lay of the land, it is possible to unravel complex stories etched into our forested landscape.

October 21, 8 p.m.
Hogendorn Alumni Lecture
“Globalization in Banking: Challenges Posed by Trillion Dollar Banks for Public Policy and Management”

Room 100, Lovejoy
The Economics Department presents Eric Rosengren ’79, senior vice president of bank supervision and regulation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

October 22, 12:30 p.m.
Goldfarb Discussion/Mid-Maine Global Forum
“The Courage To Refuse”
with Dani Vos, an Israeli Refusnik
Page Commons Room, Cotter Union

October 22, 3:45 p.m.
Science, Technology and Society (STS) Speakers Series
“Crisis in Credibility: Where Can We Get Disinterested Experts?”
with Sheldon Krimsky of Tufts University
Lovejoy 215

October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Music Department Faculty Recital
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
The annual program this year promises piano, flute, trumpet, violin, guitar, clarinet, and African drums.

October 24, 7:30 p.m.
Goldfarb Lecture: Tom Mann
“Countdown 2004: What Will Washington Look Like in the Years Ahead?”

Room 100, Lovejoy
Tom Mann, the W. Averill Harriman Professor at The Brookings Institution, is one of the most respected and oft-quoted commentators on national politics. On the eve of the presidential and congressional elections, he will give his “insider’s” prediction on who will win in November and what that might mean for governing over the next two years.

October 26, 7 p.m.
“The Politics of Breast Cancer and Environmental Contamination”
Room 1, Olin Science Center
Cheryl Osimo of the Silent Spring Institute will speak about its scientific research dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer.

October 27, noon
“E-Wasted: The Hazards of Computer Afterlife”
Fairchild Room, Dana
Jon Hinck, staff attorney at the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will tell the story of the toxic travels of obsolete computers and other technological trash from the U.S. to China.

October 27, 7 p.m.
Daniel Flynn Speaks
Page Commons Room, Cotter Union
The Student Programming Board (SPB) presents the controversial Daniel J. Flynn, author of Why the Left Hates America: Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation’s Greatness. Flynn has been widely published and interviewed in media outlets such as the Boston Globe, Fox News and CNN. His new book, How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas, will be released in 2004 (Crown Forum).

October 28 – February 6, 2005
Currents 1: Julianne Swartz
Colby College Museum of Art
Currents 1, the first in an annual series of emerging artist exhibitions, features work by installation and sound artist Julianne Swartz. Her work challenges viewers to see and hear elements they may not have previously noticed within the environment.

October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Symphony Orchestra Concert
Lorimer Chapel
The orchestra’s season opener presents Concerto for Strings by Toma Gaqi, Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in E minor, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and César Franck’s Les Préludes.

——————————————– Ongoing Exhibits at the Colby College Museum of Art

May 30 – October 31
Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection
Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, Contemporary Highlights brings together a range of artists and media from the mid-20th century, including work by Romare Bearden, Lois Dodd, Yvonne Jacquette, Bernard Langlais, Elizabeth Murray, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.

June 20 – October 10
Sites Unseen: Photographic Visions of the Vernacular Landscape
This color photography exhibit asks viewers to consider the natural world, the built environment and the relationship between the two. Andy Cross, Hagen W. Dost, Tanja Alexia Hollander, Ruth Katz, Jocelyn Lee, Wally Mason, T. Jackson MacC and Ben Rush focus upon seemingly banal, everyday sites—landscapes that in their commonness are often overlooked.

July 11 – October 31
Artists Talk: Selections from the Skowhegan Lecture Archive
For decades, artists like David Hockney, Richard Serra and Terry Winters have inspired other artists studying at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Colby recently acquired recordings of these and other world-famous artists who have lectured at the school, and the exhibit lets viewers hear the artists’ words as they see their work.